Councillors

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

Cr Glenn Milne

Cr Glenn Milne, Mayor

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

Portfolio: Governance and Corporate Planning

Committees: Audit Committee, CEO Employment Matters, Financial Advisory Committee, Municipal Association of Victoria, Regional Cities, Murray River Group of Councils, Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development, Sister City Association.

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.

Email glenn.milne@mildura.vic.gov.au 

Cr Jason Modica

Cr Jason Modica, Deputy Mayor

Term: 2016-2020

Portfolio: Arts and Culture

Committees: Mildura Cemetery Trust, Audit Committee, Mildura Arts & Cultural Advisory Board, CEO Employment Matters, Finance Advisory Committee, Australian Inland Botanic Gardens.

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. 

Cr Greg Brown

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, Sunraysia Highway Improvement Committee, 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

Cr Anthony Cirillo

Term: 2016-2020

Portfolio: Environment and Sustainability

Committees: Sunraysia Sustainability Network, CEO Employment Matters, Finance Advisory Committee, Murray Darling Association, Loddon Mallee Waste & Resource Recovery Group.

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

Cr Simon Clemence

Term: 2016-2020

Portfolio: Community Safety

Committees: Municipal Emergency Management Planning, CEO Employment Matters, Aboriginal Action Committee, North West Municipalities Association, Northern Mallee Community Partnership.

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.

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

Cr Ali Cupper

Cr Ali Cupper

Terms: 2012-2016, 2016-2020

Portfolio: Community and Wellbeing Services

Committees: Youth Advisory Committee, Disability Access Advisory Committee, Sunraysia Sustainability Network, Aboriginal Action Committee, Northern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network, 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 Mark Eckel

Cr Mark Eckel

 
Terms: 2000-2003, 2005-2008, 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
 
Portfolio: Economic Development and Tourism, Recreation and Sport
 
Committees: Mildura Recreation Reference Group, Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex, Mildura City Heart, Mallee Family Violence Executive, 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 Min Poole

Cr Min Poole

Term: 2016-2020

Portfolio: Community Development

Committees: Mildura Cemetery Trust, Mildura Recreation Reference Group, Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex.

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

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.