Yarra Ranges Councillor resigns following appointment to Upper House

Published on 06 November 2021

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Yarra Ranges Council has thanked Cr Cathrine Burnett-Wake for her tireless work representing local communities, following her resignation today from her role as councillor for the Streeton Ward.

Cr Burnett-Wake has made the decision to leave her role as councillor after being selected to fill a vacancy in the electorate of Eastern Victoria as part of the Legislative Council, following the resignation of The Hon. Edward O’Donohue in September.

Since being elected to Yarra Ranges Council in October 2020, Cr Burnett-Wake has played a pivotal role in supporting residents of the Dandenongs following the devastating June 9 storm, advocating for more State Government support to assist residents and Council with the significant clean-up ahead.

She was appointed as Council’s representative on the external committees of Burrinja, Eastern Alliance of Greenhouse Action and MAV Environment Advisory Group.

Ms Burnett-Wake said she was excited to take on her new role as Member for Eastern Victoria.

“This is an amazing opportunity to represent the Eastern Victoria region, which includes Yarra Ranges,” she said.

“While it will be sad to leave my role at Yarra Ranges Council, I am buoyed by the fact I will still continue representing the Yarra Ranges community, just from a different level of government.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow councillors and Council staff for their support during my first term on Yarra Ranges Council, in particular CEO Tammi Rose, and Cr Fiona McAllister for her leadership and guidance during her term as Mayor,” she said.

Cr Burnett-Wake also thanked Streeton Ward residents for their generosity and support during her first year on Council.

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