The theatrics of Obama v Romney mean little compared to the high times and intrigue of the upcoming campaign and resultant election day in the City of Port Phillip. Make sure you head to your local polling booth on Saturday 27th October to have your voice heard via the ballot box. Voting is compulsory for all residents, unless you are aged 70 and over or you are a non-resident. Let the campaign begin! In today’s blog Chisholm & Gamon share some nuggets of information about the interesting nominees up for your consideration.
- Three-time former City of Port Phillip Mayor Dick Gross once again has his eyes on the prize and has nominated to run as a Port Phillip councillor. Flamboyant and recognizable, Dick is also a keen tap dancer, author and journalist. A member of the Order of Australia and recent actor in the Sesame Street Muppet Show, Dick hopes that upon his re-election he will be able to ‘right the ship’ which has ‘ossified’ under current leadership.
- Women make up a third of all nominees in this year’s council elections (across the state), with 659 females nominated. 80% of wards have at least one female looking for election, which is up an impressive 75% since 2008. Local council elections have become increasingly publicized, likely helped by the immediacy of social media marketing and perhaps a shift in communities towards higher political engagement.
- The City of Port Phillip will have four under-30 nominees competing for a spot on council at the upcoming election. In a brief report in the latest Port Phillip Leader, the four youthful would-be councillors spoke about their primary focus should they be elected. These range from finding creative solutions to social housing to improving public facilities such as bathrooms and train stations. For more details on these nominees and their ideas, click here.