I am a proud Dandenong resident who has called this great city home for more than 40 years.
Like many people who live in the City of Greater Dandenong I was born overseas. I moved to Australia from Albania when I was two and I have forged a great life for myself and my family.
I live in Dandenong South with my wife Mary. We have three adult children and four grandchildren who I am very proud of. I am a self-employed businessman who believes that by working hard and working together we can all achieve great things.
I was first elected to Council in 2005, driven by a desire to change perceptions of Dandenong.
During my time on Council I have been privileged to be involved in a number of key milestones for this city.
From the Revitalising Central Dandenong Project, which saw the State Government invest $290 million in Dandenong, to the redevelopment of the Noble Park Aquatic Centre and Tatterson Park in Keysborough, our city continues to evolve and grow.
In addition to these major achievements I am most proud of the $65.5 million Dandenong Civic Centre completed in 2014.
During both my mayoral terms in 2010 and 2014 I was a strong advocate for a new municipal building in the heart of Dandenong. To then see this project come to fruition was a real highlight for me. The five-storey building not only houses the Council chamber and Council offices but it also home to one of Australia’s premier libraries.
The Dandenong Civic Centre is a real jewel in Dandenong’s crown and is something Council and the broader community are very proud of.
During my third mayoral term I was pleased to be part of the Springvale Precinct Project. This significant Council investment will see the site of the former Springvale council offices transformed into a world-class community facility, providing a variety of learning, leisure and cultural spaces. I was extremely pleased to open the refurbished Springvale Town Hall in October 2017, which saw this iconic venue transformed into a more modern and functional space for the community to enjoy.
Throughout 2017 I was also responsible for instigating work on bringing an A-League team to south east Melbourne in conjunction with the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire Council. Together we are working to make this vision a reality for the football-loving population in this region and excitement around the project is growing rapidly. I look forward to seeing us progress this over the coming year.
I am always committed to achieving the best results possible for everyone who lives and works in Greater Dandenong.