Councillors

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

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Cr Simon Clemence, Mayor

Portfolio: Governance and Corporate Planning 

Term: 2016-2020

Committees: Audit Committee, CEO Employment Matters Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, Aboriginal Action Committee, Municipal Association of Victoria, Regional Cities Victoria, Murray River Group of Councils, North West Municipalities Association, Northern Mallee Community Partnership, Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee, Sister City Association, North West Rail Alliance, Australia Day Committee.

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 Min Poole

Cr Min Poole, Deputy Mayor

Term: 2016-2020

Committees: Audit Committee, Youth Advisory Committee, Disability Access Advisory Committee, Mildura Cemetery trust (chair), CEO Employment Matters Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, North West Rail Alliance, Australia Day 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 Greg Brown

Cr Greg Brown

Portfolio: Infrastructure and Transport 

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

Committees: Calder Highway Improvement Committee, Sunraysia Highway Improvement Committee, Central Murray Regional Transport Forum, GWM Mallee Customer Committee, Murrayville WSPA Groundwater Implementation Committee, Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development.

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

Portfolio: Environment and Farming Sustainability

Term: 2016-2020

Committees: Sunraysia Sustainability Network, CEO Employment Matters Committee, 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.  

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

 Cr Mark Eckel

Cr Mark Eckel

Portfolio: Economic Development and Tourism

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

Committees: CEO Employment Matters, Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee, Mildura City Heart (observer), Psyche Bend Historical 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.
 

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Cr Helen Healy

Portfolio: Community Development and Gender Equality

Term: 2016-2020

Committees: Disability Access Advisory Committee, Mildura Arts and Culture Advisory Board, CEO Employment Matters Committee, Aboriginal Action Committee, local Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee, Food Next Door Co-op Community Demonstration Farm Project Steering Group, Sunraysia Equity Action Group.

Cr Helen Healy joined Council early in 2019 following Cr Cupper’s election to the Victorian State Government. She is an Arts and Cultural Engagement consultant having produced over 300 events across Australia including major events in the Mildura region and the National Indigenous Cultural program for the Centenary of Canberra. She has twice been a finalist in the Australian Event Manager of the Year award, is a former Victoria State Government Small Business Regional Hero and Australia Council peer and is currently a member of the Creative Victoria Advisory Panel and, until March 2019, a board member of Regional Arts Victoria. She has a Masters of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) and a keen interest in yoga, rowing, music and writing for publication. She is committed to advocate for the MRCC vision to be the most liveable people-friendly community in Australia.

Email helen.healy@mildura.vic.gov.au

Cr Glenn Milne

Cr Glenn Milne

Portfolio: Recreation and Sport 

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

Committees: Mildura Cemetery Trust, Mildura Recreation Reserve Reference Group, Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex, Finance Advisory Committee, Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development (chair), Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee, Australia Day Committee, Motor Sports Precinct 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

Portfolio: Arts and Culture 

Term: 2016-2020

Committees: Mildura Cemetery Trust, Mildura Arts & Cultural Advisory Board, Sunraysia Sustainability Network, Mildura Future Ready Steering Committee, Murray Darling Association, Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance Board.

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

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Cr Gavin Sedgmen

Portfolio: Community Safety, and Community Wellbeing and Services  

Term: 2016-2020

Committees: Youth Advisory Committee, Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee, Mildura Recreation Reserve Reference Group, Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex, Motor Sports Precinct Committee (chair).

Cr Gavin Sedgmen joined Council for the first time in November 2018, following the passing of Cr Thorburn.  Cr Sedgmen has lived in Merbein and worked around the Sunraysia region all his life.  He is a passionate advocate for local sports, and has a particular interest in motor sports having been a former competitor, committee member and president of the Mildura Motorcycle Club.  Cr Sedgmen has been actively involved with charity events including the Red Cliffs Lions Debutante Balls, the Masonic Lodge and the Merbein Football Club over the past 20 years.  Cr Sedgmen has owned and operated the Merbein Newsagency and Café for the past three years and was involved in the rebuilding of Merbein after the Remembrance Day storm in 2016.  Cr Sedgmen is looking forward to continuing his service to the community through his role as Councillor .

Email gavin.sedgmen@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 Safety Cr Anthony Cirillo Cr Simon Clemence
Community Development and Gender Equality Cr Helen Healy Cr Min Poole
Community Wellbeing and Services Cr Min Poole Cr Gavin Sedgmen
Arts and Culture Cr Jason Modica Cr Mark Eckel
Recreation and Sport Cr Glenn Milne Cr Gavin Sedgmen
Environment and Farming Sustainability Cr Anthony Cirillo Cr Jason Modica
Infrastructure and Transport Cr Greg Brown Cr Glenn Milne
Economic Development and Tourism Cr Mark Eckel Cr Helen Healy
Governance and Corporate Planning Mayor Deputy Mayor