The Independent Voice for Mallee

Who is ray kingston?

Ray Kingston is a leader with a proven track record of vision, innovation and advocacy, having led groundbreaking regional projects such as the Silo Art Trail and Lighting the Regions.

As a young Wimmera generational farmer, born and bred south of Rupanyup, Ray knows the importance of community, understands to help out at the footy, a school working bee or a sausage sizzle are important for parts of community life.

After living and working in Melbourne he returned, committed to this region as a farmer with his partner Whitney and three children.

“I’m proud to live in a vibrant and productive region made up of can do communities. But, I find myself imagining what we’d look like if we actually got our fair share of attention, services and investment”
— Ray Kingston


  • Former councillor and Mayor of Yarriambaick Shire Council

  • Community-minded volunteer and committee member

  • Experienced in regional innovation

    • Led the development of the Silo Art Trail

    • Founder and chair of Lighting the Regions

    • Dirt Music Festival Rupanyup founding member

    • E-Rup (local business consortium) founding member

  • Advocacy involvement at regional and local levels

    • Rates

    • Channel decommissioning

    • School bus loss

    • Funding for key regional projects

    • Delegations to Canberra including Wimmera Weather Radar

  • Experienced in regional leadership, past and current

    • Mayor of Yarriambiack Shire Council

    • Chair of the Wimmera Mallee Sustainability Alliance

    • Board member of Rail Freight Alliance

    • Board member of the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association

    • Board member of the Warracknabeal Livestock Exchange

    • Delegate to the North West Municipalities Association

    • Delegate to the Municipal Association of Victoria

    • Board member of Centre For Participation

    • President of the Rupanyup and District Consultative Committee

    • Yarrilinks committee member