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Winchelsea 
Councillor Candidate
for the

Winchelsea Ward

Every.Single.Vote counts - yours matters and I'd like you to vote for me

2020 Surf Coast Shire Council Election

Vote 1 For Tony Phelps

Your Winchelsea Ward representative

Choose wisely

You're picking your 2 Winchelsea Ward councillors for the next 4 years.

They'll have to work collaboratively with the 7 other councillors in Surf Coast Shire Council, and yes, there will no doubt be compromises along the way. You'll want someone with your best interest at heart, to represent your views and wishes.

So choose the 2 you think will actively work for the best outcome, the fairest outcome, the sustainable outcome, for everyone across all of the Surf Coast Shire - now and into the future, and not just along the coast.
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Choose a local

Did you know that a candidate isn't actually required to live in the ward s/he wants to represent?

My family and I live just on the outskirts of Winchelsea, and I've been here for well over a decade, with a wife and in-laws who have been here much longer than that. I'm a small business owner too, based and run from a home office.

I think the Surf Coast hinterland is a fabulous place to live and work, and I'm keen to keep it that way.
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Choose a community person

I have always been community-minded and community-involved.

- Chair of Winchelsea Community House.
- Secretary of the Winchelsea Star.
- Active firefighter with Wurdale CFA Brigade.

- Previous Secretary and Treasurer of Winchelsea Lions Club.
- Previous Secretary of the Winchelsea Business & Tourism Association (now merged with Growing Winchelsea).

You may even have heard my handiwork doing the sound effects at the annual Winchelsea Repertory Society play in The Globe Theatre 😃
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The Winchelsea Ward

Facts about Winchelsea Ward


Voters:
Around 7,700 voters

Area:
Around 870 sq km.
 
Towns:

Barrabool, Bellbrae, Buckley, Connewarre, Freshwater Creek, Gherang, Gnawarre, Modewarre, Moriac, Mount Duneed, Ombersley, Paraparap, Wensleydale, Winchelsea, Wurdiboluc

No junk election material
I won't be putting leaflets in everybody's letterboxes, printing posters, and sticking up big plastic signs all over Winchelsea Ward. There's enough election waste as it is, and many people simply bin or ignore that sort of thing.

This means my campaigning is all done online. Anything you can do to help simply let people know they have a choice would be great.

Share the Facebook Page (fb.me/Tony4Winchelsea or @Tony4Winchelsea) to your Winchelsea network.

Send an email to your organisation, club or business contacts (I'm happy to write something for you)

Make a donation towards social media advertising (see button below).


Looking to the future

Change is unstoppable.
Let's see if we can direct it.

2020 Surf Coast Shire Council Election

Vote 1 For Tony Phelps

Your Winchelsea Ward representative

BACKGROUND

Who Am I?

As a resident of Winchelsea, I have long been involved in community - Chair of Winchelsea Community House, Secretary of the Winchelsea Star community newspaper, an active firefighter with the Wurdale CFA Brigade, and in times past involved with the Winchelsea Business & Tourism Association (now merged into Growing Winchelsea) and stints as Secretary and Treasurer of the Winchelsea Lions Club.

We have some wonderful small regional towns in the Winchelsea Ward, with a bright future where we are, what we have around us, and the mix of long-established families together with tree-changers coming for all that we enjoy.

And there is much happening across our diverse region - the upgraded highway, business and industry zones, new housing areas, farming and agricultural developments, environmental issues.

I would like to represent you in Surf Coast Shire as your Councillor. Please give me the honour of receiving your vote, and let's see about putting in place a strong direction, sensible policies, and a cohesive plan that is as fair as possible.

Surf Coast Shire is an unusual mix of coastal and hinterland communities with sometimes conflicting needs and priorities. I certainly intend to work with the other 8 Councillors to achieve outcomes that are the best they can be for all involved.

I believe in transparency, cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork. Your opinions do matter, your vote definitely matters. It is for you to choose who will be setting the tone for your Council for the next 4 years let one of those 9 Councillors be me.

Vote 1 for Tony Phelps, and please, be sure to make it "1".

It's your Council, it's your choice, and it's my privilege to serve.             

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All donations gratefully received, and will be reported to the Victorian Electoral Commission as required by law.
Any unused funds will be donated to Winchelsea Community House for community programs & activities.

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About The Winchelsea Ward

Local council elections by postal vote in October 2020

7,700+

Voters
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Choose 2

Winchelsea Ward Councillors
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For 4

Years
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Voting in the 2020 Council Elections

This time around, across the State of Victoria all Council elections will be by postal vote. Elections will be held in October 2020. All councils will have elections except Casey City Council, South Gippsland Shire Council and Whittlesea City Council.

You should receive a ballot pack in early October, and need to make sure your completed vote is in the mail or hand-delivered to your election office before 6 pm on Friday 23 October 2020. The roll closed for this election at 4 pm on Friday 28 August 2020, so it's too late now if you're not already on the books.

Council elections are run and managed on behalf of Councils by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).



How to vote

All council elections will be conducted by post. You should be sent a ballot pack from early October. You need to complete and return it as soon as possible as voting closes at 6 pm on Friday 23 October.

Each ballot pack should contain your 
ballot paper attached to each candidate's statement and photo, a ballot paper envelope with a flap, voting instructions, and a reply-paid envelope.

Note that you must vote if you were enrolled as at 4 pm on Friday 28 August 2020. If you do not vote, you may be fined. For more details, see the Victorian Electoral Commission website.
Please Note

You will be numbering all 5 candidates in your order of preference. So "1" to the candidate you like best, "2" for the next-best candidate, etc.

Be aware that the results are not as simple as the two candidates with the most 1's being elected. So it does matter what order you put your choices all the way down to last.

My recommendation is;

  1. PHELPS, Tony
  2. WELLINGTON, Heather
  3. MCINTYRE, James
  4. ​METCALF, Kirsty
  5. SCHONFELDER, Adrian

Like each drop in a bucket of water, EVERY vote counts. Your support, and sharing your support, will make a difference.
More about Winchelsea Ward
Looking for comprehensive local info on the Winchelsea Ward and its candidates? Head over to Mitchell's Front Page. Maps, stats, candidate details, interviews, it's all there!
Go to Mitchell's Front Page
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The VEC (Victorian Electoral Commission) has a dedicated area for the Surf Coast Shire. It has sections for voting, for candidates, and a calendar for the election process and its deadlines.
See the VEC page for Winchelsea Ward
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More about the election process
I've worked on a number of occasions 'behind the scenes' in elections. There is a short-term but massive logistical exercise for each election; officially documenting candidates, getting voting paperwork out, recording people's votes (in-person or by post), setting up all the voting centres, then clearing everything up afterwards.

It's been fascinating seeing not only how it all works as a practical exersise, but more importantly, seeing how our system of democracy is literally one of the best in the world. The checks and balances, the legal framework, the dedication and passion of most permanent government staff to ensuring a fair, accountable and accurate outcome... The people scrawling crude comments or drawings on their vote are wasting one of the most precious of human inventions that many don't ever get. A vote.

I encourage you to get involved too. The VEC (State) and AEC (Federal) organisations are always looking for temporary people to help run elections. They provide training, there's a great teamwork feeling to it, you meet friendly people, and you get paid for the whole experience!
😄 

See the VEC website if you'd like to give it a go.

2020 Surf Coast Shire Council Election

Vote 1 For Tony Phelps

Your Winchelsea Ward representative

Some key areas I'd like to address as your Councillor;
 
  • Roads - Winchelsea Ward has a fairly extensive network of gravel roads which it is the Shire's responsibility to maintain. It is a key, basic, fundamental responsibility. I live on a gravel road. I don't believe the road maintenance is where it needs to be in frequency. Other factors come in to play here too - decreasing bushfire potential and impact, for one. 
     
  • Winchelsea Tea Rooms - an important and historical building is lying empty and unused in the centre of Winchelsea. Where are we going with that? Time to take up the community's suggestions that have already been submitted.
     
  • Ex-BP Servo, Geelong-side of Winchelsea - what an eyesore. It's been a long, long time and nothing is happening in spite of promises. Let's at least cover it up.
     
  • Rubbish - another fundamental responsibility for local government. The rubbish collection service has been great, in my experience, but we need to look to what we can do to reduce the waste, properly recycle what we can (preferably profitably), and reuse the stuff that can and should be. Waste is expensive, and last year's kerfuffle has made it more so. There are solutions out there.
     
  • Community activities - getting people out and about, engaging with each other, joining in with their local community. Local government has a big part to play in that, it is so important to the feel of a place.  
     
  • Technology - we can use technology to make Council more efficient, quicker, easier, more responsive, more convenient. Hopefully that will reduce costs but equally it can free up staff so that they can do more interesting work - helping people, innovating, trouble-shooting.
     
  • Economic development - these next few years are going to be difficult. Government at every level has already spent so much, and it's all got to be paid back. We need to plan for recovery, across the Surf Coast Shire. It's not all about tourism.
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All donations gratefully received, and will be reported to the Victorian Electoral Commission as required by law.
Any unused funds will be donated to Winchelsea Community House for community programs & activities.

What Do We Think?

A couple of endorsements for Tony Phelps, your candidate for the Winchelsea Ward

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Banjo

"He throws sticks"

Tony Phelps for Winchelsea Ward

Maya

"BEST BELLY-RUBS"

2020 Surf Coast Shire Council Election

Vote 1 For Tony Phelps

Your Winchelsea Ward representative

About Surf Coast Shire Council


You know, we have some great people working in Surf Coast Shire. I've had the pleasure of meeting a number of them, for example as the Chair of Winchelsea Community House. By and large they are passionate about what they do, knowledgeable, and sensitive to how people feel. I recognise that the staff in Surf Coast Shire are there to perform specific roles the best they can, ultimately under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

The CEO, in turn, is tasked with carrying out the policies and directions of the Council. 

The 'culture' of an organisation is all-important, in my opinion. When you receive poor service, that is often a reflection of attitudes and treatment within an organisation. It may also reflect, of course, your own attitude and treatment of the people you interact with.

I am keen to see a positive and supportive environment within Surf Coast Shire, which inevitably will lead to a positive and welcoming attitude to ratepayers and stakeholders. The outcomes for all concerned are always going to be better where people treat each other nicely, professionally, thoughtfully.

As your Councillor, I'll be working to achieve a responsive and positive Council for you. You also will have an important part to play in treating Council staff the way you would like to be treated back.

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