Archive for October, 2018


    The following is an extract of the speech I made at the Meet the Candidates forum in Beaumaris on 31 Oct 2018. For more information about our community campaign, please do not hesitate to get in touch through the above contacts.

     “When I first moved here a few years ago, I was struck at the appalling state of the beach at the end of my street. I came home after a run one morning and said to my wife Megan ‘I want to get rid of these ugly storm water pipes from the beach’. We formed No Pipes Foreshore, held public meetings, signed petitions and after five years of campaigning the pipes were gone.

     It was the same with the Beaumaris Hotel, the Bay Road Towers and of course the Beaumaris Campus where my son was doing year 8 when the Liberal Government closed the school. It is now a thriving, successful world-class secondary school, attracting hundreds back to local public education in Beaumaris. These campaigns work, and they work because you know we have been completely neglected for investment for decades and when the community is mobilised we can GET THINGS DONE.

     I am not attached to any party because I think the current party political system is just not working. The parties are spending so much time and energy on their organisations and winning seats and they are not listening to us. There are Branch meetings, State meetings, Parliamentary Party meetings, State conferences, Federal Conferences and all the fundraisers you are expected to attend particularly if you are in a safe seat, but nothing really ever happens.

     Alternatively, you can have someone like me representing you. An Independent. I’ve had the time to volunteer on local club committees, school councils, campaigns against inappropriate development like the Mentone Hotel and I’m now a Councillor with Bayside Council. All of this voluntary work is how you learn to work with the community to GET THINGS DONE. I’m committed to listening to you, talking with you and getting a better deal for everyone who lives in the seat of Sandringham. Thank you.”


    I am excited to tell you that I am announcing today that I am contesting the seat of Sandringham again in next month’s Victorian State Election.

    With your help, we can change the lack of action in our local area, and Get Things Done. As your Independent member of Parliament, there is so much that could be achieved for our local community. I can’t wait to start talking with you about what matters to you, your family and your friends most in 2018. From my initial conversations over the last few weeks and months, it seems there are some key areas of real concern to local people:

    • Environment - Rickett’s Point Marine Park needs expanding so that we can protect this amazing natural space for us all to enjoy.
    • Education - our local public secondary schools desperately need real and significant investment right now
    • Development - there are great developments being proposed in our area, but there are also ones that must be stopped or re-designed

    Like 2014, this will be a community campaign. To be an effective representative for you, I want to work with you, talk with you and listen to you. Together, we can effect real change in the seat of Sandringham and make the Government listen to us and act. 

    With your support and your help – we can Get Things Done.

    Please do get in touch and tell me the three things that matter to you and what will decide your vote this November. I would love to hear from you.

    Mobile: 0412 259 631
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    I’ll also be out and about at local shopping centres and train stations over the next few weeks, so please pop by, say hi, have a chat, and let’s Get Things Done!   Thanks, Clarke