Gary Rowe returned as Mayfield Ward Councillor on countback

Issued Monday 3 April 2017

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Former City of Casey Councillor Gary Rowe has been returned to Council following a countback by the Victorian Electoral Commission this morning.

Mr Rowe replaces Steve Beardon who resigned after being advised of an impending investigation into complaints about his alleged conduct following a Council meeting in March.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said Mr Rowe’s experience as a Councillor between 2012 and 2016 would minimise the disruption following Cr Beardon’s resignation.

“Gary Rowe was instrumental in setting Casey on its new and exciting direction during his last term and I’m thrilled to be able to work with him again,” Cr Aziz said.

“Gary has a long and distinguished history representing the people of Cranbourne dating back nearly 30 years.”

Cr Aziz said Mr Rowe brings a wealth of experience in local and state government, serving as the Member for Cranbourne for 10 years in the Victorian Parliament until 2002 and as a Councillor with the former Shire of Cranbourne between 1989 and 1992.

“With Gary as a member, the last Council oversaw a modernisation of the way Council serves its community, which continues today,” Cr Aziz said.

“It’s pleasing that now eight of those 11 Councillors will be able to continue that work to deliver the best possible services and value for our customers.”

Cr Aziz added that Mr Rowe’s re-election would make for a smooth induction process in the lead up to adoption of the four year Council Plan and the upcoming budget.

City of Casey CEO Mike Tyler said Mr Rowe would be officially sworn in immediately prior to tomorrow’s Council meeting.