Moreland Councillor and Socialist Alliance member Sue Bolton will be standing for re-election in October 2016.
The election of Sue to the Moreland council in 2012 was significant for several reasons. She campaigned strongly on a platform of putting the needs of ordinary residents and the community ahead of the tide of greed-driven developer projects that are changing Moreland for the worse.
Sue brought to her position a long history of activism in the refugee, anti-racist, workers rights and other movements. She is a leader of the Socialist Alliance in Melbourne.
We need a progressive advocate and activist on council. Join the campaign to help get Sue Bolton re-elected in October 2016. In the face of a concerted campaign by the major parties to regain her seat on council, getting Sue re-elected will not be easy.
We need everyone who values her presence on council to get involved on some level. (You don’t have to live in her North-East Ward to help).
To support the campaign to re-elect Sue Bolton, phone 0413 377 978 or contact Sue via Facebook.
Since her election Sue has worked tirelessly to help residents fight for their rights and to build support for progressive pro-people policies. Sue has:
We live in uncertain times. Housing costs are very high and many people cannot find work. Moreland is known as a progressive council but it must do much more to help residents with their concerns.
Many residents feel that developers do not care about their concerns. They think that speculators are driving up house prices. Residents are not getting enough say about changes to their suburbs. Some developments are too large, and have no trees. Some cast a shadow over neighbouring blocks, including people’s solar panels.
But the most important solution is expanded public transport. People need a realistic alternative to cars. Parts of Fawkner, Newlands and other areas don’t have enough public transport. Bus services are not adequate.
The Upfield line trains need to be more frequent and the tram services made more frequent — especially in peak hours — to eliminate the current gross overcrowding.
Cyclists and pedestrians need safer paths. The council’s safety audit of the Upfield bike path stopped at Bell St. I have pushed for this to be extended further north.
Moreland needs more public toilets. I am supporting residents’ campaigning for more public toilets near the Coburg Mall and in the vicinity of the Fawkner Library.
I am supporting Merlynston residents in their battle to save the Merlynston Progress Hall. It was built in 1928 and is currently in a state of disrepair. The hall could be used for playgroups and other community events.
I have ensured that migrant residents get better access to interpreters. This means all migrants can exercise their democratic rights.
Residents want Moreland to lead on climate action. Council’s achievements include gaining carbon neutral status and divesting from fossil fuels. I continue to push for 100% renewable energy. Australia should not use offsets to outsource its emission reduction responsibilities to other countries.
Local residents understand best the issues in their area. When councillors or unelected council officers make decisions, they may not fully understand the effect on local residents’ lives.
So it is very important that residents take action and build community campaigns. I have helped many residents with their local community campaigns, often with great success. These include fossil fuel divestment, stopping the East West Link, and saving Moreland’s bluestone lanes.
I am an activist because I have seen over the years that we can’t trust politicians or unelected bureaucrats to make positive changes on our behalf.
We also live in a capitalist world where corporate greed influences decisions behind the scenes and actively blocks social progress.
This is obvious with the lack of serious action to stop climate change or developers squeezing as many units as possible onto blocks all over Melbourne.
The only way of stopping corporate greed controlling the world is for people to build community campaigns, unite our forces and create a powerful movement for fundamental social change.
We need to fight for a society which puts ordinary people’s needs first — not the greed of the corporate rich. That’s what socialism means to me.