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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.

Brian received an Order of Australia Medal in 2011 for ‘services to local government’. He was also awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian government in 2001, and an award for ‘excellence in multicultural affairs’ by the Victorian government in 2004.

He has worked in senior positions with the Victorian Ombudsman, Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission, the Premier’s Department and the Victorian Health Department.

Since early retirement from the public service in 2001, Brian has been a director of Brimar Consulting, specialising in immigration and community relations matters.

Brian has lived in North Melbourne for the last ten years.

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