What you need to know

Council Elections

A General Election of councillors for Moonee Valley City Council (Council) will be held on Saturday, 24 October 2020.

The election will be by postal ballot and will be conducted on behalf of the Council by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).

Voting at the election is compulsory for most residents of Moonee Valley who are enrolled in the Victorian electoral roll. Business and property owners may also be eligible to vote. A snapshot of voting information can be found here.

Ballot packs will be distributed by mail from the VEC to registered voters commencing 6 October 2020.

Questions about the election?

The election is being administered by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

If you have questions about your ballot or you are a candidate, in the first instance you should contact the Moonee Valley VEC office on (03) 8619 1450.

Council will not be able to assist you with queries relating to lost or damaged ballots.

Election period

Council has adopted the Election Period Policy as part of its Governance Rules, as required by section 69 of the Local Government Act 2020. This document provides guidance to Councillors, candidates and Council staff in the lead-up to, and during the election period for the 2020 elections, which commences on 22 September 2020 at 12 noon, and concludes on 24 October 2020 at 6pm.

Election Office

The Victorian Electoral Commission has established an Election Office at Level 1 of the Clocktower Centre, 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds. The functions of the Election Office include:

  • Candidate registrations
  • Voter enquires
  • Issuing of replacement ballot papers if necessary
  • Processing of ballot papers

The Election Office may be contacted on 03 8619 1450 and will be open the following hours:

  • 9am - 5pm, Wednesday 16 September to Wednesday 21 October 2020
  • 9am - 8pm, Thursday 22 October 2020
  • 9am - 6pm, Friday 23 October 2020

The appointed Election Manager is Peter Featherston.

**Important note:

With the impact of COVID-19 and current stage 4 restrictions, the Election Office and Clocktower Centre are operating under a COVIDsafe plan with strict social distancing restrictions in place. The Clocktower Centre foyer doors will be secured during this period. Please contact the Election Office on arrival to gain access.

Prior to attending the Clocktower, it is highly recommended that prospective candidates and members of the public contact the Election Office to confirm if in-person attendance is required for their enquiry.

Upon the easing of current stage restrictions, access arrangements to the Clocktower Centre will be reviewed.

Candidate signage guidelines

If you have a query or complaint regarding election signage:

  • For signs on Council managed/owned land (e.g. parks) - please contact the City Compliance team on 9243 8888
  • For signs on private property - please contact the Planning Enforcement team on 9243 8888.

Click here to access the guidelines to control the placement of election signage.

Information Register

Date RequestedCandidate NameSummary of Information RequestedDate ProvidedInformation Provided
25 Sep 2020Cr Narelle SharpeUpdate on Clifton Park sportsground redevelopment tender process1 Oct 2020Councillor Update
The tender submissions for the Clifton Park sportsground redevelopment have been evaluated, and Council Officers are in the final stages of the procurement process. Officers are hoping to award the successful contractor shortly, and will advise the Club once a contractor has been appointed along with the project timelines.
– Helen Sui, CEO
29 Sep 2020Cr Rebecca Gauci MauriciCopy of officer’s development assessment report for 995-1001 Mt Alexander Road and 1 Thorn Street Essendon 30 Sep 2020Development assessment report
30 Sep 2020Cr Samantha ByrneFurther information on installation of ‘no bicycle’ signage in Queens Park1 Oct 2020Email response:
We received a number of complaints and observed cyclists riding at high speed and failing to give way to pedestrians in Queens Park. As a preventative measure to reduce the likelihood of injury to members of the community, the ‘No Bicycle’ line marking was installed to deter cyclists from riding through the park. These new markings reinforce the existing ‘No Bicycle’ restriction listed on the wayfinding signage in Queens Park. The concern is mainly in relation to commuter use and other bicycle use in the park at speed, which is a conflict and danger for other park users and cyclists. Fines will not be issued for children riding at low speeds alongside their walking parents.
– Elissa Hui, Manager Engineering Services
8 Oct 2020Cr Andrea SuraceSeeking an update on the status of the proposed dog park9 Oct 2020Email response:
As requested by Councillors, officers have submitted an application for state government funding for a dog park in Essendon West under the Local Parks Program. This will only become a project if funding is granted to Council. The application was submitted in August and we are currently awaiting feedback.
At this stage there is no dog park plan for the site, as per reasons above. However the Your Say page that was used to gain insight into whether the proposal had support from the community, has some broad information about design elements. https://yoursay.mvcc.vic.gov.au/dog-park-engagement
As per above, there is no completion date, because there is not yet a project. However, it is likely that state government funding, should it come through, would require completion of the project during 2022.
– Unit Manager City Futures

Council Candidates

Who are the candidates?

A full list of candidates in ballot order is now available at the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Safe Campaigning Guidelines

Due to COVID-19 and the declared State of Emergency, Local Government Victoria has published advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections. The Safe Campaign Guidelines - August 2020 aim to assist candidates to understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and to stay safe while campaigning. To download and view the Safe Campaign Guidelines - September 2020, please visit the Local Government Victoria website.

Useful local government resources

There is a range of useful resources for people who wanted to learn more about local government as a sector, and past council elections. Visit the following websites if you would like more information:

Voting

The former Minister for Local Government declared on 15 May 2020 that postal voting will be used across the State of Victoria.

The newly proclaimed Local Government Act 2020 provides the Minister for Local Government with the power to determine the voting system to be used for general elections. This determination of postal voting is consistent with Council’s preferred method as previous elections conducted in Moonee Valley have been by postal ballot.

It is important to note that the Chief Health Officer and the Minister for Local Government have advised that it is safe for the postal election to proceed this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Victorian Electoral Commission will post ballot packs to enrolled voters between 6 - 8 October 2020. The ballot pack will contain:

  • a ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates in your Ward
  • a ballot paper envelope with a flap
  • voting instructions
  • a reply-paid envelope.

Postal voting closes at 6 pm on Friday, 23 October 2020. All postal votes must be posted by this closing date.

Am I Enrolled to Vote?

To be eligible to vote at the 2020 Moonee Valley City Council General Election, you need to have been enrolled by 4pm on Friday, 28 August 2020.

You are already enrolled to vote if:

  • You will be 18 years of age or over on 24 October 2020; and
  • You live in the municipality of Moonee Valley and are on the
  • Victorian State voters’ roll for your present address; or

You may also be on the roll for this election if you enrolled directly with Moonee Valley City Council for the October 2016 elections.

Failure to Vote

Voting at the election is compulsory for residents of Moonee Valley who are enrolled on the Victorian electoral roll. Failure to vote will attract a penalty unless you are entitled to an exemption under the Local Government Act 2020.

The non-voter enforcement program will be managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).