Deputy Mayor Cr Briffa is an engineer, Justice of the Peace, human rights activist and disability rights advocate. Cr Briffa was previously the convenor of the Hobsons Bay Residents Association, Bail Justice (Vic) and a foster carer. Areas of particular interest to Cr Briffa include ensuring Council is responsive to the needs of residents (including elderly, disabled, migrant, indigenous and/or GLBTI residents), providing quality community services, maintaining affordable rates, providing suitable infrastructure, protecting our natural environment, advocating for the safety and security of local communities, promoting local economic development and ensuring development is respectful to the needs of our residents while respecting our local history.
Cr Briffa is the co-chair for the Planning Portfolio Advisory Committee and the Social Wellbeing and Community Services Advisory Committee. Cr Briffa is not a member of a political party and was elected as a Councillor in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Cr Briffa was elected as Mayor in 2011, and has previously served as Deputy Mayor in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2017-18.