Make a progressive choice

Your guide to the 2020 Port Phillip Council Election

This is one of the most important and keenly fought elections in the brief history of the City of Port Phillip. There’s a lot at stake including the future of Council-provided childcare, our arts venues and markets, local action on climate change, housing for local residents at risk of homelessness, new public open spaces and much more.

Progressive Port Phillip is not standing candidates in the election. But we are seeking to ensure that progressive values and policies are in the minds of voters. To do that we are providing the facts, sharing inspiring ideas and challenging misinformation.

Ward by Ward Candidate Information

Below you will see links to candidate information for your ward, as we research and publish it. On these pages page you will find:

  • The Progressive Port Phillip Candidate Assessment Guide for this ward
  • Responses to the Progressive Port Phillip issues surveys completed by those candidates who chose to participate.
  • Candidate Statements provided to the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)
  • Video of the Progressive Port Phillip Candidate Zoom Forums held in each Ward and attended by up to 100 people each.


Gateway Ward Candidate informationLake Ward Candidate informationCanal Ward Candidate information

The PPP Candidate Evaluation Guide

Progressive Port Phillip has developed a Candidate Guide for the 2020 Council Elections. The Guide evaluates each candidate across 7 categories. The categories are:

  • business—imaginative support for the local economy and jobs, especially shopping strips
  • culture—integrating and extending support for music, markets, festivals and the arts
  • finance—fair rates, targeted rate relief, strategy, efficiency, employment
  • governance—more meaningful community engagement in light of the new Local Government Act
  • services—sustaining social housing, libraries, early childhood, older residents
  • environment & transport —action on climate, renewables, parks, beaches, trees, flooding, waste management , supporting pedestrians, public transport, cycling, electrical vehicle support
  • planning—sensitive planning and heritage, innovative use of council property assets


Evaluation Key: Likelihood of delivering progressive policies

  • Strong                                                                                      
  • Acceptable
  • Doubtful
  • Avoid


The data for the Guide was sourced from a questionnaire sent to all candidates, Candidate public statements, social media posts and election material. For current Councillors, standing again, how they voted on issues at Council and statements they made during their term also informed the Guide.

Make Port Phillip the best it can be or risk losing what we love

You will receive voting papers from the Victorian Election Commission from 6 October. Ballot papers must be posted before 23 October. Make sure you read all the materials, number every square and make sure we continue to have a healthy democracy in Port Phillip.