Cr Garry Stephens was born in Melbourne, growing up in Moonee Ponds and later Trafalgar where he completed his secondary education. Garry’s first job was in Local Government in 1970, where he worked at the Mordialloc Council at Mentone for six years as an Administrative Officer.
During that time Garry obtained an Associate Diploma in Business Management (Local Government) from RMIT. Garry subsequently worked at Drouin, Foster and Yarram, the latter as Chief Executive Officer of the former Alberton Shire.
Following council amalgamations in 1994, Garry operated an electrical and home living store before retiring in 2016.
Garry met his wife Judy through Rotaract, the youth wing of Rotary, in the late 1970’s. They married in 1982 and have three adult sons. In his spare time, Garry enjoys reading, walking and family history.
Garry’s passion for community involvement continues and he has held membership of various organisations over 40 years. Current roles include President of the Yarram Eisteddfod, Acting President of the Yarram Traders Association, Treasurer of the Tarra Festival, Secretary of the Tarra Territory Group and Nightingale Park Society.
In 2006 Garry completed a Graduate Diploma of Business Management through Monash Gippsland, majoring in Human Resource Management.
Garry is a passionate supporter of the Richmond Football Club; he hopes that one day they may win another flag.