Cr Meghan Hopper - South Ward
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Elected to Council
Councillor Responsible for
Status of women
Arts and culture
Member of the Urban Planning Committee
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Mayor of Moreland
November 2014 - October 2015
About Cr Meghan Hopper
Why did you run for Council?
My family have been part of the Moreland community for over 100 years. I feel closely connected to this area and its people and wanted to give back to the community that has given so much to my family.
I'm for a Moreland that is sustainable, diverse and creative.
What do you see as the top 5 issues facing Council over the next 4 years?
- developing Moreland sustainably, in line with the history and culture of the area
- growing amenities and infrastructure to meet our growing population
- improving library services
- community safety, and
- supporting our thriving arts community.
What local issues are you especially interested in?
I'm a member of a number of local organisations including CERES, Triple R, Women's Health in the North and Moreland Library, and, so, unsurprisingly, I'm particularly interested in the arts, women's health and safety, living sustainably and our learning and library services.
Name 3 things you want this Council to achieve in the next 4 years?
- better consultation with the community on planning
- improvements to our library services, and
- strong arts, events and festivals, including the Sydney Road Street Party.
What is your vision for Moreland?
A sustainable, diverse and creative Moreland.
What are your hobbies and interests outside Council?
Reading, especially political biographies, writing on women's issues, attempting to play my piano and seeing live music.
What community activities in Moreland have you been involved in?
I'm a member of CERES and am fortunate to be the Council representative on their Board. I'm also a member of Triple R and used to present 'Room with a View' there. I used to volunteer at Brotherhood Books on Brunswick Road and with The Smith Family as a mentor of young people. I volunteer at a stall at the Sydney Road Street Party every year. As a Councillor I’ve been fortunate to have been invited to so many amazing local events and to share residents’ stories.
What are some of your favourite things about Moreland?
I love that we embrace the best of our history whilst also constantly evolving. I love that we are so close to the city but have retained our suburban feel and community focus.
Work experience, career, job?
My professional background is primarily in policy, advocacy and communications in the not-for-profit sector. Currently I am working four days a week as Senior Policy Officer at Volunteering Victoria. I am also doing a PhD in journalism and gender studies at Monash University, where I sit as a director on University Council.
Family, children, dogs, cats?
I have a 6-year-old tortoiseshell cat named CJ, who was adopted on the campaign trail during the 2010 State election. She's a political cat.
What's the best time, day or method (e.g. email, mobile) for residents and community groups to contact you?
Get in touch via email any time, or mobile during daylight hours.
Extra: Sum up Moreland in 5 words.
Diverse, cultural, historical, passionate and evolving.
Extra: Who are your role models/people you admire?
Elizabeth Evatt AC, Annabel Crabb, Anne of Green Gables, my Nana.