Our Candidates

Sue Bolton

North-east Ward

Hi,

My name is Sue Bolton and I’ve been a Moreland councillor since 2012. I am very committed to this community and I still want to fight for our rights in the coming term. This time I am running for Council with a team of activists, the Sue Bolton Moreland Team, who are all committed to campaigning around the big issues which face us.

Since being elected to North-East ward, I have worked with the community to stop the sale of open space along Merri Creek. We have won pedestrian crossings, funding for the missing link in the Upfield shared path, saved Merlynston Progress Hall and the Pascoe Vale pool, stopped the sale of the Ballerrt Mooroop Aboriginal school site, banned Roundup (glyphosate) and shifted the PTV sub-station from beside a resident’s house.

I campaigned to try to save the 113 trees in Gandolfo Gardens and for the duplication of the Upfield Line to increase train services and reduce cancellations. I have voted against the outsourcing of council services, rates increases above inflation, Zero Parking developments and attempts to reduce community say over developments. I always vote in favour of emergency climate actions, social justice and democratic rights. That’s why I hold regular residents’ meetings to keep everyone informed.

If re-elected I will continue to fight for affordable housing in Moreland, more amenities in local parks, an end to fossil fuels, a council-run food bank, expansion of safe cycling infrastructure, public transport improvements and preservation of urban wildlife habitat. I will also oppose outsourcing council’s Home Care services. As you can see from my record, I am an activist. I have years of experience of fighting back and as a member of Socialist Alliance, I want to help my community build its confidence to fight and win.

In North-East Ward, I am running with Meghan Street, who also campaigned to improve the Upfield line and is currently helping the Muslim Women’s Council of Victoria feed vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. We ask that you vote 1 Sue Bolton and vote 2 Meghan Street in North-East Ward. The more of us elected to Council, the more we can unite to win things our community deserves.

In solidarity,
Sue Bolton

Meghan Street​

North-east Ward

I have lived in Moreland for 20 years and raised my son here as I believe it is a great community for families. I am running for local council as part of the Sue Bolton Moreland Team for the Inner North Ward. I am a science educated clinic manager and believe that Council must play a much greater role in community health services like it used to. I am passionate about serving the local community and acting on the climate emergency. As an activist and member of Socialist Alliance I have been involved in many campaigns and if elected I will bring that experience to help residents fightback and win vital issues. I am involved in the Upfield Transport Alliance campaigning to improve services on the Upfield train line. I was part of the movement to save the Gandolfo Gardens and am currently helping the Muslim Women’s Council of Victoria with their program to feed vulnerable people in the community in light of the coronavirus pandemic. I totally oppose the outsourcing of council jobs and services and believe we must fight for worker’s rights. If elected I will also fight for increased public transport, foot and bike travel improvements, the defence and improvement of green spaces as well as our local natural ecosystems. I feel it is very important for local council to listen to the needs of the community and prioritise these needs over the profits of developers. I do not believe that Moreland Council is currently doing this and that is why I have been so inspired by the way Sue Bolton listens and learns from residents in this community. The more of us that there are on council, the more we can empower the community to take action and fight for its own interests. 

Pauline Galvin

South Ward

Hi,

My name is Pauline Galvin and I have lived in Moreland for more than 25 years and raised my family here. My background is in science and public health so I know how important it is to have a healthy safe place to live.

I am running for local council as part of the Sue Bolton Moreland Team with Jacob Andrewartha for the South Ward. It is an honour to be on a ticket as part of Sue’s Team as I respect her values and how she encourages people to get involved to make a difference. Together we stand united for our common good.

Since working with Sue and the many dedicated locals who put time and effort into making this city a better place, I felt inspired to take this next step. I strongly believe we need to step up and make changes now. We need a council that will help us to do that.

I want a clean environment for myself and my children, where the streets are safe for everyone. I want public spaces to be local, green and enticing. I want a Brunswick where our built environment is treated with respect and not as an obstacle to be dealt with. I want to help build a sustainable, thriving, creative Brunswick that supports all, including artists and musicians.

I support workers’ rights and women’s’ rights and the right to be accepted and given opportunities without discrimination. I value living in a multi-cultural suburb. I know that when community members are genuinely included in decisions, we get better, more creative solutions that work for more people.

We must have systems of openness and transparency to oversee what the council is doing on our behalf. We
ask that you vote 1 Pauline Galvin and vote 2 Jacob Andrewartha for South Ward. Please vote for me and I will work with you to deliver a better world, thinking globally, acting locally.

In solidarity,
Pauline Galvin

Jacob Andrewartha

South Ward

I am running for local council as part of the Sue Bolton Moreland Team with Pauline Galvin for the South Ward. I am a childcare worker and university student who has lived in the Moreland area for the past four years.

As a childcare worker, I believe council should play a role in providing essential services for the community, we need more public housing, mental health services, free childcare, and an expansion of community services. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the inadequacy of the private sector and I am opposed to the privatisation of council services.

I am a member of Socialist Alliance who has being involved in grassroots campaigns for Climate Justice and Public Housing. As a Socialist I believe that we live in a world where corporate greed influences decisions and actively blocks social progress and that the general public can’t trust politicians or unelected bureaucrats to make the right decisions on their behalf, which means political change has to happen through building campaigns and Moreland residents uniting as a community and speaking up to make sure their needs are being addressed and that council should play the role of empowering residents to stand up for their rights and put community need before developer greed.  Using my experience collaborating with Moreland councillor Sue Bolton, if elected I want to work with residents to address issues in their local community from opposing dodgy developers to implementing amenities, I also believe that the local council is more than just roads, rates, and rubbish and that there is a political space to support broader political issues such as refugee rights and standing up for Aboriginal sovereignty.

Monica Harte

North-West Ward

Hi,

My name is Monica Harte. I have embraced Brunswick and the wider Moreland community as my home for 25 years. I have worked in public transport, health and aged care and currently crisis homelessness.

I am very pleased to be running as part of the Sue Bolton Moreland Team in this election for the North West Ward. Sue Bolton has helped put the local back into Council in a way that puts community need into broader social and political issues. Sue has been a strong voice and advocate for and with residents on so many issues.

As an active trade unionist all my working life I strongly support links between unions and social and community issues. I was actively part of the Union and Community campaign which led to saving the Upfield rail line.

Local government influences so much of our daily lives, our homes, where our children play and how they are cared for, how safely we walk and cycle, our parking, our music and arts, our sports, our diversity, our trees, our parks, how we provide care and most of all how we as residents and community have a voice in all of these issues.

It is this voice of residents and the empowering of community that is at the heart of local government and it’s what I want to fight for if I am elected. We face significant challenges as local government is pushed more and more by market driven philosophies and agendas. Ensuring residents retain rights around planning, maintaining council home care services and opposing privatisation of council services are just 3 pivotal policies of the Sue Bolton Moreland Team.

As a crisis worker I am also deeply concerned with the impacts COVID-19 will have on those in crisis. I’m committed to making Council play its role in serving their needs.

If you feel that we need to get more Moreland Councillors responding to our needs, the way Sue Bolton does rather than the greed of developers, then please vote 1 for Monica Harte in North-West Ward in the Moreland City Council elections.