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 Tony Francis (Mayor)                       
Ph: 0429 117 346
E: tony.francis@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au     
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Profile: Cr Tony Francis - (Portfolio: Environmental Sustainability)

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.

Portfolio: 

Environmental Sustainability

Delegate:

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

Association of Bayside Municipalities

Barwon South West Local Government Waste Forum

Reference Groups:

Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Committee

CEO Performance Review Committee

Cr Susan Salter (Deputy Mayor)
Ph: 0428 398 966
E: susan.salter@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au  
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 Profile: Cr Susan Salter - (Portfolio: Governance and Performance)

Cr Susan Salter was elected to Council in October 2012 and re-elected for a second term in October 2016. 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.

Portfolio:

Governance and Performance

Delegate:

G21 Region Alliance Board

G21 Education and Training Pillar

Deputy Delegate:

Geelong Region Library Corporation Board

Representative:

BoQ Audit Committee

Reference Groups:

Community Grants Advisory Group (Chair)

Australia Day Awards Reference Group

Governance and Finance Portfolio Reference Group

Memorials and Plaques Reference Group

CEO Performance Review Committee

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

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Profile: Cr Ross Ebbels - (Portfolio: Local Economy)

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.

Portfolio:

Local Economy

Delegate:

Geelong Regional Library Corporation Board

Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine

Reference Groups:

Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Committee

Community Grants Advisory Group

Cr Boyce Pizzey
Ph: 0428 291 207
E: boyce.pizzey@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au
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Profile: Cr Boyce Pizzey OAM, BA. MBA. (Melb) - (Portfolio: Planning and Heritage)

Cr Boyce Pizzey was elected to Council in October 2016. Cr Pizzey along with his wife Rhonda and family have enjoyed their property in Queenscliff since the early 1980s. Cr Pizzey served as Director Historic Buildings Council Victoria (now Heritage Victoria) from 1976-1986 and as Deputy Director of the Museum of Victoria from 1986 to 1998. As the founding Director of Scienceworks, he as 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 Sesqui-centenary 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. C. Pizzey has been a member of the Queenscliffe Restoration Fund Committee and the Council’s Heritage Portfolio Advisory Committee. 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.

Portfolio:

Planning and Heritage

Delegate:

G21 Arts and Culture Pillar

G21 Economic Development Pillar

G21 Planning Pillar

Deputy Delegate:

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

Reference Groups:

Heritage Reference Group

Cr Bob Merriman
Ph: 0400 062 967
E: bob.merriman@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au 
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Profile: Cr Bob Merriman - (Portfolio: Community Wellbeing)

Cr Bob Merriman 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.

Portfolio:

Community Wellbeing

Representative:

BoQ Audit Committee 

Delegate:

Geelong Queenscliffe Coastal Adaptation Planning Project

G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar

Reference Groups:

Sea Level Rise Reference Group


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 (Nov 2015  Feb 2016)
  • Cr Peter Russell (Feb 2016  Oct 2016)