Councillors

The Alpine Shire Council elections were held in late October 2016.

Councillors-elect took their oath of office at the November Ordinary Council meeting.

The Councillors are:
Mayor: Ron Janas
Deputy Mayor: Tony Keeble
Peter Roper
John Forsyth
Daryl Pearce
Kitty Knappstein
Sarah Nicholas

Councillor profiles and contact information will be available online shortly.

Cr Ron Janas - Mayor
Councillor Ron Janas
Phone: 0417 305 196
Email: ronj@alpineshire.vic.gov.au

Ron Janas has lived and worked in the Alpine Shire for the past 27 years, spending 20 of those years as a police officer in the North East.

A member of the Buffalo River CFA and local RSL club, Cr Janas is married, with adult children and grandchildren.

In recent years Cr Janas has undertaken some work with Alpine Shire Council, gaining valuable experience and knowledge of the shire's objectives and processes.

His focus during this four-year term will be to forge relationships between Council and the community, promote good governance and sustainability and the achievements of common goals for the betterment of all communities.
Cr Tony Keeble - Deputy Mayor
Cr Tony Keeble
Phone: 0417 541 732
Email: tonyk@alpineshire.vic.gov.au

Tony Keeble spent his childhood living in the Upper Kiewa Valley and completed year 12 at Mount Beauty Secondary College. He then went on to complete a BA in Outdoor Education, a Grad Dip in Education, a Masters in Environmental Education and is currently a PhD candidate.

Cr Keeble is happily married with four beautiful girls. Cr Keeble travelled for several years overseas working in a variety of vocations including tourism, managing a raft company in Canada and being employed as Director of Mountain Management at a ski resort in USA.

Cr Keeble is currently the Principal of Outdoor School, a multi campus school that teachers students to be sustainably resilient in todays and tomorrows society. Previously Cr Keeble has been the Principal of Mount Beauty Primary School, the Principal of two Indigenous schools in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, a lecturer in the education department for LaTrobe University and a teacher at Wesley College.

Cr Keeble is also involved in many community groups as a volunteer and member. Cr Keeble is looking forward to his third four year term as councillor and maintains a strong connection to communities and their voice for change and action.
Cr Peter Roper
Councillor Peter Roper
Phone: 0428 941 952
Email: peterr@alpineshire.vic.gov.au

Peter Roper is the fifth generation of the Roper family to farm at Tawonga. He has three school aged children.

His experience includes working for a large regional water authority managing regional water supply catchments, waste water treatment and reuse facilities.

Cr Roper’s interests include ensuring we leave the environment in good shape for our children, enjoying outdoor and sporting activities with family and friends and reading.
Cr John Forsyth
Councillor John Forsyth
Phone: 0408 464 924
Email: johnf@alpineshire.vic.gov.au

As a local business owner, John Forsyth is concerned with the sustainability of small businesses in the Alpine Shire, including issues such as rates, accessibility, communication, diversity and reliable infrastructure.

As a resident he is concerned with waste collection, quality water, security and a happy and healthy community and environment to live in.

By representing the community at council level, Cr Forsyth aims to help maintain and build upon those attributes that make the Alpine Shire a great place to live and work.
Cr Daryl Pearce
Councillor Daryl Pearce
Phone: 0400 475 090
Email: darylp@alpineshire.vic.gov.au

Daryl Pearce first lived in Wandiligong in 1973. He has moved away a couple of times to seek other career paths in aviation as an air traffic controller and flying. Cr Pearce has four children and three grandchildren.

He worked at the Bright P12 College for seven years and worked closely with welfare organisations for the development of children in the area.
Cr Pearce coached Bright junior football teams for six years and is the Junior vice-president of the Bright Football Club. Cr Pearce is also on the Wandiligong Alpine Park and the Wandiligong Caravan Park committees.

Cr Pearce is passionate about caring for our young people, aged care and the natural environment.
Cr Kitty Knappstein
Cr Kitty Knappstein
Phone: 0438 592 717
Email: kittyk@alpineshire.vic.gov.au

With a background in Foreign Affairs in Canberra and IDAPS Computer Science in Melbourne, Kitty first visited this area in the 70's when her parents and sisters relocated from Canberra.

Later employed by Hickinbotham Winemakers in Williamstown, an interest developed in tourism, hospitality and the wine industry in the North-East.

With her two daughters she moved to Harrietville in '97, worked at Harrietville Primary School in admin and participated in delivery of the Children's Literacy Program; with Bright TAFE she undertook further training in Adult Literacy.

Community service includes 13 years as Board Member and past Chair of Alpine Health, current membership of SES, CFA, Alpine Shire Historic Network, Community Resilience Committee, Community Health and Advisory Group, Bright Art Gallery and Bright Autumn Festival Committee, and Bright RSL Committee Member and Welfare Officer and past vice-President.

She is a (2013) graduate of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program.
Employment at the Alpine Visitor Information Centre broadened her understanding of issues facing residents, visitors and business operators in the Shire, leading to her decision to become a Councillor.
Cr Sarah Nicholas
Cr Sarah Nicholas
Phone: 0408 423 571
Email: sarahn@alpineshire.vic.gov.au

Sarah Nicholas settled in Wandiligong in 1997 after discovering the summer beauty and activities in the Alpine Shire. She had worked seasonally at Mt Hotham since 1985 and travelled widely between seasons, mostly to ski.

Cr Nicholas continues to work winters with the Mt Hotham Ski Patrol and for several years was the Ski Patrol Director. She has a parallel career in agriculture, environment and water management supported by a B Agric Sc and Masters in Environmental Law, Business and Management.

Roles have included high level regional, state and federal boards and committees as well as strategic planning for various agencies and community groups.

Cr Nicholas was a founding member of the Upper Ovens Landcare group and a local sustainability group. She is currently active in school, sporting and youth support organisations.

With her partner and two children Cr Nicholas lives in a DIY energy-efficient miner’s cottage. Interests include understanding the natural environment, skiing, cycling, gardening, sustainable living, being with family and friends.

Over the next four years Cr Nicholas is keen to ensure continued good governance so that communities can be supported to achieve great outcomes for local areas and the Alpine Shire as a whole.
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