Northern Grampians Mayor appointed to ministerial panel

Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Kevin Erwin, has been named as one of eight mayors on a new ministerial panel.

Cr Erwin will join other mayors from throughout Victoria on the panel, which will be responsible for providing strategic advice to the Minister for Local Government.

The members were appointed by the Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell to form an influential Ministerial-Mayors Advisory Panel.

Mrs Powell welcomed the 2014 Ministerial-Mayors Advisory Panel members and the opportunity to work with them to further develop how Victorian councils and the state government work together on behalf of the community.

"I congratulate the eight mayors on their appointments to the 2014 Ministerial-Mayors Advisory Panel. I have no doubt they will contribute wide-ranging and expert advice from across rural, regional and metropolitan councils which will shape how we do business," Mrs Powell said.

"The Victorian Coalition Government is a strong supporter of local government which we see as dynamic and a vital part of Victoria's democracy so the panel's expert advice to me will be important.

"I will be seeking the panel's advice and feedback on matters such as our significant local government reform program, reducing red tape, councillor conduct, governance and greater accountability to ratepayers across the state."

Other mayors on the panel include Cr Joshua Morris from the Ballarat City Council and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle from the Melbourne City Council.

Five panel meetings are scheduled this year in February, May, July, August and October. The first meeting is being held today.

The Ministerial-Mayors Advisory Panel is appointed each year with nominations from all Victorian mayors invited at the end of each year.

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