New Watson Ward Councillor elected


Kate Roper has been elected as the new Watson Ward Councillor for the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

She will be sworn in as a councillor at the Ordinary Council Meeting to be held on 4 April 2023 and will then begin her official duties.

Roper was previously a councillor for Cerberus Ward from 2016 to 2020.

The Watson Ward extraordinary vacancy occurred due to the resignation of former councillor Paul Mercurio after he was elected as the Member for Hastings at the 2022 Victorian election.

To fill the vacancy, the Victorian Electoral Commission held a by-election. Full results can be found online at

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Steve Holland:

“On behalf of my fellow councillors, I’d like to congratulate Kate and welcome her back to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.”

“Her previous experience as a councillor will be invaluable and I look forward to working with her to support the Watson Ward community and improve life for all local residents.”

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