Maroondah City Council consists of 9 councillors elected by the Maroondah community every 4 years. What environmental issues in Maroondah do you regard as needing strong action now?Food waste and reducing landfill are probably the easiest issues to resolve so we could start there. We appreciate the time that Councillors and prospective Councillors have take to respond to our questions, and the interest in appearing on our podcast. You may use the contact details provided to encourage them to do so. I want that changed! I know when I was last on council they were more bitumen than green, not sure where they are nowWhat would you like to do regarding better community consultation from the council?Invite groups & individuals in on discussions of topics e.g. I moved into the area as a very young, disadvantaged child in desperate need of a new beginning. Ive got the skills, passion and work ethic to be your representative for Yarrunga Ward. My family and I have lived in South Croydon since I joined the Victoria Police Force in 1975. Maps of the new ward boundaries are available below. 3. We will need to identify and reserve sites for new schools in the coming decade. Enlighten set to delight viewers in Ringwood Town Square, Notice of Intention to Sell Land - The Age & Maroondah Leader - 6 February 2018, Notice of Intention to Sell Land - The Age - 9 February 2018, Security & CCTV Services - Contract No. We love hearing what our subscribers are up to, and the successes and challenges they've experienced in policy or projects. I have no interest in being a Council bureaucrat, rather a Community agent who will provide end to end municipal service to you. Ruskin Park residents are noticing the erosion of canopy, vegetation and open space, not only in our neighbourhood but also in adjoining areas that are in the Yarra Ranges Shire. Mandatory notification of and communication with all residents in the area of proposed new developments (not just immediate neighbours)? I am a strong advocate for our tree canopy and open spaces, and I will fight to maintain our leafy green neighbourhoods and continue to fight against inappropriate development. I wish to redraft the Croydon Civic Centre Masterplan to ensure that U3A Croydon and the Croydon RSL and Croydon Bowls Club and other community organisations get decent accommodation. By working together with State and Federal governments Maroondah has received funding for community facilities like Maroondah Nets, the HE Parker sporting pavilion and the Athletics Pavilion at Proclamation Park. I want to work to keep it that way. Im an owner operator of a plumbing business that employs 10 local workers. I initiated the 9-instalment option for the paying of rates and I will continue to ensure that with the current Covid-19 issues, residents are given every assistance for the paying of rates, without financial penalty. I went to Heathmont Secondary College. 2. 20875, Footpath Construction - Contract No. o Working well o Other (Please describe).. Understanding that the 2014 scheme was reviewed and reformed in 2017 and 2018 by the state government, the scheme works to a degree and gives Council and residents some latitude; however, VCAT does not always share the views of Council and ultimately it has the final judgement. What would you like to do regarding better community consultation from the council? That said, I definitely believe that very substantial change can be achieved without a declaration. I will keep advocating for upgrades to intersections such as Yarra Rd & Maroondah Highway and for public transport improvements (especially buses). As your local representative on council, I see all your good work, and you have my full support. What would you like to do regarding better community consultation from the council?For council to hold public meetings. Vote 1 Nora Lamont delivering for the community since 2008. Denver City Council at-large candidate Dominic Diaz. Thank you to everyone who has shopped small and supported local business, because every dollar spent in our community goes back into our community and supports local employment. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time. It is a place for positive, long-term change but this requires community voices to be heard. And, its an old and ongoing issue, but residents always bring up the issue of safer roads, intersections, pedestrian crossings, and traffic signalling. 20886, Preparation of Council Plan 2017-2021 (2018/19 Update) and Budget 2018/2019, Notice of Tender - Pavilion Redevelopment - Contract No. Knowing the people you seek to represent matters. I would be humbled to be your local representative, and I give you my assurance that I will listen to you, and I will act in the best interests of our community. See the Australian Electoral Commission website to find out which Federal electorate you live in. This election was uncontested and the following candidate(s) are declared elected unopposed. I understand the challenges businesses are facing right now because I grew up in a family business. David Attenborough) andorganizations such as the ACFWhat most innovative action would you like the council to make in response to local environmental issues?I am not sure until I see what the situation is from the inside. Gardens for Wildlife or similar programs, more community gardens across the municipality with leadership from locals, not necessarily Council. I will push for Council to be given more power to order repairs or demolition at the owners expense. in more languages and also in plain English. 20929, Dandenong Creek Trail renewal works - contract no. With your vote, Ill prioritise the repair and installation of new footpaths. Id also like to see in-person consultation this could be at various times by various means. I have worked for government and have successfully run my own business for the last 29 years. I care about the local community because I live, and I am raising my family in the ward of Wombolano. As a proud local resident of Maroondah, I understand the diverse needs and voices of our vibrant community. I will address the affordable housing shortfalls in our community. If you give me the privilege of representing you on Council, rest assured that I will listen to you and work for you. With a background of 15+ years working in Logistics and Client (End to End) Service industries, I want to invest my time into matters that affect us all living here, and reinvent how a small town relationship can be if you only need to deal with the one person. These boundaries ensure each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. Families and elderly residents simply cant afford rate increases in the current economic environment. Many residents in the Ruskin Park Neighbourhood believe the current rate and nature of residential development in this area, has been detrimental to the character of the neighbourhood in respect to the canopy and the objectives of the SLO4 overlay. As a member of the Eastern Transport Coalition, I would nominate public transport connectivity and serviceability, which includes improvements to service routes, timetabling, disability access, commuter parking, and passenger safety. Failure to provide the information requested may make you ineligible to receive the service or be part of an event/function that is the subject of this form. Together lets make a real difference! Tarralla Ward is a wonderful community to live in. At the moment only 8.9% of the budget is spent on community, this needs to double or even triple over the next few years. Im asking for your vote so together we can continue to make our community a better place to live and work. Do you believe improvements in heritage protections are required in Maroondah? Four Oklahoma City council seats are on the ballot this February in an election where representatives will be chosen for about half of the city's residents. We have many big challenges facing us in Maroondah, so, in order to continue enjoying and improving the great amenities this community has to offer, we must protect our parks and gardens. I agree that globally and locally we are in the midst of a Climate Emergency and with so many prominent leaders (from Greta Thunberg to Al Gore) advocating for change in the way were looking after our planet. Many households and businesses will find this difficult to pay, council needs to reassess the rate burden on the community, and look at ways to reduce the burden for the immediate future. I have volunteered for local organisations associated with the council , participated in fundraising activities for the RMH, Movember, Cancer Council Victoria, Eastern Health and RSPCA. I will ensure the jumps at Yarrunga remain, are enhanced, and safe but away from residents. Please Vote 1 for Andrew Schafer for Yarrunga Ward. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Council can do more to assist them. What environmental issues in Maroondah do you regard as needing strong action now?Climate change, replacement of canopy cover being lost to development but also due to die-back, replacement of loss of shrubs and understorey vegetation due to development, water saving initiatives on public land and incentives for new developments to implement more water sensitive urban design principals. I feel that we should be represented by people who live in the communities that theyre elected to represent. Improving car parking at stations and shopping centres. beside the land swap there is another $23m in this years budget for what? It seems that all you see are more vacant shopfronts and gutted buildings. With your vote, I will be a strong voice on the Maroondah City Council. I kindly ask for your vote. 23 Oct Voting Closes Follow the instructions on the ballot pack and make sure your completed vote is in the mail or hand-. Three of those seats will have no incumbent contenders in 2023. The Local Government Disqualification Act 2022 came into effect on 28 June 2022. It sends a signal to state and federal governments. This candidate has not yet taken the survey. Current councillors Barngeong Ward GRAHAM, Marijke Bungalook Ward DIB, Tony Jubilee Ward SYMON, Mike McAlpin Ward STOJANOVIC, Suzanne Tarralla Ward MACDONALD, Paul Wicklow Ward DAMANTE, Tasa Wombolano Ward SPEARS, Kylie Wonga Ward HANCOCK, Linda ( by-election results) Yarrunga Ward However, the golf course makes a profit now, so why change it now, or is the council looking to sell the surplus land to a developer for a housing estate? Please vote 1 for Todd Greaney. Ensure Council staff are reviewing planning applications consistent with the Ruskin Park planning objectives.c. How do you think the outcomes can be improved within your capacity as a Councillor?a. We need Councillors that understand these are unusual times and we need to change services & the way they are delivered. 20988, Kinder redevelopment - contract no. The new-look council will also be divided up into nine. Maroondah is on an exciting sustainability and livability journey and I want to keep bringing my energy, passion and experience of developing equitable policies and innovative thinking to the decision making table. I will advocate for more local, state and federal government funding to support youth focused counselling and welfare programs, family support programs and initiatives, and resilience and mindfulness programs for those who need it. Thank you to all the neighbours who check in on one another. If elected, I will listen, be accountable and work hard towards achieving the best results for our community. I have been a resident in Maroondah for over 35 years and live in Heathmont with my wife Cheryl and our two daughters. December 4, 2023. This e-tendering website provides a web-based tool that enables Maroondah City Council to procure goods and services over the internet. We here at Connecting Maroondah, in collaboration with Transition Towns Maroondah (TTM) have noted an increase of interest in local council matters and the upcoming elections. If elected, I will work with other like-minded Councillors to have a moratorium on rate increases to minimise the financial impact on families and local businesses. Where do you find your information on Climate Change?Media, Enviromental groupsWhat most innovative action would you like the council to make in response to local environmental issues?Maroondah to become Carbon Neutral, Protecting our canopy trees and clean environment,What environmental issues in Maroondah do you regard as needing strong action now?Protecting our canopy trees and our green environment.Do you think a council should declare a Climate Emergency? It is important to continue to pressure the Federal and State Governments to provide adequate funding for maintenance, and improvement of existing and future services, especially for our seniors, children, and youth. The Hon Michael Sukkar MP Member for Deakin Shadow Minister for Homelessness Shadow Minister for Housing Shadow Minister for Social Services Liberal Party 5/602 Whitehorse Road My best wishes to you in this COVID-19 environment. We need improvements around neighbourhood hubs and to keep upgrading our playgrounds, kinders, community and sports facilities. Maroondah has an annual budget of 163 million dollars. I am here to listen, and work with you to make things better where we can. Facilitating and creating opportunities and connections for learning, empowerment and positive change. Moreover, I pledge to balance the needs of our families and single members households, students and workers, young people and older residents. These and other opportunities for community consultation need to be well publicised so that as many people as possible are aware of their opportunity to be involved. The declaration of the poll was conducted by the Victorian Election Commission and took place at 10am on Thursday 5 November, 2020. In the current climate and over the next 4 years it will be hard, really hard. I will continue to be a voice for lower rates, because I know how tough things are for families right now. I am determined to ensure that your voice matters within Maroondah Council. citizenship and awards, Engineering Development Design Guidelines. Make Change - Celebrating Reconciliation Week in Maroondah. 14 - Submissions Invited - The Age - 5 September 2018, Notice of Tender - Cleaning Ringwood & Dorset Golf - Contract No. Are cars electric, LPG?, what sort of heating/cooling do they use, is passive heating part of council design? One of my main priorities is to improve council services for a safer integrated transport system, better roads, safer walking and bicycle paths, and for an improved community infrastructure. Council adopts 2022/23 Budget with $51.69m investment in capital works projects. (1) The Climate Reality Project, Environment Victoria, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. 20895, Proposed Local Law No. An eighth candidate is running a . Other (Please describe). At the close of nominations for this election, the number of candidates was equal to the number of vacancies. The City of Maroondah should aim to become carbon neutral as soon as possible. I will represent your voice honestly on council. Where do you find your information on Climate Change?News Media, Scientific Journals, Nature Magazines (eg National Geographic and Nature Shows (e.g. 20878, Adoption of Council Plan 2017-2021 (2018/19 Update) and Budget 2018/2019, Ringwood East Shopping Centre Proposed Declaration of Special Rate Scheme, Draft Maroondah Affordable and Social Housing Policy & Draft Maroondah Gambling Policy, Maroondah City Council Extraordinary Vacancy - Maroondah Leader - 3 July 2018, Notice of Tender - Pool Boiler Replacement - Contract No. Improved protections for residents against inappropriate development?b. Secondary legislation has also been . What will you do as a Councillor to address these issues?Given the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, joblessness and economic hardship is going to be the biggest issue for us. I ask that you vote 1 Suzanne Stojanovic to represent McAlpin Ward. Check OKC ward map, where to vote and more. Make a summary of each return available on Council's website until the entitlement date for the next general election in 2024. Your ongoing support will enable me to keep making the improvements our community deserves. We must continue to have community consultation meetings, to ensure that the residents concerns are heard and acted upon. Tarralla Ward covers some parts of Croydon, Croydon South and Bayswater North, the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. 20948, Cleaning services for MFE and Wyreena - contract no. The following candidate is declared elected. Professionally I am a banker, my past work experience include working in Retail industry, postal services and various Customer service based roles. Mr Marks nominated as a candidate for McAlpin Ward in Maroondah Council in the 2020 general election. I have the energy and enthusiasm to make a positive contribution to our local council. I believe The people of Maroondah genuinely care for each other. My husband and I are raising our 2 kids in Croydon North. (1) Undertaking co-design workshops with the community, community leaders and environmental groups to achieve sustainable outcomes. Deputy Mayor Maroondah City Council 2019-20. Crow Kid: Lemony S Puppet theatre performances and puppet-making workshops. 20990, Notice of Intention to Amend Road Management Plan, Waste disposal services - contract no. I will ensure your voice is heard and I will work with all levels of government as your representative for Tarralla Ward. More recently I have been a home tutor for VCE students. With the ongoing challenge of Council planning decisions being contested and declining outcomes for revegetation and canopy in the private realm, do you have any other suggestions for improving outcomes.Increasing penalties for non-compliance might be a start, but I think we need to also take a restorative justice approach. Im standing for Maroondah Council because Im passionate about caring for others and my community. I believe that it is important to work with other levels of government for better results in all matters facing our community. 5. I would also like the community to engage more with Council consultation. Section 307 of the Act provides that within 14 days after the deadlinefor lodgementof completed returns, the Chief Executive Officer must: View the Summary of Candidate Election Campaign Donations: Summary of Candidate Election Campaign Donations 2022(pdf,201KB), Summary of Candidate Election Campaign Donations 2020(pdf,53KB), FAQ - Candidate Campaign Donation Return(pdf,389KB), Blank Candidate Donation Campaign Return Form(pdf,255KB). That means a return to basic values and basic rights! Question 4. I will ensure that Council uses our rates for good by continuing to deliver Covid-19 recovery and relief programs for rate-payers, community groups and businesses. I will advocate for a more open and transparent Council and for Council governance reform. Candidate statements are not verified or endorsed by the Election Manager, Connecting Maroondah, or TTM. As your Councillor I will fight for; a compassionate Council that cares for the community, more opportunities for local employment and local business, infrastructure that enables and connects people, protection of a leafy green Maroondah, and a transparent Council that keeps the community informed. Question 1. I want to ensure local traders are given support, so our community shopping strips not only survive but flourish. Ive lived in Maroondah my entire life. I agree that council should declare a Climate Emergency. Hi Tarralla Ward residents: My Name is Jay Bhat, and I am running to be your local council representative for the city of Maroondah. 20984, Pavilion redevelopment - contract no. Yes I agree that council should declare a climate emergency because global warming is getting out of control. Section 306 of the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) requires a person who was a candidate in the Council Election to providean election campaign donation return to the Chief Executive Officer within 40 days after Election Day. Listening to you and representing your views honestly, is what I care about. Seven candidates have qualified for the ballot in the special election to replace former Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez, according to the City Clerk. I am here for all of you. Ballot packs have been posted, you simply need to vote numbering each box, and posting back. Working with the state government to better sort and recycle waste. Find out more about the candidates and I will keep in place Maroondahs individually tailored Covid 19 hardship policy for rates, for as long as its needed. I strongly believe in serving our community by collaborating and consulting with the community and working towards resolving needs and issues facing them. I want to hear your voices and what matters to you, please contact me on E: [email protected], M: 0452 603 135 or FB: @SaarahforMaroondah, Where do you find your information on Climate Change? I would be honoured to be re-elected. You cannot meaningfully consult on a subject where you dont have all the information. Question 3. Ward boundaries Councillor code of conduct Council elections Women in local government Maroondah City Council Electoral Representation Review Back to top Registrations now open! We must protect, maintain and enhance our natural and beautiful environment. Maroondah is moving to a Sustainable development design framework, but at this stage only for developments of 3 or more dwellings on a block (down from 10).Do you think a council should declare a Climate Emergency? We will need to consider how we can link our local parks, gardens and reserves as available recess and lunchtime breakout areas, and how old industrial sites might be converted to school sites in the future. Short answer; scientists and other QUALIFIED experts in the field. I will continue to be a voice for fiscal restraint. If so, what are these improvements and how would you make them happen?A heritage review study has recently been undertaken, and I know that there are controls and protections in place. What do you believe are the top 4 infrastructure needs of Maroondah residents? Ill inject funding into junior sports, create first class sporting facilities, and upgrade rooms to be female friendly, which will also assist to improve female participation in local sports. What we need are Councillors who are not politicians but real people who care about their community, are compassionate enough to look after everyone in this crisis and connect us not divide us along party lines. I grew up in Ringwood. I will act to maintain our distinctive neighborhoods. Former appointments, chair Melbourne Metropolitan waste board, Director Eastern Regional Tafe Board, Director Incolink, Director Co-invest, Director Australian Bone marrow institute. I do not want another Civic Centre empty and decaying like Croydon. Tell us your email address and we'll email you when this page is updated in any way. How people want to interact with their representatives and how they want to receive information. Why or why not?Yes if it is appropriate. Dear Resident, As you cast your vote, I am your most experienced candidate, experience counts, OAM (Order of Australia Medal), Justice of the Peace, Paul Harris fellow. NOTICE: The contents of candidate statements were provided by the candidates and from their responses to the Victorian Electoral Commission, for your reference here. 20972, Pavilion redevelopment - contract no. What do you believe are the top three issues for Maroondah in the next four years? I have worked in the Commonwealth public service and in the mining industry. How would the developer access to work on the subdivision and when the subdivision is finished will all the local roads be opened as through roads for the new estate? Do you think a council should declare a Climate Emergency? If Elected; I will make the Council more accountable when deciding to spend ratepayers money. Can't get to the polling station on polling day? I currently work for the City of Whittlesea as a Family Violence Project Officer leading a team project and collaborating in the northern metropolitan region. Please vote 1 for Nadine Beecher. We can start with a local community newsletter that can be mailed out to those without access to or knowledge of technology, but also an opt in of the newsletter to email. I am proud of serving my community to make our wonderful city even better, always with your needs at the front of my mind.Please vote 1 Kylie Spears, M:[email protected]://www.facebook.com/crkyliespears. In fact, Ive lived in our community for 58 years. If elected I will work tirelessly to protect and improve our local community. Given the states growing population, Maroondahs schools are going to be squeezed for space very soon. I am running because I have a vision to represent and be an advocate for our diverse and growing community during these unprecedented times. Building more new footpaths and shared trails to improve accessibility. This candidate has partially pledged to supporting the priorities of LGBTIQA+ people. Maroondah City Council's elections will go ahead as scheduled on October 24 - with all residents to cast their votes by postal vote. The following candidates are declared elected. Some of the work Im most proud of includes; the reduction of our carbon footprint due to innovative energy initiatives, the upgrades and vision for the Croydon Town Centre, the Tarralla Creek rejuvenation, our work on youth and family mental health with the Communities of Wellbeing, supporting volunteer organisations and upgrades to various sporting facilities. Vote 1 Todd Greaney for Tarralla Ward.