Outgoing Vic MP considers mayoral office

Victorian MP Jane Garrett is considering a tilt at the role of Melbourne Lord Mayor in the wake of Robert Doyle's resignation following sexual harassment allegations.

The Labor member for Brunswick, who won't recontest her seat at the November state election, says a number of people have approached her about the mayor's office and she's "certainly considering" a crack at the job.

"It's a very big decision," Ms Garrett, former Yarra mayor, told 3AW on Friday.

"It's obviously a critically important position for Melbourne and also for the state of Victoria, and given recent turmoil it's an even more important election."

Ms Garrett joins a growing list of identities who are reportedly interested in filling Town Hall's top job, including Melbourne PR queen Ann Peacock.

The MP's early departure from the marginal seat of Brunswick would trigger a by-election, a "central consideration" for Ms Garrett.

"Clearly family issues and the timing of all this will be very important," she said.

She has not spoken to Premier Daniel Andrews about the matter, but people within government had indicated their support, she added.

The MP resigned as emergency services minister in 2016 after refusing to support a controversial Country Fire Authority pay deal.

Mr Doyle resigned as lord mayor on Sunday from his hospital bed where he's being treated for stress-related illness, after allegations of sexual harassment by three women, including two councillors.

He strenuously denies all allegations.

Geelong College has subsequently revealed two students complained about Mr Doyle's behaviour while he was a teacher at the prestigious school in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Their statements were referred to police in 2015, but are not being investigated.


* Melbourne PR identity Ann Peacock

* Property Council of Victoria boss Sally Capp

* Former Western Bulldogs vice-president Susan Alberti

* Moreland councillor Oscar Yildiz

* Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood

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