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Olivia gets the ball rolling on council

Olivia gets the ball rolling on council

By Sean Car First-time councillor Dr Olivia Ball is bringing a renewed focus on human rights to the City of Melbourne.  As a member of The Greens, Cr Ball joins her experienced Greens colleague Rohan Leppert on the new-look council and fills the party’s void left by the departure of former Cr Cathy Oke, who

Driven by diversity

By Sean Car First-term City of Melbourne councillor Jason Chang said he was driven onto the council by a desperate need to give a greater voice to the city’s Asian community. The 35-year-old, who owns the prominent Calia Emporium on Lonsdale St, said that while the pandemic had been challenging for all of Melbourne, it

New councillor is a “unionist at heart”

By Sean Car Having snuck into the final councillor position at last year’s local government elections, CFMEU member and new councillor Elizabeth Doidge said she was looking forward to helping shape and reactivate the city that she loves.  A proud “unionist at heart”, the 31-year-old was elected to the City of Melbourne council on Lord

A true community councillor

By Sean Car When CBD News’s sister publication Docklands News ran Jamal Hakim’s image on the front page of its September 2020 edition ahead of last year’s City of Melbourne council elections, he really would have liked his chances!  And sure enough, the long-term Docklands resident, multicultural campaigner and managing director of a national health

The making of a lord mayor

Robert Doyle’s six years as Lord Mayor of Melbourne has benefitted both the city and the man himself. Melbourne has had a highly articulate, hard working and talented champion.  And Cr Doyle has experienced a rehabilitation of sorts and has emerged a better person. This is largely because of the nature of local government.  Although

Behind every great lord mayor, there’s …

By Shane Scanlan Susan Riley’s remarkable career as deputy lord mayor is a by-product of being driven to succeed. Cr Riley says she never asked for the role but successive lord mayors John So and Robert Doyle have both enlisted her services. She says she never imagined herself in the role nor aspired towards it. 

Rabble-rouser finds his niche

By Shane Scanlan Cr Stephen Mayne had outgrown the City of Melbourne almost before he got there. With peerless credentials in media, business and politics he has effortlessly grasped the role of capital city councillor and has already left an indelible mark by making the council more publicly accountable. And while there are plenty of

From community activist to councillor

By Shane Scanlan It’s been interesting to watch Jackie Watts’ transition from community activist to councillor. She clearly struggled during her first term, coming in mid-way through to fill a casual vacancy on a count-back of votes.  This period was marred by a bitter personal dispute with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and resulted in Cr

Ken and the art of political independence

By Shane Scanlan Cr Ken Ong is very much his own man. He’s a supremely self-confident and forthright maverick with a big, bass voice and an even bigger presence. Unaligned with any other councillors, the self-made-man does things his own way and would prefer not to care what his colleagues think of him. But reality

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