Victorian Labor Unity member, once aligned with the NUW now warmly embraced in a patriotic bearhug of post readmittance unity, Geoff Lake has been the name on every gossip’s tongue of late.
Some have him running for Parliament, some think he’ll be the next ALP State Secretary after the next state election, some say he’s going to the Bar (the one drinking alcohol not serving it) but in fact the Doogie Howser of local government has become the national President of the Australian Local Government Association after returning to the Monash council following a break.
With Kevin Rudd making connecting with local government a top priority of his 247 administration, Lake is in the right place at the right time to boost his profile for public office. Some think he would be the perfect fit for the seat of Hotham, should the immovable object known as Simon Crean finally succumb to the irresistible force of eventual retirement.
In his very early twenties, Lake was elected the youngest ever Mayor of the Monash council, served with distinction and has continued to dominate that council from behind the scenes every since.
The Minter Ellison lawyer will be ably assisted in his new role with no fewer than eleven senior ranking staff in the ALGA which successfully lobbied Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for a local government summit a month or so ago.
Insiders explain that Lake’s quick return to the position was made possible by it being “Victoria’s turn” and that former Municipal Association of Victoria President Dick Gross was intended to take up the spot, until he ran into the anti-development jihadists of St Kilda who unseated him with campaigners including aggressive solidly built women with very short hair-cuts who wore “SICK OF DICK” T-shirts. No doubt they were.
They were municipally sick of Dick because he’d supported (and succeeded in scaling back) a big development in the beach-side suburb that is now expected to never get built. Life’s a bitch.
But not for patriot Geoff Lake who has continued his upward youthful surge among the elderly cardigans of local government with consummate skill.