Geoff Lake elected Monash Mayor

Councillor Geoff Lake

8 November 2013

Councillor Geoff Lake was elected Mayor of Monash City Council at a Special Council meeting last night.

Geoff Lake has been a Monash Councillor for 13 years and this is his third election as Mayor. He has also previously led the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Australian Local Government Association.

Cr Lake said he was honoured to lead the municipality again.

The 33-year-old lawyer said he would have an 'open door' policy with residents and ratepayers, encouraging people to get in touch about issues important to their lives and the community.

"I’m keen to hear from residents and ratepayers about what they would like to see Council achieve over coming years," Cr Lake said.

He also pledged to work closely with his fellow Councillors on the City's priorities for the coming year.

"The best decisions are made when people work together and listen to one another,"” he said.

Cr Lake outlined his thoughts on the City’s most important priorities:
  • keeping rates the lowest in Melbourne through responsible financial management; and
  • improving services and facilities to keep pace with a growing community.

"Keeping rates low is about assisting Monash residents and ratepayers with cost of living pressures," Cr Lake said.

"Excellent services and facilities deliver a better quality of life for the community," he said.

Cr Lake and his wife Emma have a son Harry, who turns one in December.

"Having a young family, I understand the challenges our community faces every day – that’s why I’m committed to keeping rates low and improving the 200 plus services which we deliver," he said.

Cr Lake congratulated Cr Stephen Dimopoulos on his election as Deputy Mayor, describing him as experienced, talented and energetic.

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Last updated: 8 November 2013

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