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<h3>Cr David Edwards</h3>
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Cr David Edwards

Chair and Mayor of Moorabool Shire Council

Councilor David Edwards was re-elected as Moorabool Council’s representative for the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils in October 2016. He previously served on the PUGRC from 2012 to 2014 and served as Chair in 2014.

As Chair of the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils, David is committed to advancing the interests of the Councils of the peri urban region which surrounds the growth boundaries of Melbourne and Geelong. Representing the seven Shires of Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Golden Plains, Macedon Ranges, Murrindindi and Surf Coast, David is working to ensure the Peri Urban Group of Rural Council’s strengths and challenges are understood by government.

David was elected to Moorabool Shire Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He is the current Mayor and serves as an East Moorabool Ward Councilor.

David combines his Council and Peri Urban Group duties with a demanding role at the Department for Defence. In an aviation career spanning 27 years, David has held roles at Ansett Airlines including management, quality management and regulation, prior to joining Defence in 2002.

David has always been involved in his local Bacchus Marsh community and has been on many local committees, including numerous sporting clubs.

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<h3>Cr Mikaela Power</h3>
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Cr Mikaela Power

Co-Deputy Chair and Deputy Mayor Baw Baw Shire Council

Mikaela Power grew up in West and South Gippsland and moved to Melbourne to attend university. There she met her partner Chris and together they lived in Melbourne, Japan and the UK. They moved to Gippsland and have since raised two children by the sea and in the hills of this part of regional Victoria.

Mikaela was elected to the Baw Baw Shire Council in 2012, was re-elected in 2016 and is employed in the public sector. Her priorities for her second term of Council are continuing to provide positive leadership and direction, ensuring sustainable development in a rapidly growing municipality and provision of essential community services. Mikaela has a keen interest in the arts, local food movements and initiatives, and is an advocate for better public transport, health and public library services.

Mikaela holds tertiary qualifications in arts, education and business and is a graduate of Monash University, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Cranlana Colloquium, for which she won a scholarship from the Municipal Association of Victoria.

Mikaela has worked in the public and private sectors in Gippsland, Melbourne and overseas. She is the Chair of the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation, a board member of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and was formerly an AFL Regional Commissioner and a board member of the West Gippsland Landcare Network.

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<h3>Cr David Bell</h3>
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Cr David Bell

Co-Deputy Chair
Surf Coast Shire

Cr David Bell, his partner Traci and their two sons moved to the Surf Coast in 2002. David’s family have holidayed in Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven since 1962 and after a number of interstate moves decided to make Bellbrae their home. They run a small organic farm and David manages the Torquay Farmers Market.

David has been a member of many groups in the community, and has served as President of the Bellbrae School Council, a member of the planning committee for the Surf Coast Secondary College and member of the College’s first Council. David is also a Director of the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Group and Co-Deputy Chair of the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils.

David has a keen interest in planning and how the planning system must be used to preserve the biodiversity of the environment and important farming land.

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<h3>Paula Lawrence</h3>
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Paula Lawrence

Executive Officer

Paula Lawrence joined the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils (PUGRC) in February 2014. Working for the seven fast growing rural Councils that border Melbourne’s growth boundary and the City of Geelong, Paula is responsible for advocacy, administration and promotion of the PUGRC’s objectives to key stakeholders. Paula is a registered lobbyist.

Paula brings a wealth of Local and State Government experience to this role, having worked in the public sector for the last sixteen years. Paula’s experience in Local Government began as the Executive Manager for Strategic Communication and Stakeholder Relations to a large regional Victorian Council.

Her experience in the public sector includes being the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Adviser to three NSW State Government Ministers with responsibilities across the portfolios of Roads, Housing, Tourism, Regional Development, Women and Aboriginal Housing.

Paula is passionate about urban and regional planning and housing affordability, having spent 3 years as the Chief of Staff to the Minister for Housing and Minister for Aboriginal Housing. She is currently studying Urban and Regional Planning.

Paula has been a board member with Lead On Ballarat and served on the board of Ballarat’s community radio station, Voice FM as the Deputy Chair. She is also active with the charitable sector and volunteers her time and communications expertise.