Steph is frequently in the media representing Geelong, has a regular op-ed column in the Geelong Advertiser, Circ 75,000+ and is a radio news commentator (94.7FM).
Catch the latest via Steph’s social channels:
Stephanie Asher: Adjusting to changing times
Global society has proven that when a threat is dire and imminent, we can respond at warp speed with previously unimagined solutions, writes Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher.
“Closing pubs, shops and beaches in Australia is about as extreme as things get to a lifestyle change for this generation. Yet this was introduced within a matter of days and people largely accepted it because the alternative was, potentially, death. And that death was predicted to occur reasonably rapidly… Read more
Stephanie Asher: How a CBD taskforce can benefit Geelong
Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher explains why residents should get behind a CBD taskforce made up of local business people.
“I’ve arrived embarrassingly late to the world-renowned British comedy series Yes Minister. What a joyous revelation.
The timing of my discovery is particularly sweet as we consider the draft Governance Rules that align with the new Local Government Act 2020 (Vic)… Read more
Stephanie Asher: Council “procedural gag” of free parking urgent motion reveals power struggle of voting blocs
Geelong council’s “procedural gag” of an urgent motion has given some insight into the city’s opposing voting blocs.
“The city’s 11 councillors have largely been split into two voting blocs for the past 12 months, with Tuesday’s vote providing the minority bloc with one of the only situations where it has power over a council decision… Read more
Stephanie Asher: Sustainability Action Plan key for future of City of Greater Geelong
“I want to thank everyone who provided feedback on the draft Sustainability Action Plan. All the councillors and the team at the City are well aware that it’s a big issue for this region, its residents and ratepayers.
When I say “it” I mean the way CoGG operates in terms of future survival. For when we talk about sustainability, that’s what it means. It’s not a “greenie thing”, it’s about setting up a future that allows everyone and everything to survive and thrive…Read more
Stephanie Asher: why changing Green Spine is the right move
“Middle ground can sometimes be an uncomfortable space to sit. The place between two passionate viewpoints is rarely a place of peace and tranquillity, consensus is not always the calm waters between sets.
Compromise has an aura of common sense, of moderate voices and rational thinking. It implies a setting where reasonable people take a seat, debate a topic in a disciplined fashion, shake hands afterwards and respectfully accept the outcome. A council chamber in fact… Read more
Stephanie Asher: How to wear our City of Design label
When talking about things clever and creative, I thought it would be fun to post on the socials an example of something clever and/or creative in Geelong every day. Then I came to my senses, writes Stephanie Asher.
“When talking about things clever and creative, I thought it would be fun to post on the socials an example of something clever and/or creative in Geelong every day.
Then I came to my senses. Without casting aspersions on our fabulous city, I realised that making that promise would be creating… Read more
On the National agenda
Geelong Mayor updates on covid-19 prevention
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Geelong families are making last minute visits to loved ones tonight before tighter restrictions come into force from midnight. They will no longer be able to visit homes - but they can still meet up at pubs and restaurants. https://t.co/AVvaWLotVs @tdolling #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/Zac0c0A7ly— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) July 30, 2020
Masks will be compulsory for all Victorians from Sunday night, to clamp down on a growing number of cases outside Melbourne.— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) July 30, 2020
And from midnight, Geelong residents won't be able to have visitors at home - but can still catch up at the pub. @DougalBeatty #9News pic.twitter.com/LvWPwwkPo1
It is Victoria's worst day of the pandemic so far - 723 new cases and 13 more lives lost. And now, every person in the state will have to wear a mask in public from Sunday night and there are tougher restrictions across some regional areas. | @NicoleStrahan #COVID19Vic pic.twitter.com/RcsqupZmi1— 10 News First Melbourne (@10NewsFirstMelb) July 30, 2020
Updates from the City of Greater Geelong