8-February-2022 | By Nadia Porter
Many of readers may not be familiar with our new mayor Cr Marcia Timmers-Leitch, but she has lived in Knox’s Wantirna for the past 15 years. She runs a successful Jim’s Mowing franchise with her husband Geoff. They have three school-aged children who attend local schools and five chickens that love to eat garden scraps.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Monash University and has over 25 years’ experience in the private sector. She currently works in offshore wind farm development.
Prior to becoming a Councillor, Marcia spent over ten years delivering projects as a volunteer for the Knox community, led local community organisations and managed the establishment of Kinderlea 3-Year-Old Preschool in Wantirna South. She has also been involved with many local early years’ facilities and sporting clubs.
After a first attempt at running for Council in 2016, Marcia was elected to represent the Collier Ward (Wantirna and Wantirna South) in April 2019 and was then re-elected unopposed at the 2020 local government elections.
As a councillor, Marcia is passionate about effective waste management, improving community facilities, mental health support services, empowering the voices of young people and the efficient use of rates.
“Connecting directly with residents and supporting the work of community groups and local business is my favourite part of this job,” said Cr Marcia.
Cr Timmers-Leitch served as Deputy Mayor in 2019-2020 and was elected Mayor of Knox City Council in November 2022. Cr Jude Dwight will serve alongside her as the Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months
Cr Timmers-Leitch said it was an honour and a privilege to be elected Mayor.
“I feel I am ready to take on this challenge and look forward to working with and leading this councillor team as we enter into our third year of being a Council,” she said.
“I know we have some serious decisions to make this year on many issues.
“I’m looking forward to well informed quality decision-making and working together as a team to deliver for our community.”
We welcome, celebrate and wish our new mayor success and good luck in her new role.