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Past Mayors and Councillors

 

City of Greater Dandenong

On 15 December 1994, most of the City of Dandenong, City of Springvale, as well as small parts of the City of Berwick and Cranbourne were proclaimed the City of Greater Dandenong.

The Victorian Government restructured local government in Victoria, dissolving 210 councils and creating 78 new councils through amalgamations. The new local government areas were headed by commissioners appointed by the Victorian Government. They were in office until 1997 when the first City of Greater Dandenong Council was democratically elected.


City of Greater Dandenong Mayors 1997-present

Cr Youhorn Chea

 2017-18, Youhorn Chea

Cr Youhorn Chea has served as a Councillor for 20 years, and was elected Mayor in 2001, 2007 and 2012.

Cr Chea has lived in Greater Dandenong since he fled Cambodia in 1982. Using his own experience living in refugee camps and building a new life for his family, Cr Chea wants to inspire refugees and migrants living in this city.

 

 

Cr Jim Memeti Mayor

2016-17, Jim Memeti

Councillor Jim Memeti was born in Albania and migrated to Australian at the age of two with his parents. Jim grew up in Dandenong as a child and has since established a retail business in the local and surrounding areas and raised his family. 

Jim was first elected to Council in 2005 and elected Mayor in 2010, 2013 and then again in 2016. He officially opened the new municipal offices in Dandenong in April 2014.

2015-16, Heang Tak

Councillor Heang Tak has been a resident of Greater Dandenong for over 20 years and a member of Council since 2012. He was elected as a councillor for Paperback Ward.

As an active community member and Councillor he has had an opportunity to listen to and connect with people from all walks of life who call Greater Dandenong home, to listen to their needs and to support them through their challengers.

 

 2014-15, Sean O-Reilly

Councillor Sean O’Reilly lives in Springvale with his wife and three children. He is an active member of the community, has been interested in politics since Year 10 and says he learned at a young age that there was great knowledge and success to be gained by listening to and subsequently helping people. 

In 2012, Sean ran in the City of Greater Dandenong Council elections and received the highest primary vote in the municipality. He was elected as a councillor for Lightwood Ward and was Mayor in 2015.

 

2013-14, Jim Memeti

2012-13, Angela Long

Councillor Angela Long grew up in Springvale, then moved to Dandenong where she raised her family and became an active member of the community.

In 1997, Angela was a councillor for the City of Greater Dandenong from 1997 until 2005, during which time she held the office of Mayor in 2000. She was re-elected as a councillor in 2008 and was elected Mayor for a second time in 2012.

2011-12, Youhorn Chea

Councillor Youhorn Chea has served as a councillor for the City of Greater Dandenong since 1997. He created history on 2001 as the first Cambodian-born Mayor in Australia. He has completed two more terms as Mayor - in 2007 and 2012. 

Youhorn has lived in the City of Greater Dandenong since fleeing the killing fields of Cambodia in 1982. He speaks three languages and as a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Graduate Diploma of Arts and Human Services.

2010-11, Roz Blades AM

Councillor Roz Blades has a long affiliation with the Greater Dandenong community, both as a resident and councillor, since moving to Noble Park from the UK in 1969.  She was first elected as a councillor with the former City of Springvale in 1987 and has since served three mayoral terms - in 1992 (City of Springvale), 1998 and 2010 (City of Greater Dandenong).

In 2012, Roz was the recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution to the community over the past three decades.

2009-10, Jim Memeti

2008-09, Pinar Yesil

Pinal Yesil became a councillor in 2005 and was elected Council’s first Muslim Mayor at the age of 28 in 2008. While studying an arts/social sciences degree, she worked as an electorate officer and volunteer in State Parliament. 

Pinar also worked as a union representative for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association.

2007-08, John Kelly

Councillor John Kelly has lived in Dandenong his entire life, including raising his family and establishing his plumbing business in 1978. 

John was first elected as a councillor in 1991 with the former City of Dandenong and was then re-elected in 1997 as a councillor with the City of Greater Dandenong. He was elected Mayor in 2007.

2006-07, Youhorn Chea

2005-06, Peter Brown

Councillor Peter Brown was first elected as a councillor with the former City of Springvale in 1987. He ran until 1991, was re-elected in 1992 and ran until amalgations in 1994. He was then elected as a councillor with the City of Greater Dandenong in 2003 and elected Mayor in 2005. 

Peter is a qualified accountant, lawyer and secondary school teacher and has taught at various secondary schools in Springvale South for more than 14 years.

2004-05, Maria Sampey

Councillor Maria Sampey was born in Italy and migrated to Australia at the age of 7. She moved to Greater Dandenong in the 1970's and it is where she raised her family and became actively involved in local issues. 

Maria was first elected to Council in 2000 and was elected Mayor in 2004.

2004, Clare O’Neil

Clare O’Neil was elected to Council in 2003. One year later, in March 2004, she became Australia’s youngest female Mayor at the age of 23. 

Claire O’Neil left local government in 2005 to take up and successfully complete a scholarship in Law at Harvard University. In 2013, she was elected as the Federal Member for Hotham.

2003-04, Kevin Walsh RFD

Kevin Walsh was a resident in the City of Greater Dandenong for 14 years and an active member of the community prior to being elected as a councillor in 2000. 

His prior involvement in the community included Treasurer of the Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau, Chairperson of the Eastern Ring Road Steering Committee and Treasurer of the Eastern Region Mental Health Association as well as being a member of the Department of Defence Army Reserves.  In 2003, he was elected Mayor.

2002-03, Paul Donovan

Paul Donovan grew up in Dandenong where he attended both local primary and secondary schools before completing a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. 

Paul Donovan was elected to Council in 1997 and was elected Mayor in 2002.

2001-02, Youhorn Chea

2000-01, Angela Long

1999-2000, Naim Melhem

After migrating from Lebanon in 1977, Naim Melhem moved to the former City of Springvale where he settled and opened his first milk bar.

He soon became actively involved in local politics and was elected as a councillor with the City of Springvale in 1993 and then with the City of Greater Dandenong in 1997. in 1999, he was the first Lebanese Mayor to be elected in Victoria.

1998-99, Roz Blades AM

1997-98, Greg Harris

Greg Harris was an active member of the Dandenong community for many years prior to him being elected to a three year term as a councillor from 1997-2000.

In 1997, he became the first elected Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong.


City of Greater Dandenong Councillors 1997-present

  • 2016-current, Councillor Tim Dark
  • 2016-current, Councillor Zaynoun Melhem
  • 2012-current, Councillor Matthew Kirwan
  • 2012-current, Councillor Sean O’Reilly
  • 2012-current, Councillor Heang Tak
  • 2008-current, Councillor Loi Truong
  • 2005-2008, Alan Gordon
  • 2005-current, Councillor Jim Memeti
  • 2005-2008, Sue Walton
  • 2005-2012, Pinar Yesil
  • 2003-2016, Councillor Peter Brown
  • 2003-2005, David Kelly
  • 2003-2005, Clare O’Neil
  • 2000-2003, Geraldine Gonsalvez
  • 2000-current, Councillor Maria Sampey
  • 2000-2005, Kevin Walsh
  • 1997-current, Councillor Roz Blades
  • 1997-current, Councillor Youhorn Chea
  • 1997-2016, Councillor John Kelly
  • 1997-2012, Paul Donovan
  • 1997-2000, Greg Harris
  • 1997-2000, Sharon Harris
  • 1997-2003 & 2005-2012, Yvonne Herring
  • 1997-2005 & 2008-current, Councillor Angela Long
  • 1997-2005, Naim Melhem
  • 1997-2000, Phil Reed
  • 1997-2003, Dale Wilson 


City of Greater Dandenong Commissioners 1994-1997

  • Chief Commissioner: Ian Cathie
  • Commissioner: John Nixon
  • Commissioner Margaret Nichols


Shire of Springvale and Noble Park/City of Springvale

The areas of Springvale and Noble Park were governed by the Dandenong District Roads Board and then the Shire of Dandenong until 1955. The Shire of Dandenong was renamed the Shire of Springvale and Noble Park on 24 May 1955. A week later on 31 May 1955, the Shire of Dandenong was reformed when that area split away from the Shire of Springvale and Noble Park.

On 14 May 1959, the Shire of Springvale and Noble Park was renamed the City of Springvale.

The City of Springvale ceased to exist with the creation of the City of Greater Dandenong on 15 December 1994.

Prior to 14 May 1959, the Mayor was known as the Shire President.

List of Shire of Springvale and Noble Park/City of Springvale Mayors and Councillors 1955-1994 (PDF - 135KB)

 

Shire of Dandenong/City of Dandenong

The Shire of Dandenong was constituted on 7 May 1873. The members of the Dandenong District Roads Board automatically became the members of the first Council.

Both Springvale and Dandenong were governed by the Dandenong District Roads Board and then the Shire of Dandenong until 1955, when Springvale and Noble Park split from the Shire of Dandenong to form the Shire of Springvale and Nobel Park.

The Shire of Dandenong was declared a 'City' on 14 May 1959 and from then on was known as the City of Dandenong.

The City of Dandenong ceased to exist with the creation of the Greater Dandenong Council on 15 December 1994.

Prior to 14 May 1959, the Mayor was known as the 'Shire President'.

List of Shire of Dandenong/City of Dandenong Mayors and Councillors 1873-1994 (PDF - 336KB)

 

Dandenong District Roads Board

The first local government administration body was the Dandenong District Roads Board which functioned from 1862 to 1873.

The Shire of Dandenong was constituted on 7 May 1873. The members of the Dandenong District Roads Board automatically became the members of the first Council.

Both Springvale and Dandenong were governed by the Dandenong District Roads Board and then the Shire of Dandenong until 1955, when Springvale and Noble Park split from the Shire of Dandenong to form the Shire of Springvale and Noble Park.

List of Dandenong District Roads Board members 1862-1873 (PDF - 218KB)

 

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