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Make your vote count on election day

10 November 2014

The City of Greater Dandenong is a diverse municipality made up of people with vastly different needs. Council believes that the State Government should do more to support their community and has prepared a comprehensive document seeking candidates’ support around key issues.  

Download Greater Dandenong's State Election Issues Advocacy document (PDF - 3.19MB)
View "Greater Dandenong's state election wishlist" media release"


Key issues

Council is focusing on securing support for four key issues:

Reduced density and number of gaming machines

Gaming machines are a dreadful temptation for people with a gambling problem and unfortunately our city has a higher than average proportion of people with gambling addiction. We call on all candidates to commit to reducing the number of pokies in Greater Dandenong.


Funding for the South East Business Networks pilot program to support manufacturing

Our region has a high concentration of automotive component suppliers and they are at risk. The Council seeks $325,000 from government to develop a program to identify and support companies in financial distress. Support would focus on protecting local jobs.


A new bus route within Keysborough South

Keysborough’s population is growing rapidly yet there is no plan to increase public transport. The Council calls on candidates’ to commit to a new bus route in Keysborough linking residents, schools, churches and activity centres.

See proposed bus route (PDF - 3MB)


Closure of Lyndhurst Landfill

The Lyndhurst Landfill poses an unacceptable risk to Dandenong residents and workers. How much longer must we endure contaminated soil, poisonous liquids and asbestos being dumped there? Lyndhurst is the only hazardous waste facility in Victoria – yet it is located near residential growth neighbourhoods.

Greater Dandenong calls on major parties to:

  • find an alternative site and say when Lyndhurst will close
  • immediately prohibit dumping of asbestos
  • double the levy on dumping hazardous waste at Lyndhurst and use the money to reduce the impact of the tip on locals
  • offer incentives to companies with proven soil remediation and decontamination technologies to establish or expand their operations in Victoria.


Candidate resonses to issues

Below is a list of the candidates for each electoral district that falls within the Cty of Greater Dandenong and their response to our call to action on the above listed issues. This list will be updated as they respond in the future.

District of Carrum

Candidate

Party

Response

Donna Bauer

Liberal

Declined to meet about Lyndhurst. No response on other issues.

Sonja Kilkenny

Labor

Response from all Labor candidates
Gambling: Labor is committed to promoting responsible gambling and providing support for problem gamblers. Further, Martin Pakula has made a commitment to sit down with the Enough Pokies Coalition after the election to discuss their recommendations. Labor is committed to working with the local community to ensure their views and concerns are heard.
Manufacturing: Labor has, in our Back to Work policy, committed to the creation of a panel that will look at many of these issues state wide and Labor will consult with the manufacturing sector in the South East to ensure that issues associated with the future growth of the region are taken into account.
Transport: Bus networks have been neglected for too long. That’s why Labor is committed to improving local bus networks as part of our comprehensive plan to transform our public transport system. Labor is committed to engaging with communities to better plan bus services. Labor wants to increase and expand bus services.
Health: Labor has asked the council for a formal briefing note outlining concerns regarding the Lyndhurst Landfill. Local candidates have offered to facilitate meetings with the relevant Ministers if  Labor is elected. Labor is committed to continue to work to resolve the issue after the election.

Henry Kelsall

Greens

Will push for a Parliamentary committee to investigate Lyndhurst. Support more research on waste elimination and development of prescribed waste policy. Aim to close in 2-4 years. Supports bus route and reducing gaming machines. In principle support for manufacturing support pilot program.

 

District of Clarinda

Candidate

Party

Response

Gandhi Bevinakoppa

Liberal

No response.

Hong Lim

Labor

See response from all Labor candidates in 'District of Carrum' table.

James Talbot-Kamoen

Greens

Will push for a Parliamentary committee to investigate Lyndhurst. Support more research on waste elimination and development of prescribed waste policy. Aim to close in 2-4 years. Supports bus route and reducing gaming machines. In principle support for manufacturing support pilot program.

 

District of Dandenong

Candidate

Party

Response

Joanne Palatsides

Liberal

No response.

Gabrielle Williams

Labor

See response from all Labor candidates in 'District of Carrum' table.

John Gulzari

Greens

Met with Council representatives. Will push for a Parliamentary committee to investigate Lyndhurst. Support more research on waste elimination and development of prescribed waste policy. Aim to close in 2-4 years. Supports bus route and reducing gaming machines. In principle support for manufacturing support pilot program.

 

District of Keysborough

Candidate

Party

Response

Adrianne Fleming

Libreral

No response.

Martin Pakula

Labor

See response from all Labor candidates in 'District of Carrum' table.

Susan Fyfield

Greens

Will push for a Parliamentary committee to investigate Lyndhurst. Support more research on waste elimination and development of prescribed waste policy. Aim to close in 2-4 years. Supports bus route and reducing gaming machines. In principle support for manufacturing support pilot program.

 

District of Mordialloc

Candidate

Party

Response

Lorraine Wreford

Liberal

No response.

Tim Richardson

Labor

See response from all Labor candidates in 'District of Carrum' table.

Alexander Breskin

Greens

Will push for a Parliamentary committee to investigate Lyndhurst. Support more research on waste elimination and development of prescribed waste policy. Aim to close in 2-4 years. Supports bus route and reducing gaming machines. In principle support for manufacturing support pilot program.

 

District of Mulgrave

Candidate

Party

Response

Robert Davies

Liberal

No response.

Daniel Andrews

Labor

See response from all Labor candidates in 'District of Carrum' table.

Josh Fergus

Greens

Will push for a Parliamentary committee to investigate Lyndhurst. Support more research on waste elimination and development of prescribed waste policy. Aim to close in 2-4 years. Supports bus route and reducing gaming machines. In principle support for manufacturing support pilot program.





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