Note that candidates are displayed in ballet order as per VEC Website.

TONISSON, Ray

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KRUSE, Michael

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GLEESON, Christina

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SPEARS, Kylie

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JOWSEY, John

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O’BRIEN, Glenn Edward

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DIB, Tony

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McKENZIE, Richard

1. What is your approach to council divestment from fossil fuels?

What is your approach to council divestment from fossil fuels?
There is an undeniable shift among responsible institutions away from investment in the fossil fuel industry. Local government should be a part of this change. But it’s not just about divestment, it’s about ensuring all policies place a strong focus on sustainability and encourage use of renewable sources of energy where possible. Our green suburbs shouldn’t just look green, they should act green as well.

2. How will you ensure that Maroondah retains its green leafy character?

How will you ensure that Maroondah retains its green leafy character?
Balancing development against local amenity is always a tricky issue. One person’s ‘overdevelopment’ is potentially another’s first home. Development is an inevitability, which is why we must ensure it is done in a responsible, respectful and sustainable manner. We must not lose the leafy character that has brought so many residents to Maroondah in the first place. There’s no doubt that planning in Maroondah must be constantly reviewed, particularly in light of Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 year draft plan. Working with the Victorian state government on this issue will be vital for the next council.

3. How will you commit to supporting local businesses as they compete with Eastland and Costco?

The best way for small business to compete with large entities is to ensure they have the assistance necessary to create a point of difference. The shopping areas of Maroondah such as Croydon, Heathmont, Ringwood East and South Croydon would benefit from council support to improve these shopping strips to become destinations in and of themselves.

4. What is your policy on climate change?

All councils — indeed all levels of government — should be leading the way to fight climate change. Unfortunately, they are not. The environmental consequences of each policy should be as carefully considered as the economic ones, because ultimately, they are one in the same. If elected, I will strongly support climate action based on real scientific evidence, and not the ‘feelpinions’ of ideology.

NEWMAN, Jenny

1. What is your approach to council divestment from fossil fuels?

I agree with Maroondah’s green approach, they have been replacing street lights with LED green bulbs and are working towards zero emissions, I will work towards divestment on fossil fuels if elected.

2. How will you ensure that Maroondah retains its green leafy character?

I live in Maroondah and have bought up 5 Children, I live here because of our green leafy character, I will advocate always to keep Maroondah a green leafy treed area.

3. How will you commit to supporting local businesses as they compete with Eastland and Costco?

I operate a small business in Maroondah and have done so for 10 years, I am passionate about assisting small business to thrive and proper, Small business is the backbone of a community. I will work with local business to help them solve their issues and prosper.

What is your policy on climate change?

A. I am committed to addressing Climate change and if elected will work with Maroondah to ensure we do everything we can to address this issue.

ROSE, Neil

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ADOS, Freda

1. What is your approach to council divestment from fossil fuels?

I would strongly advocate divestment from fossil fuels. Simple procedures such as solar power, 5 star instantaneous hot water units, water tanks, as well as implementing the most basic rule of good planning of east and north facing windows with a 1.2m veranda to allow low winter sunlight and shelter from the higher summer sun.

2. How will you ensure that Maroondah retains its green leafy character?

I would oppose development which does not work within our lush green leafy character. Our green canopy is one of the most important reasons we all choose to live here.

3. How will you commit to supporting local businesses as they compete with Eastland and Costco?

Providing adequate parking, improving lighting, CCTV cameras for increased safety as well as safe egress points is just the beginning. Eastland has become a place many residents prefer to avoid due to parking issues.

4. What is your policy on climate change?

I strongly believe we all need to do our part in reducing our carbon footprint.
Saving our planet should not be considered a choice, it should be our goal.

DRINNAN, Amber-lea

1. What is your approach to council divestment from fossil fuels?

Between two-thirds and four-fifths of fossil fuels need to remain in the ground to curb catastrophic and orreversible climate change. Fossil fuel companies cannot have their way by exceeding this target. The removal of any of Councils money from oil, coal and gas companies for both moral and financial reasons is therefore imperative. To do so, we will need to break ties with corporations financing climate change. This will be a difficult task given the ‘business as usual’ style of Maroondah City Council.

2. How will you ensure that Maroondah retains its green leafy character?

Maroondah in itself means leaf. Our name is representative of our lefy streetscapes. My pledge to oppose innapropriate development is a given, but not enough. As we have seen in Maroondah, Council has opposed many developments deemed innapropriate only to be overturned. We need balance between change and preserving the things we love about our neighbourhoods. High density is moving forward, but should not be done without extensive public consultation. Engaging the community and collaborating with other Councils will help protect against inappropriate developments, and provide support to challenge VCAT to amend loopholes currently exploited by developers unconcerned with community wishes.

In addition, I will move to protect our open spaces, our large canopy of trees, and our native nurseries, and add to it by changing local laws to allow nature strip planting, the fostering of current and new community gardens, and move for the introduction of public community orchards and growth in our natural Australian fauna.

3. How will you commit to supporting local businesses as they compete with Eastland and Costco?

There are many ideas I hope to explore with the consultation of local businesses. One would be the introduction of a locals card, as championed in some European areas, to promote our local producers, stores and services with the support of Councils marketing and encourage residents to invest back into their community.

4. What is your policy on climate change?

I would like to continue the delivery of community programs with the EAGA.

MACDONALD, Paul

1. What is your approach to council divestment from fossil fuels?

I believe that anything we can do to reduce air pollution is going to be a benefit for current and future generations. We need to invest in environmentally sustainable energy such as solar and wind power. We also need to look at wave and geo thermal power, landfill gas to electricity and urban forests. Council should be educating the community in ongoing smart energy use.

2. How will you ensure that Maroondah retains its green leafy character?

By reviewing the town planning scheme and having areas that have significant vegetation and tree canopy to be protected from over development. This amendment to the planning zone would be in full consultation with the residents and would be a fully transparent process. There are areas in the city that need to be protected from inappropriate development.

3. How will you commit to supporting local businesses as they compete with Eastland and Costco?

I would hold an annual forum of local businesses at Karralyka so I could listen and learn about the issues that they face and I would work with the businesses to help solve these issues. I would also ensure that the council’s BizMaroondah is involved and facilitates ways to resolve the issues that effect our local businesses and Advocate for our local businesses at State and Federal level when required

4. What is your policy on climate change?

I would like to see a carbon neutral environment – anything we can do to reduce CO2 is good for humanity and the environment. There is no future without an environmentally sustainable community and council should always be showing leadership in this area.