Councillors

Council is made up of nine publicly elected Councillors who each serve four year terms:

Cr Mark Eckel

Cr Mark Eckel, Mayor

Terms: 2000-2003, 2005-2008, 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020

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 three 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

Cr Ali Cupper, Deputy Mayor

Terms: 2012-2016, 2016-2020

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.

Email ali.cupper@mildura.vic.gov.au

Cr Greg Brown

Cr Greg Brown

Terms: 1997-2000, 2003-2005, 2012-2016, 2016-2020

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.

Email greg.brown@mildura.vic.gov.au

 Cr Anthony Cirillo

Cr Anthony Cirillo

Term: 2016-2020

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.  

Email anthony.cirillo@mildura.vic.gov.au

Cr Simon Clemence

Cr Simon Clemence

Term: 2016-2020

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, Northern Mallee Local Drug Action Committee (chair).

Cr Simon Clemence joined 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 through his previous role has developed strong community links that enable him to work for the betterment of the community.  He has a strong background in crime reduction initiatives, Ice education, family violence and improving Aboriginal youth training and employment. With particular interests in the economic development and the growth of our region, access to services and social justice, Cr Clemence is keen to support improved community safety, connectivity and employment opportunities.

Email simon.clemence@mildura.vic.gov.au

Cr Glenn Milne

Cr Glenn Milne

Terms: 2005-2008, 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020

Committees: Mildura Recreation Reserve Reference Group, Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex, Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee, CEO Employment Matters Committee, Rail Freight Alliance (chair), Municipal Association Victoria Planning Committee.

Cr Glenn Milne is serving his fourth consecutive term on Mildura Rural City Council; and has also served seven terms as 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, he is an Ambassador for Bully Zero and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Email glenn.milne@mildura.vic.gov.au

 Cr Jason Modica

Cr Jason Modica

Term: 2016-2020

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. 

Email jason.modica@mildura.vic.gov.au

 Cr Min Poole

Cr Min Poole

Term: 2016-2020

Committees: Mildura Cemetery Trust (chair), Youth 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.

Email min.poole@mildura.vic.gov.au

 Cr Max Thorburn

Cr Max Thorburn

 
Terms: 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
 
Cr Max Thorburn 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.

 

Email max.thorburn@mildura.vic.gov.au


Portfolios

Instead of Wards, our Councillors have portfolios.  These portfolios are developed around the needs of our community, and as identified through our Community and Council Plan:

Portfolio Primary Councillor Support Councillor
Community Development & Gender Equality Cr Ali Cupper Cr Min Poole
Community Safety Cr Simon Clemence Cr Glenn Milne
Economic Development and Tourism Cr Simon Clemence Cr Glenn Milne
Community Wellbeing and Services Cr Min Poole Cr Ali Cupper
Arts and Culture Cr Jason Modica Cr Anthony Cirillo
Recreation and Sport Cr Glenn Milne Cr Jason Modica
Environment & Farming Sustainability Cr Anthony Cirillo Cr Jason Modica
Infrastructure and Transport Cr Greg Brown Cr Glenn Milne
Governance and Corporate Planning Cr Mark Eckel Cr Ali Cupper