Cr Kim O’Keeffe (Leave of Absence)

Cr Kim O'Keeffe
Cr Kim O'Keeffe

I have lived in Shepparton most of my life. Managed my own business in the service and training industry for over 28 years expanding my business nationally and taking on the role as the national education and marketing manager for the Salons Group. I have worked with both small and large businesses, who I continue to support and mentor. I have my own make up brand that is sold nationally.

I am married to Brendan, who also managed his own retail business for over 43 years. We have raised our two daughters here in Shepparton and invested our lives in a region that we believe in, love, and are proud to call home.

I was elected Councillor in November 2020 after having previously been elected in 2016. During these terms elected as Deputy Mayor 2017 and Mayor, 2018/2019 and 2021 which has been an honour.

In 2021, I was very fortunate to achieve the role as the Chair of Regional Cities Victoria and to be appointed to the Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel for a second term. It is critical the voice of our region is heard.

I am very passionate about the Greater Shepparton region. More than ever we need strong committed leadership to support our communities, businesses and industries.

We have successful investment in the region with support from the Federal and State Government. We must continue to work together to progress the aspirations of our region.

I have been a volunteer for 20 years for the Look Good Feel Better program for women with cancer, the SHINE program supporting our youth, FoodShare and a volunteer for People supporting People who support the homeless.

Many achievements are required during this term of Council, though a high priority must be investment in affordable housing and homelessness.

The Shepparton Bypass is well overdue, the Shepparton Sports Stadium and Events Centre will be an exciting new development. The opportunity for inner city living will inject further life into the CBD. We also desperately need investment in a Drug and Rehabilitation facility.

It is a new era of Council with six newly elected Councillors. I am really enjoying working with my fellow Councillors and doing all we can to achieve the best possible outcomes for our community.

I am here for the community.