2020 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel

The Minister for Local Government appoints the Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel (LGMAP). The 2020 panel was appointed by the former Minister for Local Government in early February. The panel advises the Minister on a range of legislative, regulatory, strategic and policy decisions which impact the local government sector.

The appointees to the 2020 LGMAP are:

  • Cr Jo Armstrong, Mayor of Ararat Rural City Council
  • Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor of Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Cr Carolyn Stewart, Mayor of Buloke Shire Council
  • Cr Jeff Springfield, Mayor of Cardinia Shire Council
  • Cr Jim Memeti, Mayor of Greater Dandenong City Council
  • Cr Seema Abdullah, Mayor of Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Cr Licia Kokocinski, Mayor of Hepburn Shire Council
  • Cr Colleen Gates, Mayor of Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Cr Janet Pearce, Mayor of Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Cr Marg Attley OAM, Mayor of Mansfield Shire Council
  • Rt Hon Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, Melbourne City Council
  • Cr Lara Carli, Mayor of Melton City Council
  • Cr Lambros Tapinos, Mayor of Moreland City Council
  • Cr Rose Hodge, Mayor of Surf Coast Shire Council
  • Cr Alan Hall, Mayor of Wellington Shire Council

Photo of the 2020 LGMAP at Meeting 1

The make-up of the panel supports ‘Safe and Strong’, the Victorian Government’s gender equality strategy, with the 15 members reflecting a diversity of views and experiences.

Meetings took place on 26 February, 13 May, 15 July and 9 September.

Further information regarding the responsibilities and operation of the panel are detailed in the 2020 LGMAP’s Terms of Reference.

Meeting 1

The first meeting of the 2020 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel took place on Wednesday 26 February. Lee Miezis, Chief Executive Officer of the newly-established agency Bushfire Recovery Victoria, provided the panel with an overview of the agency and their people-centred, locally driven approach to recovery from the recent Victorian bushfires.  

The former Minister for Local Government also sought advice from the panel on a new requirement in the Local Government Act 2020. Panel members were asked for their views on mandatory training for candidates in council elections, specifically the content and timing of the training and how proof of participation in this training would be established at the time of nomination.

Meeting 2

The second meeting of the 2020 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel (LGMAP) took place virtually on 13 May 2020. The former Minister for Local Government sought feedback from the 2020 panel on the running of virtual meetings, the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Victorian councils, and whether the 2020 Victorian council elections should proceed as scheduled. The panel was also provided with an update on the implementation of the Local Government Act 2020, and how implementation is progressing in a COVID-19 environment.

Shari McPhail, Assistant Director of Homelessness and Accommodation Support at the Department of Health and Human Services presented to the panel an overview of the Victorian government’s response to homelessness during COVID-19. As part of this discussion, panel members Cr Seema Abdullah, Mayor of Greater Shepparton City Council, and Rt Hon Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne City Council presented on initiatives in their municipalities which aim to address homelessness.

Meeting 3

The third meeting of the 2020 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel took place virtually on 15 July 2020. Minister Leane introduced himself to the panel and expressed his interest in continuing to work with the 2020 panel for the remainder of their term.

Argiri Alisandratos, Deputy Secretary of Children, Families, Community and Disability in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), provided an overview of the work of DHHS in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria’s public housing units. Justin Burney, Project Director of the Regional Tourism Review in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) presented on the work of the Review and the effects of COVID-19 in tourism in Victoria. The panel was also provided with a brief update on the Local Government Act 2020 implementation by Hannah Duncan-Jones, Director of Policy and Strategy in Local Government Victoria. The panel were provided with a copy of the draft Standards of Conduct before the meeting in order to provide feedback to the implementation team.

The Minister also sought advice from the panel regarding potential job creation opportunities in their council areas, in preparation for meeting 4.

Meeting 4

The fourth and final meeting of the 2020 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel took place virtually on 9 September 2020. Minister Leane thanked the ongoing resilience and efforts of the panel and the local government sector throughout the year.

David Clements, Deputy Secretary, Inclusion, and Lisa Buckingham, General Manager, Working for Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, presented on Victoria's employment outlook and the Working for Victoria initiative. Minister Leane sought the panel's input into job creation opportunities for their respective councils and regions.

Hannah Duncan-Jones, Director, Policy and Strategy, Local Government Victoria, also updated the panel on the implementation of the Local Government Act 2020, including the preparations for the upcoming local council elections, and sought the panel's feedback on the draft Standards of Conduct.

The Minister closed off meeting 4 and the 2020 LGMAP by thanking the panel members for their contributions throughout the year and noting the valuable discussions that he has participated in throughout the sector.

More information

Please contact the LGMAP Secretariat, Policy and Strategy Branch, Local Government Victoria at lgv-lgmap-secretariat@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Note: During the initial phases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak the Minister for Local Government convened fortnightly meetings of the 2020 LGMAP to discuss the impacts on Victorian councils.
On 13 May 2020 it was agreed that these meetings would be held monthly going forward.

Page last updated: 21/09/20