Current Councillors

Council elections are held every four years.  The last full election of Council was held on 22 October 2016. The following Councillors were elected for the 2016–2020 term. 

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

First elected 2008; re-elected 2012 and 2016. Mayor 2008–12, 2018–pres.
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.

Portfolio
Governance and Performance

Representative
BoQ Audit Committee
Queenscliffe Economic Development Advisory Committee (QEDAC)

Delegate
G21 Regional Alliance Board
Geelong Queenscliffe Coastal Adaptation Planning Project
Municipal Association of Victoria
Bellarine Community Safety Group
Rural Councils Victoria
G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar

Reference Groups
Governance and Finance Reference Group
Sea Level Rise Reference Group
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve Reference Group (Chair)
CEO Performance Review Committee

 

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.

Portfolio
Planning and Heritage

Delegate
G21 Economic Development Pillar
G21 Planning Pillar

Reference Groups
Avenue of Honour Reference Group
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve Reference Group

 

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

First elected 2016.

 Cr Ebbels 2018 web

Cr Ross Ebbels has a long and varied involvement with the local community as the 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.

Portfolio
Local Economy

Delegate
Geelong Regional Library Corporation Board
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
G21 Arts, Culture and Heritage Pillar

Representative
Queenscliffe Economic Development Advisory Committee (QEDAC)

Reference Groups
Community Grants Advisory Reference Group

 

Cr Tony Francis
Ph: 0429 117 346
E: tony.francis@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au

First elected 2016. Mayor 2016–17.
 Cr Francis 2018 web

A Borough of Queenscliffe resident since 1993, Cr Tony Francis has been actively involved in many local sporting clubs, including coaching the Queenscliff Cricket Club’s Under-18 team to a grand final in 2010. He also established the Local Business Chamber of Commerce and served as President from 2014 to 2016.

Cr Francis has served as a police officer for 27 years, working in the Geelong area for more than half these years. He is married with three children.

Portfolio
Environmental Sustainability

Delegate
Association of Bayside Municipalities
Barwon South West Local Government Waste Forum

 

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.

Portfolio
Community Wellbeing

Delegate
G21 Education and Training Pillar
Geelong Regional Library Corporation (Deputy)

Representative
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).