Advocacy

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.

Victorian election – 26 November 2022

The Victorian election will take place on Saturday 26 November, Stonnington is part of two electorates: Malvern and Prahran. In August, Council endorsed a number of key advocacy priorities across different project and policy areas:

Malvern electorate - funding requests

  • Electrification of Harold Holt Swim Centre to reduce emissions at one of Council’s largest community sites.
  • Upgrades to Bert Healy Pavilion, including development of female changerooms.
  • Development of a future facing early years community hub at Winter Street, Malvern.
  • Synthetic turf redevelopment at Birrell Reserve in Sir Zelman Reserve to expand the capacity of the oval to provide for organised sport and casual use.
  • Redevelopment of East Malvern Tennis Club with modern standards.
  • Restoration of the Armadale Station deli.

Prahran electorate - funding requests

  • Prahran Market sustainability focussed upgrades and improvements.
  • Regional accessible playground facility at Orrong Romanis Reserve.
  • Development of a future facing early years community hub at Princes Gardens.
  • Development of a business case at Prahran Town Hall as part of establishing an arts and entertainment precinct in the area.

Both electorates - funding requests

  • Public electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Support pocket park developments in Armadale, Prahran and South Yarra to increase open space.

Policy priorites (seeking influence over Victorian Government policy)

  • Planning – retaining local decision making.
  • Planning – introduce planning policy that elevates sustainability requirements for new buildings and encourages a move towards net zero carbon development.
  • Transport – commitment to remove three level crossings in Malvern electorate.
  • Transport – continued support of Strategic Cycling Corridors.
  • Transport - train station upgrades across Stonnington, including accessibility improvements.
  • Social housing – commitment to upgrade all outdated public housing estate developments in Prahran and South Yarra to improve community integration and liveability for public and social housing residents.
  • Cladding and building regulation changes – stop shift of cost and responsibility to local government.
  • Social housing – retaining rates on community housing developments.
  • Maternal and child health – ensuring that maternal and child health services are equally funded between state and local government.

Make sure you’re enrolled to vote

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

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

We are pleased to have secured local funding commitments from the Australian Labor Party as a result of our advocacy work during the election:

  • $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

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)
  • $596,364 for improvements to community facilities and playgrounds at Orrong Romanis Reserve in Prahran and Central Park in Malvern East (Australian Government: Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program)
  • $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).