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Advocating for Bayside

Funding for Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve, a warm water pool, addressing erosion at Dendy Street Beach, greater action on emissions reduction and more support for aged care are some of our advocacy priorities as the 21 May federal election looms.

Monday 11 April 2022

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We are calling for funding and support for better facilities, services and policy for our community.

Bayside Mayor, Cr Alex del Porto, said Council wants to work with elected colleagues from other levels of government regardless of party, to achieve strong outcomes for Bayside.

“These are important issues and projects that Council cannot deliver alone. Our community needs all levels of government to work together,” he said.

Bayside’s advocacy reflects community priorities expressed in the Bayside 2050 Community Vision and the 2021-25 Council Plan.

Climate Emergency

Initiatives that help us adapt to and battle climate change are important advocacy projects.

The transformation of Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve, for example, represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to create an extraordinary natural space in an urban setting. The Australian Government has committed $6 million to the project, complementing Council’s $8 million investment. The Australian Labor Party has pledged $11.7 million towards the upgrade of Elster Creek and Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve if they are elected to government at the upcoming election.

Bayside is also seeking support to address coastal erosion along the foreshore including at Dendy Street Beach, local connections to South East Water's proposed recycled water pipeline as well as additional electric vehicle charging stations. We are also calling for improved responses on the reduction of packaging, waste minimisation and emissions targets to act on the Climate Emergency.

Healthy community

We continue to advocate for funding for a warm water pool to support the health and wellbeing of our community - in particular our ageing population, residents who have a disability or health conditions, our large sporting community, and parents with young children.

Policy reform and funding to ensure that all Bayside residents are celebrated, included and can actively participate in community life is vital. We have an aging population and are seeking federal support for the provision of in-home aged care services and help our residents navigate upcoming changes to aged care assessments.

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