Local leaders: Cr Tina Samardzija, Mayor of City of Monash

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Tina Samardzija is the Mayor of the City of Monash in Victoria, and an alum of the University of Melbourne’s Pathways to Politics Program for Women.

Tina was elected as a councillor in 2020 and became Deputy Mayor before being elected as Mayor. Tina’s main motivation for joining local government was to have a say in the local facilities and services that young families rely on. She is particularly interested in improving maternal health services and providing more information and support for mothers. Tina’s background is in law and economics, and she previously worked in state and federal government.

She sees the role of local government as being more directly connected to the community than state and federal government. The City of Monash is a populous and diverse area, with a growing population and a focus on sustainable growth and transport infrastructure.

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2019 Alum (Victoria)

Cr Tina Samardzija

Cr Tina Samardzija is Mayor of City of Monash, where she has served as a councillor since 2020.

Tina was a commercial lawyer before moving to work in state and federal government on major legal, economic and social policy reforms including workplace relations, the NDIS and housing. She is the first-born child of parents who migrated from Europe

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