Grant Henley

Organisation/Involvement for Festival | Mayor, City of Busselton

Grant Henley has been Mayor of the City of Busselton since October 2015. Previous to this he served as a City Councillor from 2009 and as Deputy Mayor.Born in Hobart, Grant served in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years before retiring and moving to Busselton in 2002 with his wife and two daughters. Here he worked in the tourism industry eventually establishing a guesthouse which he operated until 2015.With a keen interest in social and economic sustainability, Grant has been a strong supporter of the City’s foreshore re-development and town centre revitalisation projects and the expansion of the Busselton Margaret River Airport.He’s been firmly committed to expanding the region’s event profile over the past decade and growing the creative industries including the development of a new performance and convention centre for the municipality.Grant is currently Deputy Chair of the South West Zone of the WA Local Government Association, WA Regional Capitals Alliance and the national Regional Capitals Australia board.Grant has a special interest in youth issues and men’s health and volunteers his time to support initiatives run through the local Shift Youth Crew and school-based breakfast club programs. He’s supported junior sports as a coach, manager, referee and administrator and is vocal in his support for expanded youth services in the region. He also co-founded the local chapter of The Man Walk, which delivers important men’s health messages as well as providing connection and activity.Grant is an active member of the RSL and enjoys watching rugby and cricket.