North East Ward Moreland Council 2016 election candidate responses on climate change

September 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm 3 comments

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For North East ward 4 Councillors are to be elected, 20 candidates. See VEC Moreland City Council 2016 Nominations. The following is the list of candidates as they will appear on the ballot paper. We have linked all candidate responses to us and indicated if candidates are aligned with any political party.

The election is on Saturday 22 October. See the results.

MIAN, Afshan (ALP aligned)
IRFANLI, Ali (IND)(Response)
FAILLA, Paul (IND)(Response)
GEORGIOU, George (IND)(Response)
KELLEHER, Darcey (IND)(Response)
HELOU, Anthony (ALP aligned)
ABBOUD, Natalie (Greens) (Response)
CARLI HANNAN, Annalivia (ALP aligned)(Response)
HONG, Kevin (No VEC contact)
MICHELL, Danny (ALP aligned)
PULFORD, Adam (Greens)
PAVLIDIS, Helen
TIMPANO, Francesco (IND)(Response)
GARTSIDE, Gordon
*BOLTON, Sue (Socialist Alliance)(Response)
ANGELOPOULOS, Katerina (ALP aligned)(Response)
McGILVRAY, Alex (Greens)(Response)
NUNNS, David (ALP aligned)
BONIFAZIO, Antonio (IND) (Response)
JUBB, Imogen (IND)(Response)

* – an asterisk before name signifies a current councillor standing for re-election. If a candidate has no information after their name it may indicate they did not provide email contact details to the VEC or failed to respond to our survey.

Candidate Forums

Fawkner Community House have invited North–East Ward Council candidates to a community forum with Fawkner residents about how candidates will represent the interests of people in Fawkner if they are elected at the council election this month.
When: Sunday 9 October 2pm to 5pm
Where: 95-97 Major Road Fawkner
Details: Fawkner Community House

Save Coburg and Pentridge Action Group are organising a candidates forum to hear from candidates and ask them questions.
When: Thursday, October 13 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Coburg Uniting Church on the corner of Louisa St & Victoria St, Coburg
Registration: Facebook Event details
Forum Report

Pentridge Community Action Group reported: “Show of Hands from Candidates present at the Moreland Council NE Ward Forum re question posed by Prof Hamel-Green on opposing > 4 storey development in the Pentridge Precinct. Candidates with hands raised are George Georgiou, Sue Bolton, David Nunns, Antonio Bonifazio, and Imogen Jubb. A late response was made by Francesco Timpano”.

Other Information

Moreland Bicycle User Group has a survey of NE Ward candidates on cycling issues. (13 responses from Adam Pulford Afshan Mian, Alex McGilvray, Annalivia Carli Hannan, Anthony Helou, Darcey Kelleher, David Nunns, George Georgiou, Francesco Timpano, Imogen Jubb, Katerina Angelopoulos, Natalie Abboud, Sue Bolton)

Pentridge Development survey (6 responses: George Georgiou, Sue Bolton, Imogen Jubb, DArcey Kelleher, Francesco Timpano, and Natalie Abboud)

Michael Stanley has written Moreland Council Elections 2016: A hopefully useful guide at Medium. John Englart has written Who is standing for NE ward of Moreland Council in 2016? at Sustainable Fawkner.

Candidate Responses


Natalie Abboud

Q: If elected, what concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A: If elected I would continue to support existing measures that are undertaken by council.

Reducing car use by supporting car share programs and electric charge points and safer bike paths, divesting from fossil fuel companies, more planting to combat the heat island and provide habitat for native animals, aiming for Zero Carbon emissions.

I’d like to see business become more sustainable i.e. closed loop composters installed for organic waste processing, landlords installing solar on business roofs.

Better sustainable building design using more recyclable materials.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: I am Natalie Abboud, candidate NE Ward Moreland City Council, with the Greens.

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
http://greens.org.au/natalieabboud


Francesco Timpano

Q: If elected, what concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A. I would advocate the adoption & prosecution of the tried & proven models of efficient cities such as London, that is 11 times more efficient than is Melbourne. 11 times less travel costs, fuel & time. Why is Melbourne & Moreland adopting one if the most wasteful city development models? I would advocate for an energy subsidy for the aged & those in need to combat ENERGY POVERTY & Victoria being the highest cost energy in the OECD.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: I am not a member of a political party. I have and utilize my own brain.


Sue Bolton

Q: If elected, what concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A: I will continue advocating for:

  • Moreland to rapidly move to zero local carbon emissions
  • Improved water use efficiency and capture of stormwater for re-use
  • Protection of residents from heat waves by supporting insulation programs, urban cooling with vegetation and increased street tree canopies.
  • Heat relief centres to protect vulnerable residents from expected climate impacts
  • Improved public transport, particularly extended bus services
  • Safer and extended cycling paths
  • Safer streets for pedestrians including traffic calming
  • A ban on hazardous weed killers
  • More open and green spaces
  • Appropriate building developments including energy efficient design, solar access and gardens

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: I am a member of Socialist Alliance

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
A: My website is http://www.sueboltonformoreland.com/


Ali Irfanli

Q: If elected, what concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?

A: I will be advocating for the extension of the Upfield Bike Path northbound between Box Forrest Rd and the Craigieburn Bypass/Ring Rd Bike Path to connect these two major cycling arterials and create a better network for cyclists. This will introduce a significant population in Fawkner North to cycling paths and reduce cars on the road. Currently Coburg residents wishing to go to Campellfield Kmart have little choice but to drive as there is no train station or safe bike path leading to this shopping precinct, the extension is a simple and effective way to solve this.

I have also submitted a petition to Moreland Council to expand and expedite the rollout of LED lighting technology to replace old inefficient street lights.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: No.

Q: a link to your website or social media site
http://facebook.com/aliformoreland


Antonio Bonifazio

Q: If elected, what concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A: If elected as a councillor I may have a better chance to be able to improve the water quality for the Moonee Ponds creek, because, as a concern individual I have not have been taken seriously by the authorities.

Re solar panels there is a need not only for local government, but at federal level to promote fitting of solar panels to homes and business,thus reducing the carbon emissions quite considerably,possibly by the government chipping in a certain amount of fund towards the installation,and the government would be paid back on all generated power,until the outlaid amount paid by the government has been paid back.

I am so disappointed that very little has been done so far, so I suggest that everyone push their local council and the government to get on with it and take action.

There is also a need to preserve our parks and gardens as they are disappearing and used for other purposes.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: Did not respond

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
A: Did not respond


Darcey Kelleher

Q: If elected, what concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A: I share your concern for human factors working at odds with the environment.
My direct actions measures to address the environment and climate change:

  • Clean streets and parks ensure that rubbish discarded in the public space does not make it into the waterways and oceans.
  • Implementing a local big box rubbish-recycling program to accommodate such items as electronics, packaging such as paper, cardboard and reduce dumping.
  • Sustainable energy infrastructure proven to reduce operating cost (such as Solar Power) for all Council buildings allocated in Capital Expenditure budget.
  • Supporting the Local Alternative Transport Network (LATN) and Upwey bikepath.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: I have NO political affiliations and seek to serve as a truly Independent Councillor.

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
A: My Facebook page and Twitter can be found at https://twitter.com/KelleherDarcey


Imogen Jubb

Q: What concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?

If elected I will advocate for:

  • Increased support for MEFL, Positive Charge and the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy
  • Better bike, car share and public transport infrastructure to enable low emissions transport options
  • More street trees and investment in creeks and green spaces
  • Household and business energy efficiency schemes
  • Generation of local renewable energy, for example through the Moreland Community Solar Cooperative and battery storage incentives
  • Better waste management to reduce landfill
  • Improving design standards for developments – for example working towards the Living Building Challenge goals.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: No

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
https://www.facebook.com/ImogenJubbMoreland/
http://www.imogenjubb.com/

Imogen also supplied a short bio:
The primary reason I’m running for council is because of my experience and dedication to environmental sustainability and action on climate change. I have worked for over a decade communicating climate change impacts and advocating solutions with the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and the Australian Conservation Foundation. I am on the Board of Climate for Change and winner of the 2016 Mike Hill Environmental Sustainability Achievement Award in collaboration with the Moreland Community Child Care Centres. I have published books and papers on climate science and solutions as well as opinion pieces in The Age and other outlets.


Annalivia Carli Hannan

Q: What concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?

A: I believe climate action is an important issue of our time, and local government can be an effective contributor through direct action and advocacy. On Council I will particularly support sustainable transport, especially improving pedestrian and cycling conditions and better lighting. I will work with communities to improve playing fields, parks and street plantings and linear parks to help mitigate urban heat effects. I want to see Council work effectively as a whole Council and co-operatively with other Councils for greater impact.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: I am an Australian Labor Party member – Labor does not have endorsed candidates in Moreland.

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
A: No response


Paul Failla

Q: What concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A: I am a strong campaigner for climate change. However I am not a great supporter of our current Policy on our current Environmental sustainability Plan. I have travelled Europe last Year and found our current policy to be ancient and not progressive enough.

I have always taken initiatives on my own on values that are strong to my heart and have also voiced issues on behalf of our citizens in the past. Unfortunately I could not fit all my beliefs and strong issues that I value for our City but I am more than willing to discuss further with anyone.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: I am not a member of any political party or affiliated with any groups.

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
A: My Website of CIAO is live but under reconstruction. As soon as it is finalised it will commence full operation. There is some material on the website that describes who I am. (See CIAOAustralia.com.au)


George Georgiou

Q: What concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A: If elected, I would like to work on the following projects and programs: More rainwater harvesting around our streets, a greater community effort to better utilise our nature strips, recycling bins at our parks, a more aggressive tree planting program for our streets, parks and waterways, continues support for Moreland’s solar programs and projects, and reducing short car trips by building dedicated, safe and more direct walking and cycling links to our schools, retail centres, parks, trams stops and train stations.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: No, independent.

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
https://www.facebook.com/georgegeorgioumoreland/


Alex McGilvray

Q: What concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A: If elected, I will continue the good work of current councillors in their bid to tackle climate change and its effects. I will advocate for improved cycling and walking infrastructure, with the aim of cutting pollution levels, as well as enhanced open green spaces around the city.

I will continue to fight for a clean and safe environment in Moreland, and I will work tirelessly to help every sector of our city move towards 100% reduction in carbon emissions.

I will also advocate for the improvement of development, ensuring that every building adheres to strict environmental standards.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: I am a member of the Australian Greens.

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
A: my website is http://greens.org.au/candidate/vic/alex-mcgilvray
And my Facebook page is facebook.com/alexmcgilvraygreens


Katerina Angelopoulos

Q: What concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?
A: As an original member of Save Morelands Bluestones Laneways, I advocated the importance of permeable bluestone laneways (allowing water to filter through the ground/permeate). I understand the importance that the local government can play in mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect – man made warming at a local level.

The Urban Forest Strategy needs to be rigorously analysed by Councillors prior to being released for public comment. It needs to be a visionary Strategy; not simply a rehash of the current Moreland Street Landscape Strategy. I will ensure it is a comprehensive yet clear and concise strategy, and its implementation is closely monitored.

Recent history shows too many examples of the wrong sort of street trees being planted. We need Council to set a canopy coverage goal, as City of Melbourne have done. I will work to make this happen.

I will work towards a policy that creates guidelines for the Open Space Contribution Fund, to ensure it is used for its purpose – maintenance and upgrades to existing parks due to increased density, and creating new parks to meet the needs of an increasing population, by linking the fund spend to density increase.

I will work closely with relevant groups who have in depth knowledge on climate change issues. To ….

That bike and footpaths are better maintained in priority areas.

Q: Are you a member of a political party, and if so, which one?
A: Did not respond

Q: Please also provide a link to your website or social media site
A: Did not provide any links


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