About Steve


When you live in the community, you know the community.

I grew up in Oakleigh when Vanilla Cakes & Lounge was Coles Variety Store, the Oakleigh Pet Shop was where Nikos Cakes is now and when the old silver doughnut truck would make the best hot jam doughnuts on a Saturday morning.

My cousins and I use to walk to Carnegie Pool in summer, my school swimming carnivals were at Oakleigh Pool and school athletics were held at Duncan MacKinnon Reserve in Murrumbeena.

I attended the kindergarten at Oakleigh Baptist Church on Warrigal Road, then Hughesdale Primary, Chadstone High School and Monash University.

My first job was a paper round with the newsagents on North Road in South Oakleigh then I moved on to Target Chadstone when I was 15 yrs old. In my late 20’s I opened and operated the Cosmic Bear Cafe on Atherton Road in Oakleigh.

My passion for community campaigns started when Monash Council threatened to close the Oakleigh Pool. I became involved in the community fight to save the pool. And we won.

This led me to run for Monash Council,¬† and I was elected Mayor a few years later. I’m incredibly proud that during my time as a councillor, we worked with the community to¬†revitalise the Oakleigh shopping village, whilst maintaining the lowest rates of any Council in Melbourne.

Since 2014, I’ve represented our community in the Victorian Parliament, during a massive period of local activity – in schools, in hospitals, in sports, in roads and in public transport. All delivered by a Labor Government that I’m proud to be part of.

I love this community and I still live here because its the best part of Melbourne.