An Indigenous councillor has joined City of Melbourne Council for the first time and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has been re-elected for his third term.
Elections last week resulted in five new councillors for the City of Melbourne; six are heading into their second or third four-year term.
But despite the reshuffling, the representation of each team at the City of Melbourne has remained mostly the same.
Team Doyle, headed up by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle – formerly the leader of the Victorian Liberal party, has five councillors. The Greens have two. Team Morgan remains with one seat, represented by Jackie Watts who “belongs to and/or supports” the Labor party. And Together Melbourne has once again been represented by Phillip Le Liu, the Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Melbourne earlier this year.
It’s now a matter of what the two new teams will bring to the table.
Phil Cleary Means Business and An Indigenous Voice On Council are represented by Michael Caiafa and Brooke Wandin respectively. These councillors vow to tackle homelessness and push for more clean energy in Melbourne.
During her election campaign, Indigenous councillor Brooke Wandin promised she would respect Melbourne’s indigenous communities and history if elected.
“Council would have a person that could listen and understand the issues of Aboriginal people and bring them before council. A safe and sympathetic voice in the system at its highest level of representation,” she said on her website.
Ms Wandin will ensure every building in Melbourne “fully embrace(s) all possible sustainability improvements, including energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.”
She added she would look at the Environmental Upgrade Agreement to be available to residential buildings, a program that allows property owners to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings by taking out a loan for upgrades and gradually paying it off through their rates.
“Saving” the Queen Victoria Market from a proposed apartment building, which could be up to 100m high, is Michael Caiafa’s priority. A market trader himself he runs M&G Caiafa, also known as The Corner Bread Shop.
He also wants a safe and peaceful city, and clean energy at the Queen Victoria Market, hoping to “save traders millions of dollars”, according to the Phil Cleary Means Business website.
Mr Caiafa and Ms Wandin both want to bring an end to homelessness in Melbourne, where 247 people are sleeping on the streets this year, according to the annual StreetCount.
Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Deputy Mayor Arron Wood received more than 31,000 first preference votes for Team Doyle’s leadership team, with an additional 5000 votes after preferences were divided up.
Mr Doyle was congratulated on Twitter by C40 Cities, an organisation that represents more than 80 cities addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally.
— C40 Cities (@c40cities) October 29, 2016
The Newsroom reported earlier this year that Mr Wood requested about $4000 from the City of Melbourne to go on a trip to London, partly funded by C40.
At the time, he told The Newsroom that for Melbourne to participate in C40 was “vital for action on climate change”.
Two teams scrapped
Teams Listening to locals and Stephen Mayne: Transparency, independence, accountability, experience didn’t get enough votes to continue for another term.
Stephen Mayne, from his self-titled team, had pushed for council to talk to some of the United States’ biggest companies about the “virtues of relocating their global headquarters to the City of Melbourne” if US presidential nominee Donald Trump is elected.
Melbourne gets its first Indigenous councillor in Brooke Wandin. I'm out but happy to have preferenced Brooke first.
— Stephen Mayne (@MayneReport) October 29, 2016
Richard Foster from Listening to Locals had advocated for Melbourne’s CBD to be completely smoke-free and criticised
Mr Doyle for using his work credit card to buy $28,000 of personal purchases, with no independent review.
More than 73,000 votes were counted in the 2016 election, but about 2600 of them were identified as “informal votes” and were not included in the final tally. A little over 55 per cent of Melbourne’s enrolled population voted in the election.
Victorians can be fined $78 if they don’t provide a reason for not voting or give an “invalid response”, according to the Victorian Electoral Commission. Those aged 70 and over will not be fined. – Matthew Male
Top photo of Brooke Wandin from Caleb Connor’s Youtube channel.