Whitehorse City Council


Whitehorse City Council has 10 Councillors elected by residents to govern the city. Councillors work together to set Council’s strategic direction and to make important decisions regarding the whole municipality. In making these decisions, Councillors consider the views of, and consult with, the community. They also work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Council administration.

The City of Whitehorse is divided into five wards: Central, Elgar, Morack, Riversdale and Springfield. Two Councillors are elected to represent each ward, every four years. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors to serve as the principal ambassador for the city for a twelve-month term.

The following Councillors were elected on 22 October 2016 to represent the city’s five wards. The results of the 2016 Council election were officially declared by the Victorian Electoral Commission at 11.30am on Wednesday 2 November at the Nunawading Civic Suite.

Cr Blair Barker was named as the new Elgar Ward Councillor Elect on 9 May 2017 following a countback of votes from the 2016 Council Elections. He replaces former councillor Tanya Tescher who resigned from Council on Monday 3 April 2017.

Central Ward

Cr Denise Massoud

PO Box 52
Forest Hill Vic 3131
Phone: 0409 230 499

Cr Denise Massoud has lived in Whitehorse for 28 years. She was elected to Council in the October 2012 Council election. Cr Massoud has worked on many committees to support local children and the community. Her interests include maintaining Whitehorse’s treed residential environment and supporting enhanced aged care and disability services in the home.

She is keen for more Council funded childcare places and community and sporting facility upgrades.


Cr Andrew Munroe

Cr Andrew Munroe
PO Box 30
Blackburn VIC 3130
Phone: 0429 138 140

Cr Andrew Munroe was re-elected to Council in October 2016 for his third term as a Councillor.  Cr Munroe has previously served as Mayor on two occasions,  during 2012/13 and 2014/15.
A lifelong resident of the Central Ward, Cr Munroe works as Telecommunications Engineer and his area of expertise is in information technology.
He is also a founding Director and current Chairman of the Blackburn South Community Bank.

Elgar Ward

Cr Tina Liu

 Cr Tina Liu

PO Box 5024
Laburnum VIC 3130
Phone: 0418 121 357

Cr Tina Liu was elected to Council in October, 2016. She has tertiary qualifications in Information Systems and Commerce from Melbourne University. She works in marketing and event management.

Cr Liu is an active member of the local community and has assisted with various community initiatives such as safety and crime prevention, food safety, recycling/waste management, local business, arts and cultural activities and sports engagement.

Her interests include community service and engagement, community health and wellbeing, sustainability, urban design, local business and animal welfare. Cr Liu looks forward to working with the Whitehorse community.

Cr Blair Barker

Cr Blair Barker 

PO Box 241
Kerrimuir VIC 3129
Phone: 0459 857 280

Councillor Blair Barker was officially sworn in as a Councillor on 15 May 2017 following a countback of votes from the 2016 Council Elections. This is his first term on Council. Cr Barker is married with two boys, and has a keen interest in sport and business.

Cr Barker studied economics at Monash University and has worked predominantly in human resources. He also forged a career with the Army Reserve and received a Royal Australian Army Officer Commission in 1993. He was the founder and director of a BRW Top 100 “Fast Starter” Company 2007.

He is particularly active in the sporting arena and has memberships with Kerrimuir United Cricket Club and Whitehorse Colts Junior Football Netball Club. He is an accredited coach with the Australian Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and was AFCA’s East Auskick Coach of the Year in 2014.

His areas of community interest include promoting the broader benefits of sport, strategic operations, planning, small business and employment, and government transparency and governance.

Morack Ward

Cr Raylene Carr

Cr Raylene Carr

PO Box 6060
Vermont South 3133
Phone: 0400 886 889

Cr Raylene Carr was re-elected in October 2012 for her second term. She has lived in Vermont South for 28 years and is married with two adult children.

Cr Carr has been on the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation board for four years, including one year as chair. As a past committee member of Vermont South Community House, Cr Carr recognises the vital contribution of volunteers. Her areas of interest include traffic management, public open spaces, libraries, childcare, and aged and disability community groups. She supports shared bicycle off-road paths and small business initiatives.

Qualifications include a Diploma of Business and being a government approved dog training instructor.

Cr Bill Bennett (Mayor)

Cr Bill Bennett 2016

Locked Bag 2
Nunawading Delivery Centre 3131
Phone: 0409 195 530

Cr Bill Bennett was re-elected to Council for his second term in October, 2016. His tertiary qualifications include Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from RMIT and a Diploma of Renewable Energy from Swinburne University. Cr Bennett is married and has 2 sons.

He has lived in the City of Whitehorse since 1971 and is an active member of the community with memberships to the Lions Club of South Vermont, Vermont Men’s Shed, Nunawading Community Gardens and the Alternative Technology Association.

His interests include urban design, solar installations and saving water within the community.

Riversdale Ward

Cr Sharon Ellis

Cr Sharon Ellis 

PO Box 8178
Burwood Heights 3151
Phone: 0419 397 194

Cr Sharon Ellis was re-elected to Council serving her fifth term in October, 2016. Cr Ellis has lived in Surrey Hills for a number of years and is married with three adult children. Her areas of interest include planning and environment, affordable housing, aged care and disability issues.

She previously served 14 years in the Victorian public service, including the areas of housing, superannuation and policy development.

Cr Ellis achievements include being Whitehorse Mayor for 2005/06 and 2013/14 and four-time chair of the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation. She also has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics and sociology.

Cr Ellis has developed close links with many local clubs and community groups in Whitehorse – she is an honorary member of the Mont Albert Surrey Hills Rotary Club.

Cr Andrew Davenport

Cr Andrew Davenport

PO Box 2230
Blackburn South 3130
Phone: 0407 652 145

Cr Andrew Davenport was re-elected to Council in October, 2016. Andrew’s tertiary qualifications include a Master of Commercial Law, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), and a Bachelor of Commerce. Andrew is married with 2 children.

He has been an active member of the City of Whitehorse for over 10 years and enjoys being a member of Freemasons Victoria, Box Hill Hawks Football Club, (social) member of Bennettswood Bowling Club and is also an honorary member of the Mont Albert Surrey Hills Rotary Club.

Cr Davenport’s areas of interest include supporting local businesses, increasing library services, council finances, improving amenities across Whitehorse and encouraging female participation in sport.

Springfield Ward

Cr Ben Stennett

PO Box 120
Nunawading 3131
Phone: 0448 375 937

Cr Ben Stennett was re-elected to Council in October, 2016. His tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science, and a Graduate Diploma of Education.

The majority of his career has been within the education sector as a teacher and is currently employed in an educational leadership role working with primary school students and their educators.

Cr Stennett is an active member of the community and is currently a member of Scouts Australia and the Rotary Club of Nunawading and attends St Johns Catholic Church in Mitcham.

His areas of interest include ensuring people of all ages in our city have an opportunity to have a say on matters that affect them, improving our local community and sporting facilities, preserving our bush reserves, parkland and open space, opposing inappropriate development and supporting initiatives which protect our neighbourhood character.

Cr Prue Cutts

Prue Cutts

PO Box 2195
Rangeview VIC 3132
Phone: 0409 867 540

Cr Prue Cutts was elected to Council in October, 2016. Her tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Psychology), a Diploma in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Career Development.

The majority of her career has been within the education sector as a teacher (including kinder, primary, secondary, TAFE, adult education) and is currently employed as a casual relief primary teacher. For almost 20 years, she worked as a vocational psychologist and as a national business development manager.

Cr Cutts is an active member of the community and belongs to the Heatherdale Community Action Group and is a recent Chair of the Heatherdale Creek Parklands Advisory Committee. In 2015, she was a Committee member of the KBH Brumbies Junior Hockey Club and has volunteered across the community including the RSPCA, Box Hill Hospital and various primary schools.

Her areas of interest include preserving the neighbourhood character of precincts, buildings and open spaces, active engagement of youth and the elderly, community health and wellbeing, affordable housing, reducing traffic congestion on our streets, and enhancing community and sporting facilities.