Councillor Andrea Surace - Mayor

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

Portfolio: Integrated Transport

Phone: 0408 309 435

Email: asurace@mvcc.vic.gov.au

October/November update

Throughout the year, residents have attended planting days to help us plant indigenous shrubs and trees in our parks and reserves. We’ve also been privileged to have support from Green Army volunteer teams over the past three years. Together they have helped us reach our target of 30,000 new trees in Moonee Valley as part of the Greening the West project to plant one million new trees in the west! This is a fantastic achievement – thank you to everyone who was involved.

Through the Liga Inan program, Council recently donated $10,000 to the Liquiçá district in EastTimor to support the health of mothers and babies. This donation will help ensure newborns are given the best possible start to life with the medical treatment they need.

We are developing our long-term plan, MV2040, to guide how we will make Moonee Valley a great place to live for current and future generations. Our Visioning Paper outlines the ideas we have to address the trends and issues we’ll face, plus future options for each neighbourhood. I encourage you to give feedback on the Visioning Paper at our community symposium on Sunday, 22 October. To register your interest in attending the symposium email MV2040@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call 9243 9119.

A world without violence, particularly against women, would be an ideal world to live in. We have a serious problem in Australia, where every week at least one woman is killed by a current or former partner. White Ribbon Day is on Saturday, 25 November and I encourage you all to show your support for a world without violence by wearing a white ribbon or wristband. I encourage you to visit whiteribbon.org.au to take the oath to prevent men’s violence against women.

As the weather warms up, it’s time to get out of the house and take part in the events and activities that we’re hosting. Active8 is back, with eight weeks of free activities for everyone to enjoy. It’s a great opportunity to trial a healthier lifestyle and whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or a beginner, there’s plenty to choose from. If you haven’t already signed up, I encourage you to do so.

The Moonee Valley Seniors Festival has many events for our older residents to take part in. There are cruises and walks, movies to watch, workshops and open days to take part in as well as a Retro Games Day and more!

Save the date for our most festive event of the year, Carols in Queens Park. This year Carols takes place on Sunday, 10 December, so mark it on your calendar as it’s always a wonderful family event.

It has been an absolute pleasure to serve as your Mayor this term. I have lived in Moonee Valley for over 30 years, raising my children and running a small business, and it is an honour to represent this community on the issues that matter most. I have enjoyed meeting many of you and I thank those residents who came to chat with me at my Conversations with the Mayor sessions. I also wish to thank Council’s Deputy Mayor Cr Cam Nation, Councillors, Council’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive team and my family for their ongoing support.

About Cr Surace

Tell us about yourself

I am a resident of Avondale Heights where I have raised three children. I run a small business in Keilor East. I am interested and passionate about community issues and what affects our neighbourhood and local environment.

What five words best describe you?

  1. Honest
  2. Tolerant
  3. Friendly
  4. Ambitious
  5. Family oriented

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

  • Improvement in public transport options and connection, for example, extending the 59 tram and a rain link between Melbourne Airport and the CBD
  • Better communication between developers, Council and residents
  • Improved road infrastructure - collaboration and integration with neighbouring municipalities and their impact on Council
  • Development of Canning Street Reserve to further enhance it
  • Netball courts established and continued growth of our sporting venues for the youth and wider community within the municipality

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

  • Surrounded by waterways which also run through the municipality
  • Community spirit and diversity
  • Multiculturalism
  • Interaction and communities supporting each other
  • Choices of shopping precincts, services and infrastructure
Last updated: Monday, 9 October 2017, 3:48 AM