Councillor Profile - Deputy Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou

Cr Georgina Papafotiou (Deputy Mayor) 

“Brimbank is a wonderful city to live, work, study and invest!”

Committees

  • Ravenhall Prison
  • Former Keilor Library Community Consultative Committee
  • Municipal Emergency Management Plan Committee

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What is your connection to Brimbank?

Brimbank is my home! I have resided in the Taylors Ward for almost 36 years. Both my teenage sons have attended schools in the Harvester and Taylors Wards.

In my 28 year career with the Education Department, I was employed 25 years within the Brimbank municipality. I pride myself for my strong, caring and inclusive community focus and the connections I have built over the years.

What do you think is the greatest strength of the Brimbank Community?

Brimbank is a wonderful city to live, work, study and invest!

Brimbank reflects a unique community of residents and businesses from various cultural and linguistic diverse backgrounds – including the Wurundjeri people who have been the custodians of the land.

The community embraces cultural diversity through the provision of Multicultural events, classes, aids, interpreters, bi-lingual information and resources.

Brimbank is located approximately 10km and 20 km North West from the Melbourne city centre. It has links to the Calder Freeway, Tullamarine Freeway and Western Ring Road and is close to the Airport.

What are your greatest concerns for Brimbank?

The last 7 years have been a concern for all Brimbank residents as Administrators were appointed to Council. Residents feel they had no representation nor a voice about the city they live in! As newly appointed Councillors we need to be perceived by the community as united, and all have a mutual vision for the future of Brimbank.

Issues such as safer neighbourhoods, improving sporting facilities, decreasing unemployment and assessing  concerns  that Seniors and people with a disability have.  Violence against women and Cyberbullying need to be reviewed and addressed. Some questions we need to address as a community:

What is our future in the performing and visual Arts?  How do we make Brimbank stand out from other Councils? 

What made you decide to run for Council?

Both my parents have represented the Greek Community and have been heavily involved in their church and community activities over 30 years.

I have also contributed to the community in many various ways throughout my career and by volunteering to be on many committees. I enjoy making a difference for the community and celebrating successes.

Therefore I decided I could continue with these strong community ethics, as this continues to be my driving passion.

What do you hope to achieve in your term as a Brimbank City Councillor?

Council plays a key role in the Community.  As Councillor I believe part of Council’s function is to establish the broad direction of the Community. To share a vision and move forward to strengthening community confidence. It’s about making the partnership work between the Council and the Community and build a unique identity for Brimbank.

My aim is to focus on connectivity of our diverse community and encourage involvement in planning, implementation and celebrating.  We need to build links with various agencies such as preschools, schools, clubs, local business, support groups and the community organisations.

Encourage local opportunities and economic growth, as well as strengthening for a more sustainable future. 

What is your favourite thing to do in Brimbank?

Where do I begin? These are a few …

  • Overnewton Castle –  Sunday High Tea  (Love the furnishings and the beautiful gardens)
  • Cliff Harvey Lagoon Reserve Keilor – we have family gatherings – great recreational activities and BBQs
  • Watergardens Town Centre – my weakness is shopping. Love it!
  • Taylors Lakes Hotel / Keilor Hotel / Watergardens Hotel – usually fortnightly for family dinner
  • Brimbank Park & The Brownstone Café/ Gallery – enjoy going for long trail walks and family gatherings
  • Keilor Village – love the cafes and the feeling of being in a country setting…