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
Cr Merriman 2018 web 150

Profile: Cr Bob Merriman AM

Cr Bob Merriman AM was first elected to Council in November 2008, was re-elected for a second term in October 2012 and was again re-elected in October 2016. Cr Merriman is actively involved with the community, particularly sporting clubs and organisations. He is a former Australian Industrial Relations Commissioner whose professional background includes the vehicle, building, electrical and civil construction industries. Cr Merriman is a former chief 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)

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
  Cr Pizzey 2018 web 150  

Profile: Cr Boyce Pizzey OAM, BA. MBA. (Melb) 

Cr Boyce Pizzey OAM was elected to Council in October 2016. Cr Pizzey, his wife Rhonda and their family have enjoyed their property in Queenscliff since the early 1980s. Cr Pizzey served as Director Historic Buildings Council Victoria (now Heritage Victoria) from 1976 to 1986 and as Deputy Director of the Museum of Victoria from 1986 to 1998. As the founding Director of Scienceworks, he was responsible for its conceptualisation, master planning, site development, collections, delivery and management. As a Deputy Director of Museum Victoria, Cr Pizzey was involved in planning the new Melbourne Museum. Since 1998, Cr Pizzey has consulted to private and public clients on all aspects of management planning of cultural and tourism resources, focusing on the integration of marketing, social and financial strategies. Cr Pizzey has also served on a number of public and private boards of management including the National Trust of Australia (Vic), Victoria’s sesquicentenary and the History Council; and as a heritage specialist sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Cr Pizzey has recently retired as a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria and remains on the Creative Victoria Grants Advisory Panel. He has been a member of the Queenscliffe Restoration Fund Committee and the Council’s Heritage Portfolio Advisory Committee, and in 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the Arts through development of cultural institutions and conservation of heritage.

Planning and Heritage

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

 Cr Ebbels 2018 web

Profile: Cr Ross Ebbels 

Cr Ebbels is married with two daughters who attended Queenscliff Kindergarten and Queenscliff Primary School (QPS). He served on the QPS Council including two years as Council President. As a business owner in the Borough it was important for Cr Ebbels to be part of the community. He and his wife, as owners of Athelstane House and McKenzie Ebbels Food Store, were always involved in the community. Cr Ebbels was a board member and inaugural Chairman of The Queenscliff Music Festival Inc., and represented the Bellarine Peninsula for 14 years on The Geelong Otway Tourism Board including six years as Chairman.

Local Economy

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

Queenscliffe Economic Development Advisory Committee (QEDAC)

Reference Groups
Community Grants Advisory Reference Group

Cr Tony Francis
Ph: 0429 117 346
 Cr Francis 2018 web

Profile: Cr Tony Francis

Cr Tony Francis was elected to Council in October 2016 and appointed Mayor in November 2016. Cr Francis has been a resident or ratepayer in the Borough of Queenscliffe since 1993. Cr Francis is married with three children and has served as a police officer for 27 years, serving more than half of these years in the Geelong area. Cr Francis has been involved with many local sporting clubs and coached the Queenscliff Cricket Club Under-18s to a grand final in 2010. Cr Francis established the Local Business Chamber of Commerce and served as President from 2014 to 2016.

Environmental Sustainability

Association of Bayside Municipalities
Barwon South West Local Government Waste Forum

Cr Susan Salter
Ph: 0428 398 966
 Cr Salter 2018

Profile: Cr Susan Salter

Cr Susan Salter was elected to Council in October 2012 and re-elected for a second term in October 2016. She was elected Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor in November 2017 for a term of one year. Cr Salter has lived in Queenscliff for nearly 30 years. She has been actively involved in or volunteered in, a number of community organisations, book groups and community groups. Cr Salter is a retired maths teacher, having taught at Bellarine Secondary College, Drysdale Campus, and is known to many community members thorough her various roles at the College. Cr Salter was the president of the Queenscliff Neighbourhood House for 10 years. She 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

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

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)