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


February/March update

Work is expected to commence on the East Keilor Leisure Centre redevelopment in the middle of next year as we recently awarded the design tender. The timeline indicates the refurbished centre would be open at the end of 2020. While that may feel like a long time into the future, I’m looking forward to watching this project develop and seeing the end result.

Avondale Heights is seeing a number of new developments close to or recently completed, including the old TAFE site. I welcome new residents to our great city and hope you take part in the many community activities that we have on offer. The library hub on Military Road is thriving with many different activities to participate in – I definitely recommend checking it out.

Our Morning Music program will kick off again in February. Spend the morning soaking up some music at the Clocktower Centre followed by lunch at the Kellaway Avenue Neighbourhood Centre – all included in your ticket price! This season brings classic hits as well as the Australian Ballet School annual show.

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: Monday, 19 February 2018, 8:50 PM