Candidate statements - Ginninderra

Updated 13 Oct 2020

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Gordon RAMSAY (ACT Labor)

Gordon RAMSAY

I’ve lived in the Belconnen area for over 20 years and I’m grateful for the opportunity you’ve given me to represent our community. Before becoming your local member, I worked in the community sector helping those in need and working for a stronger society. I established UnitingCare Kippax and grew it into one of Canberra’s most respected community service agencies. Before I became a Uniting Church Minister, I was a commercial lawyer in Sydney. I decided to stand as a representative for Ginninderra so that I could work even harder to make Canberra a place where everyone can belong, be valued and have the opportunity to participate fully. There is always more to do but here are just some of the things I am proud to have achieved for our community:

As Attorney-General I’ve reformed renting to be fairer; introduced better protection for children after the Royal Commission and better laws to crackdown on bikies and other criminal gangs; brought in a specific criminal offence for Elder Abuse; reduced the number of pokies in the ACT from 5000 to under 3900; created a Drug and Alcohol Court to better address substance addiction; and banned greyhound racing. As Business and Regulatory Services Minister, I have reduced red tape and costs for small business; and worked on the multi-million dollar COVID rescue package for community clubs and the hospitality sector.

As Building Quality Minister, I have more than doubled the number of the building inspectors; made directors of building companies personally liable for building defects; toughened licensing of builders and certifiers; and started work on licensing developers and structural engineers. As Seniors Minister I have doubled the amount of funding for Seniors groups; lowered the age of eligibility for the Seniors Card to 60; and created the Age-Friendly City Plan. As Veterans Minister, I have created more employment and mentoring opportunities for Veterans, greater recognition of Veterans at ACT event, doubled the amount of grant funding for Veterans groups, and secured a federal feasibility study to for a national Veterans mental health hub in Canberra.

And as Arts Minister, I have overseen record investment in the Arts in Canberra including through grants to artists, funding arts organisations, and supporting a diverse range of events; delivered Stage 2 of the Belconnen Arts Centre; and led the nation in providing support to keep the arts alive during the COVID-19 crisis.

That all keeps me pretty busy but in more relaxing moments, you will find me spending time with my wife and our son and daughter. As a family, we love music (my kids and I play several instruments between us), gardening (our entire back yard is chooks and veggies), and cooking (especially the recipes of that other Gordon Ramsay). You can also find me - or more likely hear me - at Brumbies games.

2020 has been a tough year for everyone but I am here, working for you. Experienced. Progressive. Inclusive.

CAMPAIGN PHONE 0476658357

CAMPAIGN EMAIL gordon.ramsay@actlabor.org.au

ACT LABOR CANDIDATE PAGE URL https://www.actlabor.org.au/people/ginninderra-candidates/gordon-ramsay/

Authorised by Melissa James for ACT Labor

Lara DREW (Animal Justice Party)

Lara DREW

Party: Animal Justice Party
Electorate: Ginninderra

Description of platform and policies:

My advocacy work is grounded in a larger social justice framework inclusive of animals, people, and the environment. For the past 12 years, I have led grassroots and public awareness initiatives to shine a spotlight on the atrocities of the kangaroo cull and headed investigations exposing the treatment of animals in factory farms. Combined with my advocacy work, I hold a PhD in Education and research and publish in the field of adult learning, social movements, community development and Critical Animal Studies. My research informs and shapes my advocacy work. If you are interested in initiatives that consider the interests of all sentient beings, not only those of human beings, vote “1” AJP.

Authorised by Jannah Fahiz, Animal Justice Party ACT

Mignonne CULLEN (Independent)

Mignonne CULLEN

I have been part of the Ginninderra community for almost 30 years with some time away for military service. It is time to step up and become a candidate.

As a former Registered Nurse/Midwife of 27-years’ experience in my early 40s I suffered serious health issues - now resolved. This gave me personal experience of the struggles of living with a disability. None of my training and experiences prepared me for the reality of such a situation. I began to fully understand the meaning of hardship.

Between casual work, study and raising children I dedicated time and energy to working on various advisory and management boards in the disability sector: A member of 12 years standing with People with Disabilities ACT, and a current board member; a member of the ACT government’s Office of Disabilities, Disability Reference Group from 2017 to 2019; a volunteer for Belconnen Community Services disability programme, Positive Links; and a member of Women With Disabilities, ACT.

Issues that affect the general community is often more severe in our ageing population, the disability community and other marginalised groups. Despite great efforts by advocacy groups this is the fourth election I’m aware of with the same issues of housing, employment and transport being raised because there has been little resolution.

Appropriate affordable housing for people living with disabilities is an acute situation. There is a reluctance by the major political parties to embrace changes to building design that would greatly enhance the living standards of many people, not only those of the disability sector.

Housing and employment have a symbiotic relationship, and so appropriate employment with tailored support is crucial for improving the life of some of the ACT’s most vulnerable citizens including the long term unemployed and members of the ageing population who want to participate in a work program.

For many Canberrans living with a disability and other marginalised groups the activities of daily living such as getting to and from work (if lucky to be employed), shops, appointments and a night out are reliant on the ACT public transport system and often incur out of pocket expenses. The constantly changing routes and timetables make the system too much of a challenge for some of our communities’ members. The worse scenario is when a person with mobility issues turns up for a service marked on the timetable as accessible when it is not. The ripple effect costs time, money and emotional energy to all involved.

My main focus if elected will be improving the quality of life for all Canberrans and ACT Government service delivery.

I care about people and I want our community and the people to thrive not just survive.

I have lived experiences - invaluable for prioritising and solving problems.

I ask you to choose your other candidates carefully.

Campaign Email: mignonne.cullen@gmail.com

Campaign Mob: 0407 385 777

Alan TUTT (Belco Party)

Alan TUTT

Hi I am Alan Tutt

I am proud to join Bill Stefaniak in the newly formed Belco Party as a candidate and stand at the upcoming ACT Legislative Assembly elections in October. I am a long-term Belconnen local, sporting identity and successful local businessman.

I was born and raised in Canberra. I have lived most of my life in the Belconnen district where my wife and I have raised two children. My children went to school in Scullin and Hawker. I was lucky to be a top ranked rover and left Canberra to play AFL in Adelaide and in Melbourne for St Kilda. I played in three premierships for the Ainslie AFL Club. One of my proudest moments was when I was named in the ACT AFL Team Of the Century.

I went to school at Ainslie Primary and Dickson High. After leaving school I qualified as a boilermaker and welder. Throughout my life I have played lots of sports at different levels including Baseball, Rugby, Cricket, Soccer and Softball. I am a long-time member of the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club. I love my dogs and expect the highest standards of ethics from others in the sport.

I love sport and want to share that passion and grow the opportunities for sport for everyone: young, older and everyone in between. As a kid who was encouraged in sport, I have seen firsthand the effects of the slow reduction of funding for junior sports. I want to stop this bad Government taking sports funding and ovals away.

After working in a number of Federal Government departments I start my own business in Belconnen. Over the last 21 years I have run my own business and have a small shop front in Hawker. Small businesses are struggling in this town. High rates, and fees and charges are killing off small businesses. I understand their struggle because it has also affected me and my family.

My roots are here in Canberra, I care about Belconnen and Canberra. I have a strong sporting background; I am a team player. The Labor/Green Government has made life exceedingly difficult for the residents of Canberra with skyrocketing rates. They have reduced bus services. The city has been allowed to become shabby and neglected. The inner-city elites have taken over at the expense of the everyday man and woman of Belconnen. I am one of those everyday men. I have had enough.

The reason I am running as a candidate for the Belco Party in the Ginninderra seat is because I want to put an end to this arrogant and disrespectful Labor/Green Government that has been around for 19 years.

I am delighted to join the Belco Party team. I bring lived experience of life in business and raising a family in Belconnen. If I am fortunate enough to be elected to the Legislative Assembly I promise to be hard working and honest MLA for all the people of Belconnen.

Thank you

Alan Tutt

Authorised by Shirley Stefaniak for Belco Party (ACT)
Website https://belcoparty.com.au/

Kacey LAM (Canberra Liberals)

Kacey LAM

Hi! My name is Kacey Lam, I’m your Liberal for Ginninderra.

I moved to Canberra 14 years ago, having grown up in Melbourne living behind our family milk bar – small business is in my blood.

I studied at the ANU, and majored in Indigenous Studies and International Development. I also have a degree in Business Law.

I have good fortune in having capacity to volunteer with local organisations including the Red Cross Emergency Services, Radio 1RPH as a volunteer reader, and Canberra Lion Dance.

I have also had great opportunities in public policy – as a public servant and a senior adviser to a Cabinet Minister.

After 19 years of the same government in the ACT, the neglect across our community in basic infrastructure, urban services and maintenance is stark. I saw this and thought, “Belconnen can do better than this”.

So I put my hand up to run! I want to use my background and skills to help make Canberra a better place. My understanding of the needs of the local community, coupled with my background in public policy means that I can translate what needs to be done into action.

I am proud of our plan for Belconnen. A Canberra Liberals government will deliver:

  • Upgrades to local shops including new public toilets
  • Improved footpaths across the Belconnen region
  • Upgrades to local ovals
  • Safety improvements to the College and Whelan Street intersection
  • A new dog park in West Belconnen
  • Better local services, including more mowing, pruning and street sweeping
  • Annual funding for Landcare ACT’s Ginninderra Catchment Group
  • A container deposit scheme for Jamison and Kippax shops
  • A feasibility study for a multipurpose indoor sports centre for West Belconnen.

The Canberra Liberals will also:

  • Reduce the cost of living by freezing rates for 4 years, reducing car registrations fees, and providing $200 Active and Creative Kids vouchers
  • Provide better access to health services by increasing bulk-billing rates and hiring 400 health workers, including 200 nurses, to drive down waiting times
  • Improve education standards by backing teachers to deliver better maths and literacy results for our students
  • Provide more bus services between Belconnen and key transport hubs
  • Protect our local environment by planting and caring for one million trees over the next decade
  • Strengthen our economy to create secure jobs, by backing small businesses and building infrastructure.

It has been a pleasure to meet so many community members who have so openly shared their experiences and concerns with me.

Thank you for being a part of my journey as your Liberal for Ginninderra.

More information: voteliberal.org.au/kacey

Facebook: facebook.com/KaceyLamLiberal

Authorised by Josh Manuatu for the Canberra Liberals

Yvette BERRY (ACT Labor)

Yvette BERRY

Hi I’m Yvette Berry the Labor member for Ginninderra.

I’ve lived in West Belconnen all my life. I grew up in public housing in Holt. And now I’m a single mum and I’m raising my own family here. I cannot imagine a better place to live.

I'm so proud to represent the community as the local member and Deputy Chief Minister. I've come to this role not by seeking it out, but by always fighting for the causes I believe in and for a community that is fair for everyone. Equity and fairness are the values I live and work by. They continue to drive me today.

As Minister for Education, I am committed to making sure that every child has access to a great education. I know parents what their kids to have the best tools to learn at school. That's why I provided every secondary student with a free Chromebook. And now I am leading the charge on expanding free preschool education to 3 year olds, so that even more kids get the best possible start in life.

Before being elected to parliament, I fought to secure jobs and fair wages for women, young people and migrant working lower-paid industries, like hospitality, early childhood education and security. Now as Minister, I made the decision to stop outsourcing and directly employ more than 300 public school cleaners. I am so happy to have been able to give these workers secure jobs with the ACT Government. Their work is so important right now.

I believe sport is the great leveller, and as Minister for Sport I have made it my mission to make sure everyone can participate. I've funded more opportunities for women and girls to play. And for the first time in history provided equal funding to Canberrans on both our Olympic and Paralympic teams.

With your support I will continue to work hard to make sure that there are secure jobs, that every child has the chance at a great education, and that our health system meets the needs of our growing city.

CAMPAIGN PHONE 0481342547

CAMPAIGN EMAIL yvette.berry@actlabor.org.au

ACT LABOR CANDIDATE PAGE URL https://www.actlabor.org.au/people/ginninderra-candidates/yvette-berry/

Authorised by Melissa James for ACT Labor

Greg LLOYD (ACT Labor)

Greg LLOYD

I am an executive-level public servant who has worked across a variety of policy and program areas. I hold law and economics degrees from the University of Queensland, and have significant experience in policy, legislation and regulation, and information technology and its use in citizen-facing applications.

As a part of the ACT Labor team, I hope to bring my experience and commitment to serving the long-term interests of Canberrans. I’m proud of Labor’s long history of fighting for economic and social justice. Looking forward, I am inspired by the ambitious but practical commitments of ACT Labor to address climate change at a local level while leading the nation, and plan for building Canberra as a liveable, modern city.

I grew up in regional Queensland. My Mum is an aged-care nurse and my Dad is a teacher’s aide in his semi-retirement after a long career as a sole-trading builder I attended public school my entire life, and was the first person in my family to attend and graduate from university.

I came to Canberra as an APS graduate. In my time in the public service, I’ve worked on small business programs, science policy, institutional responses to abuse program delivery, national security and productivity policy. Much of my job satisfaction comes from knowing I am durably improving Australia and the world through my work. I hope to derive this same satisfaction from being a representative for the electorate of Ginninderra in the Legislative Assembly.

In addition to working in the public service, I like to apply my efforts and time to help improve the community. I am an active volunteer with education groups including as a volunteer NASA science communicator and school competition judge, with sporting groups including as a parkrun run director, and with transport and planning community groups. In my personal capacity, I regularly review and comment upon development applications and provide submissions to Assembly committees.

I was motivated to run in this election by a belief that engagement with the political system is very important. Parliaments have an enormous effect on the lives of citizens, the fairness and sustainability of the economy and the health of the environment. Democracy only truly succeeds when decision makers are representative of their constituency and consider the full effect of their decisions. As a relatively young person with experience in policy-making, I know the importance of long-term policy that goes beyond election cycles.

For relaxation, I like to run – I have run at least 5km every single day for over six years, tallying up over 16,000km in this running streak. I regularly complete medium (5km) and long-distance (50km+) running events as an enthusiastic amateur. My hobbies include 3D printing and engineering, photography and graphic design.

CAMPAIGN EMAIL greg.lloyd@actlabor.org.au

ACT LABOR CANDIDATE PAGE URL https://www.actlabor.org.au/people/ginninderra-candidates/greg-lloyd/

Authorised by Melissa James for ACT Labor

Tim LIERSCH (The ACT Greens)

Tim LIERSCH

I’m an ecosystem data analyst, a unionist, and gamer. I’m passionate about government accountability and ensuring politicians listen to a full range of community voices, not only those with a corporate megaphone.

I want to see structural reform to the community councils which gives them the proper secretariat support to engage more meaningfully with their community districts. Real improvement to how people engage with development decisions begins with clearer communication to the community through mechanisms which have a community-based stake in the outcome.

I want to see our community clubs operating with more ethical business models. It’s not acceptable that the support they offer community organisations comes courtesy of poker machines. Those machines tear families apart. With live music and other new revenue streams, these venues can become a place for the next generation to gather and celebrate their community.

I want to take corporate advertising out of our community spaces. With advances in social media and online advertising, companies have more powerful tools to reach their target customers than ever before. We should take this as an opportunity to improve amenity and remove visual pollution from our offline spaces.

While Ginninderra is a great place to live, learn, work and play, we’re growing fast and missing the opportunity for sustainable, community-led development.

Together we have the tools to fight climate change, make our community more resilient and provide a decent home for everyone, but we need leadership.

That’s why the Greens plan for Belco includes:

  • Upgrading our footpaths, bus stops, bike paths, playgrounds and parks, and lighting them so everyone can feel safe.
  • Hourly weekend bus services and light rail for Belconnen
  • Fixing, cleaning and greening the Belconnen Town Centre
  • Respecting First Nations heritage by working with local First Nations people to rename key landmarks
  • A long-term ecological management and planting program for Ginninderra Creek

It has never been more important to have Greens in the Legislative Assembly. We need to pull the government in the right direction to protect people and the planet.

https://greens.org.au/act/person/tim-liersch

Authorised by Clancy Barnard for the ACT Greens

Oksana DEMETRIOS (Australian Climate Change Justice Party)

Oksana DEMETRIOS

My name is Oksana Demetrios ,born 1979 in Ukraine with a background of parents both being of Ukrainians. I have been in Canberra since 2011, prior I lived and worked in Europe in Cyprus where I met my husband. I work in a medium sized business as an assistant accountant and have wide exposure to the small business and family communities in Canberra. In particular I work with an understand the complexities of managing the book-keeping side of business and family finances.

We live in Bonner in our own house, we have two children, a son of 8 years and a daughter of 4 years old. Our son goes to Bonner primary school.

I think that Australia is wonderful country with many opportunities, anyway you were born or immigrated if you want to achieve something, you will achieve sooner or later. I am so proud to live in Canberra, I consider it a growing beautiful city, for young families, for raising children.

I believe that the Government should reconsider its policy of supporting unemployed healthy people, which should be limited to a short time, and introduce new programs to provide resources and opportunities for young people to create a full and productive live. The taxpayers purse would be better spent on adding a subsidy for single mothers and for children with disabilities. I will work hard for family and children's rights and the policy needs of young families to prosper and grow in our wonderful city. Please review more detailed information about our political platform below on our social media pages.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCU8m4OgZNxvmVcN2CthnA

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/climatechangejustice.com.au/

Website: www.climatechangejustice.com.au

Authorised by Petar Johnson for the Australian Climate Change Justice Party

Angela LOUNT (Belco Party)

Angela LOUNT

I am Angela Lount

I am a long time Canberran, mother, grandmother, small businessperson, singer and community volunteer. I have life experience which I believe suits me to appreciate the needs and aspirations of the widest range of Canberrans.

Understanding the diverse requirements of Canberrans after growing up here, I have been involved with so many community groups, including: President of a rugby club, President of the local school group, Organ Donor Awareness Foundation, Music ACT and CAPO.

I have seen Canberra’s health system struggle to provide the care it should be able to give. I have experienced my husband being on dialysis for over ten years awaiting a transplant and my mother with diagnosed; heart failure, kidney failure and diabetes all the time whilst bearing and raising four children. The doctors, nurses and allied staff of our health system are angels, but a failed system lets them and all of us down

As the President of a sporting club, and being involved in many sports with my children, it was very clear that all sporting groups were and are suffering, due to a lack of commitment from Government to make the health and fitness of our kids a priority and provide the resources needed to a strong sport and fitness culture.

When my children attended primary school, it was clear that there was a lack of funds for public schools for basic things such as cooling and heating just to mention a few, hence I volunteered on the school committee for over 6 years to assist with fundraising.

I have owned my own small catering business for over 20 years which has been involved in the event industry in Canberra and the local surrounds.  It is clear that events in the ACT assist with economic growth within Canberra due to the number of businesses that benefit from the influx of tourists.  Over the past 5 years the local government Events Team have been outsourcing catering to interstate business that are bringing in their own staff and supplies leaving Canberrans short on casual staff, and the support of local wholesalers. The flow on effect is that the money spent within the ACT is then taken out of the ACT, which is disappointing and effects a large number of businesses including my own.

These are just to mention a few of the areas I am keen to be active in if I am fortunate enough to be elected to the Legislative Assembly. We need strong economic growth in Canberra to enable us to live the wonderful lifestyles our parents and grandparents enjoyed, and which hopefully we can give to children and grandchildren.

I am running as a candidate for the Belco Party to help with these issues for the community and small business.

I would like to use my life experiences to bring real change for the better to the lives of everyone in the Ginninderra electorate and the whole of Canberra.

Thank you

Angela Lount

Authorised by Shirley Stefaniak for Belco Party (ACT)

Website               https://belcoparty.com.au/

Sok Kheng NGEP (Australian Climate Change Justice Party)

Sok NGEP

Sok,

Candidate for Ginninderra Electorate

Canberra is a great place to live and raise a family. Unfortunately the challenges have become a lot greater under the ACT Labor and ACT Green Government. I believe we need a change of Government and a different direction for Canberra to achieve the potential of our city.

Canberra has been my home for 23 years till now. And Dunlop is the best place to live in with hilltop views and grassland paddocks. I migrated from Cambodia 30 years ago. When I arrived to Australia in 1990, I worked two jobs as well as taking full time tertiary education study in Darwin.

In 1997, I moved to live in Canberra and got married to my wife and we have three beautiful daughters.

I continued studying my Diploma of business accounting and IT at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and completed the diploma and graduated. I was always been a small business operator ever since I completed my studies.

I am always very close to our Cambodian community in Canberra, and am involved with many preparing many multi-cultural food fairs and have been the Treasurer of the Cambodian Buddhist temple for many years. I always advocate for fairness and justice and for everyone to have a go.

I am very conscious of fossil fuel and coal. I drive hybrid or gas cars and have installed renewable energy solar system all over my rooftop. I take the practical steps that we can in Canberra to live well and do the right thing. I want to represent and stand up for small voices. I will bring integrity and fight to keep the promises of the government of the day at the ACT Legislative Assembly.

I will fight to keep most of our 6 billion dollars yearly budget for our local businesses to create jobs for our Canberrans. I believe is local small business and in growing the opportunity for Canberra business to prosper ahead of the multi-national corporations.

If I am elected to the ACT Assembly I will fight for the Australian Climate Change Justice Party policies to be implemented if I don’t win my fight I will not join them. I hope that you share with me Canberra’s values of opportunity for all, a clean and healthy environment, honesty, integrity and above all creating a good future for Canberra.

Take a look at our online resources for an introduction to our party platform:

Website: www.climatechangejustice.com.au

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/climatechangejustice.com.au/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCU8m4OgZNxvmVcN2CthnA

Authorised by Petar Johnson on behalf of the Australian Climate Change Justice Party

Ian McCLURE (Labour DLP)

Ian McCLURE

Ian McClure, Ginninderra (Labour DLP)

Hi, I'm Ian McClure and I am keen to work towards a democratic and free Canberra; a place where families and individuals can thrive in all seasons of their lives. As a Candidate in Ginninderra (Belconnen) for the Democratic Labour Party (Labour DLP), I will prioritise my efforts on key issues, such as ensuring discounted rates for low income earners and a cooperative government/private approach to a second hospital through an upgraded and modernised Calvary Hospital.

In relation to my background, I’ve been a Canberran since my family moved here in 1965. I went to Melrose High School, before completing my Undergraduate and Master's Degrees in Applied Linguistics at ANU. I also have a Diploma in Christian and Family Therapy from the Australian Institute of Family Counselling, ACT.

Until the Covid-19 downturn, I was the Operations Manager of the Greenhills Community Centre in Stromlo and prior to that was Pastor of the Hope Christian Church, located in the old naval station barracks, in Lawson.

With regards to my passion for serving the needs of the community, I’ve spent many years advocating for treatment and rehabilitation to help drug affected individuals (and their families), by facilitating pathways for their effective treatment and by envisioning a more hopeful and productive future.

I am married to Helen; my wife of 28 years and we have raised our 3 children in Canberra and have been foster parents to other children over many years.

Please feel free to contact me at Ian@dlp.org.au

Website: www.dlp.org.au

Authorised by John Smith for Labour DLP

Jo CLAY (The ACT Greens)

Jo CLAY

I’m Jo Clay, an artist, climate activist, CEO of recycling company Send and Shred and author of the Carbon Diet. I love Belconnen, having grown up in Weetangera and now living in Macquarie with my partner and daughter.

I’m running for the Greens because in a time of climate emergency, with increasing heatwaves, bushfires, smoke, storms and floods, we need to act.

I’ve been worried about climate change since I was a kid and now my daughter is asking me the same questions I asked my parents. It’s my job to give her an answer.

Thanks to Greens climate change Minister Shane Rattenbury, Canberra now has 100% renewable electricity. We did this with two of 25 seats in the Assembly.

With more Greens in government, we’ll show the rest of Australia what real climate action looks like, while making sure transition to a zero emission society is used to create a more economically just and equal society.

While Ginninderra is a great place to live, learn, work and play, we’re growing fast and missing the opportunity for sustainable, community-led development.

Together we have the tools to fight climate change, make our community more resilient and provide a decent home for everyone, but we need leadership.

That’s why the Greens plan for Belco includes:

  • Upgrading our footpaths, bus stops, bike paths, playgrounds and parks, and lighting them so everyone can feel safe.
  • Hourly weekend bus services and light rail for Belconnen
  • Fixing, cleaning and greening the Belconnen Town Centre
  • Respecting First Nations heritage by working with local First Nations people to rename key landmarks
  • A long-term ecological management and planting program for Ginninderra Creek

It has never been more important to have Greens in the Legislative Assembly. We need to pull the government in the right direction to protect people and the planet.

https://greens.org.au/act/person/jo-clay

Authorised by Clancy Barnard for the ACT Greens

Chic HENRY (Belco Party)

Chic HENRY

My name is Chic Henry

I am originally from Launceston in Tasmania. I came to the “big island” in 1964 to join the Army as a blacksmith apprentice. I learnt a trade, travelled to many parts of Australia and was eventually discharged in 1973. I lived in Brisbane for 14 years before moving to Canberra.

I am married and two daughters and one son. I am probably best known publicly for creating and staging the highly successful Summernats Car Festival. This was a wonderful experience where I met many amazing enthusiasts and colourful characters. I ran Summernats for 25 years before eventually selling it. This event made, and still makes, a significant contribution to tourism in Canberra. It received numerous tourism awards. As a result of the success of Summernats, I was enormously proud and honoured to have been made an Honorary Ambassador to the ACT.

I love sport and have always set high standards for myself. I am a capable swimmer, surfer and snow skier. I was twice selected in the Queensland water polo team.

My passion for high performance and custom cars was the impetus to stage a national event in the Nation’s Capital at the multi-purpose Natex facility (now Exhibition Park) in Canberra. Summernats commenced in 1988. I then moved to Canberra and raised my family.

I quickly learnt how to run a significant and successful business. The event had a staff of around eight throughout the year. During the event we employed several hundred people. I developed a strong understanding of all facets of human nature. An event like Summernats requires high levels of skill in crowd management, organising participants, contracting food and drink vendors and finding and supporting sponsors and corporates. As always, there was also government compliance requirements to be addressed. I developed a substantial understanding of event legal and insurance requirements. Of course, there were government officials to work with as well as Police and Emergency Services.

I needed and developed a strong connection with the local community. I have always believed in the value of attending workshops and conferences nationally and overseas to ensure I was aware of best practice for the business. I believe I have achieved a level of respect as a result of what my efforts have brought to Canberra and I am proud of that.

I have a special association with the Ginninderra community and its concerns and ask “Not just tell me, but show me” - - - how we can all work together. It may be parking at school drop-off and pickup time, rego costs, barking dogs, building regulations, green spaces or mental health.

I want to represent the Ginninderra electorate in every way possible and hope that if elected, those who voted for me are proud that they voted that way.

I will do my best and always say “Fear never holds me back”.

Chic doesn’t go away easily.

Regards

Chic Henry

Authorised by Shirley Stefaniak for Belco Party (ACT)

Website               https://belcoparty.com.au/

Matthew OGILVIE (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (ACT))

No information provided

Katt MILLNER (The ACT Greens)

Katt MILLNER

Party: ACT Greens

Electorate: Ginninderra

I’m Katt Millner, a queer activitist and feminist with a background in economics. I believe that grassroots democratic movements can empower all of us to create a society that prioritises people and the planet over profits.

Young people are underrepresented in a political system which will determine our futures. That’s why I want to see the vote given to 16 and 17 year olds, to ensure they are listened to by the government, and a ban on corporate donations so the interests of the community are put first. I want accessible mental health support, and continued education to provide people with higher quality support.

Young people are also facing a housing crisis, meaning many are unable to rent, let alone buy, a home. I want improved rental rights so young people have safe and secure housing, and continued action on climate change, so that we can continue to have a planet to live on.

While Ginninderra is a great place to live, learn, work and play, we’re growing fast and missing the opportunity for sustainable, community-led development.

Together we have the tools to fight climate change, make our community more resilient and provide a decent home for everyone, but we need leadership.

That’s why the Greens plan for Belco includes:

  • Upgrading our footpaths, bus stops, bike paths, playgrounds and parks, and lighting them so everyone can feel safe.
  • Hourly weekend bus services and light rail for Belconnen
  • Fixing, cleaning and greening the Belconnen Town Centre
  • Respecting First Nations heritage by working with local First Nations people to rename key landmarks
  • A long-term ecological management and planting program for Ginninderra Creek

It has never been more important to have Greens in the Legislative Assembly. We need to pull the government in the right direction to protect people and the planet.

https://greens.org.au/act/person/katt-millner

Authorised by Clancy Barnard for the ACT Greens

Paul GABRIEL (Sustainable Australia - Stop overdevelopment. Stop corruption.)

Paul GABRIEL

Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community party from the political centre, with a positive plan for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. We believe in an evidence-based approach to policy - not a left or right ideology.

Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. That is, operating within our environmental limits.

Unfortunately, due to unsustainable growth in human consumption and population, we are now compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To address this unsustainable growth, we need to ‘think global, act local’.

It’s time to protect our environment, stop overdevelopment and stop corruption.

If you vote for Sustainable Australia candidates (1 and 2) before other candidates and parties, you will send a clear protest message to all politicians that you want a truly sustainable ACT. A vote for Sustainable Australia will flow through at full value to your next preferences if we are not elected.

You can find further candidate details under ‘Elections’ on our website:

Website: http://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VoteSustainable

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VoteSustainable

Authorised by John Haydon, Sustainable Australia (ACT)

Bill STEFANIAK (Belco Party)

Bill STEFANIAK

Hello there, my name is Bill Stefaniak and I am standing for the 2020 elections in my old seat of Ginninderra as leader of the Belco Party. If elected, I hope to value add to the next Assembly as a result of my previous involvement as a member of the Assembly and my wider life experience

I was born in Canberra and went to Narrabundah High School and then the ANU. I am a former Public Prosecutor, Solicitor and Army Reserve Officer (Infantry Corps).

Previously I have been honoured to hold positions of Opposition leader, Attorney General, Minister for Education and Training, Sports, Recreation, Racing, Housing and a number of other portfolios in the ACT Legislative Assembly, from1995 until late 2001. Accordingly, I have extensive experience to bring to a job in the Assembly.

I was responsible for ensuring our suburbs in Belconnen were properly maintained and facilitating the building the Belconnen Pool (CISAC).

I brought in move on powers, making it easier for police to arrest and charge criminals, introducing compulsory sport and PE literacy and numeracy testing for all ACT government schools, introducing mandatory reporting of child abuse, increasing penalties for cruelty to animals, improving public housing and community housing,

With good management, I was able to oversee a drop in debt carried in the management of the social housing. In my first year 2.5 1 in 1995.

One of my proudest achievements in previous Assembly’s was to drop the burglary rate in the ACT by 50% by introducing tough bail laws that remain to this day.

After seven years as the inaugural Appeal President of ACAT and a 3 year stint as a part time Senior member of the AAT in Sydney, I am keen to offer my services again to the people of Belconnen as one of their 5 members in the new Assembly. My wife and I have over the last couple of years despaired at the lack of effective representation in the Assembly, especially when it comes to even just doing the basics of ensuring municipal services (rates roads and rubbish) are up to the mark.

Nineteen years in office is too long even for a good government and this current Green/Labor government ceased being a good government several years ago (about the time our rates started going through the roof). It amazes me that the Greens can preside over a net loss of 40,000 trees so as to (amongst other things) further the development of a concrete jungle of units.!

My aim and that of my party if we win a seat/s is to "Keep the Bastards Honest ".

Thanks for reading this. If elected and you need any assistance, please contact me, my door is always open.

Regards and Best Wishes

Bill Stefaniak AM RFD

Authorised by Shirley Stefaniak for Belco Party (ACT)

Website               https://belcoparty.com.au/

Peter CAIN (Canberra Liberals)

Peter CAIN

Peter Cain – Candidate Statement

The start of 2020 has reminded us of the importance of family and community, and of working together to improve what matters in Canberra.  My wife and I have lived in Evatt for over 20 years, where we raised our large family, who all attended a Belconnen college.  We have been volunteers at a community-focused church in Charnwood for nearly 20 years and have collected for charity for several years. We enjoy organic gardening and our backyard chickens.

I love living here in Belconnen but have felt, like so many others, the burden of increased rates and other charges, as well as fewer transport services.  Regarding the forgotten district of Belconnen, I welcome the Canberra Liberal commitment to:

  • New public toilets at the Macquarie, Florey, Weetangera, Evatt and Higgins Shops;
  • Improved footpaths in Hawker, Higgins, Macquarie, Cook, Lawson, Scullin, Spence and Dunlop;
  • Container deposit scheme for Jamison and Charnwood shops;
  • Trial of watersports on lake Ginninderra;
  • Feasibility study for a multipurpose indoor sports centre for West Belconnen;
  • Upgrades to local playgrounds;
  • New dog park in West Belconnen;
  • Safety improvements to College and Whelan Street intersection;
  • More mowing, pruning and street sweeping; and
  • Upgrades to Florey, Spence and McKellar Oval.

I am committed to freezing residential rates, bringing back bus services, protecting our environment by planting and caring for one million trees, and planning for a more beautiful and greener Canberra.

I am passionate about the efficient administration of justice and for better planning outcomes for the whole of Canberra.  As a senior public servant, I understand the benefits of a strong and robust public service sector.  I am keen to see our city developed, while promoting a beautiful and green living environment.  Listening to families, community groups and businesses, it is clear to me that the priorities of this tired government are not appreciated – it is now more than ever that we need a Canberra Liberal government.

To demonstrate that I have the experience to play a significant role in government, listed below are some of my key professional achievements:

  • Bachelor of Mathematics (Hons) followed by high school teaching in NSW;
  • Teacher and principal at non-government schools in South Australia and the ACT;
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Canberra;
  • Vice President, ACT Law Society, for three consecutive years up to late September this year;
  • Director within ACT Treasury; and
  • Accredited Mediator, and a mentor within both the ACT government and the ACT Law Society.

The Canberra Liberals will endeavour to make Canberra a better, more beautiful place to work, live and raise a family.

More information: voteliberal.org.au/petercain/

Facebook: facebook.com/petercainliberal/

Authorised by Josh Manuatu for the Canberra Liberals

Tara CHEYNE (ACT Labor)

Tara CHEYNE

Like you, I live here and I love it - and I care.

After spending the first 20 years of my life in Queensland, it wasn’t until I moved to Belconnen that I felt I’d found my home – somewhere I loved and felt a real sense of belonging. While enjoying a rewarding career as a Director in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, my passion was working with the Belconnen community. I joined the Belconnen Community Council as a first step to helping make Belconnen even better and served as its Chair. I blogged about all things Canberra at In The Taratory and served as secretary of the Belconnen Arts Centre Board.

I was proud of my community achievements but wanted to do more to make Belconnen even better – which is why I put my hand up to run in 2016, becoming a member of the first majority-female parliament in Australia’s history.

In my first term, I’ve held the role of Government Whip and Special Secretary to the Chief Minister and served on 13 committees. This year, I introduced and secured unanimous support for legislation so that families of an organ donor can have this recognised on their loved one’s death certificate – an Australian first.

As your local member, I pride myself on being available and accessible. In addition to the multiple channels where constituents can reach me, I proactively reach out, such as through regular mobile offices, going door to door, volunteering at many fetes, community events and meetings, running numerous petitions, and engaging through social media. In this way, I can best understand what’s important, effectively pursue outcomes, and get results on the things that matter.

In this term, our city’s become powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, we have the beginnings of a city-wide light rail network, and we have the lowest unemployment rate in the country. I’ve been proud to deliver on:

- Green waste bins
- Construction of the Belco Bikeway
- Completion of the expanded Belconnen Arts Centre
- Kerbside bulky waste collections

I’ve consistently been your voice on local matters and health issues, and I’ve fought – and will continue to fight – to restore the ACT’s ability to be able to legislate for voluntary assisted dying.

If re-elected, ACT Labor will grow Canberra’s employment base to 250,000 jobs by 2025, including:

- creating jobs in the clean energy sector to tackle large sources of emissions
- 400 more doctors, nurses and other health professionals
- More than 400 teachers and support staff

Locally, I have advocated for and, if re-elected, look forward to:

- $500,000 for playgrounds in Aranda
- New trees in the Jamison car park and upgrades at the Macquarie local shops
- Completion of a feasibility study to widen the paths at Lake Ginninderra
- Footpath upgrades throughout the region

I have degrees in Journalism and Arts from the University of Queensland, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Canberra.

Keep me working for you.

CAMPAIGN EMAIL tara.cheyne@actlabor.org.au

ACT LABOR CANDIDATE PAGE URL https://actlabor.org.au/people/ginninderra-candidates/tara-cheyne/

Authorised by Melissa James for ACT Labor

Jonathan STAVRIDIS (Australian Climate Change Justice Party)

Jonathan STAVRIDIS

Hello my name is Jonathan 'Stav' Stavridis and I've lived in Canberra for most of my life. I'm proud to be in the capital as It's a beautiful part of Australia that has so much pristine nature in a short distance in every direction.

The politics is something that I feel could have a stronger sense of community, and a keener focus to what is going to affect us as a nation and as a species in the generations to come. While I have no doubt of the complexities that massive social change produces, I feel it is imperative we put much more focus on the longevity of our existence, not just the immediate comforts we so much enjoy today. This should include moving fast and effectively towards a much a greener, informed and united society; renewable energy for every household, lower carbon emissions, just taxes on the rich companies milking the earth of her resources, ancient knowledge sharing societies and affordable land for young Australians.

The Australian Climate Change Justice Party upholds those values, and that's why I support them and am running as a candidate in Ginninderra. I invite you to take a close look at our approach to evolving Canberra at this important time.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCU8m4OgZNxvmVcN2CthnA

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/climatechangejustice.com.au/

Website: www.climatechangejustice.com.au

Authorised by Petar Johnson for the Australian Climate Change Justice Party

Sue DUCKER (ACT Labor)

Sue DUCKER

I live with my family in West Belconnen, and I’m running as a candidate in the ACT Election because I want our community to be one where we value all families, secure jobs, a vibrant economy, public services including education and health, and the environment. I want our community to be one where we measure our success by how secure, healthy and happy we are, and where our actions prove we care about the environment our children will inherit. A place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

CAMPAIGN PHONE 0488852735

CAMPAIGN EMAIL sue.ducker@actlabor.org.au

ACT LABOR CANDIDATE PAGE URL https://actlabor.org.au/people/ginninderra-candidates/sue-ducker/

Authorised by Melissa James for ACT Labor

Mark O'CONNOR (Sustainable Australia - Stop overdevelopment. Stop corruption.)

Mark OCONNOR

Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community party from the political centre, with a positive plan for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. We believe in an evidence-based approach to policy - not a left or right ideology.

Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. That is, operating within our environmental limits.

Unfortunately, due to unsustainable growth in human consumption and population, we are now compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To address this unsustainable growth, we need to ‘think global, act local’.

It’s time to protect our environment, stop overdevelopment and stop corruption.

If you vote for Sustainable Australia candidates (1 and 2) before other candidates and parties, you will send a clear protest message to all politicians that you want a truly sustainable ACT. A vote for Sustainable Australia will flow through at full value to your next preferences if we are not elected.

You can find further candidate details under ‘Elections’ on our website:

Website: http://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VoteSustainable

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VoteSustainable

Authorised by John Haydon, Sustainable Australia (ACT)

Ignatius ROZARIO (Canberra Liberals)

Ignatius ZORARIO

I’m Ignatius Rozario, your Liberal Candidate for Ginninderra.

Like you, I love Belconnen. I want to make Belconnen the best place to live, work and raise a family and I will bring my experience as a senior accountant and consultant to deliver for you and your family.

Having lived in the electorate for 18 years, I am passionate about the issues that impact Belconnen residents. Living, working, volunteering and raising a family in Belconnen, I have fallen in love with its community spirit. That’s why I’m putting myself forward to be a strong local voice for Belconnen.

As a member of the Calvary Hospital Advisory Council, I am passionate about delivering a better health system with lower waiting times and better health care.

As a Dad with a young family and a mortgage, I know how hard families are working to make ends meet. That’s why I am passionate about delivering better outcomes for our local community. It’s time to return the focus of the ACT Government to the local services that matter to all Canberrans.

My strong plan for Belconnen:

  1. Strengthen Canberra’s Economy to create secure jobs and help families to get ahead by backing local small businesses and building infrastructure.
  2. Reduce the cost of living for families by freezing rates and delivering rent relief from day one and better managing the ACT Budget so it works for you and your family.
  3. Provide better access to health services by investing in more frontline doctors, nurses, and specialists to drive down waiting times.
  4. Fix Labor’s transport bungles by reinstating school buses and delivering more public transport services to get you and your family to where they need to be more effectively.
  5. Improve education standards by backing teachers to deliver better maths and literacy results for our students.
  6. Address the homeless issue by better targeted support for the homeless.
  7. Improve and maintain our suburbs by fixing our roads, footpaths and mowing the grass and upgrade the playground.
  8. Protect the local environment by planting 1 million trees over 10 years and implementing a greenspace guarantee and better caring for Lake Ginninderra.

This is why I’m seeking your support at the ACT election on 17 October. Together, we can create an exciting future for Belconnen.

If elected, I’ll be working hard to represent you, listening to your concerns and making sure your voice is heard.

For lower taxes and better services, I ask you to vote 1 Ignatius Rozario, and 2 to 5 Liberal.

More information: voteliberal.org.au/Ignatius

Facebook: facebook.com/ignatiusrozarioliberal/

Authorised by Josh Manuatu for the Canberra Liberals

Robert GUNNING (Canberra Liberals)

Robert GUNNING

Robert Gunning - Ginninderra

I’m running in the October 2020 ACT election because Belconnen families deserve better.

I’ve lived in Belconnen for 40 years, raised my children here, and now enjoy seeing them raise their kids here too.

As a family, we’ve grown from 2 to 10 people living in Belconnen, and we all love it here.

But I’m worried that the cost of living in Belconnen, poor public transport options and long commute times, mean the younger generation including my grandchildren will never be able to afford - or even want to - live in Belconnen when they grow up because we seem to be the region last on the list of government investment.

The ACT Government has continually neglected Belconnen families for a long time now.

That’s why we need a change of our local government and it’s why I’m running as a Liberal candidate in the current election. Local governments need to work for families, and they need people with the know-how and proven ability to deliver and get things done.

A bit about me

I have a proven track record, having worked in both the public and private sectors, and have also been involved in community activities. I listen to people and then deliver results, for example:

  • I founded the Save Calvary group that successfully helped save Calvary Hospital from being closed as we know it
  • I was Chair of the Parents and Citizens Association and member of the Board at Belconnen High School when my daughters were attending
  • As an Assistant Secretary in the federal government I shaped transport policy at a national level
  • For over 20 years, I was a partner of a local small business that helped a range of industries manage their relationships with federal and state governments
  • I now strive to help local small business ventures through investing in specific projects, which allows them to grow.

Issues

Having already knocked on 18,000 doors across Canberra in the last few years, the most common thing I hear is that people are frustrated with the ACT Government for having the wrong priorities.

If elected, I’ll work hard to ensure the issues that are important to Belconnen residents are heard and addressed.

Robert Gunning

Gunning for a Better Belconnen

0424 507 311

More information: voteliberal.org.au/gunningforbelco

Facebook: facebook.com/robertgunningginninderra

Authorised by Josh Manuatu for the Canberra Liberals

Carolyne DREW (Animal Justice Party)

Carolyne DREW

Party: Animal Justice Party
Electorate: Ginninderra

Description of platform and policies:

Broadly, as an AJP candidate for the seat of Ginninderra, I want to protect the environment that wildlife, and the people of Ginninderra, call home. With encroaching development as the population expands, I want to bring about a new model of development based on kindness and compassion for both animals and people rather than one of disregard. Understanding that kindness and compassion also underpin social justice and equity, important to the heart of any community.

More specifically, as a passionate advocate for animal rights a major focus is the plight of kangaroos. I want to end the annual cull and end the landholder licences that allow for killing of kangaroos in rural zones. Along with this I want to see the use of 1080 and other indiscriminate poisons ended because of the threat not only to wildlife, but the well-being of peoples’ pets. I also want to see more significant funding of the trap, neuter, and release management (TNRM) programs to bring about a positive effect to colony cats’ well-being and ultimately bring to an end unwanted cats having to eke out an existence on the periphery of the suburbs.

Here is your chance to vote for a kinder vision by voting number “1” for the AJP in Ginninderra.

Authorised by Jannah Fahiz, Animal Justice Party ACT

Oliver SMITH (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (ACT))

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Helen McCLURE (Labour DLP)

Helen McCLURE

Helen McClure, Ginninderra (Labour DLP)

Hi, I am Helen McClure and I’m standing as a Candidate for the Democratic Labour Party (Labour DLP) in Ginninderra (Belconnen).

My policy priorities are in the areas of strengthening the family unit, ensuring fairness and more parental control over education funding, improving disability support and lowering rates for low income earners.

With regards to my background, I moved from Tamworth to Canberra in 1992, to study at ANU, where I met and later married Ian, my husband of 28 years. We raised our 3 children, who have been home-schooled by me, and have also helped to provide nurturing care and support to a number of children, as foster parents over many years.

After completing a Degree in Linguistics and a Graduate Diploma in East Asian Studies, I worked for some time in the federal public service before devoting myself to the raising of our children.

If elected in Ginninderra, I would additionally want to work on the implementation of the recommendations of the 'Our Booris, Our Way' Review, which aims at giving our Aboriginal community organisations, the ability to determine how Aboriginal children are cared for in their communities.

Thank you and please feel free to contact me at helen@dlp.org.au

Website: www.dlp.org.au

Authorised by John Smith for Labour DLP

Elizabeth KIKKERT (Canberra Liberals)

Elizabeth KIKKERT

ELIZABETH KIKKERT - Ginninderra

I am standing again as a candidate for a seat in the Ginninderra Electorate because too often Belconnen and its residents have been neglected and forgotten.

I have spent my life raising five children to be good citizens. I have volunteered within our community for decades, supporting individuals and families. And I have assisted my husband in running a small family law practice out of our home for six years.

We have done all this because we are passionate about strengthening families and individuals and doing the things that we know help make communities better.

As ACT Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services over the past four years, I have continually championed families trapped in our territory’s failing child protection system.  As a local member for Ginninderra, I successfully got traffic lights installed at Charnwood to protect the safety of all residents. I have also fought to improve broken and uneven footpaths in our suburbs and have advocated for better local bus services, improvements to our parks, and recycling bins for our shops.

I believe that genuine consultation is crucial. I have always consulted directly with residents and will continue to do so to get things done. I will tackle issues head-on, including reforming the broken child protection system and ending the neglect of the Ginninderra Electorate.

Together we can kick goals and beat today’s challenges to rebuild our city after COVID-19, making it even better. The Canberra Liberals have a detailed plan to make Canberra the best place to live, work and raise a family. We will reduce your tax burden and deliver better services through a common-sense approach.

I am honoured to be your candidate for the Canberra Liberals. I am eager to complete efforts that I have already begun in our community and to implement policies that will make our community even better.

These policies include but are not limited to:

  • freezing rates for four years to save families $1,500
  • reducing the cost of car registration for private and work vehicles
  • providing 1,200 new affordable dwellings
  • expanding and improving the shared equity program
  • restoring family-friendly bus commutes
  • building new dedicated off-road cycleways to provide direct links between our town centres
  • offering better support for mental health
  • delivering better health care, including more gap-free doctors in Belconnen
  • planting 1 million trees over 10 years and implementing a greenspace guarantee.
  • increase Canberra's police force

The Canberra Liberals and I are committed to reducing cost-of-living pressures and making Canberra the best place in Australia to live, work and raise a family.

For lower taxes and better services, vote 1 Elizabeth Kikkert and 2 to 5 Liberal.

More information: voteliberal.org.au/kikkert

Facebook: facebook.com/elizabeth.kikkert/

Authorised by Josh Manuatu for the Canberra Liberals

Vijay DUBEY (Belco Party)

Vijay Dubey

My name is Vijay Dubey, and I am contesting election for the seat of Ginninderra. My family and I love Canberra and call Canberra home.

I am married and my wife is a public servant, she is also my inspiration and support. We have two beautiful daughters. My mother is the heart of our family. Canberra is a wonderful city to have a family. We love Belconnen and live in Belconnen. My daughters have attended Aranda PS, Canberra High School and Belconnen High School. We love walking around our beautiful city especially along the shores of Lake Ginninderra.

But I worry that Belconnen is in decline. The current government has lost the plot. If you drive down the streets of Canberra, you will notice the impact of the high cost of living. Businesses are down and struggling, people are unhappy. Homelessness is on the rise, rates and cost of living has rocketed up.

Canberra is a tiny community as compared to other states, still, we are the highest paying community in terms of education, health, prison, childcare costs, fuel cost and rental stress.

I think we can do better. I can change all this negative vibe within Canberra. I know what needs to be done to support jobs and create opportunities; help our youth to get direction towards entrepreneurship, sports and other leadership programs.

I will strive hard towards making Canberra lowest in terms of rates, taxes and fees and highest in terms of basic services, quality education and health.

I am small business owner, teacher and public servant who has lived for over a decade in Belconnen and has called Aranda, Macquarie, and Scullin home. My working experience includes roles with state and federal agencies including Health and the Bureau of Statistics. I have a master’s degree in education from Griffith University. I am a teacher and teach mathematics and physics.

I am worried about our future, our excessive rates and the misguided priorities of a greedy out of touch government. I worry about the negative energy that pervades the city. I want to bring back Canberra and especially Belconnen Back to its glory days.

I am on a mission to help average middle-class people, those who are surviving on fortnightly salary and those who are doing tough in this community. I have been involved for a long time in community welfare and I am familiar with negative energy that pervades Canberra.

I was involved in a small voluntary group called Help Canberra which was handyman service helping struggling families and old aged people in need. We mowed lawns, cleaned windows and gutters. I have seen what it is like in this city to struggle to survive.

I have a Vision for a better future for Belconnen which is why I am an active member of the Belco Party team.

With the rest of the Belco Party team I have a focus on improving the lives of all residents of Belconnen.

Thank you

Vijay Dubey

Authorised by Shirley Stefaniak for Belco Party (ACT)

Website               https://belcoparty.com.au/

Dominic DE LUCA (Liberal Democrats)

Dominic de Luca has lived and worked in Canberra almost 30 years. He has worked in the private and public sector in a wide variety of roles and industries and is an active member of the community. He is currently an APS employee and runs a small freelance design business.

Dominic supports the individual’s right to live their life freely and unhindered so long as they respect the same right for others. He believes in the power of local government to best represent its constituents. Dominic wants Canberrans to be more in control of their life, their community and the future direction of their city.

- Written and authorised by Dominic de Luca, Bruce, ACT, 2617

Guy JAKEMAN (Liberal Democrats)

Guy is a Libertarian who has lived in Canberra for over 20 years working in both the public and private sectors. He is a passionate supporter of the community and is an active volunteer in multiple charities and not-for-profit community groups.

Guy believes the ACT Government needs to focus on improving service delivery, and doing so more affordably. Waiting times in our justice, public hospital, and emergency accommodation systems are appalling and need to be cut dramatically. The ACT’s educational outcomes need to be improved. Guy supports the creation of independent public schools and allowing greater school choice by parents.

Canberrans should be free to do anything that’s peaceful, where reasonable precautions have been taken to avoid injury to others. Achieving this means legalising cannabis, voluntary assisted dying, vaping, electric scooters, outdoor recreation, fireworks, airsoft, and allowing a night-time economy that can operate affordably at the times that the people want.

- Written and authorised by Guy Jakeman, Florey, ACT, 2615