A Progressive Port Phillip Continues

Progressive Port Phillip congratulates all candidates on their contribution to the 2020 Port Phillip festival of democracy, our Council elections.

This election saw a vigorous debate about the future of our city and neighbourhoods.

Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, Progressive Port Phillip reached out to and engaged with thousands of locals through blogs and debates, webinars on big issues and local forums to meet candidates.

We demonstrated that people want to have a strong say in the direction of their local community and the economic and social challenges ahead.

We set the agenda on the importance of local services; and the future we face after the pandemic and the recession. We stressed honesty in politics and that facts do matter. We introduced a new kind of local politics in Port Phillip.

Progressive Port Phillip did not run candidates in the Election. We assessed candidates however, and we note that five recommended candidates were successful.

We congratulate re-elected Councillors Kat Copsey, Louise Crawford, Tim Baxter, Andrew Bond and Marcus Pearl and welcome new Councillors Heather Cunsolo, Peter Martin, Rhonda Clark and Christina Sirakoff. We thank Dick Gross for his many years of service to the people of Port Phillip and wish him and retiring Councillors Bernadene Voss, David Brand and Ogy Simic, all the best for the future.

We have high hopes the new Council will tackle the challenges this recession poses for local people and businesses; and will develop a progressive approach to climate change, affordable housing, transport and population growth. The community democracy provisions of the Local Government Act should also be a key priority for the new Council.

Trust in the integrity of our democracy is high, due in significant part to the important work of our Electoral Commission. Here are the final results by Ward, including those elected after the distribution of preferences. More details can be found here.

 

Lake

20241 formal votes. 5061 required for a quota

 

Kat Copsey

Greens

26.8

5419

Elected

Andrew Bond

Liberal

20.97

4245

Elected

Christina Sirakoff

RoPP

18.25

3693

Elected

Robbie Nyaguy

ALP

14.2

2874

 

Geoffrey Conaghan

 

7.1

1436

 

Bernie Mandile

 

6.5

1322

 

Roger Ward

 

3.8

770

 

Adrian Jackson

 

2.4

482

 

 

Canal

19902 formal votes. Quota is 4976

 

Louise Crawford

ALP

23.3

4637

Elected

Dick Gross

ALP

15.1

3001

 

Tim Baxter

Greens

13.7

2733

Elected

Rhonda Clark

RoPP

10.77

2144

Elected

Jo McDonald

Liberal

9.2

1834

 

Warwick Cahir

Liberal

7.6

1527

 

Maddy Blay

Greens

7.25

1444

 

Lesley Pianella

 

5.1

1023

 

Denis Bilic

Sustainable Australia

4

798

 

Steven Armstrong

Sustainable Australia

3.8

761

 

 

Gateway

18952 formal votes. Quota is 4739

 

Marcus Pearl

Liberal

21.8

4134

Elected

Heather Cunsolo

 

20.4

3858

Elected

Peter Martin

ALP

14.3

2716

Elected

Sami Maher

RoPP

12.9

2442

 

Earl James

Greens

12.1

2285

 

Trina Lewis

 

6.16

1168

 

Stan Gyles

 

6.4

1219

 

Cleo Papageorgiou

 

5.96

1130

 

We thank the hundreds of people who contributed articles and essays, curated and spoke at zoom events, letterboxed, bought raffle tickets and more. We especially thank Louise Connor and Ed Krutsch for terrific co-ordination across many weeks.

Stay tuned for future events in coming weeks as we circle back to subscribers and supporters to discuss the future of our movement and developing a sustainable, fair and democratic future for Port Phillip.