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Media Release: United call to support genuine candidates

By November 6, 2008No Comments

Genuine candidates in the Maroondah City Council elections have formed amid growing concern over candidates aligned with developers or resorting to the use of ‘dummy candidates’

“The candidates featured on the website do not have running mates and are not aligned with the influx of developer interests”, Alex Makin, candidate for the Mullum Ward said. “The purpose of the website is not to favour one individual above the other but to demonstrate the choice that the community has when casting their vote.”

Elections in Maroondah are conducted via postal ballot, which will arrive between the 12th and 14th of November. Ballots must be returned by 6:00pm on the 29th of November.

“Local democracy suffers when we have candidates that are standing simply to act as feeders for other candidates. The community has a right to know who those feeders are, what each candidate stands for and the depth of their involvement in the community”, Cr. Makin said. “I urge the community to check the community involvement of each candidate before casting their vote.”

“Please visit and make an informed choice this election. While I actively seek your vote, should you not wish to allocate your first preference to me, then please vote only for another genuine candidate”, Cr. Makin concluded.

About Alex Makin:

Alex Makin was elected in November 2005 as the Councillor for Loughnan’s Hill ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex, currently the youngest councillor elected within the history of the City of Maroondah, is involved with the Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau, Croydon Conservation Society, the Ringwood Spiders Football Club, North Ringwood Community House, Eastern Volunteers and the Disabilities Action Group. Alex has a regularly updated website and blog at


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Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:

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