Central Victorian mayors miss out

SELECTED MAYORS: Six local government areas outside metropolitan Melbourne – shown in black on the map – were selected to sit on the panel which represents the 79 local government areas in the state. No central Victorian mayorhasbeen offered a position on a panelfor mayors from across the state set up to advise the local government minister – although few puttheir hands up for the job.
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Twelve mayors were selected this month for theLocal Government Mayoral Advisory Panel with six going to mayors in the greater Melbourne metropolitan area.

Central Goldfields Shire mayor Geoff Lovett said he was disappointedboth that so many of those selected represented Melbourne and that central Victoria “missed out on a seat at the table”.

“Each region has its own peculiaritiesand they need to be voiced to the minister and the premier,” CrLovett said.

The veteran councillorsaid that drought-like conditions in his shire and those to the north made it all the more important to have central Victorian voices heard in Spring Street.

“Also,we are a small council with a small ratepayer base and government rate capping has a very dramatic effect on us, much more dramatic than it would on a metro council or a larger regional city like Ballarat,” he said.

“They just don’tunderstand the struggles that small, rural shire are going through.

“So I do hold the view that not only shires but regions – groups of shires who are alike – need tohave their voice heard…but if we’renot putting up our hands, we can’t be critical of thoseoutcomes.”

CrLovett did not apply for the position, saying no one could advice him on the dates on which he would be required to attend meetings and he did not wish to be selected and have to sit out of meetings.

The mayors of the Campaspe, Loddon or Mount Alexander shires also did not put their hands up.

Related:Central Victoria braces for rate cuts

BENDIGO NO SHOW: No Bendigo mayor has sat on a minister’s mayoral committee since councillor Lisa Ruffell served as mayor in 2012/2013. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Greater Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe did apply for the positionbut was overlooked, meaning Bendigo has not been represented on minister’s mayoral committee since councillor Lisa Ruffell served as mayor in2012/2013.

Cr Fyffe said he was not overly concerned as he is already chair of Regional Cities Victoria and sits on four Municipal Association of Victoria subcommittees. However, he said he would like to see Bendigo on the minister’s panelnext year.

“Personally I think that would be agood idea as I do think the panel needs to reflect the spread of geography of local governments,” Cr Fyffe said.

“But it will be up to the mayor of the day next year.”

A Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planningspokesperson issued a response the Bendigo Advertiserwhichsaid there was a process to ensure diversity on the panel.

“To further ensure a diversity of views, the membership may include at least one mayor, operating in their individual capacity, from the following council groupings: metropolitan councils; interface councils; regional city councils; large shire councils; small shire councils; and peri urban councils,” the response reads.

The local government areas selected for this year’s panel are listed by area below.

Metropolitan Melbourne 2016:

Stonnington City CouncilManningham City CouncilHume City CouncilCity of WyndhamCity of YarraMelbourne City CouncilEastern Victoria 2016:

East Gippsland Shire CouncilNorth Eastern Victoria 2016:

Shire of MurrindindiBenalla Rural City CouncilNorth Western Victoria 2016:

Mildura Rural City CouncilSouth Western Victoria 2016:

Surf Coast Shire CouncilWestern Victoria 2016:

Ballarat City CouncilThe local government areas selected for in the previous year’s panel are listed by area below.

Metropolitan Melbourne 2015:

Nillumbik Shire CouncilKingston City CouncilMaribyrnong City CouncilMoreland City CouncilMaroondah City Council;Boroondara City CouncilMelbourne City CouncilWestern Victoria 2015:

West Wimmera Shire CouncilEastern Victoria 2015:

Latrobe City CouncilSouth Western Victoria 2015:

Surf Coast Shire CouncilNorth EasternVictoria 2015:

Alpine Shire CouncilCentral Victoria 2015:

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