Candidate Responses – Beale Ward

  • Elizabeth Nealy
  • Michael Copsey
  • Jonah Allen – NO RESPONSE
  • Brad Moloney – NO RESPONSE
  • Wayne Phillips – NO RESPONSE
  • Mark Dixon – NO RESPONSE
  • Robert-John Cricco – NO RESPONSE

Elizabeth Nealy
Mob: 0458 525 897
LizNealyForBeale@gmail.com

Q.1 If you are elected, what are your top priorities to address?

Protecting neighbourhood character

Supporting community groups and infrastructure

Encourage programs and training for women in leadership

Promote economic development and new jobs

Q.2 What is your position on Climate Change?

We need to reduce our carbon emissions and we need strategies and education on how to do this effectively.

Q.3. Banyule City Council has recently endorsed a comprehensive Community Climate Action Plan and also the Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan.  How will you support BCC to become carbon neutral by 2028 and the Banyule municipality to become carbon neutral by 2040?

I will support BCC to become carbon neutral by ensuring the Community Climate Action Plan stays on the agenda and that the required work is being done to support its goals.

Q.4 With the construction of the North-East Link (NEL) set to carve several of Banyule’s suburbs in two, how will you support the affected residents and businesses, and what steps will you take to make sure our beautiful environment is protected?

As this project is already underway, I hope that affected residents and businesses have had regular communication about what is happening and when, so that they can operate as normally as possible under ‘noisy’ conditions. Planting suitable trees and protecting existing trees where possible is very important.

Q.5 What practical steps will you take to support to community groups that are focused on taking positive action on climate change? 

If I get elected, I will join or listen to community groups with their expertise on climate change and work as a team. Promoting and sharing information about climate change is a way forward to get more residents understanding what is at stake and supporting the change that comes with actioning this.

Q.6 Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Thank you Sustainable Greensborough for the work that you do.


Michael Copsey
Mob: 0478 598 874
michael.copsey@vic.greens.org.au

Q.1 If you are elected, what are your top priorities to address?

1. Driving efficiencies and ensuring best practice financial management.

2. Promoting the creation of local jobs and improving the quality of life for our community.

3. Allowing appropriate development whilst protecting our trees and enhancing our natural environment.

4. Supporting our local sports clubs, community groups and health care services.

5. Investing in our parks, playgrounds and green spaces.

6. Supporting our local businesses and shopping areas.

7. Continuing the roll out of solar and energy efficiency across Council buildings.

8. Advocating for targeted programs to help businesses and households switch to 100% renewable energy, be more energy efficient and reduce energy bills.

Q.2 What is your position on Climate Change?

My position is that we need to act urgently to address the threat of climate change to secure our environment for future generations to come. If we act now we can put things right and we can also do so in a way that concurrently reduces energy bills and creates local jobs – a key concern for us all as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018 I started the Banyule Clean Energy Group with a focus on the financial benefits associated with tackling climate change. Alongside other dedicated community groups in Banyule we worked collaboratively with Councillors and Council staff to develop and secure ground breaking climate action in Banyule grounded in financial benefits and job creation.

Q.3. Banyule City Council has recently endorsed a comprehensive Community Climate Action Plan and also the Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan.  How will you support BCC to become carbon neutral by 2028 and the Banyule municipality to become carbon neutral by 2040?

As a community we have made some great strides forward in Banyule over the past two years demonstrating that we can create the change we need locally and be a model for others to follow. I have been fortunate to have been part of the team developing and negotiating successful outcomes with the both the Community Climate Action Plan and Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan. As a part of this process I’ve developed excellent working relationships across the community and with Banyule City Councillors and Staff. This along with my experience in the Banyule Clean Energy Group and expertise as a renewable energy consultant will help me to drive optimal outcomes.

Q.4 With the construction of the North-East Link (NEL) set to carve several of Banyule’s suburbs in two, how will you support the affected residents and businesses, and what steps will you take to make sure our beautiful environment is protected?

I am not a supporter of the North-East Link Project but will work collaboratively with all parties involved to secure the very best outcomes for our environment and affected residents and businesses.

Q.5 What practical steps will you take to support to community groups that are focused on taking positive action on climate change? 

We have a wealth of expertise in our community that can be mobilised to help us as a municipality reach our 2040 net zero emissions target. If elected I will seek to empower our community groups to drive the change that we need in Banyule alongside our dedicated Council officers. We have financial accommodation built into the Community Climate Action Plan to do so in a way that also creates local jobs.

Q.6 Do you have anything else you would like to add?

I believe in practicing what I preach and I recently retrofitted my house, on a tight budget, to all-electric, solar and veggie producing. Along with zero emissions, we are well on our way to zero energy bills and achieved a 20% reduction in food bills last year. Thanks for inviting me to take this survey and well done Sustainable Greensborough (and Megan) for being a key driving force behind the significant climate action we have seen in Banyule since 2018.