Mayor Russell Aubrey

Mayor of the City of Melville


Married with three children, Russell has lived in the City of Melville since 1983 and worked as a Senior Teacher at Wesley College from 1983 before retiring to take up the Mayoral role full-time in 2012.

Professional/Local Government Experience

Russell was first elected as a councillor in 1991 and was elected to the position of Mayor in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and again in 2015. During this period he has been a member and ex-officio  member of all the City's committees and is also also a proud board member of two State Government peak bodies, the Disability Services Commission and the Statutory Planning Commission.

Russell has brought about significant change within the City during this period and list among his primary achievements:

  • Leading the fight to construct the Melville Bypass (Roe 8 and Roe 9) 
  • Liaising with State and Federal Governments to raise $1.6B in road funding for the south-west region  
  • Instigating the Urban Forest and foreshore Protection Strategies to combat global warming 
  • Significantly reducing rates for seniors from 2014 onward by including waste charges with the general rate 
  • Instigating the postal voting system 
  • Introducing the Community Liaison Security Service 
  • Leading the campaign to conserve Ken Hurst Park 
  • Negating the impact of Multi-unit housing in low-density residential areas through a review of the R-codes 
  • Developed the model for more inclusive community consultation 
  • Restored the City's financial position

Awards and Achievements

During Russell's term of office as Mayor the City has been recognised with many national and international awards, including the United Nations 'World's Most Liveable City Award' in its pollution category and the Australian Business Excellence Award.


Russell is focused on a cycle of assessment and improvement and is committed to developing an even better City of Melville. He believes maintaining contact with the community is essential to deriving feedback and provides an open door policy to ratepayers with concerns and regularly makes himself available at shopping centres around the city to meet informally with the community.




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