MEER THE CANDIDATES FORUM

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.”

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