Councillor John Sipek
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
We have the first of Council’s two branch and pruning collections taking place during May and
June. This is an ideal opportunity to give your garden a tidy up and place your bundled items
out on the nature strip on the Sunday night before your collection week. Collection details are
on your Council calendar or visit mvcc.vic.gov.au/branchcollection
We recently held a new girls’ AFL completion for local teams from the Essendon District Football League. It is great to see women’s participation in AFL going from strength to strength in both state and local competitions, and gaining plenty of community support along the way.
Anzac Day is fast approaching and I encourage you to come along to a commemorative service
to remember the sacrifices made by service men and women throughout Australia’s history.
There will be a service at Queens Park on Sunday, 23 April, or you may wish to join the Keilor
East RSL service on Tuesday, 25 April at the Heinze Reserve Cenotaph where a recently installed commemorative flame will feature in the dawn service.
About 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?
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.