Candidate information sessions at 7 pm in Council Chambers
On the 17th of August and the 12th & 14th of September.
Manningham Council elections will be held on the 22nd of October 2016. To be eligible a candidate must be listed on council voters role. Postal Election Candidate Handbook from the VEC website provides full details.
The Councillor allowance set at $25,685 plus $9,685 per year for expenses is very generous considering the number of hours in attendance are optional. Councillor expenses cover travel and accommodation if they wish to attend interstate and overseas conferences. An IPAD and Mobile Phone are also provided in addition to training, elocution lessons (if requested) plus child minding, telephones, etc. Council may also reimburse
Councillors for any necessary out of pocket expenses they incur while performing their duties as a Councillor. Eligible candidates can choose to stand in any of Manningham’s three wards, each with three vacancies, Koonung, Heidi or Mullum Mullum. Candidates are required to submit a candidate manifesto of up to 200 words. The following are two examples of 150 word limit candidate statements submitted at the 2012 elections.:
“I am a mum, businesswoman and an active member of the community and have lived in Manningham for ten years. I have experienced first-hand the power of a unified community voice through my involvement as spokesperson for the successful, Warrandyte anti-tower campaign. We need advocates who will encourage this community voice. I am fervently in favour of preserving the natural environment and heritage of our part of Manningham. I will promote long-term, sustainable strategies for Manningham as a whole, which take into account the particular needs of each diverse community within it. Standing as an independent candidate, I will utilise skills gained from 20 years corporate marketing experience, to develop effective community partnerships and seek creative solutions to community challenges. We need a council that is actively connected to our community, takes our concerns into account and reflects community needs in the decision-making process. Contact me on XXXXXX@bigpond.
“I’m an enthusiastic and outgoing person who cares about her community. My two children have gone to school in Donvale. My interest is at the grassroots level of our community. We need more accountability and transparency in the Councillors that are elected and in their activities. Integrity and kindness should be our way forward. I want to give you a stronger voice in the way our community is managed and improves. Many people feel discontented and uninvolved in Manningham. I strongly believe the youth are our future and they need a voice. The only way we can do this is if we communicate to enhance Manningham’s potential. I want to listen and be a strong voice for our residents of Mullum Mullum Ward. I would lend an ear to those interested in the future of Manningham”