Port Phillip general council election: Part 1

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By: Daniel Wilson

St Kilda residents will be forced to the polls on 27 October 2012 for a general council election. Campaigning has already quietly begun, despite candidates having yet to be confirmed. The hot button issues are the usual suspects for St Kilda: live music, the St Kilda Triangle development, and council rates.

Lobbying efforts by the St Kilda Live Music Community (SKLMC) have already begun in earnest, having held public meetings and met with the Mayor to shore up support for the threatened live music scene. Trade, jobs and cultural heritage are at stake, the group claims.

Port Phillip council released the final draft vision St Kilda Triangle 2012 Framework in June this year. In a attempt at encouraging dialogue, the council invites residents to join the online forum, fill out a questionnaire, visit a drop-in information session, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. For details, visit: http://haveyoursayatportphillip.net.au/.

As reported in the St Kilda in June 2012, this is a very different plan from the one that sparked ferocious opposition a few years ago. Although it is not without its critics, former council member Dick Gross has slammed the proposal, calling the plan a ‘disaster’ and the financing proposals ‘lunacy’. Ratepayers, he suspects, will have to sustain the pain of ‘decades of mud and debt’.

Nominations to stand as a candidate for the 2012 Council election open on Thursday 20th September and close at noon on Tuesday 25th September 2012.

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