Cr. Whelan is a second term Councillor committed to making Bass Coast a better place to live and to make a difference for his grandchildren on the big issues that confront us, such as climate change. He is an active musician who convened the Bass Coast Acoustic Music Club and the Bass Coast Pickers band. He takes a strong interest in arts and culture and seeks proper recognition of indigenous culture and inclusion.
Cr Whelan has strong community engagement experience and sees a stronger role for the community in Council activities. Together with Mary, he ran a small business for 15 years, in government relations and marketing a medical product invented by Mary.
He was a CFA officer for nearly 20 years in operational, research, and technical roles before being seconded to the Department of Justice coordinating multi-agency projects. Cr Whelan also worked as a Ministerial Adviser in the Cain Government and as an executive in the Kennett Government.