Council is made up of nine publicly elected Councillors who each serve four year terms.
Cr Mark Eckel, Mayor
Terms: 2000-2003, 2005-2008, 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Portfolio: Governance and Corporate Planning
Committees: Audit Committee, CEO Employment Matters Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, Municipal Association of Victoria, Regional Cities, Murray River Group of Councils, North West Municipalities Group, Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development, Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee, Mildura City Heart (observer), Mallee Family Violence Executive, Sister City Association, Psyche Bend Reserve Committee of Management, Chaffey Trail Reference Group
Cr Mark Eckel served on four previous Councils and remains committed to consulting with the region's residents, local businesses and industries, working to make Mildura a better place to live now and into the future. Cr Eckel is a White Ribbon Ambassador, and believes that violence is a cultural issue and needs to be addressed commencing with our youth. With wife Denise, they share six children, sixteen grandchildren and are great grandparents of two and the couple list Mildura's geographical location, lifestyle and multicultural community as highlights. In addition to working as a radio presenter, Cr Eckel is a keen sportsman.
Cr Ali Cupper, Deputy Mayor
Terms: 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Portfolio: Community Development and Gender Equity
Committees: Audit Committee, Youth Advisory Committee, Disability Access Advisory Committee, Mildura Cemetery Trust, CEO Employment Matters Committee, Aboriginal Action Committee, Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee, Local Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee.
Cr Ali Cupper served on the previous Council. Cr Cupper is a lawyer, child protection practitioner, academic and founding Director of the Australian Advocacy and Politics Summer School. Cr Cupper grew up in Mildura, Irymple and Sunnycliffs and is passionate about the region she calls home. With particular interests in regional economic development, social inclusion and social justice, Cr Cupper is keen to help shape our community's future. Through her role as a Councillor, she hopes to work towards the evolution of local government, as it adapts and thrives in a modern, sophisticated and sustainable world.
Cr Greg Brown
Terms: 1997-2000, 2003-2005, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Portfolio: Infrastructure and Transport
Committees: Calder Highway Improvement Committee, Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development, Central Murray Regional Transport Forum, GWM Mallee Customer Committee, Murrayville WSPA Groundwater Implementation Committee.
Cr Greg Brown served on three previous Councils and is pleased to have again been given the opportunity to represent local residents. Cr Brown went to school in Underbool and Ouyen and has operated a dryland farm at Underbool for 59 years. He has also managed his own small business for 50 years. Passionate about rural Victoria, Cr Brown is keen to ensure locals can access the services, infrastructure and facilities they need, regardless of where they live or work throughout the municipality.
Cr Anthony Cirillo
Portfolio: Environment and Farming Sustainability
Committees: Sunraysia Sustainability Network, CEO Employment Matters, Finance Advisory Committee, Murray Darling Association, Loddon Mallee Waste & Resource Recovery Group, Australian Inland Botanic Gardens.
Cr Anthony Cirillo joins Council for the first time in 2016. Cr Cirillo grew up in the Mildura Region and is a horticulturist who grows table grapes and operates a successful business that markets produce both nationally and globally. Cr Cirillo and his wife Vittoria are currently raising their young family and believe strongly in the wellbeing and future of our region, not only for his generation but future generations.
Cr Simon Clemence
Portfolio: Community Safety
Committees: Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee, CEO Employment Matters, Finance Advisory Committee, Northern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network, Northern Mallee Community Partnership, Sunraysia Highway Improvement Committee, Aboriginal Action Committee.
Cr Simon Clemence joins Council for the first time in 2016. Now retired, Cr Clemence was a Police Inspector and Local Area Commander for Mildura and lives at Cardross. Cr Clemence is passionate about the region and his previous work has had strong links to the betterment of the community through his work in Ice Education, Family Violence and improving Aboriginal youth training. With particular interests in the economic development and growth of our region, access to services and social justice, Cr Clemence is keen to support improved community safety, connectivity and employment opportunities.
Cr Glenn Milne
Terms: 2005-2008, 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Portfolio: Recreation and Sport
Committees: Mildura Recreation Reserve Reference Group, Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex, Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee, CEO Employment Matters Committee.
Cr Glenn Milne is serving his fourth consecutive term on Mildura Rural City Council; it is also the seventh time he has been elected Mayor. Born and bred in the region, Cr Milne grew up on a dried fruit and citrus property at Cardross, while completing school and further education pursuits locally, he has always maintained a strong interest in horticulture. He has also been employed as a press photographer, worked in community development and welfare. The father of eight, including two foster children, is both a Board and life member of the Mallee Accommodation and Support Program and also serves on the Boards of Sunraysia Residential Services and Mildura Chaplaincy Committee and he is an Ambassador for Bully Zero.
Portfolio: Arts and Culture
Committees: Mildura Cemetery Trust, Mildura Arts and Cultural Advisory Board, Mildura Recreation Reserve Reference Group, Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex, Sunraysia Sustainability Network, Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee.
Cr Jason Modica joins Council for the first time in 2016. A ceramic tile layer, Cr Modica lived in Gol Gol as a youngster and now lives in Nichols Point. He is passionate about the region he calls home. With particular interests in social and regional economic development, service access and social justice, Cr Modica is keen to help shape our community's future. He hopes his role as a Councillor will enable him to advocate for growth through strategic planning and development that will bring a renewed and stronger region.
Portfolio: Community Wellbeing and Services
Committees: Mildura Cemetery Trust, Youth Advisory Committee, Disability Access Advisory Committee.
Cr Min Poole joins Council for the first time in 2016. A local Real Estate agent and volunteer in the community, Cr Poole has lived in Ouyen and Mildura. Cr Poole has particular interests in regional economic development and wants to work towards a vibrant, inclusive and progressive community for all. Cr Poole is committed to openly listening and learning about local needs, with a view to outcomes that will further achieve goals of positive social, economic and environmental growth of our region.
Cr Max Thorburn
Terms: 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Cr Max Thorborn served on two previous Councils. Cr Thorburn is an experienced broadcaster, sports commentator and journalist, again plans to achieve solid outcomes for residents living across the municipality. The father-of-four was educated at Upwey High School and has worked in commercial radio and television across Australia and overseas, including as Editor of the Mildura Independent Star for the past 25 years. Cr Thorburn is committed to improving quality of life for all, addressing local issues such as an off leash dog park, sports facilities, tourism, public transport, street scapes, tree-plantings and the positioning of nursing homes and retirement villages.