North-east Ward – Moreland Council 2020 election candidate responses on climate

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Candidates

For North-east ward 4 Councillors are to be elected, from 19 candidates. See VEC Moreland City Council 2020 Nominations (link). The following is the list of candidates that have nominated. We will link all candidate responses sent to us and indicate if candidates are aligned with any political party. (See Moreland Council 2020 Election Index)

Ballot packs will be mailed to enrolled citizens between 6-8 October. Ballots need to be returned postmarked before 6pm 23 October. Candidates are listed below by surname alphabetically. They will be listed in a different order on the ballot paper. (See VEC nominations)

*BOLTON, Sue (Sue Bolton Community IND)(Survey Response) (Website | FB)
*CARLI HANNAN, Annalivia (ALP)(Survey Response)(Website | FB)
CLARKE, Jason (IND) (No Response)(Website | FB)
DHEDHY, Hamza (IND)(No Response)(Website | FB)
ELACHKAR, Rasheed (IND)(No Response)(Website | FB)
FAILLA, Paul Paolo (IND)(No Response)(Website | FB)
FARAH, Gloria (IND)(No Response)(Website | FB)
GLOVER, Margee (Reason Party)(Survey Response)(Website | FB)
HELOU, Anthony (IND)(No Response)(Website | FB)
HOGAN, Rebekah (ALP)(No Response) (Website | FB)
JOSEPH, Lynton Michael (IND)(Survey Response)(Website | FB)
MURTAZA, Muhammad (IND)(Survey Response)(Website | FB)
NAIM, Haissam (IND)(No Response)(Website | FB)
O’CALLAGHAN, Dean (Climate IND)(Survey Response)(Website | FB)
PAVLIDIS-MIHALAKOS, Helen (No Response)(Website | FB)
PULFORD, Adam (Greens)(Survey Response) (Website | FB)
STREET, Meghan (Sue Bolton Community IND)(Survey Response) (Website | FB)
TIMPANO, Francesco (IND)(No Response)(Website | FB)
THIVEOS, Ismene (ALP)(Survey Response)(Website | FB)

* – 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. If a candidate has no party affiliation or (IND) after their name, it indicates we could find no declared information whether they were running as an independant or otherwise. At time of publishing some candidates had no public candidate Facebook page or website.


North East Ward Climate and Sustainability Election Forum

The Candidate forum was held 7pm-8.30pm Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Our Apologies. Thanks to some NBN gremlin trouble we missed livestreaming the first 40 minutes of this Candidates Forum. We have now updated to the full recording instead of the livestream version. We obviously needed Labor’s original Fibre to the Home NBN rollout to continue 7 years ago.

The Candidates forum was livestreamed at the NUCA Facebook page.

Of the 19 candidates standing: 8 candidates attended, 3 apologies, 1 indicated may attend late, 2 did not turn up, 5 did not respond to repeated attempts to illicit a reply. A total of 13 questions were asked of candidates, directed by the Chair Cinnamon Evans usually to 2 or 3 candidates at a time. Each candidate replied to at least 5 questions. All questions were submitted at pre-registration. Some topics were raised in numerous questions, and hence were collated into one question and put to candidates. Unfortunately we had more questions than could be put to candidates in the time available.

Here is the list of candidate attendance at the forum:

Attending Sue BOLTON
(Sue Bolton Community IND)(Recontesting Councillor)
Apology Annalivia CARLI HANNAN
(Labor)(Recontesting Councillor)
Attending Jason CLARKE
(IND)
Attending Hamza DHEDHY
(IND)
Did Not Turn Up Rasheed ELACHKAR
(IND)
No Response Paul Paolo FAILLA
(IND)
No Response Gloria FARAH
(IND)
Attending Margee GLOVER
(Reason Party)
Apology Anthony HELOU
(IND)
Advised may arrive late Rebekah HOGAN
(Labor)
Our error – Did not contact Lynton Michael JOSEPH
(IND)
Late Apology Muhammad MURTAZA
(IND) Sent a statement
Did not Turn up Haissam NAIM
(IND)
Attending Dean O’CALLAGHAN
(Climate IND)
No Response Helen PAVLIDIS-MIHALAKOS
(IND)
Attending Adam PULFORD
(Greens)
Attending Meghan STREET
(Sue Bolton Community IND)
No Response Fransesco TIMPANO
(IND)
Attending Ismene THIVEOS
(Labor)

 


Climate Survey of all candidates

Climate Action Moreland has been informing the citizens of Moreland on candidate climate positions for the last decade. We are joined by Neighbours United for Climate Action and Brunswick Residents Network in organising online meet the candidate forums for each ward for the Moreland Council election 2020.

We asked that candidates for Moreland Council fill in the survey and we undertook to publish the results in the election campaign. There are 22 questions, many of them locally focussed on climate action and sustainability, many requiring quite a thoughtful response. The first 6 questions focussed on Candidate details, campaign funding, existing connections in Moreland, and political affiliation. Question 7 to 20 focussed on climate issues. Questioon 21 asked what their 4 main priorities would be. Question 22 was for any other general comments or comments on climate leadership.

You can read each candidate’s full response or read their comment responses to specific questions below.

The candidates that responded to the survey: (Click on the candidate name for their full response)

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents) 10/4/2020 5:13 PM
Lynton Michael Joseph (IND) 10/4/2020 4:49 PM
Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor) 10/1/2020 8:46 PM
Guess the Troll Candidate 10/1/2020 1:29 PM
Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents) 9/30/2020 3:25 PM
Ismene Thiveos (Labor) 9/30/2020 1:36 PM
Adam Pulford (Greens) 9/29/2020 8:32 PM
Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND) 9/23/2020 1:49 PM
Margee Glover (Reason Party) 9/23/2020 10:30 AM
Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND) 9/21/2020 2:50 PM

Find below comment responses to specific questions:


Q4 If you are receiving campaign funding for this election, who are you receiving funding from? (list all or state ‘None’) Answered: 8 Skipped: 0

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): We have received donations from the Electrical Trades Union, the Firefighter’s Union, Socialist Alliance and the rest are individual donations from residents and supporters. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): None 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): Donations from friends and family, predominantly self funded. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Guess the Troll Candidate : Nil 10/1/2020 1:29 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): We have received donations Socialist Alliance, the Electoral Trades Union, the firefighters union and a number of small individual donations from candidates and supporters. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): Donations from friends and family. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): Greens campaigns are people-powered — we do not accept donations from big property developers or the pokies, mining, alcohol or tobacco industries. Our campaigns come from everyday people who share our values and vision for a better future for all of us. The Greens publicly declare all donations over $1,000. 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): None 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): None at this stage 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): None 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q7 Triple bottom line accounting brings to account three domains that we need for a good life. They are economic, environmental and social which includes health. Do you commit as a Councillor for Council to use triple bottom line accounting on all Council infrastructure projects and will you try to ensure that climate emergency is embedded in every Manager’s performance plan?
Answered: 7 Skipped: 1


Q8 Transport: Upfield Rail Upgrade – Problems with parking and traffic congestion, capacity issues of public transport (once the pandemic passes) necessitate solutions for upgrading the Upfield Line. According to Infrastructure Australia, the northern region Transport Corridor will reach and exceed capacity in the next decade. Will you support duplication and extension of the Upfield rail line to Craigieburn and Wallan for provision of a more reliable and frequent rail service catering for the growing population in Moreland and residents in new growth suburbs further north?
Answered: 7 Skipped: 1


Q9 Transport: Tram Network Extension: As a Councillor will you support ongoing advocacy for the Victorian State Government to extend the No 58 West Coburg Tram along Derby street in Pascoe Vale, and No 19 North Coburg tram routes further north along Sydney Road to Campbellfield?
Answered: 7 Skipped: 1


Q10. Transport: Mode shift – What actions will you be pushing for to facilitate a mode shift to more sustainable modes of transport in Moreland as part of, or beyond, Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS), including changes to parking restrictions, increasing public transport advocacy, cycling and walking infrastructure?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): The cities and countries across the world that have successfully decreased their car usage have implemented a facilitation strategy, making it as easy as possible to take sustainable alternatives. They have made their train/tram and bus systems thoroughly networked, reliable, frequent and importantly affordable. They have developed well networked, safe, and well lit cycling and walking pathways.

I will push for more facilitative and less punitive strategies to decrease car usage. Punitive measures that make it harder to use a car are not successful in the absence of reliable, frequent and networked public transport, cycling and walking networks. Moreland should be doing investigative work to identify barriers to take up of public transport by groups at risk of transport poverty, ie young people, young families and those on restricted incomes, such as pensioners and the unemployed. We also need the Moreland Council to dramatically increase its advocacy around public transport. It isn’t good enough to say that the existence of a train line and trams means that we have sufficient public transport.

Moreland council should actively petition the state government for the duplication of the Upfield Line and work with Hume council to this end. We know that the unreliability of the Upfield line because of the single track at the end means that many people in the north have resorted to driving because they can’t trust their local train service. There are too many train cancellations for people who live north of Bell St. For people living north of where the tram line ends, frequent train cancellations mean that these people have NO public transport route into the city.

We need to duplicate the Upfield Line and increase frequency at peak hour and throughout the day and night on both train lines that go through Moreland, extend the #19 tram to Campbelfield, extend the Melville Rd tram to Boundary Rd, make sure that all bus routes go from first train to last train, with a 10 minute bus service during the peak periods.

All bus routes need to operate at night and throughout the weekend. There’s also a need to install more seats and shelters at bus stops to encourage bus use. The tram routes need to have an increased frequency during the daytime and at night to alleviate overcrowding.

There also need to be more pedestrian crossings, especially on busy roads so that people feel safe to walk around their neighbourhoods. When new apartment blocks get built with supermarkets on the ground floor which will attract a lot of pedestrians, plans need to be made immediately to install pedestrian crossings. There are many areas around Moreland where there need to be pedestrian crossings – eg Moreland Road near the IGA, Murray Rd, Sydney Rd near Gowrie Station to name just a few.

We need to take this opportunity of the pandemic when there has been a massive increase in people cycling to increase the council budget for safe cycling paths, both making current cycling paths safer, and constructing new cycling paths. We are strongly committed to finishing the Craigieburn shared path, building the missing link in the Upfield shared path between Box Forest Rd and the M80, creating a Fawkner shimmy and building the Glenroy to Coburg bike route. There are many other improvements needed – these are just a few. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): The introduction of any sustainable modes of transport is also dependent on the current surroundings. Ideally, since covid, car pooling is something that may be put into question with current social distancing measures.

Walking, in certain areas is still not desirable so going a step back to consider developing areas into a ‘safer’ bracket with additional lighting and markings. What was noticeable during the lockdown with curfews, was the feeling of tension within the streets. Naturally walking, cycling, running, transport and ride pooling are ideal strategies, however, without now considering the impact of Covid, and the rules which are ever changing, some of these obvious strategies will need to be tailored. Any way of encouraging the reduction of cars on the road, by perhaps introducing staggered working hours, as a flow on effect all around will help mitigate this problem. 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): I am very supportive of increased walking infrastructure and improving pedestrian safety. Cyclists should be encouraged and redirected to safer routes with less interaction with cars, trams and other hazards, wherever possible. Council should invest to facilitate the development of safer cycling routes for the community. I am opposed to the MITS approach to car parking and will advocate for it to be reversed. I oppose the two hour parking restrictions and oppose a blanket approach to zero carparking developments which have proven to have failed time and again over the last term of Council. I believe we must retain carparking, especially in and around public transport infrastructure like our train stations. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): The things which have the biggest impact on reducing car useage are public transport availability, safe cycling paths, pedestrian safety and the proximity of shops and parks.

When public transport increases in frequency and span of hours, people do use it and leave cars behind. That is the international experience. Cars only got entrenched in western society when public transport got destroyed. A huge amount of public transport was destroyed in Australia in order to force people to buy cars and become reliant on cars. We need to take this opportunity of the pandemic when there has been a massive increase in people cycling to increase the council budget for safe cycling paths, both making current cycling paths safer, and constructing new cycling paths. We are strongly committed to finishing the Craigieburn shared path, building the missing link in the Upfield shared path between Box Forest Rd and the M80, creating a Fawkner shimmy and building the Glenroy to Coburg bike route. There are many other improvements needed – these are just a few.

We also need the Moreland Council to dramatically increase its advocacy around public transport. It isn’t good enough to say that the existence of a train line and trams means that we have sufficient public transport. We know that the unreliability of the Upfield line because of the single track at the end means that many people in the north have resorted to driving because they can’t trust their local train service.

There are too many train cancellations for people who live north of Bell St. For people living north of where the tram line ends, frequent train cancellations mean that these people have NO public transport route into the city. We need to duplicate the Upfield Line and increase frequency at peak hour and throughout the day and night on both train lines that go through Moreland, extend the #19 tram to Campbelfield, extend the Melville Rd tram to Boundary Rd, make sure that all bus routes go from first train to last train, with a 10 minute bus service during the peak periods.

All bus routes need to operate at night and throughout the weekend. There’s also a need to install more seats and shelters at bus stops to encourage bus use. The tram routes need to have an increased frequency during the daytime and at night to alleviate overcrowding.

There also need to be more pedestrian crossings, especially on busy roads so that people feel safe to walk around their neighbourhoods. When new apartment blocks get built with supermarkets on the ground floor which will attract a lot of pedestrians, plans need to be made immediately to install pedestrian crossings. There are many areas around Moreland where there need to be pedestrian crossings – eg Moreland Road near the IGA, Murray Rd, Sydney Rd near Gowrie Station to name just a few. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): I will be pushing for increasing infrastructure for cycling and walking; and have been and will continue to advocate for public transport upgrades.

However, I do have issues with the MITS policy as it stands – the consequence of it is that it unfairly impacts those who, to no fault of their own, rely on a car. Taking such a punitive approach to residential parking is unfair and needs to be reviewed. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): My vision for Moreland is one of thriving, healthy, sustainable and jobs-rich local neighbourhoods, where it is easy for everyone to get around on foot, cycling and on public transport. I will work to continue and improve the implementation of the Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy, with community engagement.

I am proud that the Greens led the doubling the per head spending on bike and pedestrian infrastructure over the current Council term, and will continue to advocate and work for greater investment in cycling and walking infrastructure. I will be a strong advocate for more and better public transport, including trains, trams and buses, for Moreland and our growing population. 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): A “no car” household grant to pay for good bikes. > Regular trial days of car free shopping days on Sydney rd and Lygon St. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): Undertake further parking survey and modelling work in and around Activity Centres and Neighbourhood Centres to develop a comprehensive car parking plan to fully understand the impacts of revised parking requirements and inform a future planning scheme amendment.

Many people within our community cycled to work or school, or recreationally, including me, and it is important to continue to invest in safe, direct and continuous bike routes, separate from other forms of traffic but have inclusive transport policies. 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): As sustainability has three main components and sustainable transport balances our current
and future needs, it is need of time to promote positive active transport culture (without significant capital investment). It could be done by following different ways :

1. Make public transport more cost effective
2. Provide discount bike share
3. Advocate for sustainable transport infrastructure in neighbourhood houses.
4. Encourage businesses and employers to play their role in creating the incentives and infrastructures to encourage employees to engage in sustainable community. Disincentive driving. 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q11. Heat Vulnerability: Large sections of Moreland’s north are at the extreme end of the Heat Vulnerability Index, meaning residents are very susceptible to global warming. What will you do to address this beyond exisiting policies, including Moreland Urban Heat Island Effect Action Plan (Word Doc 48MB), Moreland Urban Forest Strategy 2017-2017 (PDF 9MB), Cooling the Upfield Corridor Action Plan?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): One of the most important aspects of addressing heat vulnerability is to increase tree canopy in Moreland, especially in the hottest areas which are primarily in the northern part of the municipality. We are committed to planting 5000 street trees each year, but there needs to be a bigger allocation for maintenance. There are too many young trees that don’t survive because of vandalism or lack of maintenance or other reasons. Another big problem is that as fast as the council plants trees, mature trees get ripped out of gardens when houses get demolished to make room for developments. While there have been some improvements to Moreland’s planning laws to require the planting of a tree, planning laws still need to be strengthened to force developers to plant more vegetation and provide more permeable surfaces.

There also needs to be more work done on recording and preserving significant trees on private land.

Council needs to play a stronger role in advocating to protect urban habitats when other levels of government or corporations engage in big projects like the Level Crossing Removal Project plan to bulldoze a lot of mature trees. Moreland council didn’t start to advocate until far too late for alternative construction methods to be used for the level crossing removals on the Upfield Line in order to save Gandolfo Gardens.

There needs to be an audit of playgrounds for shade and a plan to plant trees in playgrounds which don’t have much shade. There is also a need to install more public water fountains in key locations such as along the Upfield Shared Path.

We also need to do a risk analysis of heat waves and the vulnerable in our community including the elderly and those with no/limited access to air conditioned living spaces. Measures need to be implemented to reduce the risk of heat related health effects in the light of increasingly hot summers. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): In order to minimise the risk of health related issues and even death, especially for our older population as a result of the heat levels experienced here. It may sound simple, but planting the correct trees, in the correct places is the initial and ongoing phase to combat this. 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): Council should look to provide more community gardens and invest in open space, greening opportunities and our creek and waterways to help reduce the urban heat island effect. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Urban Heat Island Effect is a key indicator of the outcomes of a wide range of environmental policy stances that Moreland Council has adopted over the last few years, including Climate Emergency and Zero Carbon Moreland strategies. Monitoring the UHIE will give insight into the effectiveness of those strategies, and thus should have a high priority in evaluation and benchmarking. Incorporate UHIE performance metrics into Council Departmental performance indicators, PLUS they will be a key performance metric of the Climate Emergency Integration Officer.

These metrics should be based not only on environmental standards achieved , they should be checked against social vulnerability factors. One of the most important aspects of addressing heat vulnerability is to increase tree canopy in Moreland, especially in the hottest areas which are primarily in the northern part of the municipality. We are committed to planting 5000 street trees each year, but there needs to be a bigger allocation for maintenance. There are too many young trees that don’t survive because of vandalism or lack of maintenance or other reasons.

Another big problem is that as fast as the council plants trees, mature trees get ripped out of gardens when houses get demolished to make room for developments. While there have been some improvements to Moreland’s planning laws to require the planting of a tree, planning laws still need to be strengthened to force developers to plant more vegetation and provide more permeable surfaces. There also needs to be more work done on recording and preserving significant trees on private land. And council needs to play a stronger role in advocating to protect urban habitats when other levels of government or corporations engage in big projects like the Level Crossing Removal Project p[lan to bulldoze a lot of mature trees.

Moreland council didn’t start to advocate until far too late for alternative construction methods to be used for the level crossing removals on the Upfield Line in order to save Gandolfo Gardens. There needs to be an audit of playgrounds for shade and a plan to plant trees in playgrounds which don’t have much shade. There is also a need to install more public water fountains in key locations such as along the Upfield Shared Path. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): I’m very supportive of these policies and will make sure they continue to be implemented. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): Not only is climate change an emergency, it is also a health emergency. Rising temperatures and heat are increasingly taking people’s lives and harming people’s health.

My day job is at the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), a non-profit working to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action and sustainable healthcare. Through my work at CAHA, I hear the stories (and the statistics) of people who have lost their lives through climate health impacts, including one emergency physician’s story of seeing an elderly woman in Brunswick lose her life following a period of extreme heat. Acting on the climate (health) emergency will be one of my top priorities if elected to Council.

If elected, I, along with my fellow Greens Councillors, will have acting on the climate (health) emergency as one of our top priorities. We will work to cut emissions by: ensuring zero Moreland community emissions by 2040; promoting more environmentally sustainable design and construction; supporting the rapid transition to renewables, including further exploring and supporting community-owned renewables; investing in more active transport infrastructure; strongly advocating for more and better public transport in Moreland; more support for community members to access energy efficient and low-emissions technologies; moving towards a zero-waste, circular economy; and educating the community about the impacts of the climate emergency to encourage individual behaviour change. We’ll work to draw down more carbon by creating new parks and open spaces, and planting even more trees across our city, which will also help tackle the urban heat island effect. And we’ll do much more! 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): create a “plant a tree on your curb program” for appropriate homes. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): In tackling the climate emergency I would like to ensure council is proactive and innovative in this space including the creation of more public parkland and wildlife corridors to support wildlife, while also created community spaces, accessible for all abilities and respond to the effects of global warming. 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): Advocate: – Use of sustainable energies to replace use of fossil fuels energies contributing towards reduced carbon footprints.
– Promote green infrastructures.
– Preserve our green reserves
– Advocate to businesses and community facing organisations to promote green infrastructures i.e. car parks
– Promote awareness to achieve zero carbon evolution.
– Advocate and collaborate with VicRoads and department of transport to help reduce road congestions
– Encourage residents to increase outdoor landscaping such as green roofs and walls. 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q12. Waste Management. Moreland aims to be a leading council in sustainable waste management, yet its rate of diverting waste to organics and recycling sits just above the state average. What will you do to help Moreland in the rollout of the Food and Garden Organics Collection Service, and achieve Moreland’s 2030 zero waste to landfill target as part of Zero Carbon in the Planning Scheme – ESD Policy v2.0?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): A critical approach to effective implementation of strategies such as the Food and Garden Organics Collection Service is to identify barriers to take-up. Council should undertake work to identify which segments of the Community are finding it difficult (or are finding that this strategy has no relevance for them). When such groups are identified, strategies, particularly involving peer groups, to remove obstacles or increase relevance can be undertaken.

One of the big problems with recycling is that different recycling companies have different rules as to what they recycle or not. People move into Moreland from other municipalities in Melbourne, country areas, interstate or overseas – each different place has different rules around waste. One way to help overcome this is for council to work with real estate agents to inform tenants of the rules around waste, recycling and food and organics collection. Better planning laws should be implemented including ensuring that developers do their construction in such a way as to provide space for green bins for food and organic waste and composting bins. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): My understanding is that the majority of residents adhere to the requirements when it comes to waste management. Further education on how we can go from sitting above the state average to becoming closer to a leader in this space should be the next step. Reducing the waste management collection to fortnightly is of concern and I cannot see myself supporting this based on the people I have spoken to currently. 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): I support the weekly FOGO collection and strategy.

I however, do not support a reduction in collection for garbage and recycling from weekly to fortnightly. This will hurt many families in Moreland and is a punitive approach to try to solve a serious problem. It will lead to increased dumping of rubbish in our streets and bin contamination as people attempt to cope with the reduced service. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Council should undertake work to identify which segments of the Community are finding it difficult (or are finding that this strategy has no relevance for them). When such groups are identified, strategies particularly involving peer groups, to remove obstacles or increase relevance can be undertaken.

One of the big problems with recycling is that different recycling companies have different rules as to what they recycle or not. People move into Moreland from other municipalities in Melbourne, country areas, interstate or overseas – each different place has different rules around waste. One way to help overcome this is for council to work with real estate agents to inform tenants of the rules around waste, recycling and food and organics collection.

Conditions also need to be attached to planning permits to make sure that developers do their construction in such a way as to provide space for green bins for food and organic waste and composting bins. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): I believe we need to publicise this scheme more to residents who have had green bins for a while as they aren’t all aware. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): The waste strategy is running behind schedule, with the plan now being to roll out the new FOGO (Food and Garden Organics) collection service by early 2022. This plan factors in the need to include a new glass bin option, which will be required in coming years by the Victorian government. Greens Councillors will push Council to meet or beat its current deadline. 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): Bokashi bins are very appropriate for people living in flats. Also some local businesses (like mine) are perfect locations for communal composting facilities. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): Ensure there is sufficient public education to make this rollout work. Other proposed incentives are a recycling audit to include soft plastics and food delivery waste; a push for more public bins and recycling stations; and a proposal to re-purpose materials like old tyres to create sustainable, environmental urban paving. 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): Being a Moreland resident and community worker I came to know the facts that a significant number of household dont know or don’t care about putting recycle material and rubbish in right bins.

So as a first step there is need to promote awareness about using right bin type. Secondly, this process needs to be actively monitors which could be done random inspections of bins and issuing warning to household to use right type of bin.

There are other ways I can advocate/promote: – Composting and vermicomposting (Biological processing of plants) – Waste to energy conversion option – Thermal treatment of waste (incineration) 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q13. Energy Efficiency and Renewables. Moreland has a goal of “Efficient and 100% renewably powered energy”. Yet Moreland has one of Victoria’s lowest uptake of solar PV. How can Moreland “walk the talk” on renewable energy and meet the community goals set in the Zero Carbon Moreland – Climate Emergency Action Plan 2020/21 – 2024/25?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Council needs to phase out the use of gas for heating swimming pools. Council needs to continue pushing for more protection of solar panels in the planning scheme. Council needs to investigate a range of schemes to improve the uptake of solar panels – Community solar projects to give access to energy savings from solar PV for people living in flats, enterprise bargaining agreements for workers to include access to solar panels. Make low/no interest loans to residents that can be paid back with savings from lower energy bills. Work with social/community housing to provide rooftop solar via grants or community support schemes for residents who would most benefit from smaller energy bills and are least able to afford solar panels. Team with groups like EarthWorker who manufacture heat pump water heaters in Victoria. Work to encourage landlords to provide solar panels on rental properties. Invest in community solar farms or wind farms to provide affordable renewable energy for Moreland. There are many roofs of factories and offices in Moreland which could be a source of renewable energy, as occurs in Germany. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): Solar Panels is not attainable for everyone. We need to consider how we can make this affordable, either through grants, rebates, or reduction / offset of rates for installation of. A major problem is the amount of installers in this space that is a concern. The residents, with the benefit of hindsight, can make an informed decision on solar benefits and also what are the main considerations of installation. 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): I support providing concession card holders and pensioners with solar panel rebate/grant opportunities to help drive uptake of Solar in Moreland. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): First, council needs to phase out the use of gas for heating swimming pools. Second, council needs to continue pushing for more protection of solar panels in the planning scheme. Third, council needs to investigate a range of schemes to improve the uptake of solar panels – community solar projects to give access to energy savings from solar PV for people living in flats, enterprise bargaining agreements for workers to include access to solar panels. There are many roofs of factories and offices in Moreland which could be a source of renewable energy, as occurs in Germany. Council also needs to:

• work with social/community housing to provide rooftop solar via grants or community support schemes for residents who would most benefit from smaller energy bills and are least able to afford solar panels.
• Work with CALD community groups to identify barriers to solar panel uptake.
• Work to provide social/community housing with energy efficiency upgrades including insulation installation and loan schemes to replace energy hungry appliances with more efficient ones.
• Work with all residents via information, education and low interest loans to replace energy hungry appliances with more efficient ones.
• Work with schools to get and update solar panels.
• Continue with bulk solar purchases to help residents get easy access to solar panels work to take part in another community solar farm, or wind farm to provide affordable renewable energy for Moreland
• Team with groups like EarthWorker who manufacture heat pump water heaters in Victoria.
• Make low/no interest loans to residents that can be paid back with savings from lower energy bills. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): We need to publicise schemes from the State Govt, as they have Solar programs. We can lead by example in making sure council buildings are using renewable energy. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): To further cut emissions, as the climate emergency demands, I and Greens Councillors will work to ensure Council supports the rapid transition to renewables, as well as the uptake of energy efficient technologies and measures, in Moreland. We support continuing Council allocating funding for low income households to install solar and energy and thermal efficiency upgrades. We will explore further ways to support more renewables in, and for, Moreland. And we will advocate to State government for further support for renewables, in our city and across the state. 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): More community buy in programs. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): We would propose Moreland residents having access to clean energy through a council-led Solar Panel Scheme. This scheme would see residential households provided access to solar power energy through a council initiative. Moreland Council currently offers plenty of avenues for advice and quotes, they only offer payment schemes for businesses and organisations. Paying for residents solar panels, and then having them pay it off through rate increases without interest would be a good next step. 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): I have the privileged to be part of team who established a solar academy 10 years ago in Islamabad in collaboration with German Solar.

There is an urgent need to provide awareness and organise information session on blessings of renewable energies (including solar energy). I hold master degree in Science specialized in electronics and completed many electronic projects using solar panels.

I am father of three high school going boys and during these school holidays we will be spending time to build a solar powered car model. It is also very important that we educate our youth on usefulness of renewable energies. Solar rebate is also very helpful for households to shift from fusing fossil energy to solar energy.

If elected I will be great advocate for this cause. 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q14. Pollution and litter: How will you educate and incentivise business in industrial zones (especially in the North East Ward) to avoid pollution and litter from entering our drains and our creek systems?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Planning permits need to include conditions regarding waste and litter. In addition, there need to be strong regulations ensuring that waste water pumped into our creeks does not include pollutants. Council needs to engage with businesses such as big box retailers to ensure that their rubbish is secured and can’t blow into nearby streets. The Council should maintain a community based pollution reporting process that is easy for communities to access. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): Why we need to incentivise business’ in industrial zones to do the right thing is beyond me. I am for an education program. I imagine not everyone would understand the full impact of pollution and litter entering our drains and creeks 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): I support ensuring that businesses abide by environmental laws and encouraged and education about the correct disposal of pollutants. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): The Council should maintain a community based pollution reporting process that is easy for communities to access and actively assist the community to get action from the EPA over industrial pollution.

Planning permits need to include conditions regarding waste and litter. In addition, there need to be strong regulations ensuring that waste water pumped into our creeks does not include pollutants. Council needs to force businesses such as big box retailers to ensure that their rubbish is secured and can’t blow into nearby streets. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): Better monitoring and evaluation processes to make sure we have proper data on the situation and create better transparency. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): The Greens will explore any levers that Council can use to encourage businesses and industries to do the right thing, without relying heavily on punitive measures.

Moreland does not have its own waste recovery site within its boundaries. The city relies on other Councils to provide this service and on private waste transfer sites. The federal and state governments have the resources and powers to introduce measures of this size and importance.

Land, like Kangan TAFE, is expensive and not part of Councils assets. Were the Vic Government open to a partnership to utilise this facility to support sustainable industries, the Greens would be eager to explore this and support such an outcome, or similar.

The Greens also want more on-ground signage indicating that what goes down the drain or street ends up in our waterways and our bay/oceans. People need to know that their actions and inactions have a wider impact. This should be combined with more support for community education programs around plastics, micro-plastics and their impacts. 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): Rubbish audit teams to visit 10 factories a day with bins made from recycled plastic and signage to help them setup their systems better. Factories already doing the right thing should be rewarded. All businesses will be audited and informed of the audit a month in advance so they have time to get their systems SCHMICK.. rewards for the best businesses will be created. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): Firstly work with the EPA on improved outcomes to avoid polluting and secondly ban toxic waste dumps and storage in Moreland. 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): Providing alternatives, working collaboratively and providing awareness on these issues can contribute to solve these problems.

I would like to promote strong sense of community’s health and safety and will be advocating to develop Moreland’s collaborative relationships with businesses to promote culture of health and safety and to minimize effects of pollution and littering.

There is an option of providing small grants to businesses for modifications in their systems to reduce pollution and littering. 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q15. Supporting business and the environment as part of Covid Recovery
What actions will you take to help Council promote environmentally sustainable jobs as part of a Covid recovery such as by possible development of large abandoned sites for a sustainability hub (such as former Kangan TAFE automotive campus)?
How else will you advocate for supporting small business Covid recovery that includes environmental co-benefits?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): By creating a sustainability hub in the area for training/retraining in sustainable jobs, for residents to access resources on sustainable practices and information on access to resources such as solar panel grants. Council should also invest resources into creating local jobs that assist with environmental issues in the area (i.e. the cleaning up of Merri creek and surrounds, planting trees and creating/maintaining green spaces, the creation of more local community gardens etc). Investment in a solar panel program that employ community members to install panels. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): This is a huge opportunity for Moreland to lead other councils. This is a terrible time for so many. Whereas council cannot financially support every business affected, they can start to create programs that provide holistic support for the residents in line with the current offerings. The council should be able to financial support environmentally sustainable jobs with this recovery goal in mind. This is going to be an immensley complex topic of discussion. I wish I had the answers on this one as it is what I am most passionate about. But what I would suggest is involving as many people as possible to articulate a solution. A solution that will add have a long term outcome in mind. What I can do is 100% support all initiatives to help residents of Moreland recover during and post Covid. 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): I support employment opportunities in Moreland and sustainable jobs, and would be happy to see a environmental hub. However I do not believe it is Council’s purpose to bankroll/underwrite these sorts of projects beyond the involvement of the economic development policy team. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): I support the development of sustainability hubs and the development of environmentally sustainable jobs. Such projects should include unions. However I don’t believe that the emphasis should be on giving incentives to businesses that implement environmentally-sustainable practices (even if they are supportable in practice). Council’s resources are best used for projects that it can has direct control over. Responses to the climate crisis by governments (and councils need to be direct and not market-based. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): I think council can play a big role in assisting businesses to move to more energy efficient sources to cut costs – like solar. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): With Australia now in recession and Victoria still in strict lockdown, all levels of government are working out how they can best create and protect jobs and stimulate the local economy.

One of my top four priorities is utilising any opportunities presented through the COVID economic recovery period to support Moreland households, businesses and community groups through measures that have environmental and health co-benefits by acting on the climate emergency through cutting emissions, drawing down carbon and building climate resilience. This means, for example, accelerating the roll out of active (and public) transport infrastructure, new parks and open spaces, and community programs and services in Moreland. The Greens back the move at a special Council meeting 21 September to support funding for outdoor dining and related initiatives, including using car spaces and vacant land to facilitate eateries as they re-open, as the virus spread is brought under control.

Additionally, the Victorian Greens are calling on the Victorian Government to invest in COVID recovery plans that include shopping strip renewals and shopping locally and in 23 new or expanded recycling factories by 2025 to meet the state’s needs and ensure high recycling rates and new jobs (with ideally Moreland or the region to host one of these recycling factories). 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): Using the Kangan TAFE campus as a facility for creating sustainable products that can be sold for a price that covers costs is a great idea. A sustainable food production hub that people can use to cook for catering events/new innovative food products? A team dedicated to interviewing and inspiring and sharing inspiration from environmentally innovative businesses like mine, the good brew company, would be an incredible innovative council initiative. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): We believe our solar panel scheme will create jobs in Moreland. I would also call for a sustainability summit to explore and frame a feasibility study on creating a sustainability
hub. 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): I will advocate for providing small business grants to businesses as part of COVID recovery. There are resources and other organisation available to guide business to cope with these unprecedented circumstances. Moreland can collaborate with Small Business Victoria (SBV), Fair Works Ombudsman (FWO) and Australian taxation office (ATO) for smooth recovery of businesses and to face post COVID-19 challenges. 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q16. Food Security
How would you address food security in Moreland beyond the existing Moreland Food System Strategy? (including as a part of the clean Covid recovery)?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Far more land can be given over the creation of local food bowls and managed to produce a significant amount of local food, which can be sold to benefit the farmers and the community. In the light of the food security issues brought about by the pandemic, council should commit to the development of a council run food bank that services vulnerable people in the area. Council can be a leader in the implementation of a program linking up community groups who distribute food with business that have left over food and produce. Council should commit to buying more local foods for events. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): I really don’t know enough about this topic to comment. But it is one I will be briefing myself on in the coming days. 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): I would like to see the Food Hub for the North realised during my coming term on Council. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Food insecurity is a major issue for a substantial number of people in Moreland – people who are on low wages or on Centrelink benefits or who are not eligible for any government assistance. There are various initiatives fo council to support urban agriculture. These are all good projects. But council also needs to enact some other measures such as establishing a food bank which provides food to all who need it and not just people with Centrelink cards. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): I will work to create more community gardens and shared spaces that people can come together and grow produce. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): Over the previous term, under Councillor Natalie Abboud’s leadership, the Greens Councillors drove the updating of the Food Systems Strategy. Greens Councillors will follow up Councillor Jess Dorney’s recent work to facilitate nature strip and laneway options for greening and food options. Greens Councillors will continue to support and resource the establishment of new community garden spaces and nature stips across the city, and seek to provide further support for the Northern Food Community Hub. We will also advocate for additional funding of the Moreland Nature Plan to ensure it meets its goals, includes food production and that species are protected and saved. 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): get more food businesses strted in Moreland. >Food Safe food business incubators at Kangan Tafe >more markets, more encouragement of households to grow excess food and sell/swap with programs like sprout. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): Now more than ever food security is important. I would support accelerating the outcomes from the findings of the Moreland Food System Strategy. 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): – I will promote innovative ideas related to community gardens, community kitchens, farmers’ markets, food co-ops, “buy local” campaigns, and food buying clubs. – Provide awareness to reduce food waste. – Promotion of local food reserves – 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q17 Food Security. The IPCC Special Report on Land and Climate Change Summary for Policy makers (2020) articulates major emissions reduction can be achieved from adopting a primarily plant based diet (B6.2). Will you advocate for public health policies that promote proper nutrition and dietary change by Moreland residents as per the IPCC (C2.4)?
Answered: 6 Skipped: 2 (candidates were asked to rank this on a scale of 1 to 100.)

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): 95 per cent
Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): 100 per cent
Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): Skipped
Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): 50 per cent
Ismene Thiveos (Labor): 60 per cent
Adam Pulford (Greens): 60 per cent
Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): 100 per cent
Margee Glover (Reason Party): 70 per cent
Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND): 100 per cent


Q18. Buildings, Biodiversity and Urban cooling: What would you do as a Councillor to ensure that with new building developments, Moreland has sufficient vegetation cover to contribute to biodiversity outcomes and urban cooling beyond exisiting policies in the Urban Forest Strategy, Moreland Nature Plan, and the Achieving Zero Carbon in the Planning Scheme – ESD Policy v2.0 project?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Liaise with local ecologists to ensure that wildlife corridors are preserved and new ones developed. Ensure that unused areas are rehabilitated with native vegetation to encourage native wildlife to the area. Protect and clean up our waterways and ensure that we have healthier water ecosystems and wetlands in the area. Ensure that planning permits include the planting of trees and the maintenance of existing natural ecosystems. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): This question reminds me of the Talking Heads song Nothing But Flowers, which ironic lyrics show how we as humans are never satisfied. The absurdity of the lyrics is pointing out how we are destroying the planet. However, simply planting trees with appropriate cover in the correct places is the only way to go. 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor): I believe we should be planting as many trees as possible with trees with strong canopy the priority. I also beleive we should encourage developments with as much green space and planting as possible, including rooftop gardens for larger scale apartment projects. 10/1/2020 8:46 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Developers need to be forced to plant sufficient vegetation cover to contribute to the urban habitat. The only way that this can happen is if the council is successful in lobbying the state government to allow councils to mandate vegetation cover. 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor): I think this is such an important issue and will work to create more tree canopy coverage and protect our flora and fauna. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): Greens on Council will work to:
Plant more trees in Moreland, including by advocating to properly fund the Moreland Nature Plan so it meets its goals;
Ensure that the ESD Policy 2.0 project is undertaken, monitored and then approved quickly by the Planning Minister;
Continue to promote the nomination of additional trees to the Significant Tree Register;
Look to further support the Urban Forest Strategy to meet the targets or stretch (where additional resources can be found);
Allocate more resources for community education on the benefits of trees and tree cover, and the extent of the loss of trees in the private realm and its impact; and
Explore with the community other measures to reach these goals. 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): create a “Green makeover award for existing buildings and homes”. Ensure all new buildings have at least one tree per household planted on their roofs or in the industrial area in the north of the NE ward. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM

Margee Glover (Reason Party): Seek that new developments are committing to the installation of solar photovoltaic systems and/or address the urban heat island effect. 9/23/2020 10:30 AM

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND):
– Promote benefits of building greener walls and roof.
– Preserve our green reserves
– Collaborate with community facing organisations and businesses to promote biodiversity and greener buildings. 9/21/2020 2:50 PM


Q19 Cement Emissions. Use of Portland Cement contributes to 8% of global emissions. Alternative low emissions/zero emission cement products are available at reasonably competitive rates. Will you commit to amending Moreland Council Procurement policy sustainability filter to purchase low carbon/zero emissions cement/concrete products?
Answered: 7 Skipped: 1


Q20 Climate Citizen Assemblies: Under the new Local Government Act 2020 (community engagement policy), all councils in Victoria are required to use deliberative practices for the development of their Community Vision, Council Plan, Financial Plan and Asset Plan, at the bare minimum. The gold standard of this kind of democratic, deliberative practice is a Citizens’ Assembly. So, will you support such a democratic framework for Council’s climate emergency response by establishing a Citizens’ Assembly?
Answered: 7 Skipped: 1


Q21. What are your top four priorities for the Council Plan to be formulated for 2021-2025.

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents):
Priority 1 – Implement planning policies to reduce carbon emissions.
Priority 2 – Ensure sustainable policies take into account the needs of the wider community.
Priority 3 – Ensure that the requirements for community consultation on planning are preserved and strengthened.
Priority 4 – Ensure that public and green spaces are protected under local planning laws.

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND):
Priority 1 – Additional Support services for the elderly
Priority 2 – Creating an animal shelter
Priority 3 – Improving the safety in Moreland
Priority 4 – Improving mentoring and support services for young adolescents

Annalivia Carli Hannan (Labor):
Priority 1 – Mutton Reserve redevelopment that includes a food hub and neighbourhood co-operative
Priority 2 – Redevelopment of Central Coburg with new employment opportunities and affordable housing
Priority 3 – Continue to upgrade community infrastructure, including kindergarten and childcare
Priority 4 – Upgrade pools, gyms, sporting facilities to cater to the increased demand for children and women’s sport

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents):
Priority 1 – Rapid phase-out of fossil fuel (gas) for heating Moreland’s pools
Priority 2 – Implementing the new clause in Moreland’s procurement policy: Excluding from future contracts, tenders or business dealings from any companies involved in developing new coal mines.
Priority 3 – Increased council advocacy for improvements in public transport, particularly duplicating the Upfield Line
Priority 4 – Increasing tree canopy in Moreland.

Ismene Thiveos (Labor):
Priority 1 – Improving community welling through social activities and health initiatives
Priority 2 – Improving access and funded to childcare, maternal health and aged care services
Priority 3 – Protecting our natural environment.
Priority 4 – Social housing and community infrastructure projects

Adam Pulford (Greens):
Priority 1 – Act on the climate emergency, including by supporting transition to renewable energy in and for Moreland, including community-owned renewables
Priority 2 – Create local jobs and support Moreland households, businesses and community groups throughout and beyond COVID-19
Priority 3- Utilise post-COVID economic recovery opportunities to accelerate the roll out of active transport infrastructure, new parks and open spaces, and community programs and services in Moreland
Priority 4- Strongly advocate for more and better public transport to serve Moreland’s growing population

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND):
Priority 1 – Car Free household bonus
Priority 2 – Food business Incubator
Priority 3 – More Award nights for Green Businesses/households
Priority 4 – Car free bike promoting local shopping festivals

Margee Glover (Reason Party):
Priority 1 – Continue to invest in safe, direct and continuous bike routes, separate from other forms of traffic
Priority 2 – Ensure council is proactive and innovative in this space including the creation of more public parkland and wildlife corridors to support wildlife, while also created community spaces, accessible for all abilities
Priority 3 – A targeted approach to gender equity issues and safety within our community, particularly for women.
Priority 4 – Increasing solar panel rollout for residential housing and new developments

Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza (IND):
Priority 1 – Affordable Housing
Priority 2 – Social Harmony and promoting culture of respect
Priority 3 – Response to climate change
Priority 4 – Sustainable public transport and accessible spaces.


Q22. Do you have any other comments on Council Climate Leadership and Advocacy (include any actions you have taken on this)? Do you have any supplementary comments relating to the questions above, comments on other issues related to climate change not covered, or comments on climate change generally?

Meghan Street (Sue Bolton Community Independents): I believe that local government has a significant role to play in tackling the climate emergency and is well placed to understand local issues and liaise with residents on policies that relate to this issue. We must take decisive action on the climate emergency, but we must also ensure that the policies enacted do not unduly disadvantage the vulnerable in our community and those with less access to services like public transport and other amenities. 10/4/2020 5:13 PM

Lynton Michael Joseph (IND): Since Nominating, I am learning a lot. I don;t profess to know it all and I know this is a steep learning curve. But having said this am humbled to be given the opportunity to provide my thoughts. 10/4/2020 4:49 PM

Sue Bolton (Sue Bolton Community Independents): Moreland council has done a lot but there is a lot that is still necessary.

I was shocked that the council installed gas heating in the newly developed Oak Park Pool despite having declared itself a climate emergency council. I also feel that the council has not been strong enough in advocating around public transport issues. While public transport exists in Moreland, it is far from adequate if we are serious about people shifting on a mass scale from using cars to using public transport and other sustainable transport.

I was the initiator of the fossil fuel divestment policy but a lot more work needs to be done to make this a reality. The council doesn’t invest in shares so the divestment is focused on shifting council’s banking transactions away from fossil fuel banks to non-fossil fuel banks. The non-fossil fuel banks currently don’t provide all of the banking services that councils need.

There is a need for council to support climate activists and climate action, because there needs to be pressure on federal and state governments and corporations to take serious action to address climate change. The work of activists is important because there are vested interests that are trying to prevent climate action. But the work that is done at the local level in Moreland can help build the pressure for change 9/30/2020 3:25 PM

Ismene Thiveos (Labor):I am passionate about combating climate change. As someone with a public health background I am aware of not only the health, but social and of course environmental issues. However as we move to deal with climate change, I will ensure that local policies do not intentionally or unintentionally impact those who are most disadvantaged. 9/30/2020 1:36 PM

Adam Pulford (Greens): We’re living the impacts of the accelerating climate emergency right now, yet the Federal Coalition government is pushing a gas-led post-COVID economic recovery and the State Labor government has stalled once again on announcing interim emissions reduction targets. In this context, local leadership on the climate emergency is more important than ever. Council should be looking at all levers at its disposal to cut emissions, draw down carbon and build local climate resilience. If elected, I commit to continuing the Greens’ leadership on facing up to and acting on the climate emergency through Moreland Council.

Finally, I want to say a big thank you to NUCA and CAM for your continued community leadership! 9/29/2020 8:32 PM

Dean Norman O’Callaghan (IND): I am a big supporter of and i am inspired by CACE – Council and community Action in the Climate Emergency https://www.caceonline.org/ I have a netork of progressive environmentally aware friends and business owners who want to see real action in the face of the climate emergency we are facing. I woul relish the opportunity to support the greens in Moreland Council to act drastically and quickly on climate. 9/23/2020 1:49 PM


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