Councillor Michelle Kleinert

Cr Michelle Kleinert is a long-term resident of Manningham and has been a councillor of Manningham since 2012, serving as Mayor in 2016-17 and again in 2021-22.

Passionate about Manningham’s open space and our vibrant and connected community, Cr Kleinert believes in supporting local business in addition to community clubs and our youth.

In her first term as Mayor, Cr Kleinert led the charge to establish a youth mental health outreach service for Manningham with headspace Hawthorn. She is currently the multicultural ambassador for Mental Health Foundation Australia and holds a mental health first aid certificate.

Cr Kleinert has a long standing relationship with Bully Zero and is currently involved in a project to air on TV in late 2022.

With a focus on bringing the community together with a positive message all can relate to, Cr Kleinert is committed to shine a light on the ‘be kind’ message as we reconnect with one another post the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cr Kleinert also dedicates a significant amount of time supporting women in Local Government through her involvement with the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, Victorian branch (ALGWA Vic), where she has served as both president and is currently the Executive Officer.

She is a former vice president of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)