Stephanie Asher: Geelong council needs to do better

Candidates say
6 October 2017

Stephanie Asher was not able to attend the Candidate Forum. She writes: “This is what I sent to Bernadette and Brad at the Chamber in case there was an option for it to be read out.”

On 3 October 2017, Geelong Chamber of Commerce organised a Candidate Forum at Rydges Geelong where each candidate was given 90 seconds to present his or her response to a number of questions and also summarise their policies and priorities. In this ‘Not in 90 seconds’ series we present notes and draft speeches that candidates had prepared but weren’t able to express within the timespan of 1:30 minutes.

By Stephanie Asher, candidate for Bellarine Ward

Geelong council needs to do better. I’m very familiar with what’s expected of councillors and our council needs to be professional, united and strategic.
Residents are concerned about how the council has been developing our future. I look long term and want to protect our unique townships, put in appropriate infrastructure and manage population growth sustainably. We need genuine locals on council before they simply sell off the Bellarine Peninsula to developers.

People feel disconnected to the council processes, frustrated with inconsistency and dissatisfied with basic maintenance and service delivery. I would immediately request a detailed service efficiency review and improve the way council communicates, particularly with the Bellarine Peninsula population.
I’m passionate about being inclusive and standing up for decency. There’s no room for bullying, passive aggression or immaturity at council. I’ve run my own business for 23 years and work at a senior executive level with government and global corporations. I understand small business and can also hold my own in a room of big egos.

I’ve been a director of Bethany and Barwon Waste Management Group and currently sit on the Kids Plus Foundation board, so I know the broader social and environmental issues. I was on the Ocean Grove Community Association committee for many years and I’m currently Vice-President of Ocean Grove SLSC. I’m in close touch with local issues and people, and also embedded in the Geelong business and community services sectors.

I’m open, honest and accountable and I believe that’s what Geelong council needs.

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