Current Councillors

Council elections are held every four years. The last full election of Council was held on 22 October 2016, with five Councillors elected for the 2016–2020 term. As of November 2019, Cr Tony Francis was no longer eligible to be a Councillor of the Borough of Queenscliffe. His extraordinary vacancy was filled via a countback in December 2019 where Cr Rob Minty assumed the role. 

Cr Ross Ebbels (Mayor)
Ph: 0427 448 160
E: ross.ebbels@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au

First elected 2016.
Mayor 2019–pres.

 Mayor Ebbels WEB

Cr Ross Ebbels has a long and varied involvement with the local community as the former co-owner (with his wife) of two local businesses, Athelstane House and McKenzie Ebbels Food Store. He has also served as inaugural Chair and board member of Queenscliff Music Festival, and represented the Bellarine Peninsula for 14 years on the Geelong Otway Tourism Board, including six years as Chair.

The father of two daughters, both former Queenscliff Kindergarten and Queenscliff Primary School students, he has previously served on the school council, including two years as President.

Local Economy

Geelong Regional Library Corporation Board
Municipal Association of Victoria
Rural Councils Victoria
Tourism Greater Geelong & the Bellarine Board
G21 Region Alliance Board
G21 Arts, Culture & Heritage Pillar

Queenscliffe Economic Development Advisory Committee (QEDAC)

Reference Groups
Community Grants Advisory Reference Group
Governance & Finance Portfolio Reference Group


Cr Boyce Pizzey OAM (Deputy Mayor)
Ph: 0428 291 207
E: boyce.pizzey@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au

First elected 2016.
  Cr Pizzey 2018 web 150  

Cr Boyce Pizzey OAM and his family have enjoyed their Queenscliff property since the early 1980s. His community involvement has included membership of the Queenscliffe Restoration Fund Committee and Council’s Heritage Portfolio Advisory Committee.

Professionally, Cr Pizzey has held executive roles with the Historic Buildings Council Victoria (now Heritage Victoria), Museum Victoria and Scienceworks. Since 1998, he has provided consultancy services related to all aspects of management planning of cultural and tourism resources.

Cr Pizzey has served on several boards, including the National Trust of Australia (Vic), and held sessional panel memberships, his current one being with the Creative Victoria Grants Advisory Panel.

Planning and Heritage

Geelong Heritage Centre Collection Advisory Committee
G21 Economic Development Pillar
G21 Planning Pillar

Reference Groups
Avenue of Honour Reference Group


Cr Bob Merriman AM              
Ph: 0400 062 967
E: bob.merriman@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au

First elected 2008; re-elected 2012 and 2016. Mayor 2008–12, 2018–19.
Cr Merriman 2018 web 150

Cr Bob Merriman AM is actively involved in the local community, particularly through his association with sporting clubs and organisations across the Borough.

He is a former Australian Industrial Relations Commissioner whose professional background includes the vehicle, building, electrical and civil construction industries. Other roles include former chairman of Cricket Australia, Councillor of Latrobe University and Trustee of the Bradman Foundation and Cats Foundation.

Governance and Performance

BoQ Audit Committee
Queenscliffe Economic Development Advisory Committee (QEDAC)

Association of Bayside Municipalities
Geelong Queenscliffe Coastal Adaptation Planning Project
Bellarine Community Safety Group
G21 Sport & Recreation Pillar

Reference Groups
Governance and Finance Reference Group
Sea Level Rise Reference Group


Cr Rob Minty
Ph: 0418 931 508
E: rob.minty@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au

First elected 2019 via extraordinary vacancy.

Cr Robert Minty and his family built a house in Point Lonsdale almost 30 years ago after holidaying in the Borough for many years. He is a member of the Point Lonsdale Civic Association (PLCA) and until November this year was the president. He is also a member of Probus, the RSL and is a social member of Point Lonsdale Bowls Club.

Cr Minty holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and professionally has held senior roles in the travel and tourism industry in Australia and the USA and the consumer imaging industry through the Asia Pacific region. He also volunteered in the Victorian Government’s Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS).

Environmental Sustainability

Barwon South West Local Government Waste Forum
G21 Environment Pillar

Cr Susan Salter
Ph: 0428 398 966
E: susan.salter@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au

First elected 2012; re-elected 2016. Mayor 2017–18.
 Cr Salter 2018

Cr Susan Salter has lived in Queenscliff for nearly 30 years and has been actively involved in various community organisations and groups. She served as President of the Queenscliff Neighbourhood House for 10 years.

Professionally, Cr Salter taught maths at Bellarine Secondary College (Drysdale Campus) before retiring from paid work. Many community members first met her through her various roles at the college.

Cr Salter has a particular interest in trees, especially historical and native, and has extensive experience in creating public gardens and managing public open spaces.

Community Wellbeing

Geelong Regional Library Corporation Board
G21 Education & Training Pillar

BoQ Audit Committee

Reference Groups
Community Grants Advisory Reference Group
Australia Day Awards Reference Group (Chair)
Governance and Finance Portfolio Reference Group
Memorials and Plaques Reference Group
Avenue of Honour Reference Group (Chair)



Previous Council

Prior to the 2016 elections, the following Councillors had been in office for a four-year term:

  • Cr Helene Cameron (Mayor)
  • Cr Bob Merriman
  • Cr Susan Salter
  • Cr Sue Wasterval
  • Cr Graham Christie (retired 2015)
  • Cr Greg Jones (November 2015 to February 2016)
  • Cr Peter Russell (February 2016 to October 2016).