Jim Grivokostopoulos, Mayor of Manningham City Council.
Manningham Cr Jim Grivokostopoulos, with Grade 5 and 6 students at Templestowe Heights Primary School earlier this year, has been elected as the new Manningham mayor. Picture: Josie Hayden. Source: News Limited
COUNCILLOR Jim Grivokostopoulos has been elected as Manningham’s Mayor for 2013-14.
The Heide ward councillor was elected unopposed at last night’s council meeting, with Cr Sophy Galbally snaring the deputy mayor role.
Cr Grivokostopoulos said he looked forward to working with councillors and the community during the next year.
“We all need to work smarter to make the ratepayer’s dollar go further, and working as a team we can do this,” Cr Grivokostopoulos said.
Cr Galbally said she would work hard to increase awareness of people with disabilities in the area.
“(People with disabilities) have a voice on other issues as well and I ask people to look beyond the disability and at the person,” Cr Galbally said.
Cr Grivokostopoulos has lived in Manningham for more than 15 years and would like to see this Council move forward as a united leadership team and continue to make Manningham a great place for all families, the elderly, community groups and local business.
He believes Council needs to look at the future growth of Manningham and ensure the transport needs of our growing community are met.
Cr Grivokostopoulos is the Co-Publisher of OPA! as well as the Co-Producer of TV show World of Coffee. Jim has 22 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He is also involved with the Australian Hellenic Cultural Council, a community group that brings together a number of multicultural communities and celebrates our diverse cultures.
Outside of Council, Cr Grivokostopoulos enjoys being with his family, spending time with his nine year old daughter. He also enjoys a great coffee in good locations, supports the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Heart Football Club as well as various outdoor activities.