Councillor Narelle Sharpe

Ward: Buckley (representing Aberfeldie, Essendon Fields, Essendon North, Strathmore, most of Essendon and Strathmore Heights, and parts of Moonee Ponds and Essendon West)

Portfolio: Lifelong Learning

Phone: 0429 977 171


December/January update

It is official! The Settler’s Cottage will be permanently relocated in Woodlands Park. For those that aren’t aware, the Settler’s Cottage was built in 1860 and is the only surviving house in Moonee Valley from the Gold Rush days.

Two years ago this dwelling was going to be demolished. I put up a Notice of Motion requesting that Council save this significant piece of our history. Although it has been an arduous task at times, I received a huge outpouring of support from the community to save this building, which I sincerely thank you for. Your support showed my fellow Councillors just how important this dwelling is to Essendon and the wider community.

After the consideration of many sites, Woodlands Park was chosen as the final destination. The Settler’s Cottage will sit next to Woodlands Park house and in time, will be available for community use. A price cannot be put on preserving the heritage of our area – it is extremely important. The saving of the Settler’s Cottage is a wonderful result for all.

About Cr Narelle Sharpe

Tell us about yourself

I grew up in Strathmore and now reside in Essendon. I have been educated locally and have worked within the municipality for the past 20 years. I have a background in accounting and am a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I am married with two young children.

What five words best describe you?

  1. Dedicated
  2. Responsible
  3. Honest
  4. Hardworking
  5. Community spirited

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

Some areas I intended to focus on include advocating for the full signalisation of the Mt Alexander/Keilor/Bulla Road intersection and the preferred option of rail under road at the Buckley Street level crossing.

The proposed new planning zones will need to be addressed and we must ensure that residents and residential streets are protected from high density development.  Heritage buildings within Buckley Ward must be saved and protected.

I will continue to ensure the best services are provided to residents through all life stages, from birth to older age and I look forward to developing the upgrade of the Niddrie Library.  I’m keen to see the dedicated off leash dog park at Alf Pearce Reserve finalised and developed.

Consultation with residents on all issues that may affect them must be a priority of Council. We need your input to provide the information to make responsible decisions.

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

Moonee Valley has many strengths – rivers, racecourses, sporting clubs, beautiful parks and streetscapes, the people, the shopping, entertainment precincts and the arts, its close proximity to the city and Tullamarine Airport – the list could go on. Moonee Valley is a wonderful place to live and I am humbled and honoured to be a Councillor of this great city.

Last updated: Monday, 4 December 2017, 6:34 AM