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Council elections 2016: candidate survey

Moorabool Environment Group sent a 5-question survey to all candidates on environmental issues that we think are important within the shire. We are sharing the responses of the candidates to help voters decide who they might vote for. Please read the responses received so far below!

Candidates are arranged by ward, in the order that they are to appear on the ballot paper. You can jump to your ward by clicking: Central, East, West, Woodlands. If you want to get in touch with your candidate to ask more, the Electoral Commission website has their contact details.

The five questions we posed were:
  1. Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
  2. Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
  3. Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
  4. Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
  5. Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?

Central Moorabool Ward

1 vacancy, 2 candidates

KOWARSKY, John

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
I support the concept of moving towards renewable energy.  I also advocate proper consideration of protection of  individual rights.  I am of the view that the present State Government ruling of allowing turbines no closer than 1 km of rural dwellings is an unfair impost upon those residents who do not wish to have these large structures so close.

With respect to the coal mine, I would support moves to continue to protect the amenity of the Bacchus Marsh area and the integrity of its agricultural industries.

 Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
I endorse implementing refundable deposits for bottles.

Free annual tip passes could be popular but in my view would not bring about the attitudinal change that is needed.

To deal with litter and rubbish dumping, I think the best impacts that Council could have would be (i) to embark upon an educational campaign, in conjunction with the Environment Protection Authority,  focussed from school children upwards, and (ii) to take ownership of the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign day so that a Shire-wide offensive against litter and rubbish could be launched, rather than reliance on the piecemeal efforts that presently occur coordinated by a few hard working individuals.

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
I am not aware of the details of the Bacchus Marsh situation with regard to traffic.  In general terms the better the public transport available, the lesser the traffic problems.  Also, the benefits of encouraging walking, both for traffic reduction and for physical and mental health reasons, should not be ignored and I commend Council for the Walk to School program they are planning. I would support an integrated traffic, public transport, cycling and pedestrian strategy for Bacchus Marsh and also, separately, for Ballan.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
In my view Council would be wise to fix town limits as they are, in other words arrest the urban sprawl taking place into greenfield areas, and implement planning so that infill medium density developments are facilitated close to and within pedestrian access of the town centre and the public transport hubs.  This could accommodate projected population growth and, properly designed, could contribute to a fine inner neighbourhood character which would be appreciated by those living there and also by people visiting from outside the precinct.  The benefits for traffic reduction (see question 3 above) of such an approach are obvious.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
Agencies such as Melbourne Water and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have developed guidelines such as (a) the Werribee River Biolink Action Plan, (b) the Sub-regional Species Strategy for the Growling Grass Frog,  (c) Healthy Waterways Strategy and (d) Stormwater Strategy  which provide useful prescriptions for setting ecologically meaningful buffer distances and managing water quality and the riparian habitat.  Council should bolster its environmental planning capacity and empower its staff to properly implement these measures in planning decisions.

TATCHELL, Paul

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
The Council has a coal moratorium that could be over-ridden by State Government. Wind farms are controlled by the State Government; permits should be issued by Council.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
It's a complex problem, tips are ran under contract; it's a separate line item on the rates notice, and is a net charge based on tender price; the rate-payer would be forced to wear the burden; irresponsible people are the issue. Drink bottles have had deposits in the past, it creates a lot of paperwork for the retailer and the supplier, but it does work.

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
Bus services in Bacchus Marsh have increased substantially in the last three years, with little relief in terms of congestion; there are plans in place to improve cycling and walking connectivity. Traffic studies need to be implemented, not re-written.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
Creating rural Industry and jobs will take pressure off the train system, that takes investment in infrastructure; we are one of the few countries in the world that runs trains without emission regulation, we currently run zero emissions on trains and buy the dirtiest engines on the market to power them. In 10 years time; 58,000 people will be travelling on a rail network in the peri-urban with a capacity of 28,000; do the math, and regional investment with local jobs wins every time. If we are going to be fair dinkum about the environment creating employment locally would be a good place to start.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
Stop abusing the system, and nurture it; there are too many hidden agendas on river usage that camouflage the impact; it needs a long term plan, and recognition that the way we use the system today, won't be how we use it into the future; it will take science and cultural change; preferably sooner than later.

East Moorabool Ward

4 vacancies, 8 candidates


KEOGH, John

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
Council is delegated the powers of the Planning Authority from the State Government and as such, must comply with the relevant State Government planning legislation, if Council deviates from this, the matter is then decided by V.C.A.T., of which the council has no control.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
If elected I would recommend to council to adopt an holistic policy to reduce the ever increasing accumulation of road side rubbish by;
a)Reduce tip fees.
b) Amend the local law to double the penalty for depositing rubbish on roadsides
c) Lobby state government to introduce container deposit legislation
d) Have the local law Officers conduct a forensic inspection of any dumped rubbish to endeavour to identify the perptuator and place the matter in the hands of the Court

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
A major concern of mine is the manner in which our newer residential areas are developing into an outer suburb of the Melbourne area. Instead of trying to shoehorn as many tiny allotments as possible into a residential development, Council should be insisting Developers adopt a policy of producing streetscapes that reflect a traffic calming rural leafy environment with sweeping boulevards and quiet cul de sacs, this strategy will not only calm the traffic but also encourage cycling.

If elected I would encourage Council to lobby for better bus services to service the shopping and railway precincts.

I am also in favour of adopting where ever possible safe cycling/walking routes to schools, especially for any new proposal.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
This has been dealt with in paragraph 3.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
Bacchus Marsh is gifted to have 2 major rivers in the township of which the Council has ignored, I believe the Council should highlight them and make a feature of them for all to enjoy as the township of Deniliquin has. Bearing in mind that the Council is not the authority for waterways within the Shire, I would strongly support Council lobbying the Responsible Authority to restore the waterways to health. If funds become available a youth unemployment training scheme would be ideal to carry out remedial works and would be strongly supported by me.


COMRIE, Allan Edmund



Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
Wind Farms, I do not like but we have no control over the State Government, even though Council has tried to bring in controls that a wind tower be no closer than 2 kl from any dwelling, this State Government has changed that two 1 kl. Coal is off the agenda.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
Free tip passes does not work, I would like to see State Government bring back refund on drink bottles we use to have years ago and it worked well.

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
Council is lobbing PTV for a better bus service, also Council is working with Southern Rural Water when they put in pipes instead of open channels that could be used for walking trails.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
I would like to see council have more control over development instead State Government or VCAT.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
Council has no control over waterways, Melbourne Water hast taken that away from council. Council is not allowed to touch the water ways in any way. I wish it was like it was before when council could clean up the rivers.


DEAGAN, Stuart

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
More investment in renewable energy options is always a good thing and it is needed to reduce our reliance on coal. Happy to hear the coal mine proposal has dropped off.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
I think the council could do more, yes. Waste management, unfortunately, is expensive. Tip fees need to be reviewed, but so do the costs of services that drive them. Excessive tipping fees are counter productive and possibly false economy as the council then needs to respond to illegal dumping which obviously comes with it's own cost. Tip Vouchers are a great idea as are increasing motivation for people to recycle - let's minimize waste too!

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
Traffic congestion is an issue of planning, regarding both capacity for growth and infrastructure planning. Increasing different modes of transport, such as Public Transport or better bicycle infrastructure are good ideas. Promoting 'ride to school / work' days locally or in line with national initiatives also could assist.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
 I have concerns about inappropriate development and unchecked growth. It puts pressure on the environment, traffic and services and I don't think Bacchus Marsh can support continual growth with it's current infrastructure.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
A very top level view would suggest to me that concerns with the water ways in the region would be due to issues such as drought and from there allocations to farms, pollution and ensuring adequate water flows from up stream. I'd suggest Council should be bringing focus onto this matter and identifying ways to improve it.


EDWARDS, David

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
Coal Mine I voted for the Moratorium against fracking because until such a time there is a guaranteed method that will not destroy our ground water we should not even consider the proposals. Our farming land that relies on pollution free groundwater is a far better prospect for jobs within the community than fracking that destroys groundwater.  To be honest with your group I do need to state that if a new technology arrived that was comprehensively proven to be safe for the environment I would give it due consideration. I am pro wind farms I believe that sustainable energy will be mandatory whether it be solar or wind into the future and I only  have to look to Europe to see the effect they can have. We must however ensure that any wind farms approved are appropriate and don't detract unnecessarily from our land scapes and have appropriate buffers from residential developments.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
Moorabool Council recently passed a motion for a trial of Green waste services. I do not feel that green waste collection service to be provided adds much value because the service is already provided by private operators to the area being trialled and as such the community has a paid service already available. So a non-compulsory system does what? However, I unsuccessfully put forward that we should introduce tip passes because this would in fact have the potential to dramatically reduce illegal dumping of rubbish, which currently cost council thousands of dollars per year.  (It would appear that the problem is only going to get worse.) As for refundable deposits I see that that could benefit our community so I have no problem if council was to support lobbying of governments.  I believe I am an advocate for introducing measures that will reduce damage to the environment and are financially viable.
Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
I have and continue to think that Bacchus Marsh should work with southern rural water to pipe the irrigation channel that runs North to South of Bacchus marsh. This would provide two major benefits firstly the land could be used for a Safe walking cycling track that could be used by pedestrians and cyclists away from roads. This would then promote the reduction in reliance of cars and hopefully reduce the amount of cars on the roads. So for me traffic solutions should not be limited to more and better roads but they must consider how to reduce the reliance on cars and get cars of the roads. Secondly the project would  the additional benefit of saving water because currently 30% is lost in the delivery system. This additional water savings would then be shared between additional irrigation water and environmental flows.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
Good Tough Question, there is no simple answer here this is very relevant to Bacchus Marsh and as the chair of the Perri Urban Group of Rural councils we have had much debate on this subject. As much as Councils would love to stop growth the reality is that it will keep coming. For example Gisborne councillors 4 years ago adopted a no growth policy and they still grew by over 4%. To protect our farming and rural land we must introduce clear defined town boundaries that stop the sprawl into rich farming land such as our market gardens and provide biolinks for our native animals. For example West Maddingley if properly planned could have set aside parcels of land and with the proper planting of native indigenous plants could have linked the Werribee river with Racecourse reserve and then onto our national and state parks. In addition we should use infill development as much as practicable to allow for additional housing. The Bacchus Marsh Urban Growth strategy developed by the current council is a good start but we need to get some of these policies adopted in the Moorabool planning scheme.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
See above piping our irrigation channel and returning water to environmental flows and irrigation systems would be a good start.



BERRY, Moira


Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
State Government has the control over both construction on Wind Farms and Coal mines.  Advocating to provide the best outcomes would be mandatory for local participation.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
Being conscious that the rate payer is already responsible for a litter charge, we would need to be careful we do not burden them too much in the financial area.  I am passionate about recycling and always push that.  It is great that some disposable containers are being manufactured to disintegrate safely not effecting the environment.

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
 Sounds good but would not need to reinvent the process.  Continue to improve all of these services to accommodate the community.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
Urban sprawl is bound to occur, as we are in one of the biggest growth corridors, however I would like to see it being managed well always keeping in mind the environmental impacts.  Keep environmental impacts as a standard agenda item.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
Keep a solid link with the authorities that manage this area and Moorabool
Shire should always make the community aware of the ongoing issues around protecting our river systems.  Continuing messages to the community and possibly encourage our youth as part of studies in schools to make them aware early of protecting and restoring our river systems.


SCARFF, Margaret Elizabeth

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
Mining, and particularly fracking, amount to environmental vandalism. Social governance should be central to investment decisions. There is no place for a coal mine in the Shire of Moorabool. Mining companies have the power to test soil on private property and owners have no rights. Governments have removed the rights of property owners based on the argument that mining is for the common good. MEG has done a great job fighting for the rights of residents of Bacchus Marsh and surrounds. The government decision to stop fracking in Victoria is a relief. I may not be a member of MEG but I have participated in “No new coal for Bacchus Marsh” rallies.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
Ratepayers and residents of the Shire should be given 2 free tip tickets each year. Where a property is rented, the tenant should be given the free tip tickets, not the owner. The cost of disposing of unwanted items can be a burden on low income families. Rubbish is dumped along rail lines because people either can’t afford to use the tip or can’t be bothered. Opportunity shops also become dumping grounds of unwanted items costing them a lot each year. Council has to work out what will encourage responsible disposal and free tip tickets would be a good start. I am an advocate for fast food stores paying a ‘cleaning up rubbish’ levy, rather than recycling drink bottles. 

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
Council has failed to control responsible development with population growth The State government has promoted residential growth in semi-rural and regional areas but has failed to match this with funds for needed infrastructure. No heritage features should be threatened in order to widen roads and create a north/south bypass. Resolving traffic congestion will take three strategies (truck bypass around the town not through The Avenue; Hallet’s Way extension and on/off ramps, and new entrance to Bacchus Marsh from the East. Traffic congestion could be resolved with these three strategies, plus with inner and outer ring one way ring roads in the centre of town e.g. Grant Street and Gisborne Road one way at morning and evening peak times.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
Our Council should challenge local and federal government planning initiatives (Activity Centre Plans) that may suit Melbourne/metro areas but will spoil the amenity of our small semi-rural town, which is challenged by its topography and can only expand so much without eventually ruining the look and feel of the town that so many residents value.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
With continuing drought conditions rivers need more water but there is stiff competition between the environment (rivers) and governments. Water reforms are coming but these need to a strong focus on the environment. The community needs to monitor how governments are addressing the problem of water shortage for our rivers.



BINGHAM, Jarrod

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
Personally I’m glad that the coal mine proposal is now off the agenda, I have not heard of the likely construction of wind farms, however, I would be in favour of any renewable power sources within the shire

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
I have raised the issue of illegal rubbish dumping for a long time now, with a bi-annual hard rubbish collection, cheaper tip prices and 2-3 free tip passes a year will greatly reduce illegal rubbish dumping, when you account for the amount it cost council to remove these piles plus remediation of the land it is quite cost effective to offer such services.

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
It's no surprise that our traffic issue is a major problem, especially school hours.
Unfortunately it's only going to get worse before it gets better, with multiple developments planned for the future, once the new hallets way extension is complete this will help ease some tension on our roads but not a lot.
Developments increase residents which in-turn create rates revenue for the shire and it looks like from an outside perspective that this is what it's all about, I say before any future developments we look at our traffic issues first, our infrastructure is already struggling, why do we keep adding more residents to a town who's roads can not support it!

Better bus service, safe cycling routes are all areas in which we need to look further into and great ideas.


Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
I feel it's important to better plan for the future in the way of appropriate developments and planning, whilst also preventing illegal rubbish in the first place through means of the points I've already bought up

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
Appropriate developments and planning, preventing rubbish dumping



DUDZIK, Tonia

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
Renewable energy is the way of the future. Personally I do support wind farms. However I do not support wind farms located within 2 kms of residential homes. I have heard concerns from residents in relation to wind farms and impacts of sleep and health. The State Government should have consulted with Council and residents about the location of wind turbines and proximity to homes. Council actually has very little say in relation to wind farms and their approval. Solar power is a great source of energy supply I support and hope continues to grow in the future.

I understand that coal has been mined in Bacchus Marsh for years providing employment.

I do not support new coal mining by new companies in Bacchus Marsh. I do not want an open cut coal mine in Bacchus Marsh. I have concerns on impact on food sources and health of residents in area.

I am proud to have successfully moved a motion in Moorabool Council that Council sign the Moratorium against new coal mining.
Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
I did support the concept of tip passes for residents however this would only be achieved is council increased rates to cover the cost and this would impact all residents including those who might not use the tip or be on low incomes.

I think this could possibly be revisited in the future by Council.

Refundable deposits on drink bottles is a good idea and I would support advocacy in this area.

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
Better bus services and bike and walking paths are needed to improve liveability for residents. If kids could safely ride or walk to school traffic would be less. There area plans in place to improve station car parking at Bacchus Marsh.

Most homes rely on cars so they will continue to be used by residents.
However if it was easy to get to school and train station by bus and bike there would be less cars on the road.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
I would love to put a sign up saying no more development in Bacchus Marsh however VCAT and the state government would over rule this policy decision.

The urban and rural growth strategy documents have identified areas suitable for development and those where development should not occur.
I don't believe Council will approve many more large developments but more infill development.

Personally I love the rural feel of Moorabool and I do not wish to see that change.

I am proud to care about environmental issues. I have attended grow west tree planting days and also helped On projects with Friends of Long Forest and Lerderderg George.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
I am not sure what should be done to improve the rivers.

We need to take steps to ensure we protect the water supply. We also need to help remove dumped rubbish from water ways.

Happy to take advice on what needs to be done in this space.

West Moorabool Ward

1 candidate, 1 vacancy


SULLIVAN, Tom

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
Moorabool Shire has adopted a policy with respect to wind farms that seeks to achieve a balance between wind farm development and the impact on the communities surrounding the development. I support this policy.

The proposed new coal mine seems to be in abeyance. Until we have a planning permit lodged at Council, for some works or other proposal associated with mining it is difficult to make a judgement.  Mining of all types in the state are control by the government. Council’s influence over whether a mine of any sort should proceed would be limited to advocacy as we would not have statutory authority to stop a mine.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
Litter and rubbish is an eyesore in some areas. The proposition that free tip passes will alleviate this issue is predicated on the assumption that the litterers reside in the Shire which is not proven.

I would encourage people to utilize the programs of Sustainability Victoria such as “dob in a litterer”, and report litterers. Further free tip passes could encourage greater amounts of waste being deposited in land fill which is not supported by State Government policy.

Container Deposit Legislation (CDL) operates in South Australia and is proposed to operate in New South Wales albeit a different model. Introduction of CDL on drink bottles may remove bottles from public places but not paper and other waste.

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
Any services that assist in the liveability of the town should be commended. Any improvement to local traffic conditions has to acknowledge the fact that there is also through traffic that regularly passes through the town The answer to resolving the traffic issues in the town are complex and will not be solve by a simple solution.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
Proximity to Melbourne and to lesser degree Ballarat and Geelong have made Moorabool an attractive place to live. We as a Shire and the various communities of Moorabool are not going to stop development. It is about identifying what is important and trying to manage development within the these identified parameters.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
To understand the impact of the river systems of Moorabool Shire, you need to look at who uses the water and for what purpose. The overwhelming use of the water from the river systems of the Shire are use by various Water Authorities either for urban use or agricultural use.

There is little the Shire can do to directly improve river health. Advocacy to other agencies and government are the avenues available to Council. Working collaboratively with the water authorities and government is the way forward.

Woodlands Ward

1 vacancy, 2 candidates

 

BORGELT, Lawry Royce

Several wind farms are likely to begin construction soon in the shire, and a coal mine that was proposed near Bacchus Marsh appears to be off the agenda. What is your attitude to each of these developments?
I believe the tender process is currently underway for the Yallock wind farm development which is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to acquire an injection of external funds and an increase of employment.  There is also a chance for cafes and shops in Ballan to take advantage of the extra patronage from the workers of the project as well as promoting our shire as a great place to visit.  It would be fantastic to see this occur in other wards too.

As for the coal mine in Bacchus Marsh, with a growing global shift away from coal fired electricity generation, unless there is an marked increase in the price of coal, I can't see this happening in the foreseeable future.

Litter and rubbish dumping is an expensive problem for the shire and an eyesore in many areas. Do you think council should aim to do more, such as supplying free annual tip passes, or lobbying state government for refundable deposits on drink bottles?
Littering is a personal bug bear of mine.  As a result, I am in favour of almost any measure that reduces the ugly practice of roadside dumping.  I support the economically viable inclusion of tip vouchers for residents and have signed petitions calling for a refundable deposit program for drink bottles.

Growing traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh is causing some concern. What do you think about better bus services and safe cycling routes to schools, shops and the station to reduce cars on the road?
Australia as a whole in a log way behind other areas of the world such as Europe when it comes to our public transport infrastructure.  I see any improvements to this as a good thing and a far better long term investment of government revenue in large townships.  Safe cycling routes are beneficial on many levels.  They reduce traffic congestion as well as carbon emissions as well as promoting exercise and a healthier lifestyle that positively impacts on our nations growing obesity epidemic.

Our population is growing, like it or not. What do you think about urban sprawl affecting the shire, and reducing or ameliorating its environmental impacts?
This is one of the main reasons I chose to run for council.  I don't want to see out shire turn into another Wyndham Vale of Caroline Springs.  I am opposed to the proliferation of small blocks on developments, especially within smaller, rural settlements across the shire.  I believe they remove the rural charm that attracts people to our area.  As well as this, a major problem I see at the moment is the qualification criteria for infrastructure funding from state and federal governments that means communities have to play 'catch up' on facilities once population levels reach a certain level.  This has a two fold negative effect on the environment.  It places more strain on it while the population grows without necessary infrastructure like sewerage and public transport and then requires inefficient, wasteful construction around existing houses to supple what should have been in place earlier.  Councils cannot override this but we can campaign against it.  This is something I intend to do if elected.  I am not opposed to growth but I am strongly of the opinion that it must be manageable & sustained over a longer period of time than current policy dictates.

Moorabool Shire includes some of the most environmentally impacted river systems in the state. What do you think the shire should do to protect and restore healthy rivers?
The shire must work closely with bodies such as Southern Rural Water, Parks Victoria, state and federal governments to ensure the protection of our waterways.  Not only must our water be protected for our farmers all around the shire and the avenue in Bacchus Marsh but the Werribee and Lerderderg Rivers provide most of the water for the market gardens downstream at Werribee.  We are located in a unique geographical location where our water affects a great deal of the state's food supply.  Everything in our power needs to be done to protect this.  This can be a small as advocating for extra funding for improved rubbish removal from popular areas such as Pykes Creek and MacKenzies Flat or encouraging school excursions to our waterways to increase education.  Every little bit helps.


TOOHEY, Pat

Moorabool Environment Group has attempted to contact Pat Toohey several times but have not received a response



Authorised by Ben Courtice. C/Moorabool Environment Group, PO Box 90, Gordon 3345
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