Councillor Jo Beard has just completed her third term as Mayor of Corangamite Shire. Corangamite Shire Council stretches from the Southern Ocean and rugged Shipwreck coast in the south scattered with Australia’s most productive dairying land, to the grazing expanses and volcanic plains of the north.
Cr Beard is involved with several Committees of Council including Emergency Management Planning. She served as board member of the Great South Coast Group, and in 2017 was appointed as a member of the Victorian Stakeholder Advisory Panel for Onshore Conventional Gas.
It was her own community and furthermore across the Great South Coast that were left heavily devastated and highly impacted following the South West Complex Fires in March 2018.
Her leadership and never wavering passion for her community saw her role, and that of Local Government support multiple agencies deliver a successful and ‘new age’ approach to how communities become the major focus of Response, Relief and Recovery during and after disasters.