The last local government elections were held in October 2016, with nine councillors elected across Campaspe’s five wards. The next local government election is due in October 2020.
Cr Annie Vickers, Echuca Ward
Cr Annie Vickers
Mobile: 0429 539 658
Born in Deniliquin, Cr Annie Vickers spent the first 10 years of her life on the family property which grew wheat and sheep, and later, added dairy.
After attending primary and secondary schools in the region, Cr Vickers nursed in an aged care facility that specialised in dementia until 2002, when she and her partner purchased the Wistaria Café.
With a keen interest in the region’s hospitality and tourism sectors, Cr Vickers has been a member of the Portside Traders and on the board of Echuca Moama Tourism. She is the current president of the Echuca Moama Restaurant Association.
Cr Daniel Mackrell, Echuca Ward
Cr Daniel Mackrell
Mobile: 0429 517 535
Cr Daniel Mackrell spent his early years on a dairy farm in Wyuna, then moved to Tongala where he attended local schools.
Cr Mackrell has developed a broad knowledge and skill base honed from a diverse career, including various stints in hospitality. Combining his passion for hospitality with qualifications in Human Resource Management and Training, led to the establishment of a national training and employment organisation which traversed the east coast of Australia, of which he was CEO for 12 years. His latest venture in hospitality involves three different businesses - a café, a catering venue and coffee-roasting business, all located in Echuca.
Daniel’s community involvement spans over 20 plus years from tourism boards, local learning networks and community not for profits, such as Echuca Moama Tourism, the Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning Network, Echuca Lawn Tennis Club and the Echuca Moama Business and Trades Association.
Cr Kristen Munro, Echuca Ward
Cr Kristen Munro
Mobile: 0429 473 056
Born in Melbourne, Cr Kristen Munro moved to Tasmania with her family in 1979. She completed up to Year 7 in Hobart, before moving back to Melbourne in 1988 and finishing the remainder of her schooling. She settled in Lockington in 2002 with her young family.
With a passion for animals, Cr Munro completed an Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Animal Technology), and has since carved a successful career in the animal industry. She has worked in a variety of roles including at veterinary clinics, La Trobe University, Healesville Sanctuary and Melbourne Zoo.
In recent years, Cr Munro has worked on her small scale farm, in the neighbourhood house sector and on dairy farms. She continues to be actively involved in many community groups, and still milks cows in her spare time.
Cr Neil Pankhurst, Kyabram Deakin Ward
Cr Neil Pankhurst
Mobile: 0429 858 992
Cr Neil Pankhurst has been a local of Campaspe all his life. Raised on a 130ha beef cattle farm in Tongala, Cr Pankhurst went to local primary and secondary schools, before completing his senior years at The Scots School in Albury.
Having completed a Diploma in Farm Management at Glenormiston Agricultural College at Noorat in south western Victoria, Cr Pankhurst purchased the family dairy farm in Tongala.
Recently retired from farming, Cr Pankhurst keeps busy with his community involvement in a number of organisations.
Cr Vicki Neele, Kyabram Deakin Ward
Cr Vicki Neele
Mobile: 0429 535 016
Cr Vicki Neele was born in Kyabram and attended local schools. Cr Neele has travelled extensively, living overseas and in Melbourne, however settled back in Kyabram where she married and raised her family.
She is a passionate community minded person, has been a councillor (prior to amalgamation in 1994), and involved in a number of community projects. She won a Churchill Memorial Trust award in 1996 which saw her travel to the UK, Belgium and France to investigate models of arts tourism particularly how they relate to rural areas.
Cr John Zobec, Kyabram Deakin Ward
Cr John Zobec
Mobile: 0418 213 413
Cr John Zobec was born in Kyabram, attended local schools and grew up on a dairy farm just south of the town. On finishing his education, he went to work on the family farm which he later bought in partnership with his brother.
While he no longer operates the dairy farm, Cr Zobec now runs an earthmoving business with his brother, providing laser grading works to farms in the region.
With a passion for old cars and tractors, including five tractors currently under restoration, Cr Zobec keeps busy “under the hood” outside of his councillor responsibilities. He has been a member and past president of the Kyabram Vintage and Machinery Group.
Cr Leigh Wilson, Rochester Ward
Cr Leigh Wilson
Mobile: 0429 842 111
Born and raised in Rochester, Cr Leigh Wilson has strong family ties in the area with three generations living in the Rochester township and surrounding region.
After completing his education in Rochester and Echuca, Cr Wilson moved to Melbourne for two years working as a draftsman in engineering and manufacturing. He then returned to Echuca and continued his drafting career for 10 years with local firms.
While managing a licensed cafe in Rochester for seven years, he completed a Diploma of Building Design and Technology at Bendigo TAFE and, for the past several years, has been running his own drafting business - Wilplan - in Rochester.
A long-time community volunteer, Cr Wilson has been on many community committees, currently volunteers once a month at the Rochester Town Market and is chairperson of the Rochester Community House.
Cr Adrian Weston, Mayor, Waranga Ward
Cr Adrian Weston
Mobile: 0428 320 464
Cr Adrian Weston grew up and was educated in both Rushworth and Melbourne. He moved back to Rushworth in 1988 with his family and, since then, has been operating his own 230ha mixed use-farm, dryland and irrigation.
Cr Weston’s interests include the natural environment, especially ornithology (a branch of zoology that deals with birds), politics, fishing, hunting, motorcycle riding, vegetable gardening, reading and family.
Cr Leanne Pentreath, Western Ward
Cr Leanne Pentreath
Mobile: 0428 862 201
One of seven children raised on a dairy farm at Tennyson, Cr Leanne Pentreath grew up enjoying sports, motorbike riding and reading. She attended local primary and secondary schools.
After working as a qualified nurse at Echuca District Hospital for 12 years, Cr Pentreath went on to manage the family’s supermarket / hardware business for over 20 years. This led to her involvement on committees and grocery boards.
Committed to her own professional development, Cr Pentreath has completed a number of courses including a Certificate IV in Training, Certificate IV in Accounting and a Diploma in Business Governance.
Cr Pentreath has been active on many local community groups including the Lockington & District Development Committee, Lockington & District Planning Group and the Campaspe Shire Drought Recovery Committee. She was also on the steering committee of the Lockington Elmore Community Bank, then a director of Lockmore P/L when the bank was established.