Councillor Grant Tillett


Elected in October 2016, Councillor Grant Tillett is a long-time community activist who brings impeccable business credentials to his role as a North Ward Councillor with the City of Ballarat.


Cr Tillett has been self-employed most of his life with extensive and varied business interests. He is a fourth-generation master stonemason; a farmer producing dairy, wool, cattle, fat lambs, cropping and fruit; and he also worked as a wholesale butcher, a livestock trader, and in the harness racing and construction industries.


This professional and life experience leaves him well equipped to understand and appreciate the different needs of employees and of business owners in the municipality; including the type of support Council can best provide, or lobby for, to ensure they flourish.


Cr Tillett worked as the Director of his own national transport company for 60 years; as a result he has a strong and ongoing interest in transport and associated transport infrastructure.


Cr Tillett believes Ballarat’s future economic prosperity hinges on the delivery of critical commercial and commuter transport links between Ballarat and Melbourne. Lobbying for the provision of appropriate road and rail networks, including new train stations in the municipality and associated parking infrastructure, is one of Cr Tillett’s key priories for his term on Council.


Cr Tillett has been married to Jean for 57 years.

Cr Tillett is a Growth and Development Portfolio Councillor.



  • Audit Advisory Committee
  • Ballarat Civic Hall Partnership Group
  • Road Safety Advisory Committee
  • Western Highway Action Group
  • Ballarat Airport/Aerodrome Advisory Committee
  • Ballarat Livestock Selling Advisory Committee
  • Ballarat West Structure Plan Advisory Committee
  • Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee
  • Municipal Fire Management Planning Fire Committee
  • Community Impact Special Committee
  • Contracts Approval Special committee
  • Regional Motor Sports Facility
  • Clean Ballarat Committee
  • Lake Learmonth Advisory Committee
  • Burrumbeet Soldiers Hall Advisory Committee
  • Ascot Hall Committee
  • Miners Rest Hall Advisory Committee
  • Cardigan Village Community Centre Advisory Committee
  • Ballarat West Town Common
  • Coghill’s Creek/Glendaruel Cemetery Cemetery
  • Learmonth Cemetery
  • Invermay Recreation Reserve Special Committee
  • Finance Sub Committee