Cr Bill McArthur

Address PO Box 111
Bannockburn VIC 3331
Contact Details Other: 03 5220 7111 Phone
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Mobile: 0437 984 793

Cr Bill McArthur


Mobile:  0437 984 793



First elected:  March 1996

Cr McArthur is the Chair of the Planning Committee.

Cr McArthur is a member of the following committees:

  • Smythesdale Regional Landfill Monitoring Committe
  • MAV Federal Roads Blackspot Committee

Cr McArthur is also a board member of the Australia Local Government Association.  He is also a White Ribbon ambassador advocating for the prevention of violence against women.

Cr McArthur served as Council’s Mayor in 2004 and 2005.


Cr McArthur has been appointed to the (1) Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) by Council, (2) Smythesdale Regional Landfill Monitoring Committee by Council, and (3) Federal Government’s Roads Blackspot Committee by the MAV.


After relocating to the country hamlet of Haddon in 1981 to open a small business with his wife Lyn and two children, Cr McArthur discovered that he was well suited to the active community lifestyle for which Golden Plains Shire is renowned.  As a Councillor, Cr McArthur strives to represent the collective and influential voice of residents, community groups and businesses across Golden Plains responsibly, ethically and passionately.


Cr McArthur was a Councillor at the former Shire of Grenville from 1991 to 1994 prior to amalgamation and has been a Councillor with Golden Plains Shire since 1996.  He served as Mayor for two terms in 2004 and 2005.


Cr McArthur is an active participant in Council’s Committee Structure.  He has been a member of the Planning Committee since 1996 and is the current Chairperson; the Recreation and Community Development Committee and is the current Chairperson, the Audit and Finance Committee; the CEO Review Committee, Governance Committee and the Economic Development, Communications & Marketing Committee respectively.


Cr McArthur has played a major role in strategic planning for the Shire in the area of community planning and development and, in particular, strategic land use planning (South East Land Use Study and Rural Land Use Study), numerous UDFs for key towns and the initial development of the Golden Plains Planning Scheme. He also has keen interest in roads infrastructure and played a major role in the development of the Golden Plains Road Strategy.


Cr McArthur has represented Council on the Gorse Taskforce and on the G21 Geelong Regional Alliance Board (2004‑05), the Central Highlands Mayors’ and CEOs’ Forum (2004‑05) and is also a past Board member of the Highlands Regional Waste Management Group.  He is the local government representative on the MAV Federal Roads Blackspot Committee and the Smythesdale Regional Landfill Monitoring Committee.


Cr McArthur has also held a number of community positions.  He was a member of the Haddon Primary School Council from 1986 to 1995 and was the School Council President from 1990 to 1993.  He has been a member of the Haddon Rural Fire Brigade.   He was the inaugural Haddon VicKick Co‑ordinator in 1991 and 1992, a member of the Haddon Community House Committee in 1988 and 1989, first Coordinator of the Haddon Neighbourhood Watch from 1992 to 1994 and served as Inaugural President of the Golden Plains Junior Football League and President from 1997 to 1999.In 1998 he was awarded the Victorian Football Development Foundation service award for the Ballarat region for service to community sporting groups.  Cr McArthur was a long serving member of the Haddon Recreation Centre Committee of Management.


Bill has been a Director of the Australian Local Government Association since 2009. He is a White Ribbon ambassador advocating for the prevention of violence against women.


Cr McArthur has skills in community consultation and chaired the Project Reference Committee to develop the Woady Yaloak Recreation Centre and the Community Reference Group for the development of the Woady Yaloak Equestrian Centre into a regional facility.  He has also taken a leading role in the community consultation for the Smythesdale Innovative Town Sewerage Project.


Cr McArthur has recently been re-elected the President of the Municipal Association of Victoria for a third term - this is for a period of two years.  In his MAV Board role, Cr McArthur chaired the Land Use Planning Advisory Committee, the MAV VicRoads Liaison Committee and the MAV Professional Development Committee.  He has also been a member of the VicRoads Arterial Roads Review Steering Committee and the VicRoads Statewide Blackspot Funding Advisory Committee.  He is also currently the MAV representative on the Victorian Blackspot Consulting Panel for the National Blackspot Programme.


Current at November 2015.

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