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Community Planning Project Steering Committee  Printer Friendly

 Cr Barbara Alexander, AO - Chair
 Freida Andrews
 John Barry
 Doris Billingsley
 Mark Foletta
 Michael Hedderman
 Cath Marriott
 Graham Nickless
 Rob Roach
 Renee Scott
 Joy Shirley
 de Sales Turner
 Jilian Mulally (Council)
 Jane Archbold (Council)
 Sheree Brown (Council)
 Tony McIlroy (Council CEO)

Cr Barbara Alexander, AO - Chair

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Barbara Alexander
 
Freida Andrews
Freida and her partner moved from Melbourne in 1999. They enjoy living in the rural environment and since retirement have become involved in a wide range of community groups and activities. Until she retired in July 2013, Freida worked in Community and Mental Health Services, predominately in management, with a particular interest in the development of Quality Systems. Her previous experience included working as a nurse in a range of specialist areas. 

“The development of the community plan is a wonderful opportunity for people to be involved in a plan for their future.  I look forward to being part of this process.”

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Freida Andrews
 
John Barry
After a Melbourne career in commercial litigation and software development, John retired to the North East and to his roots.  He has kept busy since with painting, photography, researching and writing historical articles and the weekly Coo-ee column in the Ensign.  When he arrived, he researched the lives of the soldiers listed on the Benalla cenotaph as a contribution to Benalla, his new home town.  He sees his work in helping to develop Benalla's Community Plan as another part of his contribution to that home town – helping to make it a better, richer place to live.

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john barry
 
Doris Billingsley
Doris BIllingsley grew up in Kew in Melbourne, and has a 24 year old daughter called Jasmine. Doris has had a varied life and lived in lots of places with Benalla her last destination. Her work has included aged care, sales, Collingwood Football Club, and looking after children. When her marriage ended 13 years ago she decided to go back to study and completed three different courses. She says the one she is most proud of is her Diploma in  Community Welfare. 

“I am a people person and that is what I hope to bring to this wonderful group to perhaps make a difference.  I am so happy and proud to be part of our community. Benalla is a wonderful place and I just would so like to see the potential of greater things to come in our future.”

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Doris Billingsley
 
Mark Foletta
Mark grew up in Benalla before moving to Melbourne for study. After completing a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture he began working in California for Gallo winery and went on to complete a Masters in Wine and Viticulture. Five years ago he returned to Benalla and purchased a small cherry orchard which has since expanded to incorporate a 22 acre vineyard and a quality lucerne small square operation. In his spare time, he runs The Happy Wanderer music festival held locally, commentates ski races at Mt Buller and lectures in a wine subject at The University of Melbourne.

“As a young farmer and festival director I hope my experiences living both here and abroad will provide a progressive perspective and a positive contribution to harnessing Benalla's potential.”

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Mark Foletta
 
Michael Hedderman
Michael considers himself blessed to be able to work over many years with rural communities in building facilities that they needed and then involving them in the design. He says that every one brings to the discussion their dreams and above all, their community spirit.

“I hope that the rural can do attitude will once again come to the fore. A community that works together for the greater good of all is a resilient one, able to answer challenges and to provide for its residents in both good times and bad.”

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Michael Hederman
 
Cath Marriott
Cath Marriott is a farmer semi-retired after 32 years working in agriculture, 25 of them as a sole trader. She is passionate about the future of agriculture as a career choice for future generations and also how it fits in with the need to manage the planet to create a future for our grandchildren.

She worked in community engagement for the City of Shepparton during the drought in 2003 and went on to become the executive officer of the Goulburn Murray Community Leadership Programme for 12 months.

“The opportunity that this gave me to ‘step outside’ agriculture gave me an understanding of how important functional local communities were to the future of where they live and in fact of the nation. After these experiences I became interested in where we were all going!”

She studied for a Masters of Strategic Foresight at Swinburne university for 3 years and reads books on living systems and their inter-relationships for pleasure.

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Cath Marriott
 
Graham Nickless
Graham has worked in economic development and tourism in local government for over 25 years, six of which were in Benalla. Currently he is a prime lamb producer and has also had 20 years experience as an owner manager of a rural merchandise store. He was an inaugural board member of the Alpine Valley Community Leadership Program, being a strong advocate for community leadership.

“I am keen to assist the Benalla community to realise its full potential as a thriving and sustainable regional community and I believe that the community planning process will help achieve this aspiration.”

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Graeme Nickless
 
Rob Roach
Rob has lived in Benalla and Molyullah since 1980. After retiring from businesses in Benalla and Melbourne six years ago he decided to give something back to the community which he says has been great to his family since they arrived. He is involved in many local organisations in Benalla and surrounds.

“I would like to bring to our group my knowledge of marketing and promotion, which, along with tourism, go hand in hand. My vision is to make Benalla a destination town not merely a stopover town. Benalla has a wonderful and evolving infrastructure which must be utilised to attract more residents and quality retail outlets. The days of big manufacturing are now gone so we have to approach small to mid range manufacturers with enticements from all levels of government to enjoy the benefits our town has to offer.”

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Rob roach
 
Renee Scott
Renee has lived most of her life in Benalla. She finished school in Mooroopna but decided to come back to Benalla to live and is currently studying a Diploma of Community Service Work through GOTAFE. She works in disability support in Benalla and has also undertaken many different volunteer roles within Benalla.

"I enjoy getting involved in the community as much as possible. I love living in Benalla and participating in the development of our great town. I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to have their say in the development of the Community Plan as I believe everyone has a voice that is worth being heard."

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Joy Shirley
Joy has a multi-faced background, having worked as an Information Technology professional, and also in project management, project planning, corporate planning and in business process re-engineering/change management. She is interested in providing for young families so that our town can grow.  This includes finding activities for young families and ways to keep young people in Benalla – jobs, leisure and cultural activities.

“We have a good start to make Benalla a centre for the arts with the Art Gallery, BPACC and North East Artisans and I am keen to see us become major arts centre for the North East of Victoria. I want to see Benalla thrive."

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Joy Shirley
 
de Sales Turner
deSales offers to the group a unique perspective on how Benalla could become a hope-based community, which thrives rather than just survives, in good times and bad. She passionately advocates for Benalla to become an inclusive community which acknowledges and appreciates the substantive contribution that the rural villages make to the prosperity of the greater Benalla Rural City.

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deSales Turner
 
Jilian Mulally (Council)

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Jilian Mulally
 
Jane Archbold (Council)
Jane has lived in Benalla since 1989 moving to the north east to join her parents who made the tree change in the mid 1980's.

"Benalla has been a great place to raise my three daughters and although they all moved away to study, my eldest daughter has returned to the area. I have a background in education and community development and have been involved with a number of community groups and organisations in Benalla in both a personal and professional capacity, and continue to be amazed at the resilience and capacity of rural communities. I am passionate about working with the community and am delighted to be playing a role in the development of a long term community plan for Benalla Rural City, which is driven and owned by the community."

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Jane Archbold
 
Sheree Brown (Council)
Sheree commenced with Benalla Rural City Council in August 2015 and has lived and worked in the Benalla area all her life.  She has worked across a range of sectors including, agriculture, industry, education and small business as well as State Government including Regional Development Victoria.  She has been involved in a range of community groups and activities and value the assets of rural communities and the contribution of their volunteers. 

"Benalla Rural City offers a friendly, vibrant and welcoming lifestyle and I look forward to the outcome of the Community Planning process to inform and guide the future growth of the Rural City."

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Sheree Brown
 
Tony McIlroy (Council CEO)

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tony Mcilroy
 

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