Candidates vying for the Kildare Ward vacancy on Council addressed a community forum on Thursday 24 September. Each candidate, in turn, addressed the group of about 30 residents before residents were given the opportunity to ask questions. The forum was moderated by Catriona Simmonds, president of Greening Geelong West Inc.
Of the 11 candidates, the following eight participated in the forum:
Sue Bull, Brad Clarke, Ellen Csar, Karina Lloyd, Peter Murrihy, Adrian Schonfelder, Sophia Shen and Trent Sullivan.
During questions from the floor, residents raised concerns about a planning application to construct a 36m telco transmission tower inside the Geelong Western Public Cemetery at the southern boundary with Herne Hill Reserve. Residents’ concerns highlighted the absence on Council of a Kildare Ward councillor who would convey their concerns during the application process.
Each of the candidates present made a public commitment to oppose this planning application should she/he be elected on 16 October.
The forum was organised by Greening Geelong West as a community engagement initiative. We had a little help from our friends at Geelong West Neighbourhood House, who made possible the hire of the Virginia Todd Centre.