Greater Geelong City Council 2017 Nominations

Nominations have now closed.

The following vacancies exist for the Greater Geelong City Council:

Below is a complete list of candidates in ballot paper order.

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Bellarine Ward (3 vacancies)

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NameQuestionnaire Contact details
ADAMS, NaomiSee responseGary Hall
Mobile: 0430 565 344
gary.m.hall.ajp@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate ADAMS, Naomi

Candidate Statement

Originally from Melbourne, I have lived in Ocean Grove for 10 years and enjoy the community atmosphere and beautiful environment. I live with my dog Roxy, and my partner also resides on the Bellarine. With qualifications in social welfare and psychology, I have worked as a counsellor in community health on the Bellarine for 8 years. I am passionate about the Bellarine, and ensuring we have a healthy, vibrant community that feels connected to the City of Greater Geelong. I will work with the community to ensure the Bellarine residents' needs are represented. I am committed to human rights and social justice, animal welfare and rights, and the environment. I want to ensure we look after the Bellarine Peninsula, and the people and animals residing here. I will advocate for increased support to Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS) and improved animal regulation practices, to address Geelong's record of the highest number of animal cruelty reports in Victoria. I will advocate for environmental projects, and for the mental and physical well-being of all residents of the Bellarine community, including health and social/community services and adequate infrastructure (including transport), in harmony with balancing the community atmosphere, natural environment and open spaces.
GOERSCHEL, PetraSee responsePetra Goerschel
Mobile: 0449 655 053
petrabethechange@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate GOERSCHEL, Petra

Candidate Statement

Caring About Our Future, our people, the environment and building trust and integrity. All of these areas need to be considered together, as each impacts on the other. Hi, my name is Petra Goerschel and I am nominating as Councillor for the Bellarine Ward. My work history is in Administration, Management, Finance and advocating for others. People are our country's most valuable asset and there is so much wisdom in Geelong however often decisions are made without consulting the people who have the lived experiences. 12 months ago I was told that it was not the intention of facilitators to contact seniors groups for input into the 30 year planning process, because our seniors probably would not care. Well I care about the future that we leave for the next generations. Respecting and embracing the diversity of cultures, different abilities and experiences of people, greatly benefits the whole community. The people of Geelong have been consulted and endorsed a Clever and Creative Future. As your elected official, I would love to be part of making this a reality. I have no political or other affiliations.
SULLIVAN, TrentSee responseTrent Sullivan
Mobile: 0401 575 989
tsullivancontact@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate SULLIVAN, Trent

Candidate Statement

Dear Resident, I live and work in Real Estate in the Bellarine Ward, and am passionate about our region. I understand the challenges we face and would bring energy and a fresh perspective to council. I stand for increasing support and opportunities for local businesses and families, tackling rate rises, fighting for local community programs, building better roads, child care and aged care facilities, upgrading local sporting clubs and grounds, and improving public transport. The Bellarine deserves modern infrastructure, first class services and proper, considered development all whilst protecting the local environment and maintaining the fantastic and unique semirural and coastal lifestyle that we all enjoy. I believe in rejuvenating council with new blood and discarding old divides to unite for the benefit of our great city and Bellarine region. A diverse mix of councillors allows greater community representation, and I would bring youthful vision and a professional perspective to the chamber. Geelong is in a period of transition and we need a more cohesive council to achieve the best outcomes for our city. I support the redevelopment of the CBD to bring life and business back to central Geelong. I respectfully ask for your vote. Vote 1 Trent Sullivan.
ASHER, StephanieSee responseStephanie Asher
Mobile: 0417 033 856
stephasher1@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate ASHER, Stephanie

Candidate Statement

An Ocean Grove resident for nearly 20 years, I may never be a true local but I will always be passionate about standing up for decency: I do not accept poor processes or bullies. The Bellarine Peninsula needs proper infrastructure: dedicated cycling paths, 50m pools, athletic tracks and shared trails. We need music venues and places to be creative. We need to manage regional growth for the long term but people also want the basics done properly. Our farmers need support as do all local businesses and people from all the Bellarine townships need to be heard and included in decisions. The new council has an opportunity to improve things. I have worked successfully with local government, particularly in strategic planning and community engagement and, having started my own business 22 years ago, I work at a senior executive level with global corporations, government bodies and not for profit organisations. I am an experienced director and chair of business and community organisations; currently Vice President of Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and a director of Kids Plus Foundation. I am open, honest and accountable and I'll stand up for our beautiful region and the people in it. Visit stephanieasher.com.au
ROE, TomSee responseMichael Cave
Mobile: 0409 647 910
michael@strathouse.com.au
Photograph of candidate ROE, Tom

Candidate Statement

I am a local businessman and investment banker who wants to drive growth, jobs and sustainable development in our wonderful City by the Bay. I am motivated by a desire to change Geelong into a place that offers a rich, cultural and rewarding place to live, with broad employment opportunities. Our children should have genuine choice about where they live, they shouldn't have to leave Geelong to find a career. I believe Geelong's population will reach one million in less than 50 years and we need to be working now to put the infrastructure in place to cope with that growth. Geelong needs to be led by people with vision and a clear plan for the future. We need people who can take on State and Federal governments to seek the necessary funding to build the industries, health and education hubs, recreational attractions and transport networks that will help us reach our true potential. We need people with the creativity and courage to step up with the audacious and inspired ideas that will shape Geelong's future. I want to foster that kind of thinking and build a better Geelong for the next generation and the generations to come. See www.tomroe.com.au
SIMS, ArtSee responseArt Sims
Business Hours: (03) 5256 3003
After Hours: (03) 5256 3003
Mobile: 0414 667 676
simsart@bigpond.net.au
Photograph of candidate SIMS, Art

Candidate Statement

The Bellarine should have a stronger, happier and healthier community. My visions for council are a safe, healthy community environment; developing improved transport networks and better roads for all; sensible strategic planning for urban growth; environmental sustainability; maintenance/upgrading of all basic services, to all towns; strong community cohesion through improved social networking and education; tourism that will positively impact our community. I was born and raised in Geelong and I have lived my life in the Geelong region. I have been married for 37 years and I have two adult children. I am a Bellarine Landcare member; I have rural and sporting interests and live in Wallington. I have worked for 40 years in business development for several international companies. If you honour me with your vote, I promise to act with integrity and without bias - I will be available to listen to community and personal concerns. I will provide you with strong, efficient leadership within the council, ensuring complete transparency and accountability through any decision-making process. I am a new face nominating for council with fresh ideas; like you I want to see an impartial council that will continue to provide for the best interests of our wonderful community.
O'BRYAN, DenisSee responseDenis O'Bryan
Mobile: 0412 710 331
redeagle@redeagle.com.au
Photograph of candidate O'BRYAN, Denis

Candidate Statement

As your Councillor, I am accountable to you. I learn what you want and what you dont want. I take your voice to Council. I fight for your rights. I provide you feedback. This is my promise to you. I explain what Council plans and schemes mean to you, and you tell me if you want them changed. Were you consulted about the growth rate for your town, about the Drysdale landfill that drains into Swan Bay, about closing Jetty Road in the Drysdale bypass? Do you want traffic lights synchronised through Leopold? Lets restore People-Power and make your life easier. Vote for me and I will insist: Your voice be heard in Council; Your voice be heard about Geelongs future; You get best service from Council staff; Rates kept low and value for money; Council budget spread fairly - Bellarine should get 1/4; Highest return to you from Councils $2B assets; Council with good debt only and lowest repayments; Other funding sources. Lets keep Bellarine beautiful. Lets make Bellarine more productive, more prosperous, more people friendly, healthier, safer. As the nature and leisure heart of CoGG, Bellarine needs a strong voice against over-development and in favour of ecological sustainability.
VAN BEVEREN, JohnSee responseJohn Van Beveren
Business Hours: (04) 2931 2986
After Hours: (04) 2931 2986
Mobile: 0429 312 986
John@vanbeveren.com.au
Photograph of candidate VAN BEVEREN, John

Candidate Statement

Vote 1 for John Van Beveren to work hard and provide a voice for the rate payers and residents on the Bellarine Peninsula. All residents in the Greater Geelong region are entitled to have high standards and expectations of their Council and be provided with the services and infrastructure to match. Maintaining roads, footpaths, drainage, and sporting and community facilities should be imperative to the role of council. On complex issues, I will fight for decisions to be made in consultation with our community, that are balanced and inclusive. The Bellarine Ward is a significant contributor to the City of Greater Geelong and we deserve our fair share! Elect John Van Beveren to ensure we have the representation we deserve! My family lives on the peninsula, our children attend school here, and I provide legal advice and services to many people and businesses across the Geelong region. I have extensive business experience from my entrepreneurial endeavours; and experience as a councillor from the time I served the community in the Central Goldfields Shire. As a lawyer with senior management experience I have the skills necessary to advocate for fair and equitable decisions that benefit our community and its prosperous future.
MASON, JimSee responseJim Mason
Business Hours: (03) 5258 5007
After Hours: (03) 5258 5007
Mobile: 0409 581 447
djmason@marcushill.com.au
Photograph of candidate MASON, Jim

Candidate Statement

I am fortunate to have been raised on the Bellarine, to have studied in Geelong and to subsequently gain rich and diverse experience. I offer maturity, leadership and resilience along with a fresh, independent, consultative approach. I will apply ethical practices, and use social, business and scientific criteria in decision making. Solutions should always be fair and durable. I learned this through my international humanitarian work, where I led large disaster recovery and development programmes. I have skills in international relations, farming, engineering, teaching and military service. I understand good governance requires accountability to all stakeholders. Since settling in Marcus Hill in 2006, I farm, contribute locally and keep fit. While leader of Landcare, our committee has faced important environmental issues on farms, the coast and in towns. It is vital to have sustainable and carefully planned housing, industrial and recreational development, and to ensure rural and natural assets are protected. In COGGs Our Futures consultation I advocated for improved social, cultural and lifestyle amenities; better youth employment and re-education opportunities; improved public transport; revitalised agricultural markets; and for fostering an energetic, creative business spirit. A revitalised city centre is essential. If elected, I will listen, consult and act. www.jimmason.com.au
BRACKLEY, Anne ElizabethSee responseAnne Brackley OAM
Mobile: 0490 738 656
anne.brackley@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate BRACKLEY, Anne Elizabeth

Candidate Statement

Building Community - Commitment, Strategy, Vision. Commitment - As a Girl Guide Leader for more than 40 years, with 20 years experience in governance and leadership of SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre and many years of governance in local, regional, state and Australian committees, I will draw on this experience to meet the challenges of council. Strategy - Strategic thinking and planning informs my decisions and actions in conversation with the communities that I am working. With energy, enthusiasm and a plan, together we can achieve almost anything. Vision - Having a vision inspires me. The concept of having a 30 year vision for the Greater Geelong Region excites me and I invested many hours in attending the sessions, seminars and led some discussions last year. I believe Clever and Creative is an open exciting vision and am looking forward to help govern its first year. Over the last 5 years I have had the vision for the whole of the Bellarine working together and am looking forward to working with two colleagues to deliver for the Bellarine and for the greater Geelong region. I invite you to give me your 1, 2 or 3 vote.
WEBB, StewartSee responseStewart Webb
Mobile: 0438 562 612
stewyw@bigpond.net.au
Photograph of candidate WEBB, Stewart

Candidate Statement

This is the first time l have stood for council and l am not a member of any political party, nor have l ever been. l was born and raised in Geelong and for the past 22 years have lived in the Ocean Grove area. l work as an Office Manager/Accountant (Age 56) at a business in North Geelong. Recently l completed a "Masters in Business Administration" to compliment a "Degree in Accountancy". Community wise, l have played in premierships at Ocean Grove and Queenscliff Bowling Clubs, and have been a past committee member at a football, sailing and lawn bowls club. l stand because l want to achieve the best outcomes for the residents of the Bellarine Ward, and to work with the other Ward Councillors in making "The 30 Year Vision" more than just a vision. l offer to canvass and represent the views of the Bellarine Ward, using local knowledge, formal education and business experience to make evidence based decisions that balance both financial needs and community expectations. Importantly, l would show leadership in good governance and act with integrity in the performance of my duties as an elected Councillor. For positive change, Vote 1 Stewart Webb.
ELLIS, LindsaySee responseLindsay Ellis
Mobile: 0438 535 164
lindsay@portarlingtonoz.com
Photograph of candidate ELLIS, Lindsay

Candidate Statement

I have been a resident of the Bellarine Peninsula for 45 years. My family history spans 7 generations dating from 1857. I have never been a member of a political party and have no intention of joining one. I firmly believe in independent representation for residents of the City of Greater Geelong. There is no place for party politics nor interference from vested interested groups in Local Government. I'm fully aware of the unique nature of the Bellarine, and its specific requirements with regards to Planning overlays and their importance in its future development. It is essential that fair and equitable distribution of finances and services be available to all ratepayers. Progress for business, farming and residential expansion will rely on across the board support from the City of Greater Geelong. As previous Councillor for Coryule Ward I fostered a co-operative and congenial relationships with City of Greater Geelong officers and staff. We were able to plan and develop many projects and ongoing services. My work for ratepayers was wholeheartedly appreciated by residents. This experience holds me in good stead for future collaboration if elected. I will be a completely independent representative for all residents of the Bellarine Ward.
McGAIN, Stephen (Retired)

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Brownbill Ward (3 vacancies)

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NameQuestionnaire Contact details
SANDNER, AlecSee responseAlec Sandner
Business Hours: (03) 5223 2285
After Hours: (03) 5223 2285
Mobile: 0418 991 936
alecs@impulse.net.au
Photograph of candidate SANDNER, Alec

Candidate Statement

I was Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo during 2011/12. I am an Accountant, a Qualified Property Investment Advisor and a retired Justice of the Peace. While I was a Councillor for the City of Greater Bendigo among other things we built a 1000 seat Theatre, enlarged the Art Gallery, the Library and built a multi story Car Park all for approximately $58 million. We obtained grants of about $40 million with the remaining $18 million paid for from the cash surplus of the Car Park. This is an example of what can be achieved by working together in harmony with Councillors and Council staff. As your Councillor I would do the same. I am a new resident of Geelong and not a member of, or affiliated with, any group or organisation. I will advocate for the retention of the Chilwell, Highton and Barwon Heads Libraries, the settlement of all disputes between ratepayers and Council by mediation and for Planning Permits to be allocated to a dedicated Planning Officer who deals with that Planning Permit until it is issued.
HATHWAY, SarahSee responseSarah Hathway
Business Hours: (03) 5222 6900
Mobile: 0438 673 333
sarahhathway@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate HATHWAY, Sarah

Candidate Statement

I encourage Brownbill residents to Vote 1 Sue Bull, and Vote 2 for myself. Geelong needs a voice on council that puts the needs of the community first. I support Geelong's 30 year plan. To get there we need to invest in the younger generations via training, internships, job creation and service provision. We need to address the high levels of youth unemployment and underemployment in our city. The issues of violence in the mall will not be fixed with law and order responses or CCTV. Council needs to address the underlying social causes and stop the privatisation and outsourcing of services. Concessions on rates and services need to be extended to all low income earners to address these cost of living pressures. Investment in public housing and prioritising sustainability and climate change will ensure healthy and liveable neighbourhoods in the future. Council also has a role to play in social issues, like homelessness, that affect marginalised sections of our community. I will hold regular ward meeting so that residents have the opportunity to raise local issues. I am a 27 year old, social work student at Deakin University and a proud member of Socialist Alliance.
CSAR, EllenSee responseEllen Csar
Mobile: 0467 181 777
ellebell.2007@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate CSAR, Ellen

Candidate Statement

Ellen Csar, your candidate for Brownbill Ward: I am committed to providing strong leadership and good governance, to service the existing and ongoing needs of the community, while helping to implement Geelong's 30 year plan and building the necessary framework for a sustainable future. My passion for community began in 1994 where as a young campaigner I fought successfully to save the Fitzroy Pool. In 1998 I was elected to represent my high school in Canberra at the Australian Youth Parliament for the Environment. A Geelong resident of 6 years and a young mother of two, I am committed to developing an economically sustainable community with jobs growth for the future. Vote 1 Ellen Csar, I will be your representative and voice on council.
MITCHELL, PeterSee responsePeter Mitchell
Mobile: 0410 595 786
mitchepr@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate MITCHELL, Peter

Candidate Statement

I have been proud to call Geelong my home for over twenty years. I was married here, raised three children in the area and feel a deep connection to the region. Recent years have been challenging as we expand from an industrial town to a more widely based commercial city. While recognising change can be disruptive, I feel it has opened up a great many opportunities for our future. Our challenge is to direct the transition and choose the kind of city we want Geelong to become, while keeping a strong connection to our history. In my career, I design technical solutions to complex business problems for many clients across multiple industries. I take care to really understand the issues in detail, and find workable ways of solving them which address everyone's concerns; practical, financial and emotional. I listen and am open to new ideas, finding ways to include them with the best of what is already there. I work together with people from different backgrounds, different opinions and different priorities, to reach a balanced outcome acceptable to all. Please allow me to use this expertise to help Geelong and guide us toward our future.
AIDT, MikSee responseSara van der Meer
Mobile: 0402 664 182
saarvdmeer@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate AIDT, Mik

Candidate Statement

Mik is a bridge-builder. He works towards creating honest, responsible and united leadership for our future. Vote 1 for Mik to shift the focus to long-term stability for Geelong, where investment in exciting, innovative projects is encouraged, and new local jobs are created. Our region is in an exciting period of transformation and expansion. Mik understands that long-term stability requires careful town planning, investment in safer roads, protection of open space and natural habitats, and better recycling and waste management systems. It also requires cultivating a community that is thriving with a vibrant cultural life. With this election, we have an opportunity to form a Council that represents our diverse community, and which works together to achieve the 30-year vision for our future, contributed to by 16,000 Geelong residents. The vision is that by 2050, our city will be a carbon neutral, healthy and safe community for all. Crime statistics will be at least 20 per cent below the state average. As an independent candidate, Mik works to bridge the gap between left and right, so we can focus on turning this great vision into reality. A vote for Mik is a vote for progress done properly. #mikforgeelong www.mik.aidt.co
BULL, SueSee responseSue Bull
After Hours: (04) 5874 7726
Mobile: 0458 747 726
Photograph of candidate BULL, Sue

Candidate Statement

I want to see an open, democratically elected and accountable council returned to Geelong. As a resident for nearly 20 years and a teacher at several local high schools, I have seen the city put the needs of developers and big business ahead of community needs. We must prioritise developing quality council services. I am opposed to rate capping, privatisation and outsourcing. They don't work and put too much pressure on the disadvantaged. I will campaign to increase concessions on rates and services for all low income earners and demand that council address job creation, training and homelessness. We must start fining landlords who sit on empty properties. I would hold regular ward or neighbourhood meetings, as residents need to be able to raise local issues and expect their concerns are reflected in council meetings. Geelong's 30 year plan should be implemented through retention of green spaces and corridors, emergency heat shelters and support for renewable energy especially for low income earners. We need to preserve our heritage so assets like Eastern Gardens cannot be carved up for private development. I am a 60 year old Health and Safety teacher and a proud member of Socialist Alliance.
GAMBLE, JenniferSee responseGary Hall
Mobile: 0430 565 344
gary.m.hall.ajp@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate GAMBLE, Jennifer

Candidate Statement

I am a Registered Nurse who lives and works in Geelong. I am standing as a candidate for the Ward of Brownbill on behalf of the Animal Justice Party. My motivation to do so is my deep concern regarding the debt and lack of financial support for the Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS). Despite the Council reaping millions of dollars in registration fees, little is done to support this organisation and this needs to change. I want to see specific budget allocation of funds to GAWS and for there to be better compliance with the Domestic Animal Management Plan and for it to be enhanced to improve animal welfare outcomes across the City of Greater Geelong, especially in light of the RSPCA's damning report which stated Geelong has the highest number of animal welfare complaints across Victoria. I also believe that Council needs to be reinvigorated with fresh perspectives, fresh faces and new energy as we look towards the future for Geelong in terms of access to education, health and community services. We need better diversion and early intervention to get our crime rate under control and to work with businesses to ensure our economic prospects are secure.
NEAL, CharlesSee responseCharles Neal
Mobile: 0411 960 207
janneal@optusnet.com.au
Photograph of candidate NEAL, Charles

Candidate Statement

The opportunity to stand for Council to represent the people of Brownbill is very important to me for the following reasons. To create new job opportunities through tourism; develop more activities on our Bay, boat racing and a big fishing competition; convert the Cheetham Salt Plains into a world standard motor sports circuit; provide more parking for cars and caravans by reclaiming part of Western Beach; Provide small boat activities for children adjacent to the roller skate rink. I designed and built a charter boat for fishing & parties that is wheel chair friendly and disabled toilet, Building paddle boats via Mens Shed.
MANSFIELD, SarahSee responseSarah Mansfield
Mobile: 0436 343 642
sarah.mansfield@vic.greens.org.au
Photograph of candidate MANSFIELD, Sarah

Candidate Statement

As a local GP, I'm passionate about building a healthy, sustainable and inclusive Geelong. I work in a community medical clinic and at a service for people experiencing homelessness. I studied health financing at the London School of Economics, and am a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University. I want to be part of a fresh council willing to embrace the opportunities we have ahead. I'm running with the Greens because I believe in their values of honesty, integrity and working with the local community. My plan for a healthier Geelong includes: (1) better connected local transport options including more cycling and walking routes; (2) saving our local libraries; (3) protecting environmental assets like the Moolap Salt Pans and the You Yangs; (4) fair, transparent and sustainable local planning; (5) infant services that are more inclusive of the whole family; (6) better facilities for local sports clubs to grow female participation; and (7) increased support for our local arts and businesses to create a more vibrant CBD. For more information, visit https://greens.org.au/candidate/vic/sarah-mansfield. Let me know what's important to you: sarah.mansfield@vic.greens.org.au or 0436343642. Vote [1] Sarah Mansfield for a strong voice of integrity for the community.
GILLARD, TerrySee responseTerrance Gillard
Mobile: 0433 567 429
tgillard83@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate GILLARD, Terry

Candidate Statement

I am a father of two girls and an active member of the community, currently involved with Herne Hill ELC as Vice-President of the Parent Advisory Group and Bethany Kindergarten Services Parent reference group representative. I have been actively involved with local football for 16 years with the combination of umpiring, playing and assisting with juniors footballers. My number one issue is our local saleyards and looking at ways that it can stay viable, which includes incorporating ideas that can work. I feel I can bring fresh ideas to attract businesses back into the city as well as taking in the current revitalisation works, voting for me will go towards to putting a smile on everyones face that lives within this municipality. Safety within our city is a huge issue and so is the staggering homeless rate I feel there needs to be work in these areas to make the city feel like it is more inviting to visit. I strongly feel that going into the future I know with your vote that I can be a new face on the council and give the whole community a new voice. It's time for change!
KING, MichaelSee responseMichael Cave
Mobile: 0409 647 910
michael@strathouse.com.au
Photograph of candidate KING, Michael

Candidate Statement

I stand for: 1. Open and fully transparent Council meetings. 2. Budget discipline, no increase in rates above the 2% cap and managing debt. 3. Attracting and retaining businesses and jobs for Geelong. 4. Delivering high quality Council services. 5. Additional cameras and lighting to address the current crime wave. 6. Working together in a respectful and collaborative way, with a focus on delivering outcomes for the people of Geelong. For more about why you should vote for me, visit: www.michaelkingvote1.com.au.
KONTELJ, EddySee responseEddy Kontelj
Mobile: 0455 532 006
ekontelj.geelong@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate KONTELJ, Eddy

Candidate Statement

Free CBD parking, particularly around city hospitals, and hard waste pick up are two initiatives I will be advocating to implement promptly if elected. I will fight for delivery of efficient and effective services to minimise rate increases and community financial burden. I will lobby for better public transport and increased police presence to improve safety and security, to reduce violence, theft, graffiti, speeding and hoon driving. This will include identifying high security risk areas that will benefit from the installation of CCTV cameras. I will actively help and support valuable organisations that represent the best interest of our community, youth, families, our precious elderly, sporting clubs and our respected military veterans. I will push for investment in drainage, footpaths, roads and much needed cycling and fishing infrastructure. I will urge council to provide subsidies to support child care and aged care programs. Reforming council planning and building processes and practices to encourage appropriate employment generating developments will also be a priority. As a husband and father of three daughters I have genuine interest in community and our environment. I pledge to work extremely hard to ensure your concerns are heard. Please Vote 1 Eddy Kontelj, Vote 2 Freya Fidge.
JACKA, JackiSee responseGary Hall
Mobile: 0430 565 344
gary.m.hall.ajp@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate JACKA, Jacki

Candidate Statement

I have lived in Brownbill Ward for 50 years. In my time here I have raised a family while working as a Registered Nurse at University Hospital. My decision to run for Council has been prompted by my concern over the lack of funding for the Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS) despite rising animal registration fees. I want to see a reduction in their debt and a fixed yearly amount set aside from animal registration fees to better support this group. I want to see more affordable desexing for companion animals and to see action taken to remove the shameful label of Geelong having the highest number of animal abuse cases reported to the RSPCA out of all Victoria. In addition to these issues I want to see Council take a pro-active response to the amount of drug and alcohol abuse in our community through early intervention, education, diversion and rehabilitation programs. Geelong needs a more transparent Council than we have had previously, and one that is looking forward with clear vision for a more economically prosperous future which will encourage development, diversity and a brighter future for all who call this region home.
BALLAS, GeorgeSee responseGeorge Ballas
george.b1@optusnet.com.au
Photograph of candidate BALLAS, George

Candidate Statement

Geelong, Geelong! That's right. I will put Geelong first and second every time. Priority to this great historical city is essential. The people of Geelong now have a chance to Vote for a neutral voice - with no Political affiliations to advocate for fairness, access and equity regarding Council issues important to you. Hello, my name is George Ballas. I am a dedicated individual with a proven community track record, strong local knowledge and relevant experience in serving the community for a period spanning 26+ years, spearheading organisations and groups important to Geelong's fabric. I have been recognised with an Order of Australia Medal for my exceptional voluntary work. I desire cohesion and stability for good governance at Council. I have no predetermined Political agenda and seek your trusted Vote. Whilst I cannot change things alone, I will battle to raise issues concerning you. With my strong community background, I will echo and represent your voice. I ask for your valuable Vote and a chance to dispense with Party Politics for the goodness and progress of Geelong. The only promise I make is that I will listen to the Voters and represent you fairly and squarely as an Independent candidate. www.georgeballas.net
CADWELL, Melissa JuneSee responseMelissa Cadwell
Mobile: 0401 743 742
melcadwell.brownbillward@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate CADWELL, Melissa June

Candidate Statement

Like you, I'm a ratepayer and resident in Brownbill Ward, in St Albans Park. Geelong High School educated, I'm a Public Health Research Ethics manager at Melbourne Health. I'm an Australian Labor Party member, and a member of my workplace union. I want to make our community an even better place to live and raise a family, by making sure Geelong Council services aren't cut, whilst keeping costs affordable for residents. I'll fight for better elderly citizens services including proper funding of Home Care and Meals On Wheels, along with making sure childcare and leisure centre fees are kept affordable. I'll advocate for Geelong Council procurement tendering to demand local jobs and services, and make apprenticeships compulsory in the tendering process. My capital project priorities include facilities upgrades for local sporting clubs, with particular emphasis on women's sport. I'm committed to saving Chilwell library, and upgrading Newcomb library to help local children learn to read. I want council to invest in Geelong by building new children's facilities, and upgrading local parks. I'll fight to give residents more say on planning decisions, especially around medium density developments, and gambling and licensed venues. facebook.com/MelissaCadwellCouncillorForBrownbillWard or Twitter: @Mel_Brownbill or email: melcadwell.brownbillward@gmail.com
MURRIHY, Peter JohnSee responsePeter John Murrihy
Mobile: 0407 821 951
themurts@tpg.com.au
Photograph of candidate MURRIHY, Peter John

Candidate Statement

I am 57, married with three daughters and have been a resident and ratepayer of Brownbill Ward for more than 30 years. A former Victoria Police Prosecutor, I left the Force to help raise our family. Now the girls are young adults, I have the time, focus and energy to become even more involved in the community. My community involvement already includes St Marys Football Club (Life Member), Geelong Amateurs Football Club (former Senior Coach), Newtown and Chilwell Football Netball Club (former Senior Football Coach/ Junior Netball Coach) and current President of the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club. I am a Board Member of the Geelong Racing Club and Chairman of the AFL Barwon Tribunal. I am also a member of the Geelong Environment Council. With no political connections, I offer a totally independent voice on Council and intend to work tirelessly for ratepayers at the 'grass roots' level as well as helping implement the city's long-term vision. Through proven leadership skills, life experience and I believe a clear understanding of the community's expectations, I am committed to enhancing Geelong as a place in which to live, work and invest.
FIDGE, FreyaSee responseFreya Fidge
Mobile: 0459 426 807
freyafidge@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate FIDGE, Freya

Candidate Statement

Fresh. Young. Female. Strong Family History in Geelong. Vote 1 Freya Fidge this election. Both my father and my grandfather were long-serving Councillors and Mayors of this great City. I am excited by the opportunity to continue the family tradition with a fresh new approach. An independent, I am standing with a focus on three key areas. First, I am a supporter of the recently executed Clever & Creative initiative for Geelong. This project was developed for the Council by the community to future-proof our City and ensure we can compete on a national and global scale. Secondly, with the substantial growth of our City and the number of young families moving to the region I will champion proposals that enable continued growth and opportunities for our City and communities. Finally, as an HR professional I will ensure the new Council collaborates and conducts itself with integrity and respect. A successful Geelong is one that values diversity, connects with community and provides opportunity for the future. Refer to my Facebook page for preferences #ThinkFreshThinkFidge. Remember to number every box. Vote 1 Freya Fidge, Vote 2 Eddy Kontelj.
SIMMONDS, StephenSee responseStephen Simmonds
Mobile: 0419 441 616
stephensimmonds@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate SIMMONDS, Stephen

Candidate Statement

I am a 48 year old who recently became a father for the first time, and I want to do everything I can to make Geelong the best place possible for my family to live and work. I stand on a platform of absolute council transparency. I stand for keeping all council costs to a minimum but to improve all core services. I believe there is a lot of waste to be identified and savings to be made. Savings made could be diverted into a hard waste collection service and free parking. I want improvements to council accountability. When money is wasted, who is accountable? First task, how much is that Xmas tree costing and how is the economic benefit to ratepayers calculated? I want to advocate for finding innovative solutions to issues relating to how council can best support Police in addressing crime and graffiti all the way through to lobbying local MPs to ask for a better deal with the NBN rollout. This council election is your opportunity to elect fresh faces with fresh ideas and hopefully new and different approaches. I want to be part of the solution to make our Greater Geelong even Greater!

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Kardinia Ward (3 vacancies)

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NameQuestionnaire Contact details
OSECKAS, PeterSee responseGary Hall
Mobile: 0430 565 344
gary.m.hall.ajp@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate OSECKAS, Peter

Candidate Statement

I have lived in Geelong my entire life and lived in the Kardinia ward for the last 37 years. I am so proud of the city that Geelong has become, but with progress also comes damage to our natural environment and the increase in a number of human and animal issues. I have decided to stand as a candidate to give back to the community that has been my home for the past 60 years. I am passionate about protecting the environment and in implementing programs that will see areas such as the Barwon River return to its natural health. I would like to see community share of power resources and increased investment into renewable energy. There is a need to address the concerning treatment of animals in our local area, this includes lack of funding for our rescue centres, but also duck hunting, greyhound racing, puppy farms, the use of 1080 poison and the culling of Australian wildlife. Another area I feel strongly about is education. We need to educate the younger generations to be ambitious and dream big for their future, and ensure we provide the programs and resources that enable them to get there.
NELSON, RonSee responseRon Nelson
Mobile: 0429 531 875
vote1@ronnelson.com.au
Photograph of candidate NELSON, Ron

Candidate Statement

I love Geelong, where I have lived and worked for over 40 years. I will fight for Council to deliver core responsibilities: free hard rubbish collection and tip vouchers; fixing roads and potholes; making our community safer; and improving our sporting clubs and community facilities - the heartbeat of our neighbourhoods. Recently I led the fight to save Highton Library and promise to keep our local libraries open. We need a long-term vision to be a clever, cultural and innovative destination. A place that's great for families and provides more jobs through growing local business and attracting more organisations to Geelong. This is achievable by keeping rates low and implementing streamlined and sensitive planning. I have a long history of successfully advocating for fellow residents and local businesses, and I am currently working for people with disabilities. I am proud to support many local sporting clubs and many local charities. In the last year, I am the only candidate who has rallied and advocated for the community regarding Administrators decisions on library closures, questionable budget reporting, planning decisions and drainage protection measures. I promise to work tirelessly for you and respectfully request you Vote 1 Ron Nelson (www.ronnelson.com.au 0429 531 875).
MANN, DougSee responseDouglas James Mann
Business Hours: (03) 5243 9234
After Hours: (03) 5243 9234
Mobile: 0414 650 277
blackibis@hotmail.com
Photograph of candidate MANN, Doug

Candidate Statement

The Clever and Creative Future policy is the most consultative document ever produced in Geelong. I support it as a blueprint for our future and thousands of Geelong people agree. It is a plan for a city that works for people. A prosperous, smart, vibrant place where all that is great about the region can thrive around a city that pulses with life: arts, culture, food, natural beauty. A place that will attract the brightest and best to live here. A responsibly led and informed community can do this. It's already happening elsewhere, so why not Geelong? There are prerequisites, of course. First, we must reject the Old Geelong where division along political lines brought paralysis and worse. Next we ensure that the people continue to have their say, Council is accessible and decision-making well informed. Then we ensure a united front on seeing through excellent policy such as the One Planet Living framework. With wise planning, infrastructure can be fixed, people can be helped. And we can prosper. So, why not, Geelong! As a successful creative professional I have the experience and drive to help make this happen. Vote 1 Doug Mann. Vision, Leadership, Integrity, #dougmann4geelong.
KENNEDY, NormanSee responseNorman Kennedy
Mobile: 0435 900 815
norman.kennedy@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate KENNEDY, Norman

Candidate Statement

I have moved to Geelong to live in the most important and exciting Regional City in Victoria. I want to be part of a Council that attracts new industry to provide employment for a growing population, while also encouraging more housing using sensitive planning controls that dont spoil the environment for existing residents. As a new face, I am unaligned to factions from the former Council and bring a fresh perspective to issues. I am passionate about local government and bring a depth of experience of working in the community and not-for-profit sectors. My experience as a Councillor and Mayor in the initial term of the Glen Eira Council following commissioners is relevant. My community roles have included at RMIT on Student Council and RMIT Council, also President of the Elsternwick Rotary Club. Roles as Treasurer of the Royal Society of Victoria, Board Member Local Authorities (Vision) Superannuation Board. As a professional Engineer, I worked for over 24 years in managerial roles with Telstra including in Saudi Arabia. I currently work for the State Government. Through all these activities I have learnt to listen and to work cooperatively and respectfully with people from various backgrounds and experience.
MURNANE, PatSee responsePat Murnane
Mobile: 0419 104 246
pat@murnanecommunityconsulting.com.au
Photograph of candidate MURNANE, Pat

Candidate Statement

I have lived in the Kardinia Ward for the past 40 years with my wife Marilyn, raising four children all of whom also live in the Geelong area with their families. Given I am an independent candidate with no political ambitions or affiliations, I will enjoy the freedom to focus solely on creating positive outcomes for the residents of the Kardinia Ward and the Geelong region. My vision for the Council is a dedicated group of professionals committed and working as a team to win the respect and support of the community through hard work and informed decision-making. I have built my personal and professional reputation on community engagement. Over the past 20 years I have established 11 community companies in the Geelong region, who are financially contributing to hundreds of community projects. In 2016 I was awarded the Committee for Geelong Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in the Geelong community. As a regional manager leading a staff of 150 people, I believe my extensive business experience - especially my financial expertise - will be a valuable asset to the Council team, as will be the wide network of working relationships I have built in most sectors of Geelong business.
TAYLOR, Elliot C.See responseGary Hall
Mobile: 0430 565 344
gary.m.hall.ajp@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate TAYLOR, Elliot C.

Candidate Statement

I'm a photographer who has lived in Geelong for 10 years now, I have the benefit of seeing this city from an outside perspective. We are a beautiful area, but we need to work to continue to be seen as a friendly, vibrant, animal-friendly place that can compete with the bigger cities. I believe we need to funnel significantly more funds into the Geelong Animal Welfare Society, an organisation that is a real asset to the pet owners of Geelong, but in recent years has been in the red by several hundreds of thousands of dollars. We have also seen a rise in crime in the last year in suburbs all over Kardinia. We need more investment in local community and neighbourhood watch groups that encourage communities to work together to reduce the risk of crime in their area. I want to work in line with the Clever and Creative Future Plan recently published by The City of Geelong to ensure that the Geelong of 30 years in the future is one of the most healthy, educated, eco-friendly and advanced cities in Australia.
LYONS-LEE, BrentSee responseBrent Lyons-Lee
Mobile: 0413 311 170
bll.kardiniaward@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate LYONS-LEE, Brent

Candidate Statement

Like you, I'm a ratepayer. I live in Waurn Ponds with my family and was educated at Christian College. I'm an ordained Baptist Minister and an Australian Labor Party member. I want to make our community an even better place to live by making sure Geelong Council services aren't cut, whilst keeping costs in-check for residents. I'll advocate for better elderly citizens services including proper funding of Home Care and Meals On Wheels, along with making sure childcare and leisure centre fees are affordable. My capital project priorities include facilities upgrades for vital sporting clubs at Grovedale's Burdoo Reserve, Queens Park, Winter and McDonald Reserves in Belmont. I'll lobby to have Barwon Heads Road upgraded. I'll fight to save Highton Library and make sure the Armstrong Creek Library is built. Investment priorities for Grovedale East include a new Children's Hub, upgraded facilities at Barwon Soccer Club and an indoor sports complex built at Brearley Reserve. Residents need a greater say on planning decisions, especially Pokies venue licences. I'm an experienced and trusted community leader and social justice campaigner. I value integrity and I will commit to driving Council to be the transparent, hardworking body the people of Kardinia deserve. facebook.com/brentlyonsleeforkardinia
HARWOOD, BruceSee responseBruce Harwood
Mobile: 0409 512 544
Photograph of candidate HARWOOD, Bruce

Candidate Statement

Vote 1 Bruce Harwood Time to put a strong experienced voice back on council. I have always put the Geelong community first and will continue to do so. No Political Alliance - never been a member of any political party. Politics has unfortunately been a distraction to many councils. Experience - after 13 years on council, 6 as the Finance portfolio holder, I understand the council's budgets and where the community gets best financial value. I have always been available to listen to the community and act to achieve results. As a former policeman for nearly 28 years and a Company Director for 8 years I have a strong work ethic and broad outlook on our community. Local - I was born and educated in Geelong, heavily engaged in local community sporting clubs, an owner / Director of two local companies and have a strong passion for our environment. My focus will be on local roads receiving urgent treatment, use of our local rubbish as a potential energy source, economic & tourism opportunities including a Conference Convention Centre and bio technology business and sustainable environmental policies especially for our waterways. Follow me at Facebook/Bruce.KardiniaWard. Vote 1 Bruce Harwood. Community First.
NEWMAN, LoisSee responseLois Newman
Mobile: 0490 875 213
lois.newman@vic.greens.org.au
Photograph of candidate NEWMAN, Lois

Candidate Statement

I'm a university student and I'm passionate about helping our beautiful community grow stronger. I want to be part of a council that ensures everyone enjoys living in our area, where the community and local environment is put first. I also feel particularly inspired to be a voice for other young people. I love that we can quickly access the beach and the bush, which I want to protect. I'm standing with the Greens because we have a shared commitment to integrity and working in the best interests of the community. My key areas of focus include: (1) improving public transport, cycling and walking routes; (2) ensuring development is fair and transparent as our population grows; (3) supporting local businesses and creative projects; (4) saving local libraries; (5) protecting our environmental assets, and (6) ensuring youth have access to engaging activities. For more information, visit: https://greens.org.au/candidate/vic/lois-newman. Let me know what's important to you at lois.newman@vic.greens.org.au or 0490875213. Vote [1] Lois Newman for a strong voice of integrity for our community.
HAUENSTEIN, DarrenSee responseDarren Hauenstein
Mobile: 0411 055 941
darren.nic.h@bigpond.com
Photograph of candidate HAUENSTEIN, Darren

Candidate Statement

Hello, my name is Darren Hauenstein, I am nominating for Council as a lifetime Geelong resident and contributor to the growth of our community. My wife Nicole, our three children and I love Geelong. I strongly believe in the values of respect, trust and integrity; I have demonstrated these values throughout my professional career and long-term role as President of the South Barwon Cricket Club. I am an independent candidate, so have no political agenda and can be counted on to play my role in the best interests of the community. My management skills developed as an IT professional over 20 years with Target Australia and personal commitment to protecting and enhancing our regional assets position me ideally as a candidate for election. After the previous council was stood down it is important that the new Council provides stability and reliability, my career proves this is how I operate. My community involvement has shown that I treat people with respect from all levels so will work with the community for the best solution and not for personal rewards. I have a strong team orientated work ethic and am really focussed on getting the job done. Vote 1 - Darren Hauenstein!
WALKER, MarySee responseMary Walker
Business Hours: (03) 5243 3652
Mobile: 0401 065 569
maryartz@optusnet.com.au
Photograph of candidate WALKER, Mary

Candidate Statement

I am a lifetime citizen of Geelong with a strong local voice, and a commitment to see Geelong grow and prosper and continue to be a community working together to make our home town "safer and Greater". An ex school teacher, journalist and director of festivals and theatre productions I am well known in Geelong and am the recipient of the Regional Victorian of the year Award for services to my community. I am committed, to a safe city and will fight hard to secure an adequate police force, security lighting and cameras. Services to the elderly, and adequate child care are essentials as well as the basic areas of road and street maintenance along with attention to the "housekeeping" of public buildings and amenities. Council must listen to its citizens, and I will always be available by phone, internet and with personal interviews if required. For a dedicated, energetic, sincere voice on Council. Vote 1 Mary Walker.

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Windermere Ward (2 vacancies)

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NameQuestionnaire Contact details
AITKEN, AnthonySee responseSue Minchinton
Mobile: 0417 528 810
voteaitken@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate AITKEN, Anthony

Candidate Statement

Born and raised in Corio, I completed my education at Deakin. I am employed in Lara as a Finance/Admin Manager. My parents Shirley and Bill have a long history of Community Service. We were taught to Give Back to the Community in which you live. My late father Bill Aitken was Windermere Councillor in 1990s. I have local government experience with Shire of Corio and City of Greater Geelong. I am President of Volunteering Geelong and Treasurer of Not-for-profit Disability Enterprise, Dal. With my wife Sue we owned Muffin Break Cafes at Corio Village and Westfield. Since 2006, Sue and I have been a host family for the Geelong Cats, where first year players live with us. Building a Hospital in the North. Keeping rates low. Improving Safety. A Hard Waste Collection system. Focus on job opportunities for the North and our youth. Geelong Council must care for more than just the CBD. Addressing disadvantage in the North, inequality in Rural Areas and the pressures population growth has brought to Lara are priorities. If you want a politician you should vote for somebody else. If you want a strong independent community minded Councillor Vote 1 Anthony Aitken. Mb: 0419270893 voteaitken@gmail.com
WITHINGTON, DavidSee responseDavid Withington
Mobile: 0419 376 175
candidate@davidwithington.com.au
Photograph of candidate WITHINGTON, David

Candidate Statement

Council needs a fresh start. It also needs councillors with the experience, commitment and determination to deal with the major challenges facing the City. I will provide strong professional representation and the good governance necessary for the new Council to succeed. I am well-equipped for the job after a 48-year career as a senior journalist, government media and policy adviser, communications and public affairs consultant, senior manager in both the public and private sectors, and business operator. With a long history of community service, I will be a passionate advocate for a 'fair go' for the north. Having recently retired, I am available to do the job full-time. For details of my qualifications and experience go to www.davidwithington.com.au. I am a team player and a good listener with a positive 'can do' approach. My top priority is to lift Council's performance in driving economic development and job creation, especially in the north. I want to reduce disadvantage and will champion the Council's social equity principles. I will also fight for better basic services, including an adequately-funded and easy-to-understand plan for repairing and upgrading local roads, and greater efforts to improve community safety.
BLASZCZYK, RobertSee responseRobert Blaszczyk
robertblaszczykwindermere@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate BLASZCZYK, Robert

Candidate Statement

Our community deserves better, someone that will fight for every resident, and I believe that I am the advocate that Windermere needs to represent their concerns at council. I am a local currently living in Norlane, born and bred in the northern suburbs, and I have experienced first-hand the struggles with being left behind. This is our chance to be heard and take our voice to City Hall. With my knowledge and proven experience, I will work tirelessly for every single one of you, because we all deserve a fair go. I recently graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce and begun a career in the financial services sector. I went to North Geelong Secondary College and recently worked at both the Lara and Norlane pools. I have also worked at Corio Village, living and breathing and understanding our community. It is because of this that I want the opportunity to represent you. I am young and driven, and I know that Windermere can return to its days of pride and strength. Let us all see our clubs and businesses succeed, our children succeed and all locals succeed with a strong voice in council. Vote [1] Robert Blaszczyk.
LACEY, GregSee responseGreg Lacey
Mobile: 0490 866 376
greg.lacey@vic.greens.org.au
Photograph of candidate LACEY, Greg

Candidate Statement

I'm standing for Windermere to preserve what's great about our neighbourhoods. I enjoy visiting many of the parks and playgrounds throughout Geelong's North with my wife and two pre-school aged daughters. I will work together with the community, councillors & officers to make sure Geelong remains a great place to live for my daughters and the next generation. I work as a surveyor in Melbourne and commute daily by train. I will fight for fast, frequent and reliable public transport to reduce congestion, save people money and help the environment. We also need to upgrade our bike lanes and foot paths so children can safely ride and walk to school. As a city, we need to tackle the devastating effects of problem gambling, including reducing the number of poker machines. I chose to run for Windermere with the Greens because they share my vision of creating a more caring society, which cares for people and the environment. Please feel free to ask me a question at greg.lacey@vic.greens.org.au or Twitter @GreenestGreg. Vote [1] Greg Lacey for a strong voice of integrity for the community.
KOZUL, MarinaSee responseMarina Kozul
Mobile: 0439 990 436
marina@studiomk.com.au
Photograph of candidate KOZUL, Marina

Candidate Statement

I'm your independent candidate, standing to provide strong and practical leadership for the Windermere Ward. As Lara resident since 1990, with 7 years working in Brisbane as a major projects architect, I am proud to now be raising my family in Lara. I know the value of a strong sports, arts, health culture to inspire and support both young and old to lead healthy lives. Physical and social bonds are made with time and teamwork and Windermeres people, businesses, skills, environment and farms are a great asset. I seek to listen and progress with people and community groups to make our area even better. I would like to work towards Windermere becoming a world-class region to work, play and live in. The region gave me my core, and its time I gave back. I plan to lobby for level crossing removals, help develop life skills for those directly affected by drugs, addiction and all aspects of mental health, make better use of our current spaces and buildings, align playgroups and aged care to prevent isolation, improve or renew public toilets, promote Windermere's environment, create bicycle networks, reduce urban sprawl through beautiful Transit Oriented Developments, and activating town centres and promenades.
GROSSMAN, JordanSee responseTammy Walters
Mobile: 0434 378 142
tammywalters@mirrorsprandevents.com
Photograph of candidate GROSSMAN, Jordan

Candidate Statement

I'm a 24-year-old resident of Corio who works as an engineer at Ford Motor Company. I love living in Geelong, and want to be part of the driving force behind our city as a Council member. I'll always act with honesty and integrity, and have what it takes to have a heavy influence at the Council table. I fully back myself on that claim. At the top of my agenda is going back to basics and ensuring that public infrastructure such as roads, footpaths and parks are properly maintained to a high standard to ensure longevity, value for money and accessibility. A crime prevention push goes hand in hand with this objective, as I look to decrease vandalism in the northern suburbs. Key to this is supporting education and training programs in order to engage young people in the work force. I am passionate in supporting local businesses to sustain and expand Geelong's economy, and am a strong advocate for start-ups which fuel my ultimate vision of a smart city as Geelong begins to transition from a manufacturing hot-spot to a 21st century science, technology and innovation hub.
GRZYBEK, KylieSee responseKylie Grzybek
Mobile: 0418 889 619
kyliegrzybek@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate GRZYBEK, Kylie

Candidate Statement

I am a Lara mother-of-two that will fight for a safer community, lower rates and a fair share for the north. I have lived in Lara for 38 years and am a passionate member of my community, presently serving as Secretary of the Lara United Football Club and previously was the President of the Lara Lake PS School Council for 5 years. I work as the Chief of Staff to the CEO at the TAC in Geelong. I believe we owe our children a safer and healthier future with better sporting facilities and improved utilisation of public open space across the ward, soccer pitches, football ovals, netball courts, baseball, basketball and all other sports. In the north we are struggling to fit all these sports into the facilities we have, we are hardworking people and deserve value for our rates and better facilities. As a proud union member, Im passionate about creating job opportunities for our kids. If elected, I promised to work hard for a fair share for the north, lower rates, a safer community and better public transport options. I promise to listen to the community on all topics and will set up different avenues for this feedback.
BAKER, Bronwen PetaSee responseGary Hall
Mobile: 0430 565 344
Gary.M.Hall.ajp@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate BAKER, Bronwen Peta

Candidate Statement

Being on council is an opportunity to "be the change I want to see." Previous councils have let us down. Yet, incredibly, those same individuals are asking us to elect them again. It's time for a council that is progressive, transparent and accountable. We need new ideas and fresh thoughts; with fairness, honesty and equality as a baseline. This is what I stand for, and what I will work to deliver. Our community has produced an exciting blue-print for A Clever and Creative Future. We need the right team to drive it. I'll bring vital skills, commitment and energy to that team. In addition, I'll be a voice for the people of Windermere. The North is the gateway to Geelong, and home to some of our most disadvantaged and marginalised citizens. City funds have been poured into other areas while the Northern suburbs and outlying townships have missed out on even the basics. We deserve more, and it's our turn. I'll passionately pursue our fair share. And I'll stand up for our much-loved animal companions. We pay six million dollars a year in pet registration fees, yet the struggling GAWS receives none of this. Surely our non-human friends deserve better!
HEIDARI, MoshtaghSee responseMoshtagh Heidari
Mobile: 0469 813 038
moshtagh.heydari@gmail.com
Photograph of candidate HEIDARI, Moshtagh

Candidate Statement

I have a real plan for the North. I'm a young candidate and I'll be a fresh and energetic voice for all residents. I'll represent all of our communities - from Corio to Lara, from Anakie to North Shore, and all who live and work in between. I want to help everyone take pride in where they live. I'll lobby the state government to improve safety at the Corio, North Shore and Little River stations, I'll push for more parking at Lara station and I'll support the Anakie community to get a safe school crossing. I'll focus on creating more job opportunities for our young people, through subsidised training and a council apprenticeships program. The North needs its own hospital - I'm proud to support the Northern ARC Plan. And I am committed to preserving our local environment, and working to balance development and its impact on our local resources and environment. We are the gateway to Geelong, but we have been forgotten by council. We need more jobs, better public transport and safer roads. I'll make sure the north doesn't remain neglected. Vote for a fresh face for Windermere. Vote 1 Moshtagh Heidari. www.facebook.com/Moshtagh4Windermere
DICKENS, Ken J.See responseMathew James Dickens
Business Hours: (03) 5275 9509
After Hours: (03) 5278 7527
Mobile: 0416 732 800
mat.dickens@coriowm.com.au
Photograph of candidate DICKENS, Ken J.

Candidate Statement

I know many of you feel abandoned by the City of Greater Geelong. Other parts of the region have been given priority over the needs in the North. Physical infrastructure in Geelong's north - e.g., public housing, roads, footpaths, schools, parks, sporting reserves, shopping precincts has been neglected for decades. Growing up in public housing on the tough streets of East Preston in Melbourne's north, I know what it's like to struggle. As an accomplished business owner and a leader in the waste services industry, I know what's required to deliver outcomes. If elected, I will develop constructive relationships with other Councillor's and encourage honest, transparent and respectful leadership. We must create the right culture within Council - a work environment encouraging high performance, inclusiveness, diversity, fairness, innovative thinking and freedom from fear - and focus on high performance service delivery. I want to 'clean-up the mess' at City Hall and be your Champion for the North. I will advocate strongly within Council and to State and Federal Government for an equitable share of investment in social and economic infrastructure in Geelong for the Windermere Ward including the Northern ARC project. I humbly request your Vote 1, 2 or 3 for Ken Dickens.
KOZACZEK, RomanSee responseRoman Kozaczek
After Hours: (04) 2174 3709
Mobile: 0421 743 709
Photograph of candidate KOZACZEK, Roman

Candidate Statement

I am a Permanent lifelong resident of Geelong. Former School Principal of Bell Park North Primary School and Herne Hill Primary School. Past recipient of a Community Service Award presented by the Governor of Victoria. Proud formative years in the suburb of North Shore and completed secondary schooling at St Josephs College Geelong. I have No Political Party association or membership. My key focus for Geelong is to improve and develop our roads, build and develop community confidence in the Geelong Council, support local employment opportunities and develop a safe environment. A commitment to open and consultative process on all major decisions.

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