Rates Strategy Advisory Committee

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Council has resolved to have a detailed and independent review undertaken of how rates are calculated.

As part of the process, Council sought expressions of interest from people to join a new Rates Strategy Advisory Committee.

The nine-person Committee, working alongside an independent consultant, will play a key role in shaping the way rates are calculated.

A diverse Committee was sought that provides both gender equity and ages representative of the general adult population. It is also composed of representatives proportionate to the share of rates paid by each sector.

Advisory Committee: 

Tim Mintern - tjmr@netconnect.com.au
Karen Somerville - karenos@live.com.au
Christie Keene - christie.m.keene@gmail.com
Gregory Pitman - besselaarspies@gmail.com
Rick Walker - rick1943@ymail.com
Scott Johns - sdw.johns@bigpond.com
Elizabeth Jackman - liz@jallumba.com.au
Jim Lonsdale - jimlons@bigpond.com
Kola Kennedy - kola.kennedy19@gmail.com

John Watson appointed Chairperson 


Former head of Local Government for Victoria and current chair of the Victorian Local Government Grants Commission, John Watson has been appointed as the independent Chairperson of the Rates Strategy Advisory Committee.

Mr Watson has extensive experience in all aspects of Local Government administration as well as at the senior levels of the Victorian Public Service.

He spent 26 years in the most senior Local Government roles including Shire Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the former Shire of Bulla and Chief Executive Officer of the Moonee Valley and Hume City Councils.

This was followed by six years as the Director of Governance and Legislation in Local Government Victoria and a further six years as the Head of Local Government for Victoria in the role of Executive Director.

Mr Watson will lead the review process and engagement with the Advisory Committee and general community in order to produce an over-arching Rates Policy and a revised Rates Strategy.