Councillor John Sipek - Mayor

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


October/November update

With the warmer weather, it’s time for a spring clean of the house and yard. The Transfer Station offers residents free disposal for a range of recycling materials including cardboard, aluminium, oil, paint, textiles, e-waste and more! The Transfer Station is open every day except public holidays, so take your unwanted goods to the Transfer Station so that they can be recycled. Also, don’t forget to put your branches and prunings out for collection in October.

It’s wonderful to have the Alf Pearce Reserve Dog Park open and being so well utilised. I’ve received positive feedback from residents, and it is my hope that we will be able to have more fenced dog parks across Moonee Valley in the future.

November brings with it Remembrance Day, a chance for us to stop and remember those who have served and died for our great country in times of peace and war. I will be attending the Remembrance Day Service hosted by the Keilor East RSL on Saturday, 11 November – I hope to see you there.

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, 9 November 2017, 8:18 AM