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

Email: jsipek@mvcc.vic.gov.au  

Mayor's August/September update

Moonee Valley has some big ideas and we need support from other levels of government to help us deliver them.

We’ve had great success securing funding from State Government for many of our major projects, including $3 million for the East Keilor Leisure Centre redevelopment, $1.5 million towards new netball and tennis courts at Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre, and $1 million towards improving the Raleigh Road bridge.

We’re also advocating for support to improve the Moonee Ponds Junction, to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek, and to increase tree canopy cover in Moonee Valley. You can help us by contacting your local state and federal members of parliament and letting them know you want their support for our priority projects. Visit our Advocacy Strategy for more information.

Council has a long history of delivering services that support our older residents. In light of the recent national aged care reforms, we are looking at how we can best support these residents into the future. We are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for all our residents and we will continue to review changes as they arise to ensure that every member of our community has access to the services they need.

Rose Hill Ward August/September update 

We are so pleased that the Green Spine community space in Airport West opened in July! We worked in consultation with our residents to create a community-focused space that we hope will encourage you to get out there, keep active, and spend time outside with your families.

Valley Youth is a service for people aged 12 to 25 years who live, work, study or spend time in Moonee Valley. One of our spaces is the Valley Youth Space in Niddrie (previously the Niddrie Hub). This hub will evolve over the coming months and we look forward to sharing it with you.

About Mayor 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: Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 6:40 AM