A passion for the community has seen Manningham Councillor, Geoff Gough, serve his local community for more than 20 years.
Cr Gough was recognised this month for his long service, also receiving a Mayor Emeritus award at the Municipal Association of Victoria’s (MAV) Councillor Service Awards.
Manningham Council Mayor Cr Michelle Kleinert said it was wonderful that Cr Gough was recognised for his service to the Manningham community.
“Having worked in education in the eastern region for more than 30 years and serving as a Councillor since 1997, Cr Gough has a deep passion for Manningham, particularly in meeting the needs of community groups, sporting clubs and residents,” she said.
“The two awards recognise his long service to our community including four full terms as the Mayor of Manningham.”
Having grown up and raised his own family in Manningham, Cr Gough spent many years mentoring young people with special needs before retiring.
Cr Gough said it was a privilege to be able to serve the Manningham community for more than 20 years.
“It’s an honour to hear the stories and concerns of our community members and be able to represent them on issues affecting their everyday lives,” he said.
“The issues faced by our community 20 years ago has changed over time. However, one thing that remains a constant is the community’s need to be heard.
“This is not a responsibility I take lightly and would like to thank the community for entrusting me to represent them.”
Cr Gough was presented an award for 20 years’ of continuous service as a Councillor and a Mayor Emeritus award for serving three or more full terms as Mayor of Manningham Council.
Cr Gough has also previously held the position of Deputy President (Metro) of the MAV and served four terms on the Board.
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