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.



  • Community Impact Special Committee  

  • Contracts Approval Special Committee  

  • Invermay Recreation Reserve Special Committee   

  • Audit Advisory Committee 

  • Ascot Hall Committee

  • Ballarat Airport/Aerodrome Advisory Committee

  • Burrumbeet Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee

  • Cardigan Village Community Centre Advisory Committee

  • Miners Rest Hall Advisory Committee  

  • Road Safety Advisory Committee

  • Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group

  • CEO Performance Review Advisory  Committee

  • Clean Ballarat Committee

  • Sunraysia Highway Improvement Committee  

  • Western Highway Action Committee  

  • Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee   

  • Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee

  • Coghills Creek / Glendaruel Cemetery  

  • Learmonth Cemetery 


  • Infrastructure and Environment - Sustainability 

  • Finance