Rohan LeppertCr Rohan Leppert

Rohan Leppert currently lives and works in the City of Melbourne and has done so his entire adult life. His first love is music and he has been a music teacher throughout this time.

Elected to Melbourne City Council in 2012, Rohan is Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio, and Deputy Chair of the Planning and Knowledge portfolios.

Rohan is Council’s delegate to the Municipal Association of Victoria, where he is also a board member and chair of the MAV’s Planning Committee.

Rohan first stood for Council on a platform of keeping Melbourne liveable, with a focus on planning policy reform to ensure Melbourne’s sustainability for future generations. He has a particular passion for supporting Melbourne’s vibrant arts scene and cultural heritage, and in supporting Melbourne’s indigenous and emerging artists and the creation of new public art.

Prior to 2012, Rohan also worked for many years as a community and political campaigner. He managed the campaign to elect Adam Bandt to the House of Representatives and has worked in Federal Parliament as a Policy and Legislation Adviser.

Rohan is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria) and the National Trust (Victoria).


Apsara Sabaratnam

Apsara Sabaratnam is a long term resident of Melbourne’s CBD. She loves living in the beating heart of our modern metropolis. She is a strong advocate for sustainable development, that contributes to our high amenity, highly liveable central city.

If elected as a Greens Councillor to the City of Melbourne, Apsara will draw upon her passion and expertise in Marketing and Organisation Behaviour to actively promote Melbourne and contribute to healthy governance at Town Hall.

Apsara has a passion in ensuring that government addresses the root causes of homelessness. She is gravely concerned with the exponential growth in homelessness due to the lack of support in place to assist vulnerable people who may be experiencing domestic violence or mental illness as well as the structural impediments within the housing and employment markets.

Apsara is a passionate advocate for active modes of transport such as walking and cycling. She champions a fully functional multi-modal transport network to alleviate congestion, increase efficiency, and improve health outcomes and social connectedness. Melbourne will have to get this transport mix right if it is to be truly liveable.

Apsara will be elected as Councillor for the City of Melbourne on a countback, if Cr Rohan Leppert is elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in the May 2018 By-election.

Cathy OkeCr Cathy Oke

First elected to the Melbourne City Council in 2008, Dr Cathy Oke has over 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector.

Cr Oke currently works at the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Research Hub, based at the University of Melbourne.

Cr Cathy Oke is Chair of the Environment portfolio and Deputy Chair of the Finance and Governance and Transport portfolios.

Cr Oke is Council representative on the following committees and bodies:

  • Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters Committee
  • Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee
  • Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum
  • Melbourne Ecocity World Summit Advisory Board (as Council’s representative on ICLEI)
  • International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI)  Regional Executive Committee, Global Executive Committee, Board of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) World Secretariat (ICLEI e.V)

A resident in the City of Melbourne municipality for more than 30 years, Cathy is committed to supporting programs which enable a safe, vibrant and creative community.