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Windermere ward map - suburban areasWindermere Ward

Area

The suburbs of Norlane, North Shore, Corio, Lovely Banks, Lara, and the rural outskirts from the Barwon River to the northernmost boundary of the LGA. It is the largest of the four wards in Geelong in terms of land area.

The big suburbs in this ward are Norlane, Corio and the semi-rural town of Lara - which itself is becoming an extension of Geelong with increasing development.

Norlane is a commission housing area and is very firmly working-class with a large multicultural base; with workers at the nearby manufacturing plants residing here. Windermere ward map - rural areasHowever, there are some pockets of gentrification occurring in the area, which is likely to continue steadily as people get priced out of the inner suburbs. Corio, too, is solidly working class, and due to the continued presence of the oil refinery (now operated by Viva Energy), along with other heavy industry in the area, is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. These suburbs are majorly disadvantaged compared to the rest of Geelong.

Lara is a growth suburb, however, unlike its counterparts in the south of Geelong, Lara takes a more working class as opposed to a middle-class profile.

The smaller suburb of North Shore consists of heavy industrial areas with a cluster of residential blocks overlooking the bay. This too is a firmly working class area.

Previously, this ward consisted the entirety of the Corio and Windermere single-member wards, as well as the northern parts of Cowie Ward, and the rural western fringes of Kildare Ward.

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

 

Declared Candidates:

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Anthony Aitken | Tony Ansett | Robert Blaszczyk | Ken Dickens | Jordan Grossman | Kylie GrzybekMoshtagh Heidari | Greg Lacey | David Withington

 

Anthony AitkenAnthony Aitken
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Political Affiliation: Independent.
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Anthony Aitken was an inaugural City of Greater Geelong Councillor, and served as Councillor of the former Shire of Corio 16 years ago, while his father also represented the area on Council in the 1990's. He previously ran for Mayor in the 2013 Mayoral by-election. He is also president of Volunteering Geelong.  He is running on a loose ticket with Grzybek, against Tony Ansett.

Key Issues: Economic disadvantage and population growth in the northern suburbs.

Related media:

Geelong Council election: Anthony Aitken and Kylie Grzybek announce nominations - Geelong Advertiser, August 10, 2017.
Northern 'allies' opposing Ansett - Geelong Independent, August 9, 2017.

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Tony AnsettTony Ansett
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Political Affiliation: Liberal (former) / Independent (current)
Political Alignment: Centre-right

Well known in business and political circles for his controversial antics, abusive behaviour, and public rants, Tony Ansett is a former Councillor, serving between 2001 and 2008, and again between 2012 and up until the Council was sacked. He is running again as he feels he is not finished serving the community yet.

Key Issues: bringing a "back to basics" approach back to local government.

Related media:

Tony Ansett announces he wants to return to City Hall, puts hand up for next council election - Geelong Advertiser, April 19, 2017.

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Robert BlaszczykRobert Blaszczyk
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Political Affiliation: Labor.
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Robert Blaszczyk is a resident of Norlane, with northern Geelong being his home his whole life, proclaiming himself as a "Son of the North", and works in financial services. Robert completed a degree in Arts/Commerce at Deakin University, and was student representative for the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA), serving as Geelong Campus Coordinator, where he oversaw significant contributions to the student community by being involved in managing and creating new clubs and societies, and working with fellow board members of a not-for-profit organisation, advocating for student rights and wellbeing. He is a member of the Labor Party, but despite this, says he is running as an independent candidate.

Key Issues: Youth engagement, local business, community safety, advocacy for the northern suburbs, open spaces/leisure/well-being.

Related media:

More candidates for election hot seat - Geelong Independent, September 7, 2017.

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Ken DickensKen Dickens
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Political Affiliation: Independent
Political Alignment: Centre-right

Ken Dickens is running as a candidate for the Geelong Council for the first time in the Windermere ward. He grew up in East Preston in Melbourne's north. He worked his way from apprentice fitter and turner to management and senior executive roles with TNT and Brambles and established Corio Waste Management in 1996. His three children all live in Geelong and work for the company. Ken believes that Council can maximise the potential of employees through constructive leadership and believes that a strong performance ethic work environment that encourages high individual and organisational performance, transparency, inclusiveness, diversity, fairness, innovative thinking and freedom of fear is essential for sustained performance. Ken is a member of Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Geelong Manufacturing Council, and Committee for Geelong, among others.

Key Issues: organisational leadership and culture, social inequity, employment, crime, social infrastructure.

Related media:

Waste boss pushes council clean-out - Geelong Advertiser, August 31, 2017.
Ken Dickens - Candidate for Windermere Ward - Mitchell's Front Page, September 6, 2017.
Candidate defends Muslim comments - Geelong Advertiser, September 18, 2017.

Late but north health hub 'closer' - Geelong Independent, September 21, 2017.

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Jordan GrossmanJordan Grossman
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Political Affiliation: Independent
Political Alignment: Centre-right

Jordan Grossman is a 24-year-old resident of Corio who studied at Deakin University and works as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, an organization that has been central to Geelong’s identity for many years. He now wants to help shape Geelong’s identity in to the future, and contribute to making it a great place to live. At the top of Jordan's agenda is going back to basics and ensuring that public infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, and parks are properly maintained to a high standard to ensure longevity, value for money, and accessibility. Key to this is supporting education and training programs in order to engage young people in the work force. He is passionate about supporting local businesses to sustain and expand Geelong’s economy, and is a strong advocate for start-ups which he says fuel his ultimate vision of a ‘smart’ city as Geelong begins to transition from a manufacturing hot-spot to a 21st century science, technology, and innovation hub.

Key Issues: Parkroad/footpath maintenance, Crime prevention (particularly vandalism), economic/industrial sustainability, local business support, creating a 'smart' city.

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Kylie GrzybekKylie Grzybek
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Political Affiliation: Independent
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Kylie Grzybek works as the Chief of Staff to the Transport Accident Commission's (TAC) CEO Joe Calafiore, has lived in Lara for 38 years, and is running with the primary goal of giving a voice and a fair go to the north. She previously ran for election in the Windermere Ward at the 2012 Council Elections, where she gained 13% of the vote. She is running on a loose ticket with Aitken, against Tony Ansett.

Key Issues: More open spaces, public safety/crime deterrence, better sporting facilities and infrastructure, better public transport, fair share for the northern suburbs, lower rates.

Related media:

Geelong Council election: Anthony Aitken and Kylie Grzybek announce nominations - Geelong Advertiser, August 10, 2017.
Northern 'allies' opposing Ansett - Geelong Independent, August 9, 2017.
Kylie Grzybek - Windermere Ward candidate - Mitchell's Front Page, August 29, 2017.

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Moshtagh HeidariMoshtagh Heidari
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Political Affiliation: Labor
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Moshtagh moved to Geelong from Iran five years ago and describes himself as an education and refugee activist. He is running for Council because he wants to give back to the community that had given him so much. He is aligned with the Labor Party.

Key issues: employment, education, public transport, arts/culture, community services.

Related media:

Refugee Council's youngest declared candidate - Geelong Advertiser, September 2, 2017.
Moshtagh Heidari announces his candidacy for Windermere Ward - Micthell's Front Page, September 4, 2017.
More candidates for election hot seat - Geelong Independent, September 7, 2017.

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Greg LaceyGreg Lacey
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Political Affiliation: Greens (endorsed candidate)
Political Alignment: Centre-left

Greg Lacey ran as the Greens candidate for Corio at the 2013 Federal Election, then for Mayor at the 2013 Mayoral by-election, and for the state seat of Lara at the 2014 State Election, and served as Convenor of the Geelong Greens Branch. He works as a surveyer.

Key issues:

Related media:

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

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David WithingtonDavid Withington
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Political Affiliation: Labor
Political Alignment: Centre-right

David Withington, up until very recently, was the former corporate affairs manager at Binsinella Developments (which is suing City Hall over its handling of the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct - though Withington states he won't be involved in this, nor will he vote on related motions if elected) and has previously worked at the City of Greater Geelong as well as for the State Government. He is a member of the Labor Party.

Key Issues: Economic activity and jobs, upkeep of parks and gardens, maintaining sporting facilities, improving and maintaining local roads and footpaths.

Related media:

Geelong Council election 2017 PR veteran David Withington leaves Bisinella to stand for Council - Geelong Advertiser, August 3, 2017.
Northern 'allies' opposing Ansett - Geelong Independent, August 9, 2017.
David Withington - Candidate for Windermere - Mitchell's Front Page, September 13, 2017.

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Candidates Ruled Out:

Possible outcome:

The suburban portions of Windermere Ward are staunchly Labor-voting at State and Federal Elections; but are prone to quite large swings in particularly bad election years for the Labor Party, or when a candidate presents themselves as anti-establishment or populist. The Liberal Party consistently dominate in the rural parts of the ward.

The contest for Windermere Ward has been very intense. Anyone who speaks to an economically populist anti-establishment message will be in a very strong position for one of the seats. Otherwise, the two seats in this ward will come down to Labor aligned and left independents.

With there being two seats instead of three as there are in the other wards, combined with the overarching economic situation and disadvantage generally, conventional political candidates on both ends of the political spectrum may find getting elected a challenge.

Ken Dickens is looking like a clear front runner for one of the seats at this stage, but whether he is able to maintain his current momentum following the close of nominations is an unknown as he is facing some hostility from the Left. The second seat will be a contest between Anthony Aitken and one of the newcomers; with Kylie Grzybek and Moshtagh Heidari appearing as frontrunners. Tony Ansett is a wildcard but it appears that his influence may have been effectively snuffed at this early stage.