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

DRAKE, Helen

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

I support Council’s divestment from fossil fuels and believe such divestment is an important issue.

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

I would ensure Maroondah retains its green leafy character by preserving and maintaining the current vegetation on council land and along every street. Where vegetation has become dangerous and must be removed, replanting of preferably locally indigenous plant species, must replace it. I would advocate against selling any Council land. I would encourage local residents to appropriately maintain their gardens and to include appropriate plants, preferably those indigenous to the local area. Where subdivisions and developments are applied for to Council, I will advocate for green spaces to be mandatory in such developments. I will encourage roof and wall gardens and the harvesting of rain and grey water for garden use.

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

I have a personal policy of buying from local small businesses whenever possible. It is important to remember that many businesses in Maroondah do not compete with Eastland and Costco. Of those that do, I will advocate for residents to consider the advantages of these businesses and to support them. I will encourage all local businesses to be listed on the Council Business Directory and for Council to support a broad range of local businesses with their own purchases.

4. What is your policy on climate change?

My policy on climate change is that climate change is real. I believe all people, governments at all levels, businesses and institutions, urgently need to implement as many ways as possible to at least slow, and preferable stop and reverse climate change. My policy on climate change had its foundation in my younger years which were spent on a farm. We had, for example: limited rain water collected in tanks for all drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning; we planted trees; used only natural fertilisers; and, we had no garbage/waste/recycle collection services. We learnt to live with and to respect the land and the climate.

SYMON, Mike

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WILDE, Milton

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MARKS, Samantha

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PHILLIPS, Michael

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

I’d reduce Council’s combustion vehicles by 90%

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

Encourage the evolution of thinking to teal (integral) thinking (see Ken Wilber for further detail, or Frederic Laloux ‘Reinventing organisations’). It’s a style of being that insists the earth is our home. As conductresses (if you can recall them) would say to us scruffy kids with shoes on seats, ‘Would you do that in your lounge?’. We all said yeah! but we were cheeky and daft 🤓

Trees and green things are great. They quietly sit in the earth, photosynthesising food and air: wouldn’t be doing this without ’em!

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

I like the ‘point of difference’ aspect in business. I did a course on strip shopping centres. Can they compete? The short answer is ‘yes’, by providing the intimacy a citadel can’t

4. What is your policy on climate change?

Debating climate change is like trying to get a Collingwood supporter to barrack for Carlton

What is undeniable:

the earth is finite
there’s lots of us
we consume and pollute a lot
we are a creative bunch, and, once 10% reach teal (see above), I’m optimistic things’ll look up

I personally:

ride a bike
own no car
eat no sentient beings
use public transport (well, I would, wouldn’t I?!?)
think animals (human and other) are great!

LOWE, Mary-Anne

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

There is no reason why Maroondah council cannot look to the path of Moreland council and the recent position they took in regards to not allow council investments in companies that are fossil fuel Based. I do think it would be more difficult to also exclude banks and financial institutions as Maroondah is only able to remain in budget surplus due to good investments

I have not been asked this previously but would be able to have this raised at a council meeting in the new year for discussion in the chamber and would welcome a submission from Transition towns to support this.

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

We need to slow development! Ringwood being an activity centre has really seen a change to the landscape but we are now in danger of losing the character and leafy green environment that we grew up with and the reason why we choose to live here. It is a challenge to manage the allowed developments in the planning scheme and also the expectations of local residents and rate payers. Every time there has been trees issued I have voiced my concerns and objections to trees being removed. As a council we can push forward with a stronger policy on tree retention. Re planting won’t help – it’s the tree canopy we must protect

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

Biz hub need to ensure that adequate resources are allocated to help businesses in the strip shopping centre and also home based businesses. We need to move some of our activity out of realm and back to Karralyka (biz week) so that there is a focus on business across Maroondah. Not just Eastland.

There has been discussions with Croydon chamber of commerce who are trying to re brand to Maroondah chamber of commerce and able to offer support services to businesses of all sizes and a networking oppourtunity so we all get to know our business neighbours in our community. As a committee member of Croydon chamber I am taking a very proactive role in re engaging the chamber with business across Maroondah

4. What is your policy on climate change?

Climate change is an issue in every aspect of what we do – the decisions we make which impact the environment eg development and energy consumption

Council has made significant moves towards solar energy and efficiency and we need to invest further so we can meet our commitmentsin the Maroondah 2040 strategic plan

COSSARI, Joe

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LAMONT, Nora

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

I do not believe that Councils should invest in resources or businesses that have exposure to climate change or depleting of our natural resources. I do not believe it is appropriate for Council to hold investments in fossil fuel industries.

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

I have been working on key items to ensure that our canopy coverage is maintained so that the animals and birds have a place to live and so that we do not lose our natural beauty. I am working on closing the loop hole that allows for commercial properties to cut down trees without a permit. Council is also doing a canopy study to be rolled out later this year to map our canopy and I have objected and rejected hundreds of applications for building based on the amount of tree loss. I support replacing a canopy with a canopy and tough re planting programs. I am also a strong voice for planting native trees not introducing non natives which disrupt the eco system.

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

I have always supported a buy local approach as whilst I am not oppose to Eastland and Costco, as a small business owner myself I am across the need to support the businesses in our municipality. Council offers a whole host of programs to support local business through our Biz Hub which is open to all businesses in the municipality. I also have supported the buy Local Campaign over the past 8 years and I practice this when I support local Ringwood shops myself as a consumer.

4. What is your policy on climate change?

I believe that we must do everything we can to protect our natural environment. I am a strong supporter of protecting our trees for the animals and bird life and for our own wellbeing, our oceans which are affected by rubbish and plastic bags, and the loss of habitat affecting not only our oceans but our animals throughout the world. I believe in being sustainable I do not use palm oil products, I am an active campaigner for animals and stopping the desecration of wild animals throughout the world. I believe in recycling and conserving and that we all must take action to prevent further loss to our planet.

BRUCE, Alison

I have lived in North Ringwood for 25years, having moved here seeking a treed hilly home to raise a family. I have qualifications in Architectural and Interior Design, and have both practiced in the field and lectured at a tertiary level at Tafe. I am a member of the Ringwood & District Historical Society and am actively seeking a review of heritage in Maroondah with a view to preserving or repurposing some of our historical buildings rather than pulling them down and erecting blue-board boxes. As an environmentally conscious designer, I would hope to see Maroondah Council be more proactive in requiring sustainable design, both passive and active. On a larger scale, I have a personal interest in permaculture to move towards a wholistic and mindful philosophy of living. Recently I have undertaken some post-graduate studies at Burnley in Garden Design and have just accepted a position as selector for Open Gardens Victoria. I am a crazy, passionate gardener (both adjectives are definitely necessary). That might give you a bit of a hint as to my stance on our leafy green character. It is one of the most important features of our community. As well as the preservation of our existing canopy trees, I am in favour of a review of Council’s nature strip planting to include fruit trees. I would love to see roof gardens and green walls incorporated into council buildings and encouraged in all residential developments. Further, I believe much harsher penalties are required for any developer who thinks he’ll just ‘chop it down’ and pay the fine.

As I understand it, Maroondah Council have become involved in the Cities for Climate ProtectionTM program (CCP) and the eastern Alliance for Greenhouse action. I would certainly be supportive of Council continuing to lead the community in this way. I do not believe that fossil fuels are a sustainable resource and I would be supportive of any moves towards more sustainable choices. Again, I understand that Council is currently undertaking a streetlight replacement program, and I would be in favour, and proactive in furthering more sustainable choices for Council’s energy needs.

I am a corner shop type of girl. I prefer to purchase as close to the source as possible. If I can’t meet the farmer, I’m ok with having my local fruit and veg man who has been to the market and done that for me. Our smaller local shopping areas are the key to our community cohesiveness. I have watched Eastland change over the years and am dismayed. But then I’m probably the wrong person to ask for my opinion of Eastland. I shop at North Ringwood shopping centre. My son, however, has worked part time at Eastland since he was 15 (now 23), in one of the few family owned cafes there, so I guess there is still a small business connection. In my eyes there is no competition with Costco and Eastland, but I do understand what you are saying with reference to the greater population. It’s very hard for small businesses to compete with larger franchises. I think the personal touch is what they really have in their favour. I wonder if some Council sponsored weekend markets or community events in these areas might draw some away from the safe confines of the concrete box? At the least I can assure you that my support of local small business is a lifestyle I live and not just words to answer your question.

FEENEY, Peter

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

I am not fully briefed on this but I believe Council is committed to a continuing reduction in its greenhouse gas output. I would be in favour of reducing council’s use of fossil fuels as far and as fast as can be achieved within their budget constraints.

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

I am committed to constraining higher density housing to the current activity centres (which will also tend to optimise use of public transport), introducing neighbourhood precinct plans where appropriate and to maintaining and if possible expanding our public open spaces and trees.

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

I will support the continuing role of the Council’s economic development team in providing training and resources to small businesses to help them compete and to develop niche markets. I will also support the continuing development of the strip shopping centres in Ringwood as well as in the smaller centres such as East Ringwood and Heathmont.

4. What is your policy on climate change?

I believe we need to continue the transition to renewables and to phase out coal fired power stations as quickly as possible. This is a global problem and while we are amongst the highest per capita generators of greenhouse gases our current international stance is deplorable.

BROWNLIE, Andrew Robert

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