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Meet Your Council

The Alpine Shire Council is made up of seven elected representatives. Together, they govern the Alpine Shire.

Cr Ron Janas

Cr Ron Janas

Mayor

Ron Janas has lived and worked in the Alpine Shire for the past 27 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.

Cr Janas served in the Australian Army for nine years.

His hobbies include gardening, bushwalking and social bike riding, and he is a member of Myrtleford Landcare.

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.

Representative committees: 

  • Alpine Shire Council Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee
  • Alpine Shire Community Resilience Committee
  • Mount Buffalo Destination Advisory Group
  • Municipal Association of Victoria Emergency Management Committee
  • Municipal Association of Victoria Board member and Professional Development Committee
Phone: 0417 305 196
Cr Sarah Nicholas

Cr Sarah Nicholas

Deputy Mayor

Sarah Nicholas has lived in Wandiligong for over 20 years and visited and worked in this beautiful area for many years before making it her home.

Cr Nicholas is an active, outdoors person who loves to understand the natural environment and how to live more sustainably.

She has a B Agric Sc and Masters in Environmental Law, Business and Management and experience in leadership, governance, community engagement and strategic planning.

With her partner and two children Cr Nicholas enjoys skiing, cycling, gardening, reading, being with family and friends. She has travelled widely to pursue her skiing interests and managed the Mount Hotham Ski Patrol for several years.

Cr Nicholas sees her role on council as a way to ensure continued good governance so that communities can be supported to achieve great outcomes for local areas and the Alpine Shire as a whole.

Representative committees:

  • Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance
  • Municipal Association of Victoria Environment Committee
  • North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group
Phone: 0408 423 571
Cr Tony Keeble

Cr Tony Keeble

Tony Keeble spent his childhood living in the Upper Kiewa Valley and completed year 12 at Mount Beauty Secondary College. He then went on to complete a BA in Outdoor Education, a Grad Dip in Education, a Masters in Environmental Education and is currently a PhD candidate.

Cr Keeble is happily married with four beautiful girls. Cr Keeble travelled for several years overseas working in a variety of vocations including tourism, managing a raft company in Canada and being employed as Director of Mountain Management at a ski resort in USA.

Cr Keeble is currently the Principal of Outdoor School, a multi campus school that teachers students to be sustainably resilient in todays and tomorrows society. Previously Cr Keeble has been the Principal of Mount Beauty Primary School, the Principal of two Indigenous schools in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, a lecturer in the education department for LaTrobe University and a teacher at Wesley College.

Cr Keeble is also involved in many community groups as a volunteer and member. Cr Keeble is looking forward to his third four year term as councillor and maintains a strong connection to communities and their voice for change and action.

Representative committees:

  • Alpine Children’s Services Inc.

 

Phone: 0417 541 732
Cr Peter Roper

Cr Peter Roper

Peter Roper is the fifth generation of the Roper family to farm at Tawonga.

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.

Phone: 0428 941 952
Cr John Forsyth

Cr John Forsyth

Having owned a local business with his wife Sarah, John Forsyth is concerned with the sustainability of small businesses in the Alpine Shire, including issues such as rates, accessibility, communication, diversity, tourist impacts and reliable infrastructure.

As a resident he is concerned with waste collection, water quality, amenities for the aged, 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.

Representative committees:

  • Alpine Shire Council Audit Committee
  • Alpine Shire Council Finance Committee
Phone: 0408 464 924
Cr Daryl Pearce

Cr Daryl Pearce

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.

Representative committees:

  • National Timber Councils Association

 

Phone: 0400 475 090
Cr Kitty Knappstein

Cr Kitty Knappstein

With a background in Foreign Affairs in Canberra and IDAPS Computer Science in Melbourne, Kitty Knappstein first visited this area in the 1970s when her parents and sisters relocated from Canberra.

Later employed by Hickinbotham Winemakers in Williamstown, an interest developed in tourism, hospitality and the wine industry in the North-East.

With her two daughters she moved to Harrietville in 1997, worked at Harrietville Primary School in admin and participated in delivery of the Children's Literacy Program; with Bright TAFE she undertook further training in Adult Literacy.

Community service includes 13 years as Board Member and past Chair of Alpine Health, past Bright Autumn Festival Committee member, current membership of SES, CFA, Alpine Shire Heritage Network, Community Resilience Committee, Community Health and Advisory Group, Bright Art Gallery and Bright RSL Committee Member and Welfare Officer and past vice-President.

She is a (2013) graduate of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program.

Employment at the Alpine Visitor Information Centre broadened her understanding of issues facing residents, visitors and business operators in the Shire, leading to her decision to become a Councillor.

Representative committees:

  • Alpine Shire Council Audit Committee
  • Alpine Shire Council Finance Committee
  • Alpine Shire Council Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee
  • Alpine Shire Community Resilience Committee
  • Alpine Alliance (between Council and Alpine Health)
  • Municipal Association of Victoria Emergency Management Reference Group
Phone: 0438 592 717

Councillor Code of Conduct

The Alpine Shire Council consists of seven councillors who are democratically elected by persons enrolled to vote across the Alpine Shire (unsubdivided).  

The primary role of the Council is to provide leadership for the good governance of the Alpine Shire. 

The Councillor Code of Conduct sets out councillor conduct principles and behaviours that Alpine Shire Councillors must abide by.

Election Period Policy

Council must prepare, adopt and maintain an Election Period Policy.  Councillors and Council staff must observe and comply with all legislative and governance requirements during the period leading up to an election.

Councillor Reimbursement of Expenses Policy

The Councillor Reimbursement of Expenses Policy defines the parameters for the reimbursement of necessary out of pocket expenses incurred while performing duties as a Councillor.

Council Administration Local Law 2016

The Council Administration Local Law 2016 regulates the use of Council's common seal, election of Mayor and the proceedings of Council meetings.

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