Manningham City Council 2016 Nominations
Nominations have now closed.
The following vacancies exist for the Manningham City Council:
Below is a complete list of candidates in ballot paper order.
Each candidate for the Manningham City Council elections may lodge a statement to be included in the ballot pack.
Note: Information in candidate statements is presented as provided by the candidates. Any enquiries about a candidate statement should be directed to the relevant candidate. Candidate statements are not verified or endorsed by the Returning Officer.
Questionnaires: please note that questionnaires are in PDF format and may not be accessible by screen readers. Please contact your Returning Officer to discuss options.
|KLEINERT, Michelle||See response||Michelle Kleinert|
Mobile: 0400 902 822
Candidate StatementI am proud to have represented you as Councillor in Heide Ward for the past four years. I seek your support to re-elect me for another term so the work I have started can continue to grow. I am committed to enhancing and preserving our heritage of open space, parks and waterways for ourselves and future generations. To achieve the right balance of economic growth without adversely impacting on the social harmony of our local neighbourhoods. Continue a thriving city where you can work, raise a family and retire. Encourage a municipality that embraces investment, new technology and employment growth. I will continue to support a united multi-cultural community with benefit to all. I hope to generate a pride in our City that maintains Manningham as the preferred place to live, work and play. I pledge my support to work with Councillors and Council Officers with vision and unity for the future well-being of all residents of the City of Manningham. The key to my approach is to remain ethical, respectful and to honour my commitments to the community. I keep in touch with local issues and work hard to achieve desired outcomes. My motto is Listen - Consult - Act.
|COOKE, Christine||See response||Christine Cooke|
Mobile: 0490 464 793
Candidate StatementI value the diverse voices in our community, and will provide independent, transparent leadership, to represent wide interests and develop an inclusive and vibrant Manningham. Our City has been changing, it has exciting potential, and is about to blossom. Diverse collaborative networks must be actively supported, I will listen and work with others, to lobby for change which guarantees our best possible future growth. I care passionately about connected communities, and celebrate our differences, in one of the most diverse and multicultural local communities. My priority is to speed up Doncaster rail, and maximise long term economic and environmental sustainability, especially around Doncaster Hill development. Manningham needs wider promotion, importantly, it was part of the Wurundjeri nation, and has valuable features such as the platypus, kangaroos, trails and native habitat. Our wellbeing depends on promoting inclusive, targeted, efficient and cost effective health and community services for the needs of a range of young to seniors of all abilities, new or established, indigenous, multi-heritage and multi-faith, modern, rainbow to traditional families. My professional and life experiences are wide ranging as director, project manager, social-media advocate, tertiary teacher, with a strong focus on customer service, team building, ethics, business and political systems.
|PICCININI, Paula||See response||Stephen Mayne|
Mobile: 0412 106 241
Candidate StatementI am a practising lawyer who spent nine years on the RACV board and currently chair the $15m RACV Community Foundation. In the community sector, I chair EDVOS, the leading family violence service in Eastern Melbourne with annual funding of $5m and 30 staff. After 12 years living in Manningham with my husband and three children, I am deeply embedded in our community having served on our childrens' kindergarten committee and as School Council President of their local primary. My parents (Irish Catholic mother and Italian builder father) arrived in Australia by boat in 1972 with very little when I was 5. I worked hard, completed a double degree in Arts and Law and have practised in law all my working life as a solicitor, barrister and qualified mediator. Currently, I manage a legal team within a state-wide service assisting migrant victims of family violence. Our family loves community sport but we need better facilities such as a soccer pavilion at Pettys Reserve and support for the long ignored Bulleen Boomers' spiritual home at Sheahans Road. In terms of preferences, I'm supporting Matthew Agrotis and David Wynne, two terrific community contributors as Presidents of sporting clubs in the Heide ward.
|TANG, Emily||See response||Emily Tang|
Mobile: 0438 138 818
Candidate StatementMy name is Emily Tang. I sincerely wish to contribute my best effort to this dynamic, multi-cultural area where I have lived for nearly 25 years. My objective is to represent your voice in Manningham and to improve the standard of community for childcare, aged care and disability services. Ensure council with good financial management, town planning and infrastructure. Improve parks and roads especially safety school crossing. Safer neighbourhood. My profession is a public tax accountant, with a Master Degree of Business Administration in International Management. I am also a Justice of the Peace and happily married with two children. I have good leadership and communication skill. I sing and play musical instruments. Golf is my favourite sport. My community engagement includes certifying legal documents for the role of JP since 2010. Nearly 30 years volunteering for multi-cultural communities and charity organizations, LMC for Lord Mayor Charitable Foundation, ACEC for Chinese New Year Charity Ball. I was awarded by Melbourne City Council in 2006 for the best service in Chinese Communities. It is time for a change and balanced representation. Please vote No. 1 for me. Thank you for your kind support.
|AGROTIS, Matthew||See response||Matthew Agrotis|
Mobile: 0407 725 455
Candidate StatementAfter 40 years living in the Heide Ward, including the past two years as President of the Bulleen-Templestowe Junior Football Club, this son of Greek migrants is ready to broaden his work in the community by serving you on Council. I'm married and raising two boys in Lower Templestowe not far from where my family grew up near Templestowe Village. People are my passion, whether it's growing the Bullants Auskick program, developing girls football in Manningham or my day job working in sales for an international company helping sell produce from local farms. As a sports lover growing up playing football, cricket and basketball, I understand the importance of investing in community facilities such as Aquarena, a soccer pavilion at Pettys Reserve and the Bulleen Park precinct. We need to accept the rate-capping regime and I pledge never to support a request to the state government for an exemption from this statewide cap on rates. I support protecting the green wedge, our public spaces and neighbourhood streets by focusing planning and development around our activity centres. Council must also back the North-East link between Greensborough and Ringwood to end the logjam on Bulleen Road and help the Eastern Freeway flow.
|BELLOBUONO, Manny||See response||Manny Bellobuono|
Mobile: 0422 074 856
Candidate StatementI am a proud husband and father of 3. A daughter and 2 beautiful puppies. I have come from a large italian family and therefore i have learnt that nothing comes easily or without hard work. The Italian in me puts family first and although each family has their ups and downs and communication is the key to avoiding the chaos. Growing up in Coburg, I moved to Manningham 22 years ago, but have worked in the Manningham community since I was 19 years old and have witnessed the exponential growth of the area. A highlight of my career was the construction of Doncaster Shopping Centre. I know and love the area and look to ensure it lasts. Today, I look after the maintainance of a loved older high school in Camberwell. I love my job and am responsible for making quick consise decisions regarding the school's construction and the challenges that come with it. By doing this job I have been given a detailed insight of the education system and understand what it takes to cooperate effectively with the community and it's needs. I look forward to meeting you all and hope to represent Heide in the future.
|FRAWLEY, Ben||See response||Ben Frawley|
Mobile: 0481 314 589
Candidate StatementI love where I live. I started the We grew up in Templestowe/Bulleen/Doncaster facebook nostalgia groups totalling 5000 members, having lived in the Manningham district for most of my 52 years. I'm passionate about the area and more importantly about us, the residents. I've seen Manningham change from paddocks and orchards, to the buzzing metropolis it is today. Growth and development is necessary, but it must ensure that our lifestyle and community values are not compromised. I am motivated by caring for the community, having previously volunteered with the Salvos, mentored young men on remand and reaching out to the needy in our community. Vote for me to support more transparency in council decision making, higher density housing that must include off street parking, a re-invigorated debate on a rail network to Doncaster, a push for streamlined building permit processes, no parking meters for strip shops, support for local traders and small businesses, support for community hubs such as sporting facilities and clubs, support to increase the security of residents, a review of the arterial road network to find opportunities to create less road congestion and increased support for the elderly and the disadvantaged in our great municipality.
|WYNNE, David||See response||David Wynne|
Mobile: 0439 453 894
Candidate StatementI am a happily married long term Manningham resident with two teenage daughters who attended our local school in the Heide ward. Our family is active in the community with my latest role being President of the Bulleen Templestowe Little Athletics Club. Community involvement combined with significant business experience as a senior manager in successful global automotive companies and transport industries has provided me with the knowledge and understanding of what is required and relevant within our community. I'm a positive, energetic and practical person who started out as a mechanic and now travel internationally for business. This life journey will bring a fresh representation to council, overseeing responsible financial management and improved neighbourhood amenity. I support an efficient, transparent council, the proposed facility at Mullum Mullum Reserve and a more commercial approach to managing council assets, particularly on Doncaster Hill. With planning, we need to concentrate development around activity centres and protect our public spaces, neighbourhood streets and the green wedge. My experience working with local organisations and business people from many different cultural communities has provided me with a perfect grounding to support the local community on the issues that face our ward now and in the future.
|GOUGH, Geoff||See response||Geoff Gough|
Mobile: 0412 345 081
Candidate StatementAs Heide Councillor and 4 term Mayor, I seek your support for re-election. I don't play political games. Council is about the welfare of the city, its people, the organization and its programs. I listen, consult, act with integrity and responsibility. I deal with issues in an open and honest way, being readily available and never make misleading promises. Living here over 58 years, I understand local issues, ensuring Council hears and understands your point of view. I'm experienced, dedicated, effective and know how to get things done. I'm here for the things that matter. I stand for sound financial management and accountability. I stand for small not big government with an efficient workforce. I stand for sensible and balanced development. I stand for improving infrastructure including roads, footpaths, drains, streetscapes, parks, sporting facilities and community buildings. I'm passionate in protecting our open space. I stand to improve community safety and tackle graffiti and vandalism. I'm devoted to creating a harmonious and inclusive city that involves people from all backgrounds. I work hard ensuring quality services and programs are accessible to all. I'm committed to work with you to ensure we are all proud to live Manningham. Vote 1 Gough
|GACOVSKI, Dina||See response||Dina Gacovski|
Mobile: 0490 657 320
Candidate StatementHi, my name is Dina. My family and I have with great pride called Manningham our home for the last 18 years. Now that my husband has retired and my 4 sons have grown up, the time has come to thank my community by giving something back. It is my honesty, compassion, respect and integrity that will make me stand out as your representative in council. My passion is to give a voice to all those that have in the past been made to feel that they have no voice, or that their problems and concerns are not important. You are all important. In the past I have been involved as much as I can in my community. I served 2 terms on the committee at Doncaster Kindergarten, one term as secretary and the following year as president. I have also been a dedicated volunteer at my children's primary school over the years. If you vote for me I can promise you that I will listen and represent you as best I can. After all I will be the peoples representative on council. Give me your vote and I will be your voice.
|GRIVOKOSTOPOULOS, Jim||See response||Jim Grivokostopoulos|
Mobile: 0407 822 103
Candidate StatementAs a former Mayor and current Councillor of Manningham City Council, I ask for your vote to continue representing, consulting and working with residents to focus on the issues that matter: Ensuring the safety of our community is a priority and continually being addressed; Ceasing inappropriate development; Upgrading of our local roads; Continuing to advocate for the upgrade of our transport infrastructure; Keeping and enhancing our open spaces and pocket parks; Ensuring early childhood to aged care services are easily accessible. Living in Manningham for over 20 years and being actively connected to our diverse community, I take residents concerns into account, whilst acting with the utmost integrity and honesty in my decision making process. I strongly believe in a council with open accountability and a common sense approach to local government matters. I will continue working with all residents in making Heide Ward a better place for our families, youth, retirees and our community as a whole. Furthermore, continue working with local small business and sporting networks to help enhance the growth of our activity centres. I am proud to represent my community on Council and to help shape Manningham for all of us to live in and enjoy.
|LYNN, Scott||See response||Scott Lynn|
Mobile: 0402 452 242
Candidate StatementI have lived in Manningham most of my life, played over 100 games for Beverley Hills Junior Football Club, am a Deakin graduate of Media and Communication, an empathetic aged care professional, care deeply for greater prosperity, law and order, social cohesion, better public roads, public transport and a cleaner natural environment for all people who call Manningham home. Importantly, creating more prosperity in Manningham, along with making it a safer place to live are my top priorities. If elected, I will introduce a community safety plan to deal with breaking and entering, carjacking, theft and violent crime. Improving lighting along Ruffey Creek Linear Park will help law-abiding citizens feel more secure. I will work hard to ensure the rates for businesses in Manningham are comparable to their worth. In terms of development, encouraging more strip shopping along Doncaster Road is important to provide local jobs and services. I will lobby for a tram extension from Balwyn North to Doncaster. I will work with the Federal Government and Green Army to clean up our environment and endeavour to increase dog waste disposal bins in every park. Finally, a specialised bus service for seniors will be prioritised. facebook.com/vote1scottlynn
This file is provided in PDF format. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader (external link) to view PDF files. These candidates’ statements are included in the ballot pack mailed to enrolled voters from Tuesday 4 October.
|HAYNES, Dot||See response||Dot Haynes|
Business Hours: (03) 9848 1710
After Hours: (03) 9848 1710
Mobile: 0425 718 937
Candidate StatementAs your current Councillor and Deputy Mayor I ask for your vote to re-elect me. Being a local resident for over 20 years, I love living in Manningham and will continue working with individuals, community leaders and community groups as a strong advocate for establishing a better Manningham. My personal and professional skills allow me to cut through the bureaucratic rhetoric and to get things done. Having run successful businesses here and in the USA I understand financial management and insist our rates are spent more effectively. Re-elected I will continue to work towards reducing overdevelopment, unnecessary council overstaffing and overspending. I will keep working to retain and improve our parks and gardens, and expand long overdue maintenance of our trees, paths, roads and drainage. I am also committed to implementing solutions to fix Manningham's parking issues. Working with the state and federal governments to get more for Manningham, especially environmentally to ensure we have a greater local recycling capacity. Providing services to the communities needs is a high priority for me. Ask me about the many local beneficial projects I have initiated and will build on for Manningham. For a caring, hardworking Councillor Vote 1 Dot Haynes 0425718937
|CHEN, Anna||See response||Anna Chen|
Candidate StatementI graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Laws degree. As a practising lawyer and a resident of Koonung Ward for over 15 years, I wish to bring my legal expertise and problem solving skills to the council. I am also a volunteer lawyer at the local community legal centre and enjoy working with community groups and assisting new residents to settle in to our community. I am committed to low rates, cost-effective and transparent public expenditure. I will advocate for better bus services and new routes. I am determined to fix traffic and parking problems around schools and shopping strips. I support funding for regular community programs, more childcare facilities, accessible and diverse ageing and aged care services. I stand for sustainable development and a clear and consistent local planning control to maintain the neighbourhood character, protect our natural environment and quality of life. I am not affiliated to any political party. If elected, I will organise regular community meetings to listen and represent your view to council responsibly. Vote 1 for Anna Chen.
|ZAFIROPOULOS, Mike||See response||Mike Zafiropoulos|
Mobile: 0412 260 709
Candidate StatementVote for a competent and community-minded candidate, who as former Mayor of Fitzroy recognises the importance of responsible use of the rate dollar and has a genuine interest in the concerns of residents. As a long-term resident of Manningham, I am committed to preserve and improve the amenity of our City, Council services, public transport and urban design. I serve the Manningham community as a JP and have chaired several not for profit boards, including a local aged care provider. Since 2003 I am an Australia Day Ambassador, and serve on the Council's Access and Equity Committee and on an advisory Committee to the Minister for Small Business. I have executive experience as former General Manager of SBS. For extensive voluntary work in the arts, public health, philanthropy and government, I received the Order of Australia - but would now love to directly serve the local community. I am acutely aware of Koonung's planning and traffic pressures and believe Council could have done more in this important area. I have the time and experience to be a consultative and effective advocate of my community. Vote 1 for Mike Zafiropoulos. In terms of preferences, please vote 2 Ron Kitchingman, 3 Moti Visa.
|VISA, Moti||See response||Moti Visa|
Mobile: 0412 087 192
Candidate StatementMoti Visa JP Member of Liberal Party and hold Liberal values. Experience, Hard Work, Results I am an Engineer with extensive experience, businessman and Editor-in-Chief of a popular community newspaper, Beyond India. I have been serving the community as a Justice of Peace for years. Resident of Manningham City since 1990. My children studied at Doncaster Primary and Doncaster Secondary College. They are currently Medicine Doctors. I will bring a fresh approach to the council and ameliorate its standing. I am a fair, hardworking social worker and do not believe in wasting tax payers money. I will utilise it wisely for their welfare, health and safety. I will work hard to improve public transport accessibility in Koonung. I have enormous experience in doing business with China and India and have visited these countries many times. I will try to make Council Rates fairer. I am a recipient of the Award of Excellence from Victorian Parliamentary Friends of India, ZZZ Radio, Crime Stoppers, JET Australia, and many others. Organised functions and festivals where the community has come together in harmony. I strongly believe in a multicultural Australia. Please Vote 1 for Moti Visa, in terms of preference Vote 2 Mike Zafiropoulos.
|YEE, Stella||See response||Stella Yee (Wong)|
Mobile: 0490 468 799
Candidate StatementDear fellow residents, many of you know me as Stella Wong. However, to stand as a candidate in this election, I have to use my maiden name - Yee - as per the electoral roll. I have lived in Doncaster with my family for the last 12 years and we love it here. However, Manningham has grown rapidly in the last few years, bringing with it a number of issues which are starting to affect us all. They include: worsening traffic congestion, due to more cars on the road and lane closures for construction work; insufficient parking, especially in places of high demand such as Park & Ride and local shopping and dining strips; and the serious challenges (especially road safety) facing our local schools as their student numbers soar. Many of us are concerned about these developments and their impact on our daily lives. If elected to Council, I will advocate for sensible and careful planning, for finding solutions to these increasingly vexatious issues, and for improving public transport. I will prioritise our community wellbeing and liveability in my decision-making. For more info, please visit Stella4Manningham in Youtube and Facebook. Thank you for your support. Vote 1 for Stella Yee.
|O'BRIEN, Stephen||See response||Stephen O'Brien|
Mobile: 0448 147 238
Candidate StatementElected to Council in 2012, I have successfully been involved in developing plans and strategies that address crime prevention and community safety across Manningham. I have built and maintained strong relationships with the Victorian Police and community groups focusing on crime prevention strategies. I will continue to work on delivering deterrence plans, ensuring Manningham builds a strong, safe, proud community. Childhood obesity has become a national problem and as past President of the Doncaster East Pre-School (2012/13), I will continue to ensure this Council delivers on its healthy living programs, especially ensuring our recreational reserves provide programs and opportunities for all age groups. As a Town Planner, I will ensure developments are sensitive to the neighbourhood character by safeguarding the amenity impacts to residents and ensuring overdevelopment does not occur or set undesirable precedents. Creating jobs starts with the Town Planning Scheme that fosters growth and attracts investment. I will continue to support small businesses by expanding their business skills by creating hubs for businesses to exchange and develop ideas. If you want a champion for our youth, our seniors and job creation, someone who will passionately protect the values that make Manningham a great place, then Stick with Steve.
|KITCHINGMAN, Ron||See response||Ron Kitchingman|
Business Hours: (03) 9842 3082
After Hours: (03) 9842 3082
Candidate StatementCouncil must concentrate on its main objectives, roads, rubbish and drainage. Council in conjunction with State and Federal governments must continue to provide funding of services to assist our ageing and needy residents. Recreational facilities for all residents must be provided and maintained. Improvements to public transport must be aggressively lobbied for, a priority that I will pursue is appropriate development in respect to neighborhood character. Vote 1 Kitchingman Ron. In terms of preferences, Please vote 2 Mike Zafiropoulos
This file is provided in PDF format. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader (external link) to view PDF files. These candidates’ statements are included in the ballot pack mailed to enrolled voters from Tuesday 4 October.
|CONLON, Andrew||See response||Andrew Conlon|
Mobile: 0425 732 238
Candidate StatementOur family have enjoyed living in Park Orchards and then Warrandyte for over 13 years. However, if not for the brave efforts of the CFA volunteers and our neighbour, we would have certainly lost our home in the bushfire of February 2014. Unfortunately, our immediate neighbour lost their home. This incident highlighted the real and growing risk that most Park Orchards, Wonga Park and Warrandyte residents face every summer and the need for council to collaborate far more closely with residents, CFA, electricity networks and neighbouring councils to reduce this risk. I will seek for council to be more proactive in addressing bushfire risk. Having founded and managed a successful engineering consultancy along with currently serving as coordinator of Donvale Dunkers basketball club and board member of Donvale Christian College, I understand what is needed to ensure good management and governance with integrity, transparency and accountability. Councillors need to listen and support our community. I will work hard to maintain the green wedge, support sports clubs / facilities, support services for our families and older residents and take action to make our community safe and secure for all. I will also seek to address operational inefficiencies and minimise future rate increases.
|DOWNIE, Meg||See response||Meg Downie|
Mobile: 0428 502 839
Candidate StatementI have thoroughly enjoyed representing Mullum Mullum ward for the past eight years, I seek your endorsement to continue working hard for our shared community. I will continue to fight for the provision of family parks, upgrades to sporting facilities, ongoing improvements to community infrastructure, a new library at The Pines and the retention of the Green Wedge. I believe Manningham City Council can provide a wide range of excellent community services within a carefully planned budget, underpinned by a reasoned rate base. I am a strong supporter of sensible planning and will work to retain strong links with our regional history. I admire and support the people from Manningham's many diverse community organisations and sporting clubs who make vital contributions to our community. I am proud of the work I have undertaken advocating for the Mullum Mullum high ball stadium, upgrades to facilities at Coleman and Donvale Reserves, Aranga Dog Park and halting hire increases on highball facilities. As a Councillor I always make time to listen to residents and advocate on your behalf. My background is teaching. I have also served as a probation officer. I live in the Mullum Mullum ward with my husband and two dogs.
|LA VELLA, Grace||See response||Grace La Vella|
Mobile: 0417 522 238
Candidate StatementIf elected, I will represent you with openness, accountability, integrity and courage. I have 7 years experience on council, a proven track record with a strong community voice. (Public transport. infrastructure, planning and economic development)) I have lived in Manningham for 35 years where I raised my children. I am actively embedded within the community and was honoured with a Menzies Australia Day award for my contribution. I was raised in a country town surrounded by bushland, therefore understand and respect the beauty and vulnerability of this particular environment and will make every effort to ensure our community is safe and that our green wedge is protected. Councillors responsibility is to endorse sound financial management, and I am well equipped to do this, having owned and run two viable small businesses. Successful outcomes are achieved by working in partnership and developing strong, respectful relationships with the community irrespective of age, race or culture. I am currently a Doncare volunteer mentor for survivors of domestic violence. My vision is to foster and be part of a unified, focused and active council that treats all members of the community with respect and understanding. Vote 1 Grace La Vella - you wont be disappointed.
|GALBALLY, Sophy||See response||Sophy Galbally|
Mobile: 0409 417 369
Candidate StatementI have been honoured to serve as your local Councillor this last term. I am proud to report that I delivered what I promised. Our council needs leaders who can listen to you, not a political party. I will continue to advocate directly and independently on your behalf. Development and growth are important but should never compromise the health of our community. I fought against inappropriate development to protect your lifestyle and environment. My experience as a business woman and leader of community projects has developed my skills to give you strong representation. I will continue to be your strong advocate, especially on the big issues that affect your current and future liveability, rates affordability, peace, health and safety. My vision is for the people of Manningham to experience an increase of Council efficiencies and good service and a reduction of red-tape and bureaucracy. My multicultural childhood taught me that the differences between people can strengthen us. I strive to support all ethnic and community support groups. Because I am not aligned with any political party, only primary (No.1) votes will re-elect me. If you want strong, intelligent leadership Vote 1 for Sophy Galbally
|LIGHTBODY, Tomas||See response||Tomas Lightbody|
Mobile: 0478 169 594
Candidate StatementAs a Greens endorsed candidate and Donvale local, I'm standing for Council for a strong sustainable economy. Mullum Mullum Ward is a beautiful example of where suburbia meets the bush. I have chosen to stand with the Greens because I am passionate about action on climate change and encouraging community input in council decisions. Over the last few years, I have worked as a gymnastics coach locally over the past few years. My key areas of focus are; (1) standing up for the small businesses and cafes, (2) support for a more extensive bus network, and (3) protecting the special environment that attracts people here. The skills I have acquired including being accountable and reliable are qualities expected of a Councillor. I am committed to bringing forward sustainable development while preserving our local culture and communities. For more information, visit: http://greens.org.au/candidate/vic/tomas-lightbody. Get in touch to let me know what's important to you at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0478169594. I understand the issues that matter to our community and I would welcome the opportunity to be your voice on council. Thank you.
|GENAT, Karin||See response||Karin Genat|
Business Hours: (03) 9846 2425
After Hours: (03) 9846 2425
Mobile: 0478 499 498
Candidate StatementMy name is Karin Genat. I am married with 2 teenage sons, having lived in Manningham for over 20 years. My background is in health, working as a Community nurse, currently in a role as Care Manager leading a team of Primary nurses. My recent graduate studies have been in Aged Care as well as Training and Assessment, hence my passion for older persons, community and diversity, as having also fulfilled a role as the Diversity Resource Nurse in my workplace. I have served on numerous committees, both sporting and educational, as my sons have progressed through Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary School. Additionally, I have served on local committees, and volunteering at my Church. Manningham is a diverse, evolving community with a changing landscape. With these changes in mind, my priority is to ensure our municipality maintains its reputation as a desirable place for families, through all life stages. With a growing population and increase in crime rates, my focus is to promote safety by restoring the Neighbourhood Watch Program, and improving our public transport services. Furthermore, developing our access to services and facilities for all residents, is a matter of increasing significance as our demographic changes.
|MARGETTS, Graham Andy||See response||Teigan French|
Mobile: 0408 834 426
Candidate StatementAs a long-term resident of Manningham, father and grandfather, trustee of a local family orientated charity and Managing Director of an international technology provider to the manufacturing and processing markets, I have both a nuanced understanding of the real issues within our community, and the skills and experience to enact real change. On my agenda for Manningham for the next four years is ensuring that you, the residents, receive real return for your rates. I will make sure that your investment in Manningham is spent on the services you most need, including better aged care, well maintained parks and recreation spaces and efficient waste management. Utilising the skills I have acquired through decades of business experience, I will be able to turn your priorities into an actionable plan and execute accordingly. Manningham isn't just about business though - I want to preserve the heart and soul of our beautiful area. I am keenly aware that the Manningham of today may not resemble the Manningham of tomorrow if we don't take town and recreational planning seriously. That's why I am so passionate about sustainable development that preserves our wonderful lifestyle whilst ensuring that Manningham has adequate infrastructure to remain future-proof.
|LANGE, Carli||See response||Alphonfe & Carole Adins|
Business Hours: (03) 9844 2043
Mobile: 0412 009 102
Candidate StatementI am committed to representing the diverse needs of all Mullum Mullum residents. Our growing Manningham community needs to refocus on and value the basics by embracing change and putting the needs of residents and businesses first. Local council has the greatest influence on our 'leafy green' ward and I am an advocate for innovative decisions to secure our future. My priorities are: responsible development and maintenance of community infrastructure, environment and community safety and the provision of quality services. As a mother of three and primary/secondary teacher and daughter of semi-retired parents, I understand most the needs, pressures and pleasures that come with life across three generations. As a resident of the unique environment of Warrandyte, I've been actively involved in our community by attending the local kindergarten as Enrolment Officer and attending the local school, dance and gymnastics clubs. Also, I've been an active advocate for community campaigns on local drainage and infrastructure. My aim as an Independent (no political affiliation) Councillor is to: listen to the community, work towards achieving the best results for our community and be accountable. I look forward to creating a sustainable community for future generations. Vote 1 Carli Lange. www.about.me/carlilange
|McLEISH, Paul||See response||Paul McLeish|
Mobile: 0435 806 684
Candidate StatementIt's been an honour and privilege to work for our Community in my first 4 years as a Councillor, serving two terms as Mayor. My previous career as a senior manager in IT/Finance meant overseeing large national budgets, teams, projects and contracts. I have applied these business skills to help Council control costs to keep a lid on rates and charges, producing the lowest ever average increase of 2.7% PA. I have delivered changes to the planning scheme which have increased protection from overdevelopment for the lower density areas of Manningham. I have delivered: strategic development of our sporting facilities and Mullum Mullum Stadium; changes to transport policy to include a Bus Rapid Transit system, securing the freeway median for Doncaster Rail; productive investment in technology to limit growth of staffing costs. I'll continue such work if re-elected, and will also seek: more resident friendly planning and parking controls to protect our neighbourhoods; Community support for eco-tourism opportunities for Wonga Park & Warrandyte; building a waste recycling centre; completing walking/cycling trails to Warrandyte and along Mullum Mullum Creek; introducing compostable food containers for Council events. I ask for your support Vote 1 Paul McLeish 0435806684 email@example.com www.CrPaulMcLeish.com
|LAI, Raymond||See response||Raymond Lai|
Candidate StatementMy family and I love Mullum Mullum area so much and have lived here for over 20 years since migrated from Hong Kong. Just like most of you, I do not just love Manningham but also care about Manningham. That is why I want to become a councillor so that I can defend Manningham from being destroyed by overdevelopment. With the ever-increasing culture diversify in our Manningham community, my culture background will definitely add value to the council. I am currently working as an IT consultant in an international IT company. I may not have the fancy CV but definitely have a heart. I had body-corporate committee experience through my 8 years involvement in a community of over 2400 apartments and 30 shops back in Hong Kong, working hard for the best interests of all stakeholders by fighting against excessive spending by the management company and inappropriate planning by the local government. I will defend our Green Wedge and resist the inappropriate development, especially the type of overdevelopment in Doncaster Hill from spilling out to other parts of Manningham. I will support more council sponsored renewable energy initiatives. Most important, I will act to freeze or stop excessive rate rise!
|KNIGHT, Maverick||See response||Tatiana Mijalica|
Mobile: 0412 100 003
Candidate StatementI am standing for Manningham Council; to not only be a voice for our youth; but for all generations. I have lived in Manningham most of my life and I am currently studying Conservation and Land Management. I genuinely feel part of my local community and would like to create an environment of social inclusion for all the people living in Manningham. I would like to advocate further commitment to the Doncaster Rail project and continued development of Fair Trade initiatives within the Manningham community. It is now more important than ever to listen to our community and act on a wide range of important issues such as healthy living, mental wellbeing, disability services, crisis and support services and community safety. Our parks and open spaces are what set this area apart from other Councils and it is important to preserve their biodiversity and the Green wedge, implement further innovative water management initiatives, waste reduction and green living policies. I firmly believe that only together, as a community, we will grow and prosper in our unique part of the world. It is time to embrace change and have a diverse representation on our Council.
|CLARK, Peter||See response||Peter Clark|
Mobile: 0403 098 769
Candidate StatementPeter Clark has lived in Manningham, Mullum Mullum Ward, for over 20 years with his wife (Libby) and two children (now adults). His children attended Milgate Primary School and East Doncaster Secondary College. Peter studied for a doctorate in science (physics) over 30 years ago. Today he is a consultant to Governments, Academia, and Industry in innovative areas of science and technology. Now working only part-time, Peter has the time and energy to devote to representing the community at council meetings, events and activities. Peter supports a cap on rate rises, and will ensure that Manningham Council delivers value for money services to which locals are entitled. Peter is particularly keen on Keeping Manningham Beautiful, with more attention directed to stopping graffiti and keeping parks, walkways and rivers, clean of rubbish and well maintained. Peter recognises Manninghams multicultural community, and will work to represent all residents in Council deliberations.
|COLLINS, Glenn||See response||Maxine Collins|
Business Hours: (03) 9856 1364
Mobile: 0420 451 795
Candidate StatementHaving been a ratepayer in this city for 30 years I have experienced many changes some good others not good at all. I have experience in management and marketing in companies such as Boral, Salter, Husqvarna, Uk engineering multi national James Neill and local manufacturing businesses of 80 plus employees. I have also owned my own real estate / Development business and am still envolved in this today. My Aims in Council are very simple. Foremost is to act in the interests of ratepayers in all respects. Support the creation of sensible initiatives to improve the amenities of Manningham. Review the promotion of activities and policies to those which are relevant to local government responsibilities and be mindful of costs for which there is no direct benefit to ratepayers. Assist upon request any member of the community who seeks assistance dealing with council or other agencies of government. Promote a value for cost assessment of all projects and services supplied by council. I also declare I am not joining council to promote any future political ambitions.
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