As an independent councillor and candidate, I aim to work constructively with all political parties and individuals to deliver better outcomes for our community. The bi-partisan agreement to abolish zone three is an example of this, as is the first stage of funding that was announced for Ringwood Station and much needed public transport improvements.
It has unfortunately been reported that Adam Pepper, the Greens Candidate for Mullum, was instructing supporters not to preference me in the council elections. I am pleased to state that this has been corrected and Adam has written the following letter to clarify this:
In the current election campaign candidates have raised issues such as who is a genuine candidate, mobile phone use and the state of our footpaths. While these issues are important and need to be addressed over time, I believe one issue should stand out for all candidates over the next 4 years.
Last night I attended the Eastern Region Climate Forum where Dr David Spratt spoke of the urgency for all levels of Government to work towards avoiding dangerous climate change, where the tipping point may only be years away. He urged all of us to become leaders in attempting to stop dangerous climate change. A recent article in the Education Age (17/11) highlighted the reluctance of a large percentage of young people to make changes that will improve the sustainability of of society. Our society needs young leaders on this issue.
Alex Makin is one of the few candidates with a track record of attempting to take action on climate issues. People concerned about climate change should preference towards him and support him when he is elected.
Local Government can play a vital role in addressing dangerous climate change, and I hope that candidates who are willing to be leaders on this issue are elected as I have tried to support them through my official preference list.
Australian Greens Candidate for Mullum Ward
The relationships I have with individuals and political parties is crucial in delivering outcomes that are making a difference to our community. I appreciate the constructive relationship I have with the Greens and for their acknowledgement of my work in reducing greenhouse emissions and acting on climate change.
Adam Pepper, who is the only party candidate that is upfront about his political affiliations, has run a dignified campaign and I applaud him for his stance on climate change and local issues.