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Patron: Angela Altair

An avid supporter of Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc since its resurrection in 2005, Angela has had a lifelong love affair with the arts and as a singer she makes a good Councillor.

She’s proud of Hobsons Bay Council’s strong commitment to the arts and in her time has seen a trebling of the arts budget and massive new spending in all areas including the start of a multi-million dollar upgrade of WMTC’s historic home at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute. She is the founder and President of the Williamstown Literary Festival.




Patron: Dr Jonathon Welch AM

Jonathon Welch AM is a multi award winning singer, conductor, teacher, songwriter and recording artist with a career spanning over thirty years. Making his debut with Dame Joan Sutherland at the Sydney Opera House in the ‘Merry Widow’ 1988 Jonathon has over sixty stage roles to his credit and has performed extensively in Opera, musicals, G&S and in concert alongside many of the world’s greatest singers, directors and conductors including kd Lang, Baz Lurhmann, and Richard Bonynge to name a few.

In 2007, Jonathon’s work creating choirs for the homeless and disadvantaged in Australia was the subject of the internationally acclaimed ARIA, Logie and Helpmann award winning TV documentary ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’, also creating the ‘Jailbirds’ documentary in the Victorian Women’s Prisons and was a Judge on the highly succesful ‘Battle of the Choirs’ TV series for Channel 7.

Jonathon has been recognised for his outstanding thirty year commitment to the music industry, youth music education and his work with marginalised and homeless communities with the Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008, ANZAC of the Year 2009, an Honourary Doctorate and an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and an Honourary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.