Chaffey Ward Councillor, Walter Villagonzalo, was first elected to Council in 2016. Cr Villagonzalo was the Deputy Mayor the for 2017/18 term.
A former Navy Officer and member of the military in the Philippines for 15 years, Cr Villagonzalo moved to Australia in 1986, has worked in IT consulting and established small businesses. He is heavily involved in Wyndham’s migrant community and is the founder and President of The Migrant Hub, which supports people from diverse cultural backgrounds including asylum seekers and refugees.
In 2015 he was named Wyndham's Citizen of the Year and in 2016 he was named Australia’s Social Enterprise Champion for the numerous social enterprises he established and helped establish, and for his advocacy in promoting the financial sustainability of community organisations through social entrepreneurship. In 2017, he was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Council for Volunteers for the State of Victoria.
Councillor Villagonzalo is Council’s Future Focused Economy Portfolio Holder, which covers employment, industry attraction and business development.
Cr Villagonzalo is also Council’s delegated representative on the following internal and external advisory committees:
- RDF (Wests Rd) and Waste Management Community Reference Group
- Victorian State Government's Community Advisory Group
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 0429 641 233