As part of our lead up to Brimbank Voting in October 2016 we've asked mayors from neighbouring councils about their experience in local government. Part 2 is Mayor Andrea Surace of Moonee Valley City Council.
Fast Facts: Mayor of Moonee Valley City Council, Andrea Surace
The most important quality/skill needed to be a successful Mayor/Councillor?
Passion for the community and environment.
What advice would you give to individuals thinking of running for Council for the first time in 2016?
What they can offer to the community and environment.
What does a typical day look like?
Meetings with teh CEO, reading emails/letters. Attending functions as required
The most challenging aspect of being Mayor?
What was the most surprising thing you discovered about local government and/or the role of a councillor after being elected to Council for the first time?
The timeframe to achieve goals. Needing a majority of councillors to be successful on issues.
What first motivated you to enter local government?
My passion has always been in helping people!
What are some of the biggest achievements you have as Mayor?
Continuity of democracy.
Why do you think local government is special?
It's the closest tier of government to the community.
One happy memory that stands out from your time as mayor
One key message why everyone should vote
To have a representative for them.
How much time are you called on to dedicate to the role?
Up to 70 hours per week.
What are the core functions/expectations of the role?
Commitment, honesty, making good decisions.
How did you respond to praise/criticism by media or residents?
By being myself and being genuine.