One of the things you start noticing a lot more when you have two tertiary-level film and television students in the house is aspect ratio.
Local council elections are in October, and posters have started going up for candidates.
In some wards you see full-sized billboards, but in ours — so far — the most prominent posters are small, displayed in shop windows.
Not that it’s important, but I can’t help noticing that Oscar Lobo’s picture is the wrong aspect ratio.
I’ve met the guy; he’s often in Centre Road talking to constituents. His head isn’t that spherical, and his torso isn’t that bulky. (Some of his posters have his picture in the correct aspect ratio.)
Some others have been seen out and about.
Local election time – candidates have started handing out fliers at the station. pic.twitter.com/gYgTS98yFv
— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) September 14, 2016
So, who to vote for?
In many cases, council candidates are relatively uncontroversial. And in our area (Tucker Ward), most candidates are not strongly (publicly) aligned with the major political parties. There are three vacancies, and 14 candidates.
As far as who to vote for, all I can say is:
I’m overall pretty happy with my local council. Most services seem to be run efficiently, facilities are good, and rates are lower than in a lot of other areas. They’ve also tried to do some education on keeping footpaths clear of vehicles and trees, though this could be stepped up with more, and enforcement.
As the Dandenong line skyrail project now seems inevitable, it would be nice to see the council proactively working on how the freed up land beneath the tracks will be used.
I would single out Jamie Hyams (loosely Liberal-aligned). I met him years ago, when he was originally standing for council. He asked what City of Glen Eira could do to help the cause of public transport. One thing I suggested was to join the Metropolitan Transport Forum — at the time, Glen Eira was one of the few councils that were not a member. He said he’d look into it if elected. He was elected, and subsequently they joined. More recently he was mayor when the council unanimously passed a motion accurately pointing out that East West Link will bring little benefit to our area. I’ll vote for him again.
I’m not sure about my other preferences; I’ll consider them closer to voting time as candidates make their views on issues known.
A few days ago, the local newspaper reported stormy council meeting in Glen Eira, Kingston and Frankston. Locals should have a read and judge for themselves how their councillors fared: Glen Eira, Kingston and Frankston council meetings end in chaos
Voting in October
I haven’t checked other areas, but in Glen Eira electoral rolls have already closed, as have nominations. Ballot packs are sent through the mail in early October, and are due back in the mail by the 21st — I assume most council areas are the same.