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WE CAN DO BETTER
Melbourne’s Council elections are happening this October. I’ll be running for Lord Mayor at these elections because I want to revive Melbourne.
As a small business owner, and as Deputy Lord Mayor I understand the devastation this pandemic is bringing to people’s businesses, livelihoods, to everything they’ve stood for and built up.
We need to revive Melbourne. To do that, we must meet the challenge of COVID-19 head-on and with strong, independent leadership – to get us back to being an economic powerhouse.
Melbourne had its fair share of problems before the pandemic, and the way out of this crisis must factor in those issues.
We’ve seen worsening graffiti and homelessness, small retailers suffering untenable rents, a waste crisis that saw recycling heading to landfill, and we lost our world’s most liveable city tag, something we were proud of.
We need a leadership team that’s up to the challenge to revive Melbourne. No more empty promises, no more failed projects.
The road to recovery starts on every street in every suburb, and on every city laneway and block.
So look out for your ballot come October, and sign up to join us in our campaign.
Let’s help revive Melbourne.
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WHY I'M RUNNING
I have spent 8 years working for the city of Melbourne. I’ve served as Deputy Lord Mayor and acting Lord Mayor.
The current Lord Mayor is not a strong advocate for our city. We’ve seen too many promises not delivered, too many ratepayers’ concerns going unheard.
The Lord Mayor is a critical role to bring people – and ideas – together and make them happen. Not to appoint closed shop boards and committees not open to regular ratepayers.
I am a rate-paying resident and a small business person. I have a proven track record working effectively with all stakeholders to get things done for Melbourne.
With me, what you see is what you get, and if you vote for me, you get me.
I have spent recent weeks and months speaking with the people at the coalface: industry
associations, corporate Melbourne, small business owners, tourism operators, start-ups, building owners.
I want to get people safely back to work in the city, get our construction industry moving, our
hospitality industry going, support our small businesses, and I’ve got a real plan to tackle
homelessness in Melbourne.
It’s fine to cut ribbons and rub shoulders but I’m more interested in getting things done, in reviving Melbourne for our ratepayers.
HELP REVIVE MELBOURNE
HELP REVIVE MELBOURNE
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GET PEOPLE BACK IN THE OFFICE
One-third of our workers are desperate to return to the city for a range of reasons, including mental health considerations and inadequate set-ups at home.
Bring them back first! COVID safe work plans are a must, as is social distancing, using sanitiser and masks – that’s already the case. Many industries have worked throughout this time – Aussie Post, distribution centres, transport and logistics. We need a staggered, sensible approach, but it’s time to get back to work.
SHOP THE CITY, EAT IN THE CITY, DRINK IN THE CITY:
A BLOCK BY BLOCK PRECINCT-BASED EVENT STRATEGY
Working with the Australian Hotels Association, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the City of Melbourne’s own liquor licensing forums, which are already precinct-based, I will create a calendar of weekly block-by-block events. These mini-festivals will see our retailers and hospitality venues offer discounts, promotions, activations and giveaways, as we manage the foot traffic to keep people safe.
The City of Melbourne has strong existing partnerships and links with our retail and hospitality sectors: we know how to work with them to put on a great day or night out. That’s going to be so important to breathe some life into these struggling industries as COVID restrictions ease.
RECOGNISE THE PRESSURE ON OUR RATEPAYERS
Our ratepayers are doing it tough. That’s why I advocated for the zero per cent rate rise in the City of Melbourne’s last budget. One of the biggest challenges we face in Melbourne is the cost of living pressure an economic downturn places on individuals, families and households. We’ll commit to a 20% rate discount for landlords who’ve discounted rent to their tenants of 50% or greater and qualified for the commercial tenancy relief package assessed by State Revenue Office.
Reviving our businesses will have the most significant positive impact on our residents and mum and dad investors. It will mean that they and their loved ones have jobs, it will provide them with the lifestyle they enjoyed before this pandemic hit and it will mean that once again, they can rent out their investment properties.
REVIVE THE CONSTRUCTION BOOM
We must accelerate our building works program, aiming high. It’s time to bring on E-Gate, Fisherman’s Bend and Metro 2. We need to support the construction sector and have our tradies busy building infrastructure for future generations.
My experience on SBS’ Filthy Rich and Homeless showed me that we need more homes, largely because people slip through the cracks. As housing is largely a state and federal government issue, local government often over-promises and under-delivers.
I am committed to doing what the City of Melbourne has control over and can see through to fruition, including:
- Appointing the first local government Chief Homelessness Advocate to work with State Government to turbocharge social housing and identify gaps in wrap-around services
- Double funding to our joint operation with homelessness agencies, Salvos and Victoria Police, to get our remaining rough sleepers, with highly complex mental health and addiction issues, off our streets
- Building 200 affordable homes on council-owned land
Read my full plan to revive Melbourne here.
Lisa is founder and director of CODI Agency, a content and digital marketing agency, co-founder of natural cosmetics brand 101 Lifestyle Co, and co-founder of Lisnic, a platform designed to help the business community find mentorship.
Lisa brings fresh ideas for reviving Melbourne and understands the concerns of businesses who feel they have been let down.
Jason is co-founder and CEO of Calia, a restaurant-to-retail brand created in Melbourne specialising in quality products and ingredients.
Jason employs hundreds of people in his restaurants across the city and knows all too well the impact COVID-19 is having on our beloved retail and hospitality industries.
A property consultant and architect with a focus on community building, Peter brings a wealth of experience to the team as a former Melbourne City Councillor and Chair of Planning. He served on Melbourne City’s Business Attraction Taskforce, the PM’s Gold Medal Access Strategy Reference Group and as former Chairman of VicUrban.
A public relations specialist and Melbourne City Councillor, Beverley’s strong focus has always been on connecting people with the city. Beverley chairs the People City portfolio and was responsible for selling the delights of Melbourne as Chair of the Marketing Melbourne portfolio when Melbourne consecutively retained the title of the World’s Most Liveable City. She has a 50-year record of committed charity work in the youth, disability and homelessness sectors.
Abdi is a clinical research professional and small business owner. He is passionate about community and youth development and has worked in the sector for over a decade, volunteering in leadership roles at local sports club, organisations and service providers.
He is committed to his community and is passionate about helping small businesses in Melbourne prosper.
A qualified lawyer, Appeals judge, Monash law lecturer and entrepreneurial businesswoman, Beverley was in the top ten female entrepreneurs in the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence and is listed in the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame. She understands next-generational needs, and the balance between justice and harmony. She is Chief of city-based corporate advisory business Honeylight Enterprises, and co-founder of an indigenous enterprise.
I have spent recent weeks and months speaking with the people of Melbourne about their ideas for how we can revive Melbourne: small business owners, rate-payers, start-ups, building owners, corporate Melbourne and industry associations.
I’d love to hear what you think. Please get in contact and sign up for updates on our campaign.