Advocacy

Following over six months of conversations with our community, our Council Plan 2021-2025 identifies key advocacy priorities of:

  1. Sustainable growth and development, while protecting our unique character and liveability
  2. Deliver and advocate for sustainable and enjoyable pedestrian, cycling and public transport options to enable our 20-minute neighbourhoods, and
  3. Support and advocate for the health and wellbeing of those in our community.

With both federal and state elections scheduled for 2022, a range of initiatives, projects and programs in line with these priorities that can be delivered in partnership with other levels of government have been identified and have been made available to candidates.

Federal election – May 2022

A federal election was held on Saturday 21 May, Stonnington is part of the Higgins electorate and Dr Ananda-Rajah of the Australian Labor Party was elected as our local representative

In March 2022, Council endorsed key advocacy priorities for the federal election campaign:

  • Community sport and community facility/building improvements
  • Shared path and cycling trails
  • Open space
  • Accessible playgrounds
  • Carbon zero initiatives
  • Waste harmonisation and circular economy
  • Biodiversity and environmental outcomes for Gardiners Creek; and
  • Upgraded precincts and community safety.

We are pleased to have secured local funding commitments from the Australian Labor Party in line with these priorities:  

  • $1m for Gardiners Creek (KooyongKoot) - Tooronga wetland
  • $250,000 to Rewilding Stonnington (Kooyong to Heyington Nature Walk and a South Yarra-Prahran-Windsor Indigenous Heritage Walk)
  • $25,000 to Wattletree Early Childhood Centre

Victorian election – 26 November 2022

The Victorian election will take place on Saturday 26 November, Stonnington is part of two electorates: Malvern and Prahran.

This page will be updated with information related to our advocacy priorities and successes for the Victorian election in the leadup to November.

Make sure you’re enrolled to vote

Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website (AEC) to confirm your electoral details if you have recently moved.

Other advocacy success stories

During 2022, we’ve also secured a range of grants from other levels of governments as part of our advocacy efforts:

  • $1.57m for Outdoor Economy Package – COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund (Victorian Government: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions)
  • $500,000 for Windsor BMX Park upgrade (Victorian Government: 2022/23 Budget)
  • $420,000 for School Focused Youth Services (Victorian Government: Department of Education and Training)
  • $300,000 for air-conditioning at Phoenix Park Community Centre (Australian Government: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Community Development Grants Programme)
  • $250,000 for floodlighting at Central Park in Malvern East (Victorian Government: 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund)
  • $120,000 for TAC Local Government Grant Program (Victorian Government: Transport Accident Commission)
  • $40,000 for Stonnington Transfer Station upgrade business case (Victorian Government: Recycling Victoria)
  • $40,000 for Regional Materials Flows Analysis - a cities lens. Joint grant in partnership with the City of Boroondara (Victorian Government: Recycling Victoria).