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Monday, 6 January 2014
The Alpine Shire Council 2012 elections were held in late October.
Four returning Councillors and three new Councillors were elected.
The Councillors were sworn in on Wednesday, 7 November, and the mayor and deputy mayor elected on Tuesday, 13 November.
Cr Peter Roper was elected to the position of mayor and Cr Jan Vonarx was elected as deputy mayor.
|Councillor Peter Roper - Mayor|
Phone: 0428 941 952
Peter Roper is the fifth generation of the Roper family to farm at Tawonga. He has three school aged children.
His experience includes working for a large regional water authority managing regional water supply catchments, waste water treatment and reuse facilities.
Cr Roper’s interests include ensuring we leave the environment in good shape for our children, enjoying outdoor and sporting activities with family and friends and reading.
Cr Roper is part of the Victorian National Parks Advisory Council and the Alpine National Parks Advisory Council.
|Councillor Jan Vonarx - Deputy Mayor|
Phone: 0438 521 924
Portfolio: Community; Governance
Jan Vonarx is married with four daughters and eight grandchildren and has lived in Myrtleford with her husband, Les, for the past 40 years.
Cr Vonarx has a Diploma of Management, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Certificate IV in Business (Frontline Management) and Certificate IV in Leadership.
Cr Vonarx is passionate about her community and has served on many committees. She has been involved in the Girl Guide Movement for over 30 years as a Leader, State Trainer, Member of State Council, District Leader and is now the Region Manager for Hume Region which incorporates 12 Districts from Towong to Mitchell, including Murrindindi.
Family is very important to Cr Vonarx, especially her grandchildren, with whom she spends a lot of time. Girl Guides is one of her passions and keeps her young. In her spare time she enjoys reading and travelling with Les.
|Councillor John Forsyth|
Phone: 0408 464 924
Portfolios: Corporate / Finance; Infrastructure
As a local business owner, John Forsyth is concerned with the sustainability of small businesses in the Alpine Shire, including issues such as rates, accessibility, communication, diversity and reliable infrastructure.
As a resident he is concerned with waste collection, quality water, security and a happy and healthy community and environment to live in.
By representing the community at council level, Cr Forsyth aims to help maintain and build upon those attributes that make the Alpine Shire a great place to live and work.
|Councillor Ron Janas|
Phone: 0417 305 196
Portfolios: Infrastructure; Community
Ron Janas has lived and worked in the Alpine Shire for the past 23 years, spending 20 of those years as a police officer in the North East.
A member of the Buffalo River CFA and local RSL club, Cr Janas is married, with adult children and grandchildren.
In recent years Cr Janas has undertaken some work with Alpine Shire Council, gaining valuable experience and knowledge of the shire's objectives and processes.
His focus during this four-year term will be to forge relationships between Council and the community, promote good governance and sustainability and the achievements of common goals for the betterment of all communities.
|Councillor Tony Keeble|
Phone: 0417 541 732
Portfolios: Economic Development / Tourism; Corporate / Finance
Tony Keeble spent his childhood living in the Upper Kiewa Valley and completed Year 12 at the Mount Beauty Secondary College. He then went on to complete a BA in Outdoor Education, a Grad Dip in Education and Masters in Education.
Cr Keeble travelled for seven years running a raft company in Canada and being director of mountain management of a ski resort in USA. He is happily married with four beautiful young girls.
Cr Keeble is Principal of Bogong Outdoor Education Centre. He is also involved in the Kiewa Kids group, an environmental youth group, and the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski club and the Hoppet.
Cr Keeble’s interest include spending time with his family, being in the high country walking, cycling, being with friends and skiing.
|Councillor Kate Farrell|
Phone: 0414 833 589
Portfolios: Economic Development / Tourism; Environment
Kate Farrell's family has always come first and she is very proud of her two sons. Her eldest is studying medicine and her youngest is studying nursing.
Cr Farrell has numerous qualifications that will assist in Council, but she also believes that the life experiences she has amassed will be an added bonus.
Cr Farrell looks forward to tackling the next four years head on and being part of a strong team to be an effective council working for the community.
Her interests are working in her wild garden, reading, friends, kayaking, her faithful dog, cooking and art.
|Councillor Daryl Pearce|
Phone: 0400 475 090
Portfolios: Planning; Environment
Daryl Pearce first lived in Wandiligong in 1973. He has moved away a couple of times to seek other career paths in aviation as an air traffic controller and flying. Cr Pearce has four children and three grandchildren.
He worked at the Bright P12 College for seven years and worked closely with welfare organisations for the development of children in the area.
Cr Pearce coached Bright junior football teams for six years and is the Junior vice-president of the Bright Football Club. Cr Pearce is also on the Wandiligong Alpine Park and the Wandiligong Caravan Park committees.
Cr Pearce is passionate about caring for our young people, aged care and the natural environment.