City of Greater Geelong
2020 Greater Geelong Council Election
My passion is to ensure the broader region is included; Greater Geelong is so much more than the CBD.
The City of Greater Geelong needs to maintain a high standard of professional behaviour and demonstrate the ability to work effectively. As an intelligent and courageous leader I want to continue to work with the elected councillors and the team of officers to continue the transformation of Geelong as a modern city.
I was honoured to be elected to council in 2017 by the Bellarine community and by my fellow councillors as Mayor of Greater Geelong in 2019. I am keen to keep the work rate high and the focus on the Bellarine community.
If re-elected to represent my community, I will continue to ensure Bellarine Ward voices are heard and that our rates go towards much-needed facilities like shared trails, swimming pools, libraries, arts venues, decent roads and local streetscapes.
My passion remains to ensure that:
- our beautiful peninsula is protected, respected and not over-developed
- the North Bellarine pool becomes a reality
- the 10-year trails masterplan starts with 13th Beach Road and links the paths around the Bellarine
- town boundaries are fixed and townships beautified
- the Drysdale Sporting Precinct is delivered
- businesses are supported and employment opportunities created
- all council activities assess environmental, social and financial impacts and opportunities
- City of Greater Geelong activities are transparent and accessible
- performance is measured and publicly reported
- Geelong’s reputation keeps improving
Key issues summary
Our focus for Geelong
Simplifying processes and speeding up delivery means I will:
Look for simpler ways to do things – complex is not clever.
Set higher goals – the performance targets have stagnated and remain the same year on year, sometimes lower than the previous year.
We must aim higher to achieve the Geelong region’s potential.
Improve strategy – including resetting the Council Plan, which is the map for the four year council term. This needs to be sharp and clear.
The direction needs to be well articulated and SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
Be accountable through real performance management – a start has been made with a global professional reporting standard, now we need to deeply understand community perception, weaknesses and opportunities for baseline measurement and monitoring.
Understand the brutal reality and make future planning and reporting simple and accountable.
Asking why things are done “that way” shows sometimes it’s just become habit or not knowing any better.
RAISING THE STANDARDS MEANS I WILL:
Call poor behaviour as it happens – things like passive aggression, withholding information, sexism, and general rudeness. Many of these may not be recognised as poor behaviour so use professional training and coaching if necessary.
As Norman Schwarzkopf said, “No organisation will ever get better until they realise something is wrong.”
Get the basics right around appropriate behaviour – set the standard for discipline and boundaries eg being polite, not talking over each other in meetings, insisting on honest and open communication, being punctual, taking accurate minutes, jargon-free answers, keeping to deadlines/budgets, working with a spirit of good governance (not using faux process to intimidate).
It’s time to raise the bar on professionalism.
Raising the standards puts the focus on the work not the individuals
CREATING A POSITIVE REPUTATION AROUND BEAUTIFUL GEELONG IS ABOUT:
Getting the product right – once we understand the product /regional position we can improve the marketing and create a genuine brand for the Geelong region. There is no point creating a false or misleading brand proposition. We need to be able to demonstrate and deliver the brand promise. This final aim is the result of the first two work-based commitments – standards and processes. It is something we will do together.
Raising standards, simplifying processes and making things happen means there will be a positive story to tell.
Being transparent about the changes – the first step is to continue to take some formal meetings out of City Hall and council offices to every corner of the region. It is critical to create a culture that is open and honest – from involving the media in decisions, to developing inclusive community campaigns, reporting with full transparency and communicating in plain English. When there is nothing to hide, transparency is easy.
Be honest, include people and show them what is happening.
Honest behaviour, higher standards and transparent processes will show Geelong in a new light.
To maintain a positive outlook and peace of mind
To inspire people to consider how we think and live.
To support people who care, who are honest and who understand respect & integrity.
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