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Candidate Statement
Background
My Vision
Experience and Achievements
Behind The Scenes
What I Offer As Your Councillor
How To Vote
Election Dates
Contacts
Vote 1 for Julie Rivendell Photo of Julie Rivendell My name is Julie Rivendell, and I am seeking re-election to the Flora Hill ward in the upcoming election in the City of Greater Bendigo.

Having served as your local Councillor for the last 4 years I believe I've made a conscientous and thoughtful contribution to the municipality.

I was elected in 2004 shortly after retiring from fulltime work and this has allowed me to fulfill the role of Councillor in a full time capacity.

I've had the privilege and responsibility of being Mayor during my third year on Council; and bring this knowledge and experience when seeking to represent Flora Hill Ward and the City of Greater Bendigo for a second Council term.


Candidate's Statement

This is the statement from me that will apear in your ballot paper when it is sent to you around 12th November:

"I've enjoyed my first term as your Councillor, the privilege of being Mayor last year, and worked for improvements thoughout Greater Bendigo. I've demonstrated a commitment to good governance and have the experience, common sense and integrity to continue providing an effective contribution to council.

"In Flora Hill Ward we've commenced upgrading our aging infrastructure. I've supported improvements and budget commitments to our community open spaces, parks, pool, footpaths, walking and cycling tracks, revegetation, tree planting, bus shelters and traffic safety.

"Continuing urban renewal will provide improved streetscapes, better facilities, an enhanced natural environment and local amenity. Responsive community services and support will provide safe, supportive and vibrant neighbourhoods.

"Another four years as your Councillor will allow me to consolidate our urban renewal, continue to improve community health and wellbeing, support sustainable business and quality development. Let's bring to life the City of Greater Bendigo's vision of “Living our Potential”."


My Background

With my family at the 2006 Mayoral installation

Bendigo has been our family's home for 24 years and Bruce and I have raised our children in Flora Hill.

I've worked across the education, health and community services sectors; also for local, State and Commonwealth governments in:

  • Planning
  • Development
  • Management roles

Like many locals, I've been actively involved in our community in lots of ways as a volunteer.

I am a member of the Australian Greens.


Our children - our future!

My Vision

“I see Bendigo in the future as a vibrant and liveable city, retaining the charm of heritage and streetscapes, protecting important areas of native vegetation and using skilled community planning and development to create sustained health and wellbeing in our community”.


Discussing Strath pedestrian safety
New linear accelerator at Peter Mac
Discussing parking needs
Chatting with StrathHaven residents

Across Greater Bendigo

I have demonstrated an active, inclusive and constructive way of working with others for a better Bendigo and am generally acknowledged as a conscientious and hard working Councillor.

Improvements over the last few years:

Community

  • Increased community grants, programs and services
  • Better Council information to residents

Business

  • Supported innovation, sustainability and provided infrastructure
  • Facilitating $1 Billion in development

Environment

  • Sustainable water, waste and energy saving initiatives
  • Protecting our natural environment within the planning scheme

Planning

  • Improved community input to planning and development
  • Reduced planning application turn around time and red tape (plenty more to go)

I helped develop Greater Bendigo's new:

  • Natural Environment Strategy
  • Economic Development Strategy
  • Health and Wellbeing Plan

I've actively supported local residents, community groups, businesses, clubs and organisations and worked with State and Federal Governments for Bendigo's future.


Experience and Achievement

Having served as your local Councillor for the last 4 years I believe I've made a conscientous and thoughtful contribution to the municipality.

I was elected in 2004 shortly after retiring from fulltime work and this has allowed me to fulfill the role of Councillor in a full time capacity.

I've had the privilege and responsibility of being Mayor during my third year on Council; and bring this knowledge and experience when seeking to represent Flora Hill Ward and the City of Greater Bendigo for a second Council term.


Behind the scenes

Councillors responsibilities include:
Women in Local Government

  • Twice monthly formal public meetings (currently 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month)
  • Twice monthly Councillor Forums (currently 2nd and last Thursday of the month. The Forums are working meetings that include presentations from a wide variety of community and business groups, briefings from staff and consultants, general business items raised by Councillors and discussion about the draft Council Agenda)
  • Governance meetings (scheduled quarterly)
  • Strategic planning sessions (e.g. development and review of the Council Plan)
  • Councillor representation on internal, Council Advisory and Community committees
  • Working with staff on new Council Strategies

I've contributed as a Councillor Representative on the following Committees

  • Council Finance Committee (4 years)
  • Natural Environment Advisory Committee (Chair, 2 years)
  • Calder Regional Waste Management Group (CoGB Director 2 years, Chair 1 year)
  • Discovery Science and Technology Centre Board (3 years)
  • Flora Hill Stadium Committee of Management (4 years)
  • Bendigo Sister Cities (2 years)
  • Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (2 years)
  • Bendigo Safe Community Forum (1 year)
  • Environmental Sustainability Taskforce (3 years)
  • Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA, 1 year)
  • Volunteer Resource Centre Committee of Management (1 year)

Additional Committee representation while Mayor

  • Regional Cities Victoria
  • Loddon Mallee Mayors and CEO's Forum
  • Bendigo Mining Environmental Committee
  • Bendigo Education Plan

Development of new Council Strategies (councillor rep on Steering Committees)

  • Natural Environment Strategy (adopted 2007)
  • Arts and Cultural Strategy (adopted 2008)
  • Economic Development Strategy (adopted 2008)
  • Health and Wellbeing Plan (adopted 2008)


Welcoming the Dalai Lama to Bendigo in 2007

What I Offer As Your Councillor

Demonstrated Council and community leadership.

Genuine commitment to good governance and working “with” the community.

Management qualifications and experience.

Strength and common sense.

I've enjoyed my first term as your Councillor, gained experience and knowledge; and have the time, energy and skills to continue making an effective contribution to council.


My How-To-Vote

The best way to vote is to find out all the information you can on the candidates, and then vote for them in the order you feel is best. If you don't have enough information, or are not confident enough to make the judgement, it may help you to know the order that I would suggest for voting

The order of the candidates is the order that they will be in on the Ballot Paper when you receive it. The numbers are my suggestions for the voting order.


Election Dates:

The following dates may be useful to you. The majority of people do vote early, and this is a great practice to make sure that you don't lose or forget your ballot papers.

Date Event Currency
3rd Oct 2008 Voter registration closes passed
22nd Oct 2008 Election Office opens passed
23rd Oct 2008 Nominations open passed
28th Oct 2008 Nominations close passed
11th Nov 2008 Mailout of Postal Ballot packs begins complete
11th Nov 2008 Postal Ballot open closed
6:00pm 28th Nov 2008 Postal Ballot closes passed
29th/30th Nov 2008 Vote Counting NOW!
5:00pm 30th Nov 2008 Result announced upcoming


Contacts:

Please feel free to contact me about issues that concern you.

Phone: (03) 5442 3915

Email: julie@rivendells.com

Web: rivendells.com/julie

Here are some other contacts relevant to the election which you may find usefull:

Bendigo Council Council WebSite

Bendigo +25 Council Election Page

Victorian Electoral Commission Homepage

VEC Page for Bendigo

Check your enrolment here



Authorised by: Glenda Verrinder, 19 Galvin St., Bendigo

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