Cr Stuart James is a first-time Councillor, representing the Oakleigh Ward. In his first year, he was elected Deputy Mayor (2016/2017 term). On 11 November 2019, Stuart was elected as Monash's Mayor for the next 12 months.
Stuart’s main items for focus over this term of Council are:
- Increasing Community engagement with Council and working hard to ensure that Council run events and services are communicated to as many Monash residents as possible
- Opposing inappropriate development and maintaining the character of our suburbs
- Increasing and extending Council services for parents with young children
- Developing comprehensive short and long term strategies for the Huntingdale Shopping Precinct
- Working hard with the State Government to ensure that the space beneath the impending elevated rail is returned to the Community, and consulting with residents to achieve the best possible outcomes in terms of resultant facilities
- Increasing investment in sporting facilities, community groups and creating more relevant use of open spaces.
Stuart is a proud local resident and believes that Monash is the perfect place to raise his young family. He believes that community consultation and working closely with residents is the best way to ensure that Monash remains the best place to work, live and play. He encourages people to get in touch should they have any ideas, suggestions or concerns.
Stuart is a member of the following Council committees:
Stuart represents Council on the following external bodies:
He is also a member of:
Stuart’s grandfather was the youngest of 14 children and came to Australia alone on a boat at the age of 15. Initially he worked as an apprentice in shoe manufacturing and, after enduring unemployment during the Great Depression, spent the remainder of his working life with the Melbourne Tramways Board.
His grandmother left school at 14 and worked in sandwich shops. Lifelong residents of working class Preston, they dedicated and spent their entire lives working hard to provide a better opportunity for their children. Despite limited access to quality education, Stuart’s father won State Government scholarships in years eight and ten at secondary school and a Commonwealth scholarship to University, enabling him to achieve his full potential in the corporate world.
Stuart’s values and beliefs have been shaped by this family history. He has a deep sense of family commitment and hard work and has a great admiration and respect for those who have come from less fortunate backgrounds. He understands that what makes and sustains Australia as a great country is that it provides equal opportunity to all residents, regardless of their economic, political, or religious status.
Stuart completed his VCE at Carey Baptist Grammar, has a Bachelor of Information Management from Monash University and has worked in the IT Industry for almost 20 years. Stuart is currently the President of both the Eastern Districts Pool League and South Eastern Districts Pool League. He is the co-founder the Village Green Pool Club in Notting Hill and has served as its President, Vice President and is currently Secretary. He is a former Chairman of a Body Corporate and still sits as a member on the current board.
Stuart is very passionate about the Arts, in particular, the theatre. He spent many years running lighting desks in theatrical productions and also studied theatre during his IT Degree. Stuart still attends a variety of different Senior School Musicals, local theatre productions, and often attends various MTC productions throughout the calendar year.
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