Meet the team
Michael Burge OAM
I am optimistic, dedicated and passionate about the City of Melbourne and I believe that I have the leadership capacity to repay your trust, if elected as Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne. I care about improving the health, wellbeing, safety, heritage, and prosperity of the diverse Melbourne Community. I care about Business, Residents, and Students.
As a health professional with of over 30 years’ experience of attending to the mental health needs of the people of Melbourne through individual treatment, community development and Government policy research. I have a proven record of caring for the community no matter what their aspiration or position in society. I know what needs to be done to revitalize Melbourne especially coming out and recovering from Covid. My capacity to respond to the community mental health needs has been acknowledged through honors received by the order of Australia award 2010, receiving an OAM 2010.
The strength of my leadership is integral to my ability to generate optimism and communication, which include bringing people together for discussion and debate. With proven previous leadership roles my leadership style is shaped by listening to points of view, with an emphasis on appreciating inspirational perspectives and challenges.
My background, and personal expertise within the boardroom, running businesses, and companies, with medical-legal and intellectual property laws, with the defense force and protective services, in teaching, lecturing, budget management, including supervisory and industry mentor roles; and my experience on radio and television and other media, politics, and with occupational health and safety, provide me with an extensive skills base knowledge of how to work within these realms and how these systems operate together to support the people of Melbourne.
If elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, I promise to repay your trust.