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Welcome to the Glenelg Shire Council

Mayor & Councillors 2016 - 2020

The Glenelg Shire Council was established by an Order-in-Council under the Local Government Act 1989, published in the Victorian Government Gazette S63 on 23 September 1994. Three councils were amalgamated, the City of Portland and the Shires of Glenelg and Heywood, to form the new Glenelg Shire.

Electoral Structure of Glenelg Shire Council:
By order in Council made under Section 220Q(j) and (n) of the Local Government Act 1989, Glenelg Shire Council is re-constituted as an unsubdivided municipal district and the number of Councillors assigned to the Council is fixed at 7.

Cr Anita Rank - Mayor 2019/2020

Cr Rank

Cr Rank was elected to the Glenelg Shire Council in 2012 and has held the position of Mayor for four consecutive years (one full Council Term) 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. The re-election makes Cr Rank the first Glenelg Shire Councillor to serve as Mayor for four consecutive terms.

Cr Rank lives in Portland and is actively involved in a number of community organisations including Headspace Portland, Active Health Portland and Portland District Health.

Cr Rank holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health, Diploma of Education; Certificate IV in Governance and is currently undertaking a Masters in Politics and Policy.

Current Councillor representative on the following Council Committees:
Audit Committee; Australia Day Advisory Committee (Chair); CEO Review Committee (Chair); Community Grants Advisory Committee (Chair); Glenelg Mara Quorin Aboriginal Advisory Committee; Tourism Advisory Committee and Volunteering and Wellbeing Advisory Committee (Chair).

Current Councillor representative on the following external Committees:
Committee for Portland; Great Ocean Road Marketing; Great South Coast Group; Green Triangle Region Freight Action Plan Implementation Planning Committee; Municipal Association of Victoria and the Rail Freight Alliance.

Cr Rank can be contacted by mobile 0408 276 563 or email or by contacting the Council Support Coordinator Kylie Walford, phone 03 5522 2294 or email

Cr Robert Halliday

Cr Halliday

Cr Robert Halliday was elected to the Glenelg Shire Council in 2001, serving as Mayor for the 2014-2015 term. Cr Halliday also served as Mayor with the City of Portland from 1985 to 1987.

Cr Halliday has lived in Portland since 1948. He is married to Shirley and has four children and eight grandchildren. He has farming interests in west of Portland and breeds and trains greyhounds and is a marking steward for Greyhound Racing Victoria. Robert has been a Justice of the Peace for over 26 years.

Cr Halliday also has an interest in waste reduction and has represented Council on the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group for many years.

Current Councillor representative on the following Council Committees:
CEO Review Committee; Glenelg Mara Quorin Aboriginal Advisory Committee; Glenelg Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee; Glenelg Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee and Volunteering and Wellbeing Advisory Committee.
Current Councillor representative on the following external Committees:
Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group and Livestock Saleyards Association of Victoria, Western Region.

Cr Halliday can be contacted by mobile 0427 573 672 or email or by contacting the Council Support Coordinator Kylie Walford, phone 03 5522 2294 or email

Cr Chrissy Hawker - Deputy Mayor 2019/2020

Cr Hawker

Cr Chrissy Hawker was elected to Council in October 2016 and was appointed Deputy Mayor in November 2019 for the 2019/2020 Mayoral year. It is the first time in more than two decades that Council has been served by a Deputy Mayor with the role last filled in 1996 prior to amalgamation.

Cr Hawker was born in Portland and raised three children whom still live and work in Portland. Cr Hawker's mother, brother and sister still live in Portland. Cr Hawker has been in business for 30 years running several small businesses and assisting others and members of the community in administrative roles. She was the CEO of Hamilton Harness Racing for 5 years, the Operations Manager of the South West Football Netball League for 18 years and since 2001 is the Administrator of the Portland Cemetery, She is the owner/operator of Portland Business Services and Tangles Hair. Cr Hawker holds a diploma in Sports Management and has received Life Membership, an AFL Recognition of Service Award and numerous Sports Administrator of the Year Awards. Cr Hawker is a Community Corrections Supervisor for the Justice Department and is passionate giving people “that second chance”” and making a difference. Cr Hawker's hobbies include all of the above, but she also loves time out in her craft room and looking after her only granddaughter.

Cr Hawker's areas of interest and professional knowledge are in sport, solutions to tackling (ICE) methamphetamines, Community Service, Tourism, Time management and "a cool head in crisis situations", assisting the general public - an all rounder really!

Current Councillor representative on the following Council Committees:
Australia Day Advisory Committee and Glenelg Mara Quorin Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Cr Hawker can be contacted by mobile 0428 618 760 or email or by contacting the Council Support Coordinator Kylie Walford, phone 03 5522 2294 or email

Cr Alistair McDonald (Currently on leave absence until 27 January 2020)

Cr McDonald

Cr Alistair McDonald was elected to Council in October 2016.

Cr McDonald has resided in Portland for over 60 years, having been educated at Portland Primary School and later at Portland High School. Born in Scotland his family emigrated when he was five. Cr McDonald, his wife Lisa and son Hamish reside on a beautiful native bush block just a short drive from Portland. Together they own and operate Portland Fishmarket, having gained a genuine passion for small business as a proprietor of Hags' Health Foods in the 1970s.

Cr McDonald's working life has been peppered with a variety of occupations, providing unique opportunities to meet people from all walks of life, gaining respect for our growing culturally diverse community. Cr McDonald has always had an interest in community, volunteering his time to serve on the Three Bays Marathon Committee, having been honoured to receive Life Membership with the Portland Runners Club in 2013. He is a foundation member and actively involved in the Henty Food Producers Group and the Point Danger Management Committee.

For Cr McDonald, relaxing is renovating the old Uniting Church at Bridgewater Bay and sharing the odd coffee or two with friends at a local café.

Cr McDonald is passionate about making our shire an even better place to live; working together with his fellow Councillors, Glenelg Shire staff, business and community to strengthen the region, creating positive outcomes and encouraging greater investment in Commerce and Industry.

Current Councillor representative on the following Council Committees:
Audit Committee; CEO Review Committee; Local Port of Portland Bay Advisory Committee; Tourism Advisory Committee and Volunteering and Wellbeing Advisory Committee.

Cr McDonald can be contacted by mobile 0428 033 654 or email or by contacting the Council Support Coordinator Kylie Walford, phone 03 5522 2294 or email

Cr Karen Stephens

Cr Stephens

Cr Karen Stephens was elected to the Glenelg Shire Council in March 2002 and served as Mayor in 2004-2005 and 2012-2013.
Cr Stephens is married to Owen Stephens, has six children and six grandchildren. Cr Stephens has been a licensed Real Estate Agent since 1985 and commenced her own company when moving to Casterton in 1992.

Over the year’s Cr Stephens has been involved in several regionally significant projects - chairing the review by Australian National University of Land Use Change in the Green Triangle Region and Barwon South West Women's Forum for Climate Change and is current Chair of the Green Triangle Freight Action Plan Implementation Committee who have successfully advocated and achieved over $190mil for road funding in the region.

Cr Stephens is heavily involved in the Casterton community as a volunteer through a number of different organisations and is a founding member of the Casterton Kelpie Association. Karen has spent many years developing the now nationally and internationally renowned Australian Kelpie Muster which is held on the Queen's Birthday weekend each June and was a driving force behind the development of the now completed Australian Kelpie Centre in Casterton.

Current Councillor representative on the following Council Committees:
Audit Committee; Australia Day Advisory Committee; Casterton Railway Precinct Advisory Committee (Chair); Casterton Livestock Saleyards Advisory Committee (Chair); CEO Review Committee; Community Grants Advisory Committee; Glenelg Mara Quorin Aboriginal Advisory Committee; Glenelg Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (Chair); Glenelg Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee (Chair); Integrated Growth Plan (IGP) for Portland Advisory Committee; Strathdownie Drainage Advisory Committee and Tourism Advisory Committee (Chair).

Current Councillor representative on the following external Committees:
Budj Bim Sustainable Development Partnership Leadership Group; Green Triangle Regional Plantation Committee; Green Triangle Region Freight Action Plan Implementation Planning Committee; National Timber Councils Taskforce Inc and Timber Towns Victoria (Chair).

Cr Stephens can be contacted by mobile 0488 900 645 or email or by contacting the Council Support Coordinator Kylie Walford, phone 03 5522 2294 or email

Cr Geoff White

Cr White

Cr Geoff White was elected to the Glenelg Shire Council in 1997 and served as Mayor for four terms.

Cr White has lived in Portland for over 60 years. He is married to Aileen with four adult children and seven grand children. Cr White’s great grandfather arrived in Portland in 1857 on the vessel ‘British Empire’.

Cr White was a senior staff member of the Port of Portland for 37 years. He is a regular golfer and race goer.

Cr White has held leadership positions in various community organisations. He is a member of the Portland, Heywood and Westerns Football Netball Clubs, Casterton Race Club, Portland Golf Club and a Service Member of the RSL.

From 2001-16 Cr White has been Chair/Deputy Chair of the Rail Freight Alliance (26 Victorian Councils) advocating for moving part of the freight task from road to rail and continues that work for delivery of the Murray Basin Rail Project for the economic benefit of the Shire and the Port of Portland.

Current Councillor representative on the following Council Committees:
Australia Day Advisory Committee; CEO Review Committee; Integrated Growth Plan (IGP) for Portland Advisory Committee (Chair) and Local Port of Portland Bay Advisory Committee (Chair).

Current Councillor representative on the following external Committees:
Rail Freight Alliance

Cr White can be contacted by phone 03 5523 1685 (home) or mobile 0419 320 954 or email or by contacting the Council Support Coordinator Kylie Walford, phone 03 5522 2294 or email

Cr Gilbert Wilson

Cr Wilson

Cr Gilbert Wilson was elected to the Glenelg Shire Council in March 2002 and served as Mayor in 2006-2007; 2009-2010 and 2011-2012. Former Councillor with City of Portland from December 1987 to August 1991.

Cr Wilson is a fifth generation Portland resident born in 1961. Married to Hilary Thorpe. He has four children and six grandchildren. Employed by Keppel Prince Engineering currently performing a supervisory role overseeing the Industrial Coatings processes with the Company's Blast Yard. A NACE Certified Coating Inspector Level 3, he has performed many years of Coating Inspections, particularly with the Windtower Surface Treatment processes.. Cr Wilson has an active interest in expanding the Shire's renewable energy resources, including the return of usage of geothermal energy.

Community Service: Current Member of the Portland Uniting Church. Past administrator and life member of the South West District Football-Netball league. Past administrator, referee, player and life member of the Portland Basketball Association.

Current Councillor representative on the following Council Committees:
Australia Day Advisory Committee; Community Grants Advisory Committee; Glenelg Mara Quorin Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Heritage Advisory Committee.

Current Councillor representative on the following External Committees:
Glenelg Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network and Rural Councils Victoria.

Cr Wilson can be contacted by phone 5523 3091 (home) mobile 0488 900 634 or email or by contacting the Council Support Coordinator Kylie Walford, phone 03 5522 2294 or email

Correspondence

Your councillors represent you. You can contact Councillors by phoning them, emailing, or writing to them at Glenelg Shire Council, PO Box 152, Portland Vic 3305 or by fax 03 5522 2290

For further enquiries relating to Councillors or to make an appointment with the Mayor or Councillors, please contact the Council Support Coordinator Kylie Walford on 03 5522 2294 or email

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