Councillor Samantha Byrne - Deputy Mayor

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

Portfolio: Leisure and Active Communities

Phone: 0437 329 146


December/January update

The green spine project in Airport West is underway again after construction was delayed due to minor levels of asbestos found on site. Fortunately the project is back on track and is due for completion in May 2018. This revived area will be a great addition to the area, and I look to seeing residents enjoying the community space. See the plans for the project.

I am passionate about providing the community with spaces to connect with nature and make the most of family time. As part of our playground renewal program, there is $50,000 allocated for the Brees Road playground to be upgraded this financial year. I hope many residents will get great use out of this new area. I look forward to seeing many more playgrounds updated during this Council term.

Make sure to take advantage of this warm weather by heading to the East Keilor Leisure Centre and enjoying the outdoor pool, which is now open.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

About Cr Byrne

Tell us about yourself

I am a lifelong, proud and passionate Moonee Valley resident and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have to represent this municipality over the next 4 years. I live in East Keilor with my husband, daughter and energetic dog Matilda. I currently work at the local Community Health Centre, where my hours are shared between being a Podiatrist and co-ordinating a respite service for the elderly or those living with dementia.  My interests include spending time with family, long runs around our beautiful parks and waterways, playing netball and socialising with friends. 

What five words best describe you?

  1. Hardworking
  2. Motivated
  3. Innovative
  4. Compassionate
  5. Independent

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

Our parks, gardens and open spaces are some of our greatest community assets. I would like to increase our commitment to quality open spaces and see a greater number of sporting facilities for men and women in Rose Hill.

I also want to increase community spirit, involvement and engagement in our neighbourhoods by introducing initiatives such as food trucks, farmers markets, dog parks and small festivals and events.

An important first step in achieving this is to have your say in consultation on our long-term plan for Moonee Valley. I encourage you to get involved in this consultation and help us to shape the future of our great city. Sharing your ideas on what is important to you and your family will ensure that we get our long-term planning right.

I also hope to promote the value of local council to a younger audience - particularly on social media.

As a collective, we need to work on a cohesive plan to implement a Moonee Valley Planning Scheme which will control the overdevelopment in our municipality.

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

The open spaces, beautiful parks, rivers and creeks. 

Last updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 4:50 AM