Dick Gross

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Dick Gross
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Gross at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention
Mayor of Port Phillip
In office
Preceded byChristine Häag
Succeeded byJulian Hill
In office
Preceded byLiz Johnstone
Succeeded byDarren Ray
In office
Preceded byBernadene Voss
Succeeded byBernadene Voss
Personal details
Richard Andrew Landa Gross

(1954-11-16) 16 November 1954 (age 65)
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Richard Andrew Landa Gross AM (born 16 November 1954 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian politician. He is a long-serving councillor of the City of Port Phillip and its mayor from November 2018 till late 2019, having previously served from 1998-2000 and in 2004.

He has also served as the President of the Municipal Association of Victoria. He is known for his enthusiastic style in highlighting important social and legal issues in the community.

During this time he supported a proposal for Sex Tolerance Zones in St Kilda where street prostitutes would not be arrested in about 25 locations, including one near St Kilda Park Primary School. However, after wide community protests, including a march on St Kilda Town Hall, Gross and then Albert Park District parliamentarian, John Thwaites MLA, backed down.

He backed the controversial failed redevelopment of the St Kilda Triangle site in 2008, which resulted in his defeat at that year's council elections after a fierce campaign.[1][2]

Gross was defeated at two later elections the last being in Junction Ward.

On 26 January 2010, Gross was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia, "for service to local government, particularly through the Municipal Association of Victoria, as a contributor to environmental reform initiatives in the area of waste management, and to the community of Port Phillip."[3]

Gross was elected to council again in 2016, in Canal Ward.[4] In February 2017, he proposed a successful motion requesting that the government change laws to allow pill testing of illegal drugs at entertainment venues in Port Phillip.[5][6]

He was re-elected mayor for a fourth term on 28 November 2018.[7]

Literary works[edit]

Dick Gross has written several fiction and non-fiction works, on topics ranging from atheism to merchant banks:

  • Money for Jam, How to spread it and not make a mess (1990)
  • Tricontinental: The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Bank with Hugo Armstrong (1995)
  • A Godless Gospel (1999)
  • Jesus, Judas and Mordy Ben Ruben: Three good Jewish boys in Jerusalem (2005)


  1. ^ "Knives out in Port Phillip election roller-coaster". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 November 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Council on collision course in St Kilda". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Gross, Richard Andrew". It's An Honour. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Port Phillip and Glen Eira councils to welcome swag of fresh faces". Port Phillip Leader. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Port Phillip councillor Dick Gross calls for pill-testing machines". Port Phillip Leader. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Port Phillip Council calls for pill testing trial". St Kilda News. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Cr Dick Gross returns as Port Phillip Mayor". Toorak Times. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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