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Council Report – March 2021

Hi all. The last couple of months has been busy as usual, full of meetings with local residents, reading up on policies and strategies that council is pursuing, and thinking through the “bigger picture” issues. Here is a snapshot of that time. I chaired, for the first time, our municipal fire management committee – it was excellent to connect with so many qualified people who are working together to ensure we are prepared for fire […]

Have you been invited?

Have you got an envelope in the letterbox that looks like the one in the photo? If so, then congratulations! You have been randomly invited to put your name forward for a “community panel”. What is this “community panel”? It is part of the Imagine Greater Bendigo project that is happening at the moment, which is all about planning for Bendigo’s future. If you have received an invitation, you can put your name forward to […]

Facebook News Block

That my page has been blocked is not a big deal, in my opinion. I’m still on Instagram and I have a website, so my ability to communicate with the public through online media has hardly been compromised. But it has given me pause to consider how I communicate with people online.

Report to Council – January 2021

Hi all. Each month at the public council meeting, a councillor gets to give a longer report to council. This is mine from 25th January 2021. I want to start my report with a small anecdote which I think helpfully opens up a few of the opportunities and challenges of council over the next few years. I had a request from a resident in the Whipstick Ward – let’s call him Rob. Rob lives in […]

Bendigo Council Mayoral Election 2020

Part of my intent in keeping my campaign website going is to discuss issues in our city, but also to inform residents about the democratic processes of your council. This time: the mayoral elections. I’ll look at my principles for how I will decide who I will be voting for, a few interesting details about the process, and how voting works. This week, your elected councillors will be electing one of our number to be […]

Installation Speech

On the evening of Tuesday 10th November, the council of Greater Bendigo was installed. This was the short speech I gave. First, I thank my family and friends and all those who contributed to my campaign, especially my wife Kylie, who encouraged me into standing for council. It is no small thing to be a local councillor, and I am grateful and a little overwhelmed by the support I have received. Second, I hope that […]

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