Golden Plains councillor secures MAV presidency

By Staff Writer
Cr Bill McArthur from Golden Plains Shire has been elected as President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) for the next two years after a delayed election due to the Victorian bushfires.

Cr McArthur said he was absolutely thrilled and honoured to be elected from such a strong field of candidates.

“My passion and commitment has, and always will be for the betterment of local government," he said.

“The Presidency is an important and influential leadership position to represent the collective voice of local government and to advance sector issues with other spheres of government.

“A key priority for me will be to achieve financial sustainability for local government. I also intend to strengthen the links between the MAV and all municipalities through the role of the appointed MAV Representatives.

“I congratulate all my new MAV Board colleagues and look forward to working closely with them, the MAV CEO and staff, and of course councils across Victoria to advance both challenges and opportunities facing the sector,” he said.
The MAV President is a popularly elected position from the 79 elected MAV Representatives who comprise State Council (the governing body of the MAV).

Board members represent their regional grouping of councils and are elected by MAV Representatives from within their region.

The general elections for MAV President and regional board representatives was scheduled to take place on Friday March 6 but was postponed until Friday April 3 due to the large number of municipalities affected by the Victorian bushfires.

Victorian municipalities also voted to elect 12 regional MAV Board representatives. Successful candidates from contested Board positions were:

*     Cr Enver Erdogan, Moreland City Council
*     Cr John Chandler, Stonnington City Council
*     Cr John Sipek, Moonee Valley City Council
*     Cr Rod Fyffe, Greater Bendigo City Council
*     Cr Lisa Mahood, Wodonga City Council
*     Cr Jan Farrell, Greater Geelong City Council
*     Cr Reid Mather, Buloke Shire Council

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