Councillor Sonia Castelli was elected to Council in November 2016. Cr Castelli was raised in country Victoria where she began her career in the health services as a medical receptionist. This inspired her to move to Melbourne where she studied nursing. Cr Castelli raised three children with her husband before returning to the workforce when her children reached school-age. Cr Castelli was a dedicated nurse for 15 years before making a move into the corporate world where she work in the finance sector.
A Bayside resident for over 14 years, Cr Castelli is passionate about maintaining and enhancing the natural beauty and heritage of the Bayside community. She has a strong commitment to protecting local beaches, flora and fauna, as well as the vibrant cosmopolitan lifestyle valued by Bayside residents. Cr Castelli has a strong interest in arts and culture, and is an active supporter of local community arts events. She is a member of the Bayside City Council Arts Board, is the current Chairman of the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee, and serves on the Bayside City Council Audit Committee.