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Councillors have an important role: they provide community leadership, vision and strategic direction and make policy decisions on behalf of and for the benefit of the local community.
As democratically elected representatives, Councillors are also advocates for the community. Their role is to:
- Be an active and contributing member of governing body
- Make considered and well informed decisions as a member of governing body
- Participate in development of Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, including the Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan
- Represent collective interests of residents, ratepayers and local community
- Facilitate communication between local community and governing body
- Uphold and represent accurately the policies and decisions of governing body
- Make all reasonable efforts to acquire and maintain the skills necessary to perform the role of a Councillor
- Accountable to the local community for the performance of the governing body
AlburyCity is represented by nine elected Councillors:
Cr Kevin Mack - Mayor
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Kevin is married to Jill, has four children and has been a Victorian Policeman for past 38 years, working as a youth and community practitioner for the past decade.
He works with young people, families and community agencies to provide early intervention programs and initiatives to work with ‘at risk’ youth.
Kevin was the founder of Youth Albury Wodonga, was the 2010 Albury Citizen of the Year, 2007 Police Youth Officer of the Year and received a Paul Harris Fellow for his work with young people.
He is passionate about the well-being of young people and their families.
Kevin brings a wealth of experience to the role of Mayor, having been elected to Council in 2012, serving as Mayor for two years and Deputy Mayor for one year.
He is a board member of the Border Trust, Big Day Off for Spinal Cure, Youth Albury Wodonga and is the Independent Chair of Albury Wodonga Headspace.
Kevin says that over the past four years Councillors have worked hard with staff to provide first class outcomes for our community. He says it is important to provide our growth corridors with the necessary infrastructure to prosper.
He is particularly looking forward to opening of the youth café later this year at the back of the LibraryMuseum.
Kevin is passionate about our city and considers it to be Australia’s premier regional city because from our arts and culture, to premier sporting facilities, cycling paths and major events, we offer it all here in Albury.
Cr Amanda Cohn - Deputy Mayor
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Cr Amanda Cohn is a locally trained medical doctor and a field volunteer with the Albury SES. She is passionate about keeping people well and out of hospital, with public health research published in international journals and presented at national conferences.
Amanda has been a strong local advocate for marriage equality and rights to medical privacy around women’s health clinics. She teaches at the UNSW Rural Medical School in Albury and has been working to keep doctors who train in the country working in the country.
Amanda was the first Green and the youngest woman ever elected to Albury City Council. She is proud to represent the Greens' values of environmental sustainability, social justice and equality, grassroots democracy and non-violence. She was elected in 2016 on a platform of environmental sustainability and public health as top priorities in planning and development decisions, improving public transport, open and consultative local government and inclusion of diversity.
Amanda loves living in Albury with her partner Geoff and their two cats and says we are lucky to live in such a picturesque region, between productive farmland, wine country, the Victorian Alps, and of course the Murray River. She thinks Albury is the perfect size of town because it’s big enough to have everything you need, and small enough to still have a real community feel. In her free time, Amanda enjoys the outdoors and can be spotted running or cycling along some of our local trails.
Cr Henk van de Ven
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Cr Henk van de Ven was born in Holland in 1950 and migrated to Australia in 1958 with his family as unassisted migrants. He moved to Albury in 1985 to establish the local branch of Enzed which he and his wife Sue still operate today. Daughter Melinda is a vet in Albury after graduating in 2012.
Cr van de Ven was first elected to Council in 2004 and has served four terms as Deputy Mayor. Cr van de Ven admits that he is passionate about Albury and its future and has great hopes and aspirations for the city and the region. Achieving financial sustainability will be a major focus of his term on Council.
Away from Council, Cr van de Ven enjoys all sports, but confesses to being a golf "tragic". He was awarded a Life Membership of the Murray District Golf Association in 2011. He and wife Sue have been heavily involved with the Albury Harness Racing Club for 20 years and he joined his wife as a Life Member this year.
Cr van de Ven was also appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2004 and volunteers for JP duty on a reasonably regular basis. During his term as Mayor, Cr van de Ven wants to ensure that Council continues to engage with and listen to the community and what it wants for the future, and to deliver on the infrastructure and services needed to make Albury a "City of choice" for both current and future residents.
Cr van de Ven served as AlburyCity Mayor from September 2015 to September 2016.
Cr David Thurley
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Cr Thurley is originally from Tasmania. He graduated from the University of Tasmania Bachelor of Science with Honours and began his career with Australian Newsprint Mills, now Norske Skog. Cr Thurley moved to Albury Wodonga in 1980 to work as the Technical Manager for the paper mill.
He has had wide involvement with communities along the Murray as well as the Murray Valley League, the forerunner of the present Murray Darling Association. He began his own environmental consultancy in 1994, specialising in water treatment and environmental planning matters.
Cr Thurley was first elected to Council in 2012 and was recently re-elected. He has a strong interest in government at all levels and enjoys the opportunity to contribute to the community. He has been a member of all Council committees and has represented Council on a number of external bodies including as National President of the Murray Darling Association.
In addition to his Council duties, Cr Thurley is also President of the Astronomical Society of Albury Wodonga. Outside Council you might find him doing volunteer science teaching at some schools in the region, riding his push-bike, reading or devising fun science experiments for his grandchildren.
He hopes to continue to ensure good governance and the implementation of environmental sustainability initiatives and to provide feedback from residents and ratepayers of the City.
He says Albury has everything one needs to have a great life whether it be sporting or cultural attractions, our great medical facilities or the wonderful environment that surrounds us here.
Cr Murray King
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- M: 0429 912 209
Murray is a long-term resident of the Border area, having grown up locally and attended local primary and secondary schools.
He had a very sporting background and was a very proficient Australian rules footballer, cricketer and tennis player.
Murray joined the Victoria police force in 1982 and served for 17 years in metropolitan Melbourne and country Victoria. He is the recipient of the Victoria Police ethical and diligence service medal, with a 15-year clasp recognising his service, and he also received a National Medal from Victoria Police.
After leaving the police force Murray started his own small business.
His passion and desire to advocate for small and micro business and the important part they play in a community drove him to stand for Council.
He is also very focused on the development of tourism on the Border.
Cr Darren Cameron
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Cr Cameron grew up in Albury, attending Aquinas Christian Brothers College (now Xavier High) before joining the Army Reserve in 1982. He was a soldier in the regular army from 1984 to 1990.
A diverse career has seen him work locally as a postman, at Albury Base Hospital and Uncle Ben’s. In 1995 he was the first ALP endorsed candidate to be elected to Albury Council.
However work commitments took him to Narromine where he was employed with the Australian Workers Union before becoming Government Relations Manager for NSW Farmers. During his time he strongly advocated for key legislation regarding native vegetation and natural resources.
He remains actively involved in the ALP, having contested two state elections and loves Albury for its perfect balance between liveability and size. He was re-elected to Council in 2012.
Cr Graham Docksey, OAM
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Cr Docksey was born in Griffith in 1947, moved to Gosford in 1954 and joined the Army in 1964. He has been President of the City of Albury RSL Sub-Branch for the past four years and was elected to Council in 2012.
He is a retired Army Officer and Vietnam Veteran, having served for 46 years. In 1990 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Military Division for Meritorious Service to the Australian Army as the Regimental Sergeant Major of Logistic Command and in 2001 he was awarded the Chief of Army Commendation from General Peter Cosgrove.
He is Historian and Life Member of the 2/23rd Battalion (Albury’s Own) Association. He is also a Military Historian and has been to Gallipoli each year from 1998 to 2013 conducting ANZAC Tours and in 2016 worked there with the ABC. He is a member of the Commercial Club and SS&A, life Member of the Order of Australia Association and a member of the Australian National Flag Association.
His interests include Military History, world travel and V8 touring cars. During his first term on Council, he was Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, Chair of the Local Traffic Committee, Chair of the Engineering and Works Committee, a member of the Community and Cultural and Finance and Administration Committees and a Council Representative on the Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the MAMA Advisory Committee, the Murray Arts Board and the Cultural Precinct Advisory Committee.
Cr Alice Glachan
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Cr Glachan moved to Albury from Gilgandra as a six-year-old. Her father's career as an engineer in the Merchant Navy encouraged her to follow a similar path.
She joined the Navy Cadets in Year 12 and was the inaugural cadet unit leader. She completed an Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology and Geography as well as two Education qualifications before working as an Instructor Officer with the Royal Australian Navy.
It was here she met her husband Nicholas, an RN Officer. They lived in England for eight years, where Alice worked as an Academic Registrar and their two sons Fergus and Oscar were born. They returned to Albury in 2001 and Alice worked as an Administrative Officer at La Trobe University before opening the Beacon Lighting franchise in Albury in 2007.
Cr Glachan was elected to Council in 2004 and served as Deputy Mayor for one term and then four consecutive terms as Mayor. Having been a Rotary Exchange Student she is now actively involved in Rotary and comes from a political family, as the daughter of former State Member for Albury Ian Glachan. Cr Glachan is a recipient of a 'Paul Harris Fellow', awarded by the Rotary Foundation.
Cr John Stuchbery
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John was born in Bacchus Marsh and growing up he lived in a number of rural Victorian towns including Cohuna, Robinvale, Erica, Warrnambool and Mortlake, where he completed secondary school.
He completed a medical degree at Monash Medical School, training at Prince Henry’s in Melbourne and Monash Medical Centre and then worked at rural hospitals in the La Trobe Valley, Mildura and the north-east of England. This led him to the realisation that the lifestyle of a rural surgeon was far superior to that of his city colleagues.
John and his wife Jenni moved to Albury in 1998 and live on a small farm at Table Top. They now have five children - the three youngest still at school in Albury and the older two studying at local universities.
John is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, runs a busy private medical practice and is Director of Surgery and operates at both the Albury and Wodonga campuses of Albury Wodonga Health.
Any spare time is generally spent at home with his family and a menagerie of horses, cows, sheep, dogs, cats, and chickens. He is fortunate to have the assistance of a local farmer who crops the land and keeps the place looking civilized. When time permits, he plays some low quality golf, occasional cricket and tennis.
John believes Albury is a fantastic place to live and has joined the Council with a view to maintaining and improving AlburyCity’s public infrastructure and services.
Saturday Morning Interviews
Would you like to speak to an AlburyCity Councillor in person?
Councillors are available for interviews from 10.00am to 12 noon on the first Saturday of each month, except January.
Look for advertisements in the Border Mail on the Saturday before to the interviews to find out where the interview will take place and who the councillor on duty will be.