<h3>Cr Mikaela Power</h3>

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.

<h3>Cr Brett Tessari</h3>

Cr Brett Tessari

Co-Deputy Chair from Bass Coast Shire Council

Cr Tessari is a third generation Bass Coast resident who is very passionate about the Peri Urban Rural region.

He lives with his wife, Leanne, and together have raised three children.

Cr Tessari is an active community member, having been President of the Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club for six years and a member of the Wonthaggi Relay For Life Committee, presiding as Master of Ceremonies for the event for the past two years and a member of Rotary Club Wonthaggi.

He was also involved in the Centenary of Wonthaggi, where he was also Master of Ceremonies the event at the State Coal Mine. Cr Tessari has worked across the Bass Coast Shire on Phillip Island, Inverloch and currently in Wonthaggi.

<h3>Geoff Potts</h3>

Geoff Potts

Executive Officer

Geoff Potts joined the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils (PUGRC) in April 2018. Working for the seven fast growing rural Councils that border Melbourne’s growth boundary and the City of Geelong, Geoff is responsible for advocacy, administration and promotion of the PUGRC’s objectives to key stakeholders. Geoff is a registered lobbyist.

Geoff brings a wealth of State and Federal Government experience to this role, having worked in the public sector and industry for the last 28 years. Geoff’s experience in Government began as the Aide-de-Camp for the Governor of NSW.

His experience in the public sector includes being the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Adviser to five NSW State Government Ministers with responsibilities across the portfolios of Roads, Finance, Police, Consumer Affairs, Women and the Arts.  Geoff also has experience in the area of Defence.

Geoff is passionate about regional economic development, infrastructure, creative industries and STEM. He is currently studying for a Masters of Economics specializing in Regional Development.

Geoff served on the board of Central Highlands Community Legal Center, and Creative Ballarat as Chair.