VOTE 1 PHIL CLEARY
The Northern Metropolitan Region
It covers the following 11 state seats: Broadmeadows, Brunswick, Bundoora, Melbourne, Mill Park, Northcote, Pascoe Vale, Preston, Richmond, Thomastown and Yuroke and elects 5 members.
I have been a resident of the electorate all my life. Between 1992 and 1996 I was the independent member for the northern suburban seat of Wills, the first Victorian non-party independent elected to the federal parliament. If elected to the Northern Metropolitan Region I will speak out just as I did as the Member for Wills, especially on the following major issues.
Stopping Violence against Women
I have campaigned passionately to stop the violence since the murder of my sister twenty-seven years ago. I'm proud to have been responsible for changes to the criminal law to protect women. If elected I will build links between our COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRES, SPORTING CLUBS, and SCHOOLS in changing the culture that breeds the violence.
As the Member for Wills I campaigned successfully to save the Upfield Railway line from closure and have campaigned and spoken at rallies opposing the East West Link. Public transport, not freeways are our saviour.
Local Sport and Community Groups
As a volunteer coach at West Coburg Football Club I've seen the benefits local sport brings to the physical and mental well being of our kids. Building stronger local communities, with sporting and community groups playing a central role will be a passion.
Planning and Urban Density
The north has been pillaged by GREEDY DEVELOPERS able to buy on the cheap in the north and amass huge profits. I'll continue the campaign to bring equity and fairness to planning and development and in consultation with the community will only support appropriate development and mandatory building height controls.
Jobs and Renewable Energy
My dream is for the north to become the centre of a RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT culture and JOBS GROWTH with local councils leading the charge in a sustainable environment campaign that employs young local people and builds knowledge about the jobs of the future.
As a former teacher and graduate of La Trobe University I don't need to be convinced about the importance of education. Every pre-school, school, TAFE college and university will be at the heart of my community driven strategies.
It's time to stop dreaming about the past and put into practice the moral of the song From Little Things Big Things Grow.
I's time to use our VOICE to sing a new political song
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