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What does it mean to be Lord Mayor of one of the world’s most liveable cities? And how can we keep that ‘liveable’ status – and the relaxed lifestyle we enjoy – in the face of pressures like a booming population, an upwards-shooting skyline, traffic congestion and crime?

As the Melbourne City Council elections loom, Sally Warhaft will host a robust meet-and-greet with the candidates for the mayoral robes, including incumbent Robert Doyle, Liberal candidates Gary Morgan and Gary Singer, and Keith Rankin, Alison Parkes, David Nolte, Joseph Toscano and Brian Shanahan.

They’ll share their big ideas for Melbourne’s future and take your questions on how they’ll tackle the challenges that lie ahead.


Portrait of Brian Shanahan

Brian Shanahan

Brian Shanahan was elected to Melbourne City Council in 2004 and 2008. He has been chair of the Melbourne City Council Finance and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee since 2004. Before that, he was a councillor and mayor of the City of Essendon.

Portrait of David Nolte

David Nolte

David Nolte was is a former Melbourne City Councillor (1988-93) and Chair of City Finance (1991-93). He has owned and operated his own pharmacy in Carlton North for 35 years, and is standing for Lord Mayor in Melbourne’s 2012 council elections.

Portrait of Robert Doyle

Robert Doyle

Robert Doyle was elected in 2008 and is the serving Lord Mayor of Melbourne. He is a principal at The Nous Group, a management consultancy business based in Melbourne and, since 2007, has been chairman of Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital).

Portrait of Alison Parkes

Alison Parkes

Dr Alison Parkes has over 30 years experience in financial management and is an internationally recognised consultant, author, educator and researcher based at the University of Melbourne. She lives with her husband and two children in North Melbourne. She is standing as Greens candidate for Lord Mayor in Melbourne’s 2012 council elections.

Portrait of Gary Morgan

Gary Morgan

Gary Morgan and his family are long-term East Melbourne residents. He has lived and worked in Melbourne for over 50 years. He is executive chairman of Roy Morgan Research and the proprietor of well-known Collins Street restaurant Morgans at 401.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

Portrait of Gary Singer

Gary Singer

Previously deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne (2004–2008) with former Lord Mayor John So, Gary Singer is currently director and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s Australia.

Portrait of Joseph Toscano

Joseph Toscano

Joseph Toscano has been a medical practitioner for 37 years, with a special interest in spinal cord paralysis. He is a broadcaster on community radio and a spokesperson for the Anarchist Media Institute.

Portrait of Berhan Ahmed

Berhan Ahmed

Dr Ahmed is a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne and chief editor of focus e-magazine. He is a board member of the international research group on wood protection, and AMES, and chairperson of the African Think Tank. He is well known in Melbourne through his commitment to numerous community and business issues and was the Victorian Australian of the Year 2009.

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