Saturday, August 1, 2009

Why I have nominated for Greens pre-selection in the State seat of Melbourne

In the face of an environmental crisis, positive change is essential. Turning frustration and anger into action, empowerment, vision and leadership – the community of Melbourne is ready for change and I am standing up to lead that change.

Life-changing moments happen without rehearsal. Three weeks ago, I was writing my weekly email to all VLGA members, Councillors and Councils. I was increasingly angry as I wrote about urban growth boundaries, further call-ins by the Planning Minister, further erosions of local democracy and inadequate amendments to the Solar Feed-in Tariff Bill.

For three years, I have worked on the ground in the local community of Melbourne, Flemington and Moonee Valley championing positive environmental and social change. Within community groups and at the council level, we have taken small and bigger steps towards a cohesive community that nurtures our land, our families, our younger and older friends and relatives, our newly arrived neighbours, our open spaces and our waterways. Yet there is a ceiling on our efforts in the regressive and uninspired policies of the State Government – an unimaginative and irresponsible water policy, painstakingly slow steps on public transport, a Budget silent on environmental investment.

Environmental and social change, solutions to the reality of climate change, sustainable communities with enhanced liveability are all possible – they are essential. Access to public transport, to local produce, to local employment is as critical as excellent public education and health services and good planning. The communities of Melbourne are hungry for these changes and share both my frustrations and my vision of a sustainable Melbourne.

The communities of Melbourne, already ahead of their government, are ready to create the next sustainable city of world-class environmental credentials. The people of Victoria, from farmers, to small business owners and retirees are crying out for assistance to empower them to live more sustainably. I have removed ceilings at Moonee Valley Council and am now standing up to transform political vision in Melbourne and Victoria.

In the face of an environmental crisis, positive change is essential. Turning frustration and anger into action, empowerment, vision and leadership – the community of Melbourne is ready for change and I am standing up to lead that change.

1 comment:

PHSC Calendar said...

Good luck with the nomination for the seat of Melbourne Rose. I am a loyal labour voter, but a little pressure in the way of losing a previously safe seat may provide them with the impetus they need to embrace some of their “old” values.

Regards

John Goodman