The Mullum Candidates’ Forum was held this evening at North Ringwood Community House. The forum provided an opportunity for the ratepayers and residents to raise their issues and concerns with the candidates of the Mullum Ward.

While it was unfortunate that six candidates chose to snub the community and not attend the forum, it was pleasing to see each of the genuine candidates; Jo-anne Taylor, Peter Feeney, Nora Lamont and myself attend the evening. The failure of the other candidates to attend the forum demonstrates a lack of commitment and proves that they are not genuine in the election.

The need for the redevelopment of Ringwood Station, as well as the relocation of North Ringwood Community House, greater accountability and environmental sustainability were the main topics that were discussed during the evening.

As a candidate I have committed myself to further advocacy to seek the redevelopment of Ringwood Station into an accessible and safe transport interchange, the relocation of North Ringwood Community House, more footpaths and accessibility and sustainability improvements across Maroondah. I am also committed to improving the accountability of council and I will continue to regularly update my website, blog and Internet Journal.

I would like to thank North Ringwood Community House for hosting the only candidates’ forum in this election and to members of the community who attended and asked questions of the candidates.

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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