No frills or bells and whistles added – just a straight Zoom “as it happened” video of the 3 co-hosted (Glen Eira Residents Association and Save Glen Eira Association)  2020 Council Election On-Line Community Forums.   3 forums were held – one for each Ward in Glen Eira (Camden, Rosstown and Tucker).   The duration of each video is approx. 2 hours – so put the kids to bed and settle back to watch.           

You can view the videos on-line or download the file (approx. 1GB) 

The links to the videos are 

CAMDEN WARD – 3 vacancies, 13 candidates.  12 candidates attended the 6/10/2020 forum. 

ROSSTOWN WARD – 3 vacancies, 13 candidates.  9 candidates attended the 7/10/2020 forum 

TUCKER WARD – 3 vacancies, 10 candidates.  7 candidates attended the 8/10/2020 forum

The format for each forum was

  • Introduction
  • Candidate Presentations (limited to 3 minutes)
  • Q&A Session – questions were lodged via Chat functionality and presented to the Candidates by forum moderators. Candidate responses were limited to 2 minutes.
  • Close of Forum.

Feedback from residents from all 3 forums was extremely positive and specifically mentioned how the candidates’ responses and interactions during the Q&A session had helped them decide who to vote for.

Feel free to contact the Candidates, individually, if you wish to ask further questions.

Remember – Ballot papers are being delivered now. For your vote to be counted it must be completed and be postmarked no later than 6.00 p.m.  on 23rd October, 2020

 We thank you for your Forum participation.


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 Authorized by:  B. Hatfield, 21/41 Chapel Street, St. Kilda, Vic. 3182


Even if we do say so ourselves, last night’s Camden Ward On Line Election Forum was a fantastic event.

Sure we had some minor technical glitches on our first attempt at “Zooming”, thankfully the 150 participants (residents and candidates) understood – they   enthusiastically  and actively supported the event.

Topics covered in the Q&A session covered  those that impacted the whole of Glen Eira and those that were specific to Camden Ward.  For example (not necessarily in order)

  • Council’s Governance – fiscal responsibility, rates, no genuine collaboration with residents, lack of accountability and transparency
  • Planning – inconsistency in decision making, inability to deliver on issues (height limits, heritage and tree protection, environment and sustainability), need for Council actively represent residents in discussion with State Govt and at VCAT,  lack of open space, traffic and parking management.
  • Inkerman Bike Path (surprising this wasn’t the dominating issue we expected it to be)

FYI – Unlike the other Wards (Rosstown and Tucker), Camden Ward has all three Councillor positions vacant – no incumbent Councillors are standing for re-election.

Examples of comments from the Meeting Chat

Candidates Comments  

  • These online forums make it easy for people to engage which is great!
  • Thank you to all the residents for attending tonight. Genuine consultation is important
  • Due to the circumstances it was a wonderful opportunity to share our thoughts and platforms on a number of issues and make some connection with the voters.
  • Some amazing questions tonight.

Residents Comments  

  • This was one of the best OnLine/Offline Candidate Forums I’ve seen and this is a credit to the unsung heroes of GERA and SGE – Let’s have our future Councillors support Community run forums throughout the year – Let’s have a Community Council during our next term.
  • Thanks for organising such a great forum. Some clear winners tonight.
  • Get to see some candidates true colours
  • Camden ward will be the winner
  • Well done to the organisers as well as candidates
  • Would councillors commit to running forums with residents and meaningful community engagement after election? – the candidates agreed

The Rosstown Election Forum will  be held tonight and we believe it will be as successful and informative as last night Camden Forum.   Details of, and registration for, the Rosstown Forum are available in our previous post – WHY YOU NEED TO MAKE AN INFORMED VOTE IN THE GLEN EIRA COUNCIL ELECTIONS

To quote one participant’s comment

“Now is the vital time to elect the right people to get the right thing done and we need to elect nine of them.  We have too much to lose to miss this opportunity”


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Authorized by:  B. Hatfield, 21/41 Chapel Street, St. Kilda, Vic. 3182


Finding it hard to find information about Council Candidates?  Does it just seem like another hassle in the dreary COVID-19 world.

Well make it easy for yourselves, attend the On-Line Community Election Forums that are co hosted by the Glen Eira Residents and Save Glen Eira Associations and commence tomorrow night (6/10/2020)

To attend the Forums, you need to register.  Forum details for each Forum and registration link are provided below:

CAMDEN – Tuesday, 6th October, 2020 – 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  

ROSSTOWN – Wednesday, 7th October – 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  

TUCKER – Thursday, 8th October, 2020 – 7.30 p.m. –  9.00 p.m.  

After registration, you will receive an email confirming your unique logon details.

Despite the Minister for Planning (December, 2015) directing Glen Eira Council to bring it’s Planning Scheme up to date by incorporating contemporary planning concepts and tools into the scheme,  little has been achieved.  We still don’t have Structure Plans for any of our activity centres and expected completion dates for the 3 traditional major centres of Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick is end 2021.  All other centres remain in limbo despite experiencing significant development pressures.

In the meantime, the archaic Planning Scheme remains the definitive document.  Guidelines only have been added.   And Glen Eira remains behind the times in most planning matters and their flow on impacts.  Council is also foregoing significant revenue in the form of development and open space levies paid by developers.

Significant issues exist across our municipality related to

  • Planning (height limits, open space, traffic and parking management, environmental sustainability) and continual loss of amenity for current and future residents
  • Significant Borrowings are proposed (approx. $60 mill) to enable capital works programmes (eg Carnegie Pool Redevelopment and Multi Storey car parks)
  • Governance (poor Community Consultation and lack of Council transparency, accountability and representation).

Within the 3 election wards themselves significant issues are yet to be resolved and will be passed on to the incoming Council.

  • Camden
    • Structure Planning designation of Urban Renewal Areas – Elsternwick
    • Woolsworth Development – referred to as The Elsternwick Towers
    • Loss of heritage
    • Caulfield South & Caulfield North developments & development proposals for heights which are more than double heights of surrounding residential areas (maximum mandatory height of 3 stories) and Council’s February, 2018 decision for a 5 storey height limit.
    • Opening up the Racecourse – further delays
    • Inkerman Bike Path
  • Rosstown
    • Carnegie Pool,
    • Murrumbeena Community Hub,
    • Foodworks site (cnr. Murrumbeena & Neerim),
    • Developments along Murrumbeena Road & Koornang Roads
    • Glen Huntly Structure Plan and potential sky tower at proposed heights that dwarf the surrounding residential areas (3 stories).
    • Ormond Sky Tower. 
  • Tucker
    • East Village (3,000 residences) – to generate major traffic congestion on main roads and residential roads.
    • Bentleigh Structure Plan does not represent residents views
    • Bentleigh East and McKinnon – lack of height controls in Commercial Areas, surrounding residential areas have a maximum mandatory height limit of 3 storeys


Attend your forum to learn how the candidates will address the above and the views on fellow residents on the issues.





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Authorized by:  B. Hatfield, 21/41 Chapel Street, St. Kilda, Vic. 3182


The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has made available on-line the Council Candidates Statements (election platforms, contact details and preferences) which will be included in the ballot mail out that will delivered shortly.


“The contents of candidate statements are provided by the candidates. Any inquiries about candidate statements should be directed to the relevant candidate. Candidate statements are not verified or endorsed by the Election Manager.”

 The by Ward Candidates Statements are available below




Each Ward has 3 Councillor positions (a total of 9 Councillors) in Glen Eira.  The number of candidates standing in each Ward are Camden 13 , Rosstown 13 and Tucker 10.

We consider the statements to be a must read for residents voting in the upcoming Council Elections (23/10/2020)



We also remind readers of the up-coming ON-LINE COMMUNITY ELECTION FORUMS that the Glen Eira Residents (GERA) and Save Glen Eira (SGE) Associations are co-hosting next week.

Registration is required to attend each forum – seats are limited so we encourage registration a.s.a.p.  Forum details for each Forum and registration link are provided below:

After registration, you will receive an email confirming your unique logon details.

If you wish to comment on or ask a question on this posting please do so on GERA’s FaceBook


Authorized by:  B. Hatfield, 21/41 Chapel Street, St. Kilda, Vic. 3182


We had hoped that the opening of registration for the “Meet the Candidates” on-line community forums (co-hosted by GERA and SGE) would also include copies of the Candidates Statements (election platforms), however, not to be.

Given residents interest in the forums, for which we thank you, below are the Forum Registration links.

Copies of the candidates statements will presented in a separate post as soon as they become available.

Registration is required to attend each forum.  Forum details for each Forum and registration link are provided below:

After registration, you will receive an email confirming your unique logon details.

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Authorized by:  B. Hatfield, 21/41 Chapel Street, St. Kilda, Vic. 3182


Below is the Victorian Electoral Commission’s (VEC) official listing of Declared Council Candidates for the 2020 Council Elections.  Each Ward’s Candidates Listing is as it will appear on voting papers based on the ballot draw (ïe  lottery)

Click to enlarge

Later tomorrow (Wednesday, 23/9),  the VEC will publish the Election Statements (election platforms) submitted by each Candidate.  These statements will also be included in the posted Ballot Packs that should be received by each resident listed on the Electoral Roll in coming weeks.

Shortly after tomorrow’s VEC publication, the GERA website

Covid-19 electioneering restrictions mean that you will soon be inundated with flyers and it will be up to you to contact (telephone, email, websites and social media) each candidate to learn their views on issues that matter to you.

The community forums present an opportunity for you to get

  • a detailed and balanced view of the candidates and their positions,
  • while also hearing about the concerns and views of your fellow residents

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Authorized by B. Hatfield – 21/41 Chapel Street, St. Kilda 3182


In line with past election practices, the Glen Eira Residents’ Association (GERA), will again be hosting Council Election Candidates Forums for each ward in Glen Eira.  This time around the forums will be co-hosted with the Save Glen Eira (SGE) residents group and, due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be on-line.

Details of the Forums are

Both GERA & SGE believe, the forums are a unique opportunity for

  • candidates (current incumbents and new candidates) to
    • present their policies to a broad cross section of their ward’s community, and
    • respond to questions from multiple residents in a Q&A session
  • residents to
    • listen to and question multiple candidates at one time, and
    • gain an understanding of other residents “take” on the issues

The issues confronting Glen Eira are substantial – you owe it yourselves to become aware of the issues and to cast an informed vote.  



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7.30 PM – 9.30 PM (approx.)

Tonight’s meeting is the last meeting before Council goes into the pre-election Caretaker Period* and it’s a blockbuster.


The Meeting presents a great opportunity for you to assess Councillor performance – to be considered which deciding your vote in the upcoming (24/10/2020) Council Elections.  Given the challenges facing Council in the post COVID-19 world and Council’s consistent poor ranking in the 2020 State Government’s Community Satisfaction Survey

we can’t emphasize enough how seriously residents should consider what they want for Glen Eira and which candidate is the best to represent them in the 2020-2024 Elections.

The 1/9/2020 Council Meeting Agenda can be viewed or downloaded from Council’s website .

In our view the “meat” of meeting occurs in two stages

  • Public Participation Session – which usually occurs prior to Agenda Item 8 (even though it is listed as Agenda Item 10.5). This session  gives residents the opportunity to submit written questions, and receive a response, from Council and Councillors on their decision making and activities.
  • Agenda Item 8 – Officers Reports – prepared by Council Officers, which provide details of, and recommendations on, the issues presented to Council.

The issues up for discussion tonight are:

Residents views on the issues can be found on various websites and social media sites.

To LIVESTEAM tonight’s (1/9/2020 @ 7.30pm) meeting

To obtain election details click on the below links



Caretaker Mode and Period

In the lead up to elections, unlike Federal and State Parliaments, to enable Council activities to continue, the Local Government Act imposes regulations on Council’s decision making process and activities.  These are intended to ensure that Council actions do not interfere with the probity of the election process and to safe guard the authority of the incoming Council.

    • Councils are prohibited from making certain types of decisions that relate to financial commitments, CEO appointment or decisions that would unreasonably bind the future Council.
    • Council must not produce or publish any material that could affect voting at the election.

The caretaker period commences on that same date and time that Councillor Candidates formally declare their candidacy (Noon on 22/9/2020) and ends  on election day (6.00 pm on 24/10/2020)


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Caulfield South, Bentleigh & Carnegie – need your help

GERA has received the below, self-explanatory email from the SAVE GLEN EIRA residents group. GERA works closely with SGE and supports their request for residents to show their support for these areas currently experiencing a “development siege”.

What happens in these locations will inevitably flow on to all other suburbs of the municipality if residents don’t act now.

Drafted responses to Council (together with Council contact details) are included in the below – so asking for a show of support is not a big ask.


Dear All, 

Whilst we’re in a prolonged lock down, much is happening around Glen Eira. There are many decisions that Council will be voting on in the next few weeks. Whilst certain suburbs are impacted greatly, residents from across Glen Eira have the opportunity to give their support. Our councillors’ preparedness  to listen to residents is highly correlated with the number of letters received.

 We would appreciate your input.

 Caulfield South. Action needed this week

 Caulfield South is a Neighbourhood Activity Centre which, in the Glen Eira City Plan (2020) has designated height limits of 5 storeys for buildings in commercial zones. This document is not a planning document, and VCAT will view highly the fact that there are no height limits for proposed buildings in commercial zones of Neighbourhood Centres

 There are 5 hearings scheduled at VCAT:  

Glen Eira Council has not provided external legal representation for any of these hearings. The residents have been left to fight the developers’ proposals on their own.  

If these proposals proceed, the impact on this Neighbour Centre will be dramatic and disastrous. Caulfield South is not a Major Activity Centre. 

 Attached is a proforma letter written by CS-RAID (Caulfield South Residents Against Inappropriate Development), requesting Glen Eira Councillors to review their stance on these hearings and provide legal assistance for the residents.

 Draft Amendment C184: Carnegie & Bentleigh. Action needed this week 

This amendment proposes changes to the Glen Eira Planning Scheme for Carnegie & Bentleigh. 

There is massive change for the residents in these suburbs. And without proper consultation and the difficulty in accessing meaning in the bundle of documents connected with this amendment: the rezoning of areas, the introduction of new zones, the discretionary height limits, the lack of new open space and the loss of public land: it is not surprising that many are left confused and frightened. 

The Amendment C184 brings considerable change for the residents. The residents do not feel as though they have been able to put their views to Council, nor to have an input into how their neighbourhood will develop.

Imagine a resident currently living in NRZ1 (2 storeys) who now finds that they will be living in GRZ5 (3 storeys) when the Amendment C184 is passed.

 Attached is a proforma letter that you may wish to send to Councillors and the CEO in support of the residents of Carnegie and Bentleigh.  

Closing date of submission is this Friday August 27 2020. Submission is online: ; or direct to Glen Eira Council attention City Futures,

This is the time for Glen Eira residents to help each other. Please find some time to send off a letter or two to Council. 




The Amendment C184 letter included above is a overall letter – a more detailed response specific to Bentleigh and Carnegie is available on the SGE’s website.


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As a result of the currently decreasing COVID-19 infections, the State Government (State Medical Officer and Minister for Local Government) has given the go-ahead for Victoria’s Local Council Elections to proceed as planned – via postal voting with a closing date of 24th October, 2020. 

The official campaign being from 22nd September (candidate nomination date) to 24th October (election day). 



  • Planning and Council’s role in Planning will yet again be a highly contentious election issue in October and
  • COVID-19 restrictions* will dramatically change the usual electioneering practices – instead of the candidates coming the electorate, the electorate will need to seek the candidates in the virtual world (social media and on-line community forums) to ensure making an informed vote.

the forum presents a rare opportunity for residents to “ASK THEM ANYTHING” about Planning and Council’s view of it’s role in Victoria’s Planning Processes – a good start when later deciding who to vote for in the Council Elections.

 The on-line forum format includes

  • a short overview of Council’s role in planning
  • a short discussion on key themes from what audience members are interested in hearing more about (presumably based on questions lodged during registration)
  • live questions from the audience

To attend the Zoom Forum you must register – FORUM REGISTRATION

GERA again encourages all residents to register for tomorrow’s (Thursday 20/8/2020) ON-LINE PLANNING FORUM.



State Government Council Electioneering Guideline during COVID-19 restrictions

Stage 4 Restrictions (currently to mid-September) – candidates in metropolitan Melbourne would effectively be banned from campaigning outside their homes, including doorknocking, leafleting, attending campaign events and advertising on billboards and posters, for as long as stage four restrictions remain.

Stage 3 Restrictions (if stage four restrictions are lifted mid-September) – prevent candidates convening or attending meetings in open spaces or private residences, door-knocking and attending community events. However, they would be allowed to drop election material into people’s letterboxes, hand out leaflets and advertise on posters and billboards


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