AT the forefront of Ballarat's new councillor Jim Rinaldi's agenda, will be improving transparency of the City of Ballarat.
Warrenheip's Mr Rinaldi was unveiled as the newest addition to the council at the Town Hall on Monday.
It followed a Victorian Electoral Commission Ballarat count back, sparked by former mayor Joshua Morris, stepping down from his role on the council last year to pursue a career in state politics.
Mr Rinaldi said he was "humbled and excited" to be given the opportunity serve the community of Ballarat.
He was compelled to nominate himself for the position of South Ward councillor in 2012, in response to the rising rates in his area.
"I submitted an objection to the council on the matter," Mr Rinaldi said.
"It was the rapidly rising rates that got my interest initially and inspired me to take action and apply for the position."
At times, Mr Rinaldi said he felt transparency within the council was "non-existent".
He said while he believed councillors were doing a "fantastic" job, there have been recent instances were they were not given all the information they needed to make informed decisions.
"The information that comes to councillors has to be adequate and correct for the right decisions to be reached," Mr Rinaldi.
"I haven't changed my mind on that issue. Communication between the council, councillors and the public needs be strengthened."
In recent years, the council has been plagued by accusations of a Liberal Party political bias, but Mr Rinaldi will step into the role with no political affiliations.
Prior to being elected as Ballarat's newest councillor, Mr Rinaldi was a regular at City of Ballarat council meetings.
"For many years I have taken a keen interest in what goes on in this city," Mr Rinaldi said.
"My focus will be on responding to the needs of the community and striving to be a voice for all residents."
A small business owner himself, Mr Rinaldi said he was also keen to immerse his energy in assisting Ballarat businesses and developing new employment opportunities in the city
to ensure economic prosperity into the future.
An exact date has not been set by the council yet, but Mr Rinaldi is set to be formally sworn in the coming weeks.