Peter Lawless

Mayor

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Tell us a bit about you

I have always lived in a rural area in the Moira Shire, apart from five years away for education. I’ve been in numerous community organisations, either assisting or leading. From football and netball clubs, to the Victorian Farmers Federation grains group and President of Burramine sports club and Captain of the fire brigade. I’ve been in farming all of my life, and was very involved in early adoption of regenerative agriculture. I also have a keen interest in disability services. I love spending time with my wife Carol, developing our large garden and spending time with our children and grandchildren.

Why do you love Moira Shire?

Our Shire has so much to offer with its many small and large towns. It’s an amazing place to holiday, so I feel very lucky to live here.

All Moira's major and small towns surrounded by their districts have a strong community spirit, with many volunteers supporting their community, which I believe is Moira’s greatest strength.

Why did you run for Council?

I never thought about it until I was asked by a well-respected community member  to consider it, once I began considering to run, other people in the community encouraged me to as well. I have had many years experience in sports administration, CFA, council committees and lobbying at a state level for rural communities, so I was confident to represent my community. Since then, I've thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m very excited to be Mayor.  Setting policy and implementing it strategically across Moira for our community can be very rewarding.

What is your vision?

Our vision is to be a welcoming, healthy, and sustainable community that encourages diversity, business ingenuity and inclusion. To achieve that we need to build an atmosphere that encourages people to come to Moira Shire and makes the community here want to stay.

We have the infrastructure, the attractions, large enough towns and great communities to attract investment, so we need highlight that and encourage our young people to see the future in Moira and be actively part of that future.

What is the biggest challenge?

Our biggest challenge is we need to help the often city centric State and Federal governments understand the complexities of rural and cross border communities, such as the challenge of providing services cross border.

We also have a huge diversity through our four major towns with different needs and interests and we have to continue to consider that when we’re making decisions.