Councillor John Sipek - Mayor

Ward: Rose Hill (representing Airport West, Avondale Heights, Keilor East, Niddrie, most of Essendon West and part of Strathmore Heights)

Portfolio: Sports and Community Organisations

Phone: 0423 776 740


Mayor's April/May update

Earlier this year, I was proud to launch the Flemington Revitalisation project in partnership with the State Government at the Flemington Community Centre. This project will create much-needed employment and education pathways for vulnerable community members. The Flemington Community Centre is an important community hub but the facility is ageing and will not meet the demands of Flemington’s growing population. A new centre is desperately needed and would provide a range of activities, services and facilities for the community. We are calling on the State Government to partner with us to deliver a new centre as part of their planned Flemington housing estate redevelopment.

Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) is an important opportunity to reflect on our shared histories, cultures and achievements. To find out about events and explore how you can join the reconciliation effort see our reconciliation calendar page.

This year we’re celebrating the 50-year milestone of three of our libraries and I encourage you to join us in celebrations, including cake! We want your memories of our libraries to share with the community. What was the first book you borrowed? Did a friendship start at one of our libraries? What was your child’s first storytime like? If you have a story, submit it at our libraries page or fill in a form at a library.

Rose Hill Ward April/May update 

It’s great to see the new Green Spine space coming together in Airport West. This project will create an exciting community hub as well as improving the local environment through clever design and stormwater catchment. We’ve seen another celebration of the environment unveiled in Niddrie recently with the Regent Honeyeater mural by artists Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran, at the corner of Matthews Avenue and Keilor Road. These projects are a great example of how we’re making Moonee Valley a beautiful place to live and work.

About Mayor Cr Sipek

Tell us about yourself

I live in East Keilor, with my wife and two adult sons. I am an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer by profession and also a professional Company Director. Currently, I am a Director of the Qantas Superannuation Fund, a Justice of the Peace; and a long time member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I enjoy all forms of sporting activities and support many local clubs. 

What five words best describe you?

  1. Patient
  2. Listener
  3. Realist
  4. Persistent
  5. Dedicated

What do you hope to achieve in your term as Councillor?

In 2010-11 when I was Mayor I introduced a tradition of fiscal responsibility aligned with Council strategies. Some measures that Council applied were a long term strategy to keep rates at record lows, continuous budgetary reviews, and streamlining services and functions - just doing things smarter not harder. This has placed us in a strong position with the introduction of rate capping.

We have proposed real, long-term savings instead of relying on short-term actions to enable us to plan well for the future. Projects that these savings have contributed to are major upgrades to sporting fields and pavilions throughout the city, the Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre and the Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre.

Over the next four years I would like to introduce netball courts to football or soccer clubs, explore introducing a Men’s Shed in the Rose Hill Ward, upgrade our pavillions to include lights for night sports, and see the redevelopment of the East Keilor Leisure Centre. These projects and more will ensure our children and future generations enjoy our wonderful city.

What do you think are Moonee Valley's greatest strengths?

Moonee Valley is a wonderful boutique city. It is located close to the Melbourne CBD, Melbourne Airport, major arterial roads and diverse environmentally significant open space and waterways. It is a well known fact that Victoria is the place to be, and I say "Moonee Valley is the place to live in Victoria." Our greatest strength is you, our residents who live, work or contribute to our city.

Last updated: Friday, 20 April 2018, 5:20 AM