Cr Carolyn Crossley

Councillor Profile

Northern Ward

Elected Terms
2012, 2016, 2020
Served as Mayor
2015, 2017, 2018
Served as Deputy Mayor
Additional Notes
Current Councillor
Deputy Mayor
Former Councillor

Carolyn spent most of her formative years living in regional Victoria. After completing her nurse training at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, she travelled extensively overseas, from high altitude trekking in the Andes and Nepal to exploring desert tombs in Iran and Jordan. She has nursed in the UK, Melbourne, Adelaide, Maffra and Sale.

Settling in Sale with her husband Mark, she managed Mark’s engineering consultancy business until an offshore accident caused his death in 1986, leaving her widowed with a 2 year old son and a 3-week-old baby girl.

Three years later, at the age of 33, she was elected to the City of Sale, serving a three-year term including a year as Deputy Mayor.

In 1992, she relocated to Cowwarr with her small family, renovated the heritage butter factory and created the innovative Cowwarr Art Space and developed a program that attracted artist from around the world. In 2020 the Cowwarr Art Space sold, and Carolyn moved to Sale.

Carolyn has always been involved in community service with experience in the fields of environment, education, tourism and the arts. She served on various Creative and Regional Arts Victoria Peer Assessment Panels and was a member of the Heyfield & District Community Bank Board. She is currently on the Gippsland Lakes Co-ordinating Committee, Gippsland Climate Change Network, Thomson-Rainbow Creek Waterway Management Plan Project Working Group and the Cowwarr Recreation Reserve Management Committee.  

Carolyn was first elected to Wellington Shire Council in 2012 where she served as Deputy Mayor in 2014 and Mayor in 2015. She was re-elected in 2016 to the new Northern Ward in Wellington Shire and was elected as Mayor for the first two years of the new Wellington Shire Council 2016-18 and received a Mayor Emeritus award from the MAV.

Of all the forms of Government, Carolyn believes Local Government is the most important as it is focused on the place, we’ve all chosen to live, work and call home.

Recent Articles featuring this Councillor

Council to work with Cowwarr community after loss of school
Media Release issued: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Community assistance grants open for 2018
Media Release issued: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Councillor Alan Hall new Mayor, with Malcolm Hole deputy
Media Release issued: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018
New home for local hockey opens in Sale today
Media Release issued: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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