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


October/November update

Active8 is here! It's not too late to sign up and experience many great activities that Moonee Valley has to offer. See the Active8 page for more information.

The Alf Pearce Reserve Dog Park is now officially open. With longer days and warmer weather there is plenty of time to enjoy the space. There is an agility section, runabout area, seating and an area specifically for smaller dogs. If you haven’t taken your furry friend there yet, I encourage you to try it out.

This year, the Incinerator Art Award received over 200 applications from artists in every State and Territory across Australia. The works of the shortlisted finalists will be on exhibition from Saturday, 7 October to Sunday, 26 November at the Incinerator Gallery. The award looks to explore ideas around art and agency in contemporary culture while putting the spotlight on artists who relish the responsibility in leading social change. I encourage you to join us for opening night on Friday, 6 October where the winner of the $10,000 Boathouse Award will be announced.

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 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: Thursday, 9 November 2017, 8:19 AM