Cr Michael Whelan
Cr Whelan is an active musician who convened the Bass Coast Acoustic Music Club and leads the Bass Coast Pickers. With his wife, Mary, his involvement in the lives and interests of their two adult daughters and their families is central to his life.
Cr Whelan is active in the community, and was a foundation member of the Surf Beach Park S86 Committee, the Friends of Scenic Estate Group and the Parks Community Forum. Other interests include music, the arts, golf and gardening. He also has a strong interest in current affairs and writes occasional articles for the Bass Coast Post.
Cr Whelan has strong community engagement experience and sees a stronger role for community in Council activities. Together with Mary, he ran a small business for 15 years, marketing a medical product invented by their consulting business.
He was a CFA officer for nearly 20 years in operational, research and technical roles before being seconded to the Department of Justice coordinating a range of multi-agency projects.
Cr Whelan also worked as a Ministerial Adviser in the Cain Government and as an executive in the Kennett Government.