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Kardinia Ward

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Kardinia Ward covers Geelong's southern suburbs, situated south of the Barwon River. Demographically, the ward can be divided into three distinct parts: Grovedale and Belmont, which are predominately working class; Highton and Wandana Heights; which are middle to upper middle class, and Armstrong Creek, Waurn Ponds and the semi-rural southern outskirts - which is predominately a growth area.

Kardinia Ward elects three Councillors via the proportional representation method of election.

Incumbent Councillors

  • Bruce Harwood (Independent)
  • Ron Nelson (Liberal)
  • Pat Murnane (Independent)

Ward Boundaries

Candidates

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  Jack Williams Ind ALP
  Ron Nelson Ind LIB
  Andy Richards Ind ALP
  Pat Murnane Ind
  Atamjit Singh Ind ALP
  Belinda Moloney Ind (fmr AJP)
  Anthony Hamilton-Smith GRN
  Bruce Harwood Ind
  Andrew Alexander Ind ALP
  Mark Brunger Ind
  Jen Gamble AJP
  Michael Strangel Ind

Jack WilliamsJack Williams
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Political Party: Labor

Jack Williams was raised in Newtown, and was educated at Kardinia International College. Through his teenage years, Williams was a member of the Australian Air Force Cadets as well as various local sporting clubs such as the Geelong Swimming Club, Newtown Hockey Club and Barwon Rowing Club. He currently lives in Mount Duneed and works as a Train Station Officer.

Key quote:

"I'm running for City Council this election as I am a young, motivated, and driven individual with a passion to pave our city's success for many decades to come. I believe that bringing a younger face to council will not only create much needed age diversification, but it would also be a major stepping stone towards representing and supporting various demographics in council that are normally overlooked or not understood enough."


Ron NelsonRon Nelson (Incumbent Councillor)
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Political Party: Liberal

Ron Nelson was a Councillor for the former Deakin Ward, up until the Council's sacking, and has been serving as a Councillor since 2017. He has lived in Geelong for more than four decades, and works as a local area coordinator in disability services. Nelson is a member of the Liberal Party and stood for the State electorate of Bellarine at the 2014 State Election.

Key quote:

"My drive for action and local understanding is supported by my experience as a former chef, small business owner, work with the Department of Defence and my current role in supporting people with disabilities. With such experience, I know how to get things done compassionately, efficiently, effectively, on time and on budget."


Andy RichardsAndy Richards
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Political Party: Labor

Andy Richards was previously a councillor up from 2008 to 2016, during which he served as Geelong Regional Library Corporation Chair, Barwon Regional WasteManagement Group Chair and on Geelong Art Gallery committee. He has also previously stood for election for the state electorate of South Barwon at the 2014 State Election, representing the Labor Party.

Key quote:

"It's time our council representatives focused on delivering in our local community, rather than continuing to pour funding into Geelong CBD. Geelong's southern suburbs need a councillor who will take action and deliver better council services and community and sporting infrastructure."


Pat MurnanePat Murnane (Incumbent Councillor)
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Political Party: Independent

Pat Murnane worked as manager at Bendigo Bank for 25 years. During this time, he helped establish 11 community organisations. He also served for 10 years on the Barwon Health Foundation Board and is now the chairman of the Samaritan House Foundation, which raises funds for homeless residents. Murnane has lived in the area that constitutes Kardinia Ward for more than 40 years and has been a Councillor since the 2017 Council Elections.

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Atamjit SinghAtamjit Singh
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Political Party: Labor

Atamjit Singh is a self-employed manager of an education consultancy company, and is an active member of the Geelong Sikh community. Of Indian origin, Singh is a representative of the Indian Association of Geelong in the Geelong Ethnic Council. He lives in Mount Duneed.

Key quote:

"I am a strong believer in productive and viable economic planning [...] ensuring the rates you pay benefit you and your community. It will bring more financial stability, cut down waste and create jobs in our region. I stand for a sensible and transparent council that creates opportunities for the people of Geelong."


Belinda MoloneyBelinda Moloney
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Political Party: Independent (Put Climate First) (Former Animal Justice Party)

Dr Belinda Moloney is an educator and IT professional living in Belmont, Victoria. She urrently serves on the Board of the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN), is a member of Geelong Sustainability Group and Transition Streets Geelong and supports council declaring a climate emergency.

Key quote:

"Geelong City Council owes the people of Geelong a sustainable future for all and for its next generation. When thousands march the streets for climate action and nothing is done for almost a year, it’s clear these politicians are not listening to people’s voices. Geelong needs less promises and more action, investments in technology, funded business precinct development and renewable energy."


Anthony Hamilton-SmithAnthony Hamilton-Smith
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Political Party: Greens (endorsed candidate)

Anthony Hamilton-Smith is a self-employed sustainable designer/builder with experience in agriculture, commerce, and the arts.

Key quote:

"As a Councillor and community representative, I want to be the everyday person who makes a difference to ordinary people in our electorate. A successful, prosperous community needn’t come at the expense of the natural environment."


Bruce HarwoodBruce Harwood (Incumbent Councillor)
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Political Party: Independent

Bruce Harwood formerly represented the single-member Kardinia Ward (covering Belmont) as a Councillor up until 2016 when the Council was sacked, and served multiple times as Mayor and Deputy Mayor. He has since been serving as a Councillor since the 2017 Council elections.

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Andrew AlexanderAndrew Alexander
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Political Party: Labor

Andrew Alexander is a business owner and lawyer with qualifications in law, management, public policy, and education who lives in Highton. He has been a school teacher in local Geelong schools and currently operates his own commercial law firm in Geelong. Alexander also previously served as a Delegate on the Geelong Trades Hall Council, on behalf of the Australian Education Union (AEU) and also previously served as an AEU Branch President.

Key quote:

"I have a very good understanding of our local issues and have the experience and knowledge to keep Council focused on delivering for our community. Our incumbent Councillors have had our support for many years to deliver for our community. There has never been a better time for fresh new thinking."


Mark BrungerMark Brunger
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Political Party: Independent

Mark Brunger has a long history of involvement in the Geelong community, including 25 years volunteering for the Geelong Supercats/Basketball Geelong. Brunger is also involved in the Geelong Cricket Association through the GCA Media Team and for the last 2 years, has served as a community representative on the COGG Heritage Advisory Committee, in its inaugaral stages, including 12 months as Deputy Chair of the Committee.

Key quote:

"My vision is for the Greater Geelong region to grow and develop into amodern region that embraces the future, whilst recognising and protecting our past. I want people of the region to have the services and infrastructure available to them to live their lives."


Jen GambleJen Gamble
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Political Party: Animal Justice Party (endorsed candidate)

Jen Gamble is a registered nurse who works in the operating theatre. Outside of serving the community through work, she keeps busy looking after 2 rescue cats and dogs, fostering cats for a local rescue group and volunteering as a wildlife rescuer for a number of groups across the Geelong region. Gamble's vision for Geelong is one where everyone is safe and actively engaged in making the city a better place to live. She previously stood for election at the 2017 Council Elections.

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Michael StrangelMichael Strangel
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Political Party: Independent

Michael Strangel is a local musician who resides in Grovedale and a former contestant on The Voice in 2013, where he made it to the finals. He has also produced songs for artists and musicians including Shannon Noll, the Veronicas and Dean Geyer. In addition to his career in the arts, Strangel has also worked as a welder, deckhand and a forklift driver.

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Prediction

Kardinia is probably the hardest of the Geelong wards to predict, largely due to the remarkably even share of the vote most of the individual candidates attained in 2017 - outside of the top three, seven of eight candidates achieved between 4% and 8% each. Bruce Harwood should be safe. The other two incumbents can be considered at risk.

2017 Results

  CANDIDATE FIRST PREFERENCE VOTE VOTE PERCENTAGE
IND Bruce Harwood 8,107
22.08%
LIB Ron Nelson 7,225
19.67%
IND Pat Murnane 4,617
12.57%
IND Darren Hauenstein 3,287
8.95%
GRN Lois Newman 2,464
6.71%
ALP Brent Lyons-lee 2,327
6.34%
AJP Peter Oseckas 2,306
6.28%
IND Mary Walker 2,045
5.57%
IND Doug Mann 1,858
5.06%
LIB Norman Kennedy 1,686
4.59%
AJP Elliot C. Taylor 800
2.18%
  TOTALS 38,704 78.77% turnout