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Mayor, Cr Roz Blades AM (Paperbark Ward)

Term as a Councillor: 1997 - present
Mayor in: 1998, 2011, 2019

Contact Roz:

Mobile: 0417 053 612
Phone: 9701 5821
Fax: 9701 5821

About Roz:

Cr Roz Blades 2017

My husband Terry and I migrated to Australia in 1969, settling in Noble Park in 1971. We wanted to put back into a community that gave us so much. Our three sons were raised and educated locally. I had a dual role as a councillor/Mayor as well as working in the public/private health sector for over 25 years. I have been active in this community for over three decades.

I am heavily involved in all of the community groups in Paperbark Ward, including senior citizens, service organisations, local sporting groups and schools.

I am particularly interested in the health and welfare of our resident. I am a life member of the Springvale Benevolent Society where we voluntarily provide food, food vouchers, as well as referrals to other agencies to support the disadvantaged in our local community. I am also very involved in the provision of better public transport and I am council’s representative on the Eastern Transport Coalition where we represent over a million residents in the South East.

I was the first female Mayor to represent Greater Dandenong in Xuzhou in China, which is a 5000 year old city, and the first female to be made an Honorary Citizen of Xuzhou.

I am the first female who was born overseas to be elected to Greater Dandenong City Council and the fourth female in a row to be Mayor of the City of Springvale.

I am also the only Jewish Mayor to represent both the City of Springvale and the City of Greater Dandenong.

One of my proudest moments was being part of the formal 'sorry' to the Aboriginal community in 1998.

I am proudly a Paul Harris fellow of the Rotary Club of Noble Park, Life Member of Springvale Community Links and was awarded a Queens Birthday Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia.

Committees, organisations and industry bodies Roz represents as a Councillor:

  • Asylum Seeker and Refugee Communities Advisory Committee
  • Audit Advisory Committee
  • Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA)
  • CEO Performance Review Committee
  • Children & Family Partnership
  • Community Safety Advisory Committee
  • Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee
  • Disability Advisory Committee
  • Eastern Transport Coalition
  • Family Violence Advisory Committee
  • Faith Leader – Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network
  • Leisure Contract Advisory Group
  • Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Multicultural Committee
  • Noble Park Community Action Forum Inc.
  • Positive Ageing Advisory Committee
  • Southern Metropolitan Partnership
  • Springvale Benevolent Society
  • Springvale and District Historical Society
  • Springvale Major Projects Advisory Group
  • Young Leaders Ambassador

More information about the above committees, community organisations and peak industry bodies.