Councillors and wards

Gannawarra Shire Council covers approximately 3,735 square kilometres and is separated into four wards. Each ward is a different size, has varying numbers of people and has different levels of infrastructure. Seven Councillors make up Council, with vacancies currently in the Patchell and Yarran wards.

Avoca Ward (Mystic Park, Lake Charm, Quambatook, Lalbert, Benjeroop)


Charlie Gillingham (Deputy Mayor)

0457 719 874

First elected October 2016

Charlie has lived in the area for over 50 years and operates a family farm at Lake Charm. 

Charlie has an interest in local environmental, health, irrigation, social and sporting groups.  The area that we live in is very dynamic and has huge potential for innovative agricultural pursuits, further tourism opportunities, new industry and greater residential development around our lakes and waterways. 

Charlie believes that with a common sense approach we can achieve all these goals and continue to make the Gannawarra Shire a fantastic place for all.

Murray Ward (Murrabit, Koondrook)


Steven Tasker

0438 531 271

First elected October 2016

Steven has lived in Koondrook for over 30 years and has a background in mechanics and teaching along with volunteering for the State Emergency Service (SES).  Steven has a passion for the environment and enjoys camping and fishing.

During his term, Steven will focus on improving access to services for the elderly and access to recreation in parks for those in wheelchairs.  Steve will also focus on tourism growth.

Patchell Ward (Kerang, Tragowel, Macorna)


Brian Gibson

0408 171 476

First elected October 2012

Brian is a former police officer residing in Kerang with his family.

Supporting the community is a passion for Brian, as well as his family and sport.

During his four year term, Brian will focus on ensuring that members of the Gannawarra community are heard and develop community interaction into decision making for specific projects. Brian will also focus on growth within the tourism industry.


Jodie Basile

0409 439 269

First elected October 2016

Jodie is a medical receptionist working and residing in Kerang with her family.  Jodie has lived in the Kerang community for the past 30 years and is actively involved on school boards and in the Kerang Football Netball Club. 

Jodie has a background in business, health administration, real estate and local government. 

Jodie is dedicated and passionate about the Gannawarra community and seeing the community grow into the future with stability. Over Jodie’s four year term she will focus on listening to the community whilst promoting our lakes, waterways and natural assets, looking for tourism opportunities and advocating to improve rail services and transport options within the Gannawarra Shire.


Jenny Fawcett

0400 804 488

First elected February 2020

Jenny has lived in Kerang for 20 years following a move from Geelong. She is a wife and mother of three, and a Family Day Care Educator in Kerang for the past nine and a half years having worked for Gannawarra Shire, the City of Greater Geelong and South Barwon Shire.

Jenny currently holds a Certificate III in Children's Services and is currently working with Intereach Family Day Care.

Jenny is involved with local churches and has a strong faith with involvements in many different roles of the past 20 plus years.

Family and the relationships Jenny has made during her years in Kerang including with the School Council, School Parents Group, Hospital Consumer Board, Group Literature Classes and many other school and organisational commitments are immensely important to her.

Jenny intends to remain strongly committed to fairness and integrity coupled with accountability throughout her role as a Councillor.

Yarran Ward (Cohuna, Leitchville)


Lorraine Learmonth (Mayor)

0429 103 180

First elected October 2012

Lorraine will focus on the health and wellbeing of our Shire, including childcare and upgrade of pools. Lorraine is an advocate for further tourism developments of the natural assets of our shire, including Gunbower Island, the rivers and our lakes.

Lorraine will continue to investigate ways our communities can further reduce kerbside waste entering our land fill, including industrial and agricultural.

Lorraine is keen to see further developments in our successful arts and culture sector.

Lorraine’s vision is to empower our communities to reach their full potential, and advocate for a better deal for rural communities. Lorraine will always be available to listen to our communities concerns.



Andrew Gibbs

0488 668 114

First elected March 2020

Andrew has lived in Cohuna for a decade after 15 years running successful communications and government advisory businesses in Sydney. He is a former Political Lobbyist of 18 years. Currently Andrew has moved into a more tailored space of Capital and Acquisition Management Consultancy.

Andrew has spent a great deal of time working with our local farmers in preparing and lobbying new ideas and policy changes for irrigators in Gannawarra. 

Andrew has had family in the region for 20 years who have had a large foot print in hospitality.

His focus in his role as Councillor is to ensure economic development and growth strategy is at the forefront of the Shire and Councillors agenda. He is passionate about projects and seeing them come to life for the region.