Councillor Narelle Sharpe - Mayor

Ward: Buckley (representing Aberfeldie, Essendon Fields, Essendon North, Strathmore, most of Essendon and Strathmore Heights, and parts of Moonee Ponds and Essendon West)

Portfolio: Lifelong Learning

Phone: 0429 977 171


Mayor's April/May update

Each year we prepare a budget that aligns with the priorities set out in our Council Plan.

Our budget funds more than 200 community services and programs, as well as a multimillion dollar capital works program, which allows us to upgrade and replace vital infrastructure such as sporting facilities, kinders, roads and footpaths.

Our Draft 2019/20 Budget is expected to go out on public exhibition this month and we would love for you to take a look and let us know what you think.

We’re thrilled to have been the only Australian nomination shortlisted for the international Wellbeing City Awards for our plan to grow our tree canopy to 30 per cent by 2040. Winners of the Wellbeing City Awards will be announced in April. Keep an eye on our website for updates.

I am pleased to say that we have launched Neighbourhood Fitness Hubs in several Moonee Valley locations and there’s something for everyone, including parent and child classes. You can read more about the hubs on page 7.

Finally, I’d like to wish all our residents a safe and happy Easter. Whether you are travelling or staying home and enjoying the celebration in Moonee Valley, I hope you have an enjoyable time with your friends and family.

About Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe

Tell us about yourself

Elected in 2008, I am Moonee Valley's youngest female Mayor and am honoured to have served as Mayor for an unprecedented three times.

I grew up in Strathmore and now reside in Essendon. I have been educated locally and have worked within the municipality for the past fifteen years. I have a background in accounting and am a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I am married with two young children.

What five words best describe you?

  1. Dedicated
  2. Responsible
  3. Honest
  4. Hardworking
  5. Community spirited

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

Some areas I intended to focus on include advocating for the full signalisation of the Mt Alexander/Keilor/Bulla Road intersection and the preferred option of rail under road at the Buckley Street level crossing.

The proposed new planning zones will need to be addressed and we must ensure that residents and residential streets are protected from high density development.  Heritage buildings within Buckley Ward must be saved and protected.

I will continue to ensure the best services are provided to residents through all life stages, from birth to older age and I look forward to developing the upgrade of the Niddrie Library.  I’m keen to see the dedicated off leash dog park at Alf Pearce Reserve finalised and developed.

Consultation with residents on all issues that may affect them must be a priority of Council. We need your input to provide the information to make responsible decisions.

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

Moonee Valley has many strengths – rivers, racecourses, sporting clubs, beautiful parks and streetscapes, the people, the shopping, entertainment precincts and the arts, its close proximity to the city and Tullamarine Airport – the list could go on. Moonee Valley is a wonderful place to live and I am humbled and honoured to be a Councillor of this great city.

Last updated: Thursday, 28 March 2019, 3:58 AM