CAMPERDOWN’S Ruth Gstrein has won a seat on the Municipal Association of Victoria’s regional board to represent the south-west region.
Cr Gstrein, of Corangamite Shire Council, was announced last week as having won a seat unopposed along with four incumbents.
She replaces Ken Gale who was the region’s representative for four years before he retired from Moyne Shire Council at last year’s elections.
Cr Gstrein, who was first elected to Corangamire council in 2002 and served three terms as mayor (2006-2009), is also on the federal board of Regional Development Australia, Corangamite Regional Library Corporation, Sunnyside Aged Care and Camperdown College Council.
“I don’t have a lot of spare time,” she said.
“But I’ve always been a part of committees and have learnt skills in putting views forward and being a good advocate.
“I’m looking forward to being a voice for south-west Victoria on the MAV.
“This is local government’s peak lobby group so it is important for rural councils to have their say along with metropolitan areas.
“We have much in common and can learn from each other.”
Three candidates will contest the MAV’s election for president on March 1 with incumbent Cr Bill McArthur of Golden Plains Shire running against Cr Stephen Mayne of Melbourne City and Cr Andrew Munroe of Whitehorse City.