Election candidates reaching for a bigger green

While our Hiatus in the Tunnel continues, on 7 October 2020 our focus is on three candidates who have put themselves up to represent the citizens of Greater Geelong in the upcoming local government election. Two of these are sitting councillors, who are currently in caretaker mode, hoping to be re-elected.

“The gravity is moving in the community. For once, the climate topic is up high in the frame of the election,” says Jim Mason who stands to continue to represent the residents and ratepayers from the Bellarine Ward.

Sarah Mansfield is re-standing for Brownbill Ward as a Greens candidate.

Regular listeners would know of both Jim and Sarah’s many progressive, science-backed ideas to contribute to the City of Greater Geelong’s transition to a safer, more just, inclusive and healthy post-carbon world. Today we hear loud and clear from them that this quest will continue if they are re-elected.

Our third guest is Greens member Cory Wolverton who also wants to represent the residents and ratepayers of the Bellarine Ward. 32-year-old social worker, Cory and his wife are bringing up their two young children in Ocean Grove. Despite his relatively young age, Cory brings a wealth of experience to the table and if elected will no doubt bring that youthful enthusiasm and fresh thinking to the city hall chambers.

Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook today takes us initially into the global betting shops as they recalibrate the odds for the US presidential election. We also hear about a stern warning to Australia because of our lack of real action on climate from the South Pacific Forum. A warning from the representatives of the people watching the oceans rise around them. Colin concludes his report with yet more hard evidence, this time from Lord Adair Turner, chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, a group representing all the world’s major emitters. His assessment about the rate at which the world will electrify will surprise many.

Time is up: #votethedifference.


“Politics is about what we think we can do and what we can’t do, but beyond all of that is our one planet, that little blue thing zooming along in the darkness of space if you’re standing on the moon, it is a little self-sufficient spaceship and it needs to be sustained – and that is not politics, that is the reality of our observed environment.”
~ Jim Mason, candidate for the Bellarine Ward in the City Of Greater Geelong election


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Acknowledgement

We at The Sustainable Hour would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are broadcasting, the Wathaurong People, and pay our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

The traditional owners lived in harmony with the land. They nurtured it and thrived in often harsh conditions for millenia before they were invaded. Their land was then stolen from them – it wasn’t ceeded. It is becoming more and more obvious that, if we are to survive the climate emergency we are facing, we have much to learn from their land management practices.

Our battle for climate justice won’t be won until our First Nations brothers and sisters have their true justice. When we talk about the future, it means extending our respect to those children not yet born, the generations of the future – remembering the old saying that…

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”

The decisions currently being made around Australia to ignore climate change are being made by those who won’t be around by the time the worst effects hit home. How utterly disgusting, disrespectful and unfair is that?



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Election forums in Geelong region

DateTimeWardOrganiser
Wed 7 Oct12:00-1:00pmKardiniaThe Pulse – Zoom + Fb livestream
Wed 7 Oct1:30-2:30pmWindermereThe Pulse – Zoom + Fb livestream
Thurs 8 Oct1:30-2:30pmBellarineThe Pulse – Zoom + Fb livestream
Thurs 8 Oct7:00-8:30pmBellarineCBCA
Fri 9 Oct12:00-1:00pmBrownbillThe Pulse – Zoom + Fb livestream
?? Oct?? pmWindermereLara Community Network Group



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Candidate Survey – the results are in

A team of volunteers behind the Geelong Community Survey have created a special election survey for the Geelong Council election candidates.

The group says it has aimed “to make this informative yet not too long so that you can make an informed decision about who to vote for.”

If you live in City of Greater Geelong, find out how the candidates reponded in your ward:

The group of community researchers wrote: “At election time, there are so many scorecards and interest groups coming out to spoon feed you and tell you who to vote for. We hope our survey will empower you to make up your own mind.

Do the candidates share our community’s concerns?
We have asked the candidates key questions based on the priorities from the Geelong Community Survey to show whether they share our concerns and will take meaningful action to address them.

It’s encouraging that a vast majority of candidates are indicating they will act on these key issues.

We recommend reading the full responses
Please take 10 minutes and honour the effort that has gone into this work and the candidates who have decided to step up and participate in the democratic process by taking the time to read the full candidates’ responses. You will get a much better picture of candidates by reading the full report than an abbreviated summary, (which we aim to release later this week.)

Make sure you enlarge the documents if you find the type too small to read, use the slide bar on the bottom right of your screen to do this.

Ask yourself
Some things you may like to ask yourself as you read these responses :

Are they capable of making strategic decisions?
Are their concerns and values aligned with mine?
Are their priorities consistent across responses to show they truly understand an issue? Are they interested in improving communication with residents so that we understand better what Geelong Council is doing? 
For those who have been Councillors before, were their actions when they were in office in line with their responses now?

Only you can answer that by researching the candidates properly before you vote. 

Over to us
It’s over to us now in our role as citizens. Our job does not stop once we have voted. We have many examples of what happens to democracies when their citizens are not engaged.

Let’s play our part by participating and then holding them to these positions if they are elected.”

→ Source: www.geelongcommunitysurvey.org/candidatesrespond



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The following is a collation of Victorian climate change events, activities, seminars, exhibitions, meetings and protests. Most are free, many ask for RSVP (which lets the organising group know how many to expect), some ask for donations to cover expenses, and a few require registration and fees. This calendar is provided as a free service by volunteers of the Victorian Climate Action Network. Information is as accurate as possible, but changes may occur.

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