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


June/July update

Hard waste collection time is the perfect opportunity to clean out the house and garage to dispose of your unwanted goods. It’s important to remember not to put your items out early as this encourages illegal looting and makes the street look untidy.

If you can’t wait for the hard waste collection, visit the Transfer Station where you can drop off metal, batteries, cardboard, oil, e-waste and more. It is open daily (except public holidays) and is located on Holmes Road, so after you’ve dropped off your goods, you could take a walk along the Maribyrnong River.

It was wonderful to see so many people at the Keilor East RSL Anzac Day commemoration. The event gets bigger each year as more people show their respect. The RSL supports our service personnel and their families all year round, not just close to Anzac Day or Remembrance Day. They are a supportive gathering place where members can come together, enjoy each other's company and remain connected to their local community. Thank you Bill Laker and committee for providing this community 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?

  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: Thursday, 15 June 2017, 4:45 AM