Councillors and wards

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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 - three for the Patchell Ward; two for the Yarran Ward; and single representatives for the Avoca and Murray wards.


Avoca Ward

Towns/districts: Benjeroop, Lalbert, Lake Charm, Mystic Park, Quambatook

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Cr Charlie Gillingham

Mayor

Phone: 0457 719 874

Email: charlie.gillingham@gannawarra.vic.gov.au

First elected: October 2016

 

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

Charlie has a current interest in local environmental, health, irrigation, social and sporting groups.

With our various existing qualities, Charlie believes that the area we live in is very dynamic and has a huge potential for further innovative agricultural pursuits, tourism opportunities, new industry, renewable energy and increased residential development around our lakes and waterways.

With a reinvigorated Council, Charlie is looking forward to working with the Councillors and the community for the benefit of the whole shire.  He believes that with a common sense approach, these goals can be achieved and we can continue to make the Gannawarra a fantastic place for all.

 


Murray Ward

Towns/districts: Koondrook, Murrabit

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Cr Ross Stanton

Phone: 0417 515 769

Email: ross.stanton@gannawarra.vic.gov.au

First elected: October 2020

 

Ross Stanton was born in Cohuna and spent most of his life living and working in the Gannawarra. Ross has recently retired after 31 years with Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW)

Ross classifies himself as a volunteer, always willing to step in when help is needed, he currently sits on the Central Rivers Football/Netball Board as Deputy Chair and is a life member of the Murrabit Football Club, having served as president of the Football Club and also the Netball Club in the past. Ross likes to relax with a game of golf and fishing, neither successfully!

Ross believes Gannawarra is a great place to raise a family and enjoy all the assets this area has available. He sees a role in Council to focus on the strategic side of local government and look for ways to enhance the opportunities for our youth and maintain our link to agriculture, renewable energy and environmental based tourism. 


Patchell Ward 

Towns/districts: Kerang, Macorna, Tragowel

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Cr Kelvin Burt

Phone: 0407 319 414

Email: kelvin.burt@gannawarra.vic.gov.au

First elected: October 2020

 

 

Kelvin has lived and worked in Gannawarra for the majority of his life.

After leaving school the family farm was his first passion this then led him to becoming a fencing and haycarting contractor. Many other jobs followed, including wood merchant, barman, backhoe operator, Mawsons Concrete and a management role with Lipps Bulk Super in Wakool.

Looking for a stable future, Kelvin returned to Mawsons, where he still employed.

A love of the Gannawarra and a passion for his community has led Kelvin to become the President of Kerang Progress Association and, in 2020, a Councillor.

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Cr Travis Collier

Phone: 0433 269 577

Email: travis.collier@gannawarra.vic.gov.au

First elected: October 2020

 

Since moving to Kerang in 2011, Travis has been an active member of the community in a variety of different roles. Travis is currently president of the Kerang Technical High School Council and Murrabit Netball Club, as well as involved with the Murrabit Tennis Club, Kerang-Swan Hill Rams AFL Masters football team, Rotary Club of Kerang and the Murrabit Advancement Association.

Travis is looking forward to working alongside his fellow Councillors to develop a strategic plan that makes our Shire a destination for tourists and businesses alike.

 


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Cr Jane Ogden

Phone: 0476 786 051

Email: jane.e.ogden@gannawarra.vic.gov.au

First elected: October 2020

Jane has lived in Kerang since 2006 and has worked for Gannawarra Shire Council in various roles such as Coordinator Community Engagement, Grants and Community Development Officer. Jane has also co-owned a small business in Kerang and coordinated a seven-year community drought support project out of Barham for New South Wales and Victorian small towns.

In collaboration with her fellow Councillors, council staff and our Gannawarra communities, Jane looks forward to using her skills and experience to help create agreed upon projects for the mutual benefit of the people of the Gannawarra Shire through the development of the Council Plan 2021-2025.

 


Yarran Ward

Towns/districts: Cohuna, Leitchville

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Cr Keith Link

Phone: 0427 564 138

Email: keith.link@gannawarra.vic.gov.au

First elected: October 2020

 

Keith grew up in Melbourne and in 1976 together with his wife, decided on making a “tree change” and bought a small farm in Leitchville.

During the next 40 years the Link’s expanded and developed their piggery, during which time Keith was involved in Leitchville’s Lions Club, Pony Club, Pre-School and Scout group, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1983.

Currently, Keith is studying at university online and is well into an Arts degree, majoring in Geography. His main hobby is aviation and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 when time permits.

Keith is finding being a Councillor both quite challenging and rewarding and remains committed to working hard on issues that affect the Shire’s ratepayers.

 

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Cr Garner Smith

Deputy Mayor

Phone: 0418 871 054

Email: garner.smith@gannawarra.vic.gov.au

First elected: October 2020

Garner was raised on a dairy farm in Leitchville and completed his HSC at Cohuna High School in 1989. Garner undertook tertiary studies at the Melbourne University graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and undertaking a Postgraduate Honours year in Economics.

Garner has had significant experience in working in Politics, as an Electorate Officer for Senator Julian McGauran and Ministerial Advisor to the Hon. Bill Baxter in the Roads and Ports portfolio. In addition, Garner was the Young Nationals State President for two years, the National Party Victoria Junior Vice President for a year, undertook at delegation to Shanghai, China as part of the Young Leaders Conference as well as a Political Exchange Tour of Japan.

Currently, Garner and his wife are busy running their businesses, Riverland Milk and Trading, Rural supplies in Cohuna and Gunbower, as well as irrigated beef farms in Cohuna and Leitchville.