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Electing 3 Councillors

Area:

Geelong's southern suburbs, south of the Barwon River down to the southernmost border of the LGA. The easternmost boundary of this ward is roughly the western boundary of the Lake Connewarre wetlands, with suburbs including Belmont, Highton, Wandana Heights, and Grovedale; and growth areas such as Armstrong Creek.

The three big suburbs that constitute this ward are Belmont, Highton, and Grovedale. Belmont is generally a middle-class suburb with blue-ribbon pockets, particularly overlooking the Barwon Valley. Highton, at its north is typically blue-ribbon, which gives way to a more middle-class profile in the south of the suburb. Grovedale, a former growth area, is solidly aspirational middle-class.

Wandana Heights, a relatively new suburb, is also one of the most expensive in Geelong. While Waurn Ponds, another relatively new and growing suburb spurned by the presence of Deakin University, is solidly aspirational middle-class much like Grovedale. Armstrong Creek will also eventually attract a similar demographic as people get priced out of the inner suburbs.

This ward consists of the entire former Kardinia and Deakin Wards, as well as the suburban Geelong part of Buckley Ward.

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

 

List of Candidates

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Peter Oseckas | Ron Nelson | Doug Mann | Norman Kennedy | Pat Murnane | Elliot Taylor | Brent Lyons-Lee | Bruce Harwood | Lois Newman | Darren Hauenstein | Mary Walker


Peter OseckasElliot Taylor/Peter Oseckas indication of preferencesPeter Oseckas
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Political Affiliation: Animal Justice Party (endorsed candidate).
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Peter Oseckas has lived in the area that constitutes Kardinia Ward for the last 37 years, and has resided in Geelong his whole life. He has decided to stand as a candidate to give back to the community that has been my home for the past 60 years.

Key Issues: protection of animals, education, environmental protection, investment in renewable energy.

Related media:

Preference pandemonium - Geelong Advertiser, October 9, 2017.

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Ron NelsonRon Nelson indication of preferencesRon Nelson
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Political Affiliation: Liberal.
Political Alignment: Centre-right

Ron Nelson is a former Councillor for Deakin Ward, up until the Council was sacked. He is a member of the Liberal Party and stood for the State electorate of Bellarine at the 2014 State Election. He has lived in Geelong for 40 years.

Key Issues: public safety

Related media:

Geelong Council elections: Former councillors say they will run again - Geelong Advertiser, June 13, 2017.
Rubbish idea? Or time to take out the trash? - Geelong Advertiser, October 6, 2017.

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Doug MannDoug Mann
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Political Affiliation: Independent (Vote 1 For Our Future alliance).
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Describing himself as fiercely independent, Doug Mann is a performing arts teacher and creative professional. He ran for Mayor at the 2013 Mayoral by-election and also ran for the state electorate of Geelong at the 2014 State Election as an independent candidate. Doug is a part of the 'Vote 1 For Our Future' alliance of candidates pushing the implementation of the 30 Year Plan of a Clever and Creative Geelong alongside Mik Aidt (Brownbill Ward), Peter Mitchell (Brownbill Ward) and Petra Goerschel (Bellarine Ward)

Key issues: No party politics on Council, the arts.

Indication of preferences:

[1] Doug Mann (Ind)
[2] Mary Walker (Ind)
[3] Brent Lyons-Lee (ALP-ind)
Then number the rest of the boxes appropriately.

Related media:

Field for Council election grows - Geelong Advertiser, August 26, 2017.
New alliance in Council election - Geelong Advertiser, September 29, 2017.
Preference pandemonium - Geelong Advertiser, October 9, 2017.

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Norman KennedyNorman Kennedy
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Political Affiliation: Liberal.
Political Alignment: Centre-right.

Norman Kennedy was Mayor of Glen Eira Council, is president of Australia Day Council (Victoria) and works as a manager in the public service

Key Issues:

Related media:

Aus Day boss happy to change date - Geelong Advertiser, October 10, 2017.

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Pat MurnanePat Murnane
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Political Affiliation: Independent.
Political Alignment: Centre-right

Pat Murnane served as manager at Bendigo Bank for 25 years (standing down from the positition to do some consulant work), during which he helped to establish 11 community organisations which contribute $1.5 million annually, and wants to combine his love of community with his business nous as a Councillor, and will aim to use his network built through his time with community organisations and grassroots projects to strengthen Council's ties with the community. served for 10 years on the Barwon Health Foundation Board and is now the chairman of the Samaritan House Foundation, which raises funds for homeless residents. He has lived in the area that constitutes Kardinia Ward for 40 years.

Key issues:

Related media:

Banking on independent streak - Geelong Advertiser, September 13, 2017.

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Elliot TaylorElliot Taylor/Peter Oseckas indication of preferencesElliot Taylor
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Political Affiliation: Animal Justice Party (endorsed candidate).
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Elliot Taylor has lived in Geelong for the last 10 years, and is a photographer.

Key Issues: increased funding for the Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAW), shut down of greyhound racing, crime prevention through community engagement.

Related media:

Preference pandemonium - Geelong Advertiser, October 9, 2017.

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Brent Lyons-LeeBrent Lyons-Lee indication of preferencesBrent Lyons-Lee
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Political Affiliation: Labor.
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Brent Lyons-Lee is an ordined baptist minister, who says he is passionate about social justice, and has campaigned on pokies reform, asylum seeker rights (he was arrested when protesting in the office of Richard Marles), affordable housing and ending homelessness. He lives in Waurn Ponds, and is a member of the Labor Party.

Key Issues: upgrading Barwon Heads Road, removing level crossings, progressing an indoor sports centre in Grovedale’s Brearley Reserve, investing in libraries, upgrading bike paths, new business investment.

Related media:

True believers in City Hall quest - Geelong Advertiser, September 20, 2017.
Protest candidate gets Labor's blessing - Geelong Independent, September 21, 2017.

Roads and rubbish will be top priority - Geelong Independent, October 6, 2017.
Brent Lyons-Lee, candidate for Kardinia - Mitchell's Front Page, October 11, 2017.

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Bruce HarwoodBruce Harwood indication of preferencesBruce Harwood
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Political Affiliation: Independent.
Political Alignment: Centre-right

Bruce Harwood is a former Councillor who represented the old single-member Kardinia Ward (covering Belmont) up until 2016 when the Council was sacked, and served multiple times as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Key Issues: Geelong conference centre, public transport (building of a bus port), homeless accommodation, roads (repairing pot holes).

Related media:

Harwood flags run at new Geelong Council - Geelong Independent, September 20, 2017.
Roads and rubbish will be top priority - Geelong Independent, October 6, 2017.
Harwood campaign gets star assistance - Geelong Advertiser, October 7, 2017.
Bruce Harwood - former Geelong Mayor and candidate for Kardinia - Mitchell's Front Page, October 17, 2017.

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Lois NewmanLois Newman
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Political Affiliation: Greens (endorsed candidate)
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Lois Newman is a politics and international relations student at Deakin University and is President of the Deakin Greens on Campus in Geelong. Lois works in her family's small business.

Key Issues: cycling, better public transport, support for local libraries, protection of environmental assets, sustainable and transparent local planning, arts, support for local business, climate change.

Related media:

Municipal election turns shade of green - Geelong Advertiser, September 7, 2017.
Lois Newman - Greens candidate for Kardinia - Mitchell's Front Page, September 18, 2017.

Greens to stand in all four wards covering the City of Greater Geelong - Geelong Advertiser, September 19, 2017.
Aus Day boss happy to change date - Geelong Advertiser, October 10, 2017.

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Darren HauensteinDarren Hauenstein indication of preferencesDarren Hauenstein
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Political Affiliation: Independent.
Political Alignment: Centre

Darren Hauenstein resides in Belmont with his wife and three children, is a life-long Geelong resident, and has worked as an IT professional for over 20 years at Target Australia. He's the President of the South Barwon Cricket Club and strongly believes in the values of respect, trust, and integrity.

Key Issues: Infrastructure development, better sports and recreation facilities, maintaining public spaces, arts and culture, community/public safety, better cycling, road maintenance, employment, community consultation on in flight projects.

Related media:

Darren Hauenstein - candidate for Kardinia - Mitchell's Front Page, September 20, 2017.

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Mary WalkerMary Walker
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Political Affiliation: Independent
Political Alignment: Centre-right

The mother of a whistleblower, Russel Walker, former boss of Enterprise Geelong, who lifted the lid on the City of Greater Geelong's bullying issues that ultimately led to the Council being sacked, Mary Walker has resolved to walk the talk after long issues with local politics, with the experience her son went through contributing to her decision to run. She is a former teacher at Clonard College and has also been heavily involved in Geelong's theatre scene.

Key Issues: Law and order, public safety in the CBD.

Related media:

Geelong Council election: Whistleblower’s mum Mary Walker stands for Kardinia ward - Geelong Advertiser, August 9, 2017.
Mary Walker - candidate for Kardinia Ward - Mitchell's Front Page, September 13, 2017.

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Possible outcome:

The area constituting Kardinia Ward is marginal at both State and Federal Elections. Belmont and Grovedale lean towards Labor, however, while Highton strongly favours the Liberal Party.

With the more conservative parts of the former Buckley Ward being located in the new Bellarine Ward, as well as a growing aspirational middle class and working class, Labor aligned candidates, as well as moderate Liberals, should do well here. Ron Nelson's record and profile as a former Councillor will also be tested but it is hard to know whether he will be successful in the current climate.

A progressive candidate getting elected, which includes the Greens (though their chances may have been stymied by the selection of a low-profile candidate) and Labor aligned, will depend on whether progressive voters swap preferences tightly.