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Bellarine ward mapBellarine Ward

Area:

The Bellarine Peninsula from and including Moolap, and the towns of Leopold, Portarlington, Drysdale, St Leonards, most of Point Lonsdale, and Barwon Heads.

Moolap is a part light industrial, part semi-rural residential area and takes a firmly middle-class profile. Leopold is effectively a growth area, and like its counterparts in the south of Geelong is firmly middle-class aspirational. The other towns on the peninsula are mainly middle to upper middle-class, consisting mostly of retiree "sea change" types.

Further south, the towns of Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, and Barwon Heads are more solidly upper-class a due to the desirable hillside ocean views on offer.  

Bellarine Ward consists of the former Coryule, Cheetham, and Beangala wards, a slither of the eastern side of Austin Ward, and the Bellarine part of Buckley Ward.

To view the suburb boundaries of this ward, click the ward map thumbnail on the right of this page.

 

Declared Candidates

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Stephanie Asher | Anne Brackley | Jim Mason | Stephen McGain | Art Sims | Trent Sullivan | John Van Beveren | Stewart Webb

 

Stephanie Asher Stephanie Asher
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Political Affiliation: Independent
Political Alignment: Centre [note]

Stephanie Ahser is a columnist for the Geelong Advertiser, and works as a consultant and also serves as a board member for the Comittee For Geelong. She ran in both the 2012 Geelong Mayoral Election, and 2013 Geelong Mayoral by-election, achieving second place on both occasions after preferences, and also previously ran for the seat of Corio at the 2013 Federal Election.

Key Issues: Fair go for the Bellarine, better communication between council and people, services, consistency in planning and regulation.

Related media:

Geelong Council election 2017: Stephanie Asher and Stuart Webb to stand for council - Geelong Advertiser, September 8, 2017.
Stephanie Asher - Candidate for Bellarine - Mitchell's Front Page, September 13, 2017.

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Anne Brackley Anne Brackley
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Political Affiliation: Independent.
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Anne has a 40-year plus history of leadership with Girl Guides Victoria and received an Order of Australia medal in recognition of this work. She is also the coordinator of SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre in Drysdale, a position she has held since 2003. She previously stood for Council, in Cheetham Ward, at the 2012 Council Elections, where she polled 41% of the primary vote.

Key Issues: fair go for the Bellarine.

Related media:

Brackley offers to guide Council - Geelong Advertiser, August 31, 2017.
Anne Brackley - candidate for Bellarine - Mitchell's Front Page, September 18, 2017.

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Jim Mason Jim Mason
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Political Affiliation: Labor
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Jim Mason was raised on the Bellarine, studied in Geelong at The Gordon and Deakin, and has a background in civil engineering, and as a teacher in maths and environmental science. He also has 25 years of international humanitarian management experience and also operates a farm at Marcus Hill.

Key Issues: environmental protection, improving social/cultural/lifestyle amenities, youth employment and education, public transport, agricultural markets.

Related media:

Mason's building a Council campaign - Geelong Advertiser, September 11, 2017.

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Stephen McGainStephen McGain
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Political Affiliation: Greens (endorsed candidate)
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Stephen McGain previously ran for Queenscliff Council as a Greens candidate at the 2016 Council Elections. He is employed as a science tutor at the University of Melbourne, and also works as a lifeguard. Stephen is also involved in a number of local community organisations.

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Related media:

Greens to stand in all four wards covering the City of Greater Geelong - Geelong Advertiser, September 19, 2017.

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Art SimsArt Sims
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Trent Sullivan Trent Sullivan
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Political Affiliation: Liberal.
Political Alignment: Centre-right

Trent, in his mid 20's, is the President of the Deakin Liberal Club (Geelong Young Liberals) and also has a career in real-estate - which he relocated from his family home in Newtown to Portarlington in late 2016 to pursue; though says he won't be running as a party candidate. He previously ran as a candidate in Kildare Ward in the 2015 By-election and says that both Stretch Kontelj and Darryn Lyons have strong track records on Council, and hopes to follow in their footsteps.

Key Issues: roads and infrastructure, support for local business, public transport, employment, tourism, CBD redevelopment, capped rates.

Related media:

October election: Portarlington’s Trent Sullivan makes a break for local politics - Geelong Advertiser, July 21, 2017,
Trent Sullivan - Candidate for Bellarine Ward - Mitchell's Front Page, September 4, 2017.

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John Van Beveren John Van Beveren
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Political Affiliation: Liberal.
Political Alignment: Centre-right

John Van Beveren is a lawyer and conveyer and is based in Portarlington. He is a former Councillor at the Shire of Central Goldfields, and ran for Liberal Party preselection for the Federal seat of Corio at the 2016 Federal Election.

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Stewart Webb Stewart Webb
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Political Affiliation: Independent
Political Alignment: indeterminate

First time standing for council, Stewart Webb was born and raised in Geelong and for the past 22 years have lived in the Ocean Grove area. He works as an Office Manager/Accountant in North Geelong, and recently \completed an MBA to compliment an Accountancy Degree. Stewart is standing because he wants to bring about a positive change within council.

Key Issues: Representing Bellarine interests, to make the "30 year vision" more than just a vision, leadership and good governance.

Related media:

Geelong Council election 2017: Stephanie Asher and Stewart Webb to stand for council - Geelong Advertiser, September 8, 2017.

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Possible candidates:

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Possible outcome:

Bellarine residents are renown for their political independence and choosing to vote for individuals, rather than along party or ideological lines. This has resulted in some very interesting election results in the area that have bucked the trend compared to the rest of Geelong and the rest of the state in any given election. 

A progressive candidate will likely gain at least one of the three seats. If Jan Farrell decides to run again, she may very well be this person on the basis of her record and profile as a former progressive Councillor, and as someone who has come out of the recent bullying allegations with a clean skin.

The addition of Barwon Heads in this ward, which is solidly Liberal in state and federal elections, will also make it likely that a conservative or Liberal-aligned candidate will gain one or more of the three seats. This ward is likely to be hotly contested.

Stephanie Asher, who now has quite a large profile due to her column in the Geelong Advertiser as well as her previous tilts at elections in the past, she would likely be a shoe-in for one of the seats. Her combination of social liberalism and economic liberalism would undoubtedly pull votes in from across the political spectrum.

Footnotes:

1. ^ Stephanie Asher's political position is best described as being centre-left socially and centre-right economically/fiscally.