Vote 1 Phil Cleary.
A People's Mayor.
IN 1992 I became the first Independent from Victoria elected to Australia's federal parliament. Today it is the same groundswell of community unrest that has led me to nominate for Lord Mayor of Melbourne. If the current mayor is elected the Queen Victoria Market will become just another a supermarket. In the upcoming City of Melbourne elections you now have a real choice. A vote for the Phil Cleary Means Business team is a vote to Save the Vic Market, tackle the crisis of homelessness, and free the City from a Council paralysed by conflicts of interest.
The Cleary Team Rich in Experience and Diversity
We have assembled a team of people who live and breathe Melbourne. Junxi Su, will bring to the Deputy Mayoral position a wealth of experience in social services and a deep understanding of the culture and needs of international tourists, students, and the Chinese community. Together we will take our relationship with our sister city, Tianjin, to new levels as part of a rich conversation with our largest trading partner, China.
Michael Caiafa, a second-generation trader, with his Corner Bread Shop is one of the Vic Market's best-known personalities. Michael knows the market intimately, knows how it operates and believes the current plan will destroy the is your man.
Suzanne Vale, a Carlton local, brings expertise in property law, planning and architecture, and urban studies to the team. Equipped with a deep understanding of the issues facing Melbourne's diverse communities, Suzanne is running for Council because she believes the Phil Cleary team will act to improve Melbourne for the community while protecting Melbourne's vibrancy and diversity.
Sebastian Saggio is a the director of Vivified Pty Ltd & SJS Worldwide Pty Ltd, companies with a customer base in Australia, New Zealand, and China. Skilled in marketing and manufacturing, he is as passionate about saving the Queen Victoria Market as he is about making Melbourne one of the great global cities.
SAVING THE VIC MARKET
WHERE I HAVE SHOPPED FOR YEARS
With six weeks of his current term left to run the Lord Mayor announced he'd chosen a developer to build a high-rise alongside the market, even though this needs approval from Victoria's planning minister. This costly project that could blow out to $400 million - is opposed by market traders, shoppers and thousands of people across Melbourne. If it goes ahead, the Vic Market will become an excavation site, heritage sheds will be dragged away and customers turned away, many forever. With a downturn in business, traders who have made this one of the great markets of the world will be sent packing. Ratepayers will be left to pick up the tab. VOTE I PHIL CLEARY and we will stop the vandalism in its tracks.
CHEAP CLEAN ENERGY FROM THE MARKET TO THE MCG
Starting with the Vic Market, where we will turn waste into power and sunlight into electricity, we will begin a cheap and clean energy revolution. For around $6 million we can free the market from the coal-fired electricity grid and save traders millions of dollars. From here we will open up serious discussions with the AFL and the MCC Trust about transforming the world's most famous stadium into a clean energy pioneer. Converting to clean energy is the best way in the world to cut the cost of doing business.
SECURE HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS
Everywhere you go in Melbourne people are discussing the rising number of people sleeping rough in the city. How can Melbourne lay claim to being one of the world's most liveable cities when hundreds of people are sleeping in its doorways and lanes?
If elected we will create a Coalition Supporting the Homeless comprised of the current service providers who work with homeless people in the city. We will begin with a forum where ideas of how best to solve the problem are canvassed. The forum will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall. Homelessness is a multifaceted problem, and there is no one solution that will solve the problem for all. Many ideas have been tried before and failed.
There are many different organisations, welfare groups, service providers and volunteer groups who are all trying to address the problem as best they can with the limited resources they have, but they are ultimately not succeeding. A new approach is needed.
It's generally argued that homelessness has intensified in recent years due to the closure of many boarding houses in and around the inner city, a lack of funding for mental health and increasing drug abuse and subsequent violence. So too must we examine what other economic and social factors are at work. Is the casualisation of work a problem? Are more women becoming homeless because of violence in the home? There is much to think about.
I don't want to be the mayor of a city that turns a blind eye to homeless people on a path to ill-health and early death. I want to be known as the Lord Mayor who found a secure home for every homeless person sleeping rough in the city.
A SAFE AND PEACEFUL CITY
I aim to be Lord Mayor of a safe, peaceful city. Over the previous weeks I have asked leading figures from business, sport and the union movement to join me in a renewed campaign to make this great city a beacon of safety and well-being. As a longtime campaigner against domestic violence and member of the Victorian Government's anti-violence Victim Survivors Advisory Council and I am well versed in current thinking around anti-violence strategies.
A GOVERNMENT FREE OF SECRET DEALS WITH DEVELOPERS
What kind of Council is it when the Lord Mayor has to abstain from voting due to conflicts of interest over donations from developers? I plan to be a People's Mayor, not a Developer's Mayor, with council meetings, records and research open to people. Melbourne has room for high-rise apartments, but we can no longer shut our eyes to the demand for a more diverse range of housing. Melbourne needs to promote an innovative and progressive building culture. The Cleary Team will show leadership around the question of real liveability. Liveability cannot be judged by a person's ability to buy goods and services. A truly liveable city provides high-quality open space, educational campuses and community-based sporting facilities. These are essential to the well being of its people.
Vote for Phil Cleary's Team and make Melbourne a People's City.