Local Government in Victoria has this week lost one of its champions with the sad passing of former Stonnington Mayor, Claude Ullin AM.
Mr Ullin was a person who was dedicated to serving his community and had done so as a councillor for the City of Stonnington and its predecessor organisation for 25 years.
The cities of Stonnington and Boroondara have had many issues in common over the years and we were privileged to work with Cr Ullin on many of those issues, to jointly represent the interests of our ratepayers
The issues were many and varied.
We collaborated with Cr Ullin on numerous MAV issues to ensure that local government was well represented.
We worked together on the Coalition of Concerned Councillors to highlight the diminution of rights for people in our communities.
And of course, we were shoulder-to-shoulder in the high-profile clearways campaign almost a decade ago to protect the unique shopping strips in Boroondara and Stonnington from extended clearways.
My fellow Councillors and I were delighted earlier this year when Mr Ullin’s service to community, the arts and multiculturalism were recognised with an appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
He was a very worthy recipient of this honour.
Not only was Claude a fierce advocate for his local community in Stonnington, he was also a fierce advocate for the significant role that local government plays in the wellbeing of our society.
He served the sector well through his involvement in the Municipal Association of Victoria and he represented his many interests with board memberships of arts, education and cultural organisations.
Claude will be sadly missed and local government in Victoria will be poorer for his passing.
Cr Phillip Healey