Let’s chat about why you should elect me to the Legislative Assembly.

March 13, 2019

FACT: women bring an entirely new perspective to debate, Liverpool has had a male representative for just on 25yrs, a long time one might say but also a long time being detached or at arm’s length from the everyday issues that affect our community.
It is also fair to ask what has our sitting member done in all those years? A quick look at Hansard shows from time to time he speaks on issues, good, but how often are those issues directly related to our community? You can only talk about the rail spur line so many times!
My name is Signe Westerberg, I’m a 63yr old woman who lives in our community, I’ve worked in our community and I regularly speak up for issues affecting our community. (Not all the candidates are local btw)
I am not doing this because I’m, looking for “ a career change” why I’m standing in this (and have in other) elections is we need real change, genuine change. The only way we as a community can achieve this is by creating a situation that will scare the bejingies out of the two old parties and remind them there are alternatives and there are opportunities.
I represent our community through the Greens policies because they are the most relevant, they address the needs and desires of the people with whom I live, work and play. I chose to be part of a party because as an independent (I was originally) you do not have the reach, the input and the experience of anyone but your immediate circle – our party is genuinely representative of members, who decide on policy that the MLC’s speak to and all our policies are readily available and relevant to our community so I can stand confident that I represent my communities needs through them.
Its oft been said that if you keep doing as you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten…
Isn’t it time we made a difference? Isn’t’ it time our voice changed? This election you can make the difference. Bringing people together from all parties will ensure the whole community is represented, sticking with the two old parties merely ensures two old views have turns 

BTW if you trust me enough to get me elected, and to be honest we will need to work hard to rally enough votes, I will do my utmost to encourage, mentor and bring other women and young people along with me so when my time is up we can be assured, well prepared younger women are ready to take my place.
See you at the polling booth…thanks for your time 😊

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Justice has its day

February 18, 2019

As many of you are aware I’ve been long outspoken about the former CEO of Liverpool…this update from the ABC website. for your information.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-15/ipswich-city-council-ceo-carl-wulff-sentenced-for-corruptionoe in/10814924

I was advised from Court in Queensland last week that the former CEO of Ipswich council ( Liverpool & one Victorian council)  Carl Wulff was convicted  and sentenced to 5yrs gaol and his wife Sharon Oxenbridge 4yrs (out in 9mths and 6mths Respectively) (details in ABC post)

Thankfully organisations such as the ICAC and the QLD CCC equivalent is there to serve the public.

We need to be very careful who we trust with our public assets and our public purse and from incidences like this you can see how important a Federal ICAC is to protect the community.

On Politics of a different (but the same) nature

We have a few very busy months ahead of us with State and Federal elections, do yourself and your community a favour and really check out the candidates, know who your voting for so you can sleep well in the knowledge yours are the interests are the ones being considered by our politicians not those of big business or worse self serving. NOTE: Mr Wulff was not an elected representative he was an employee of council.

Footnote, since his departure from Liverpool the horrid work services organisation imposed on our council is now long gone as well and I personally see our council  moving in a stronger direction. While I may not always agree with all the decisions, I do believe the large majority are made with the communities best interests at heart.

 

’til next time

 


Election results are in

September 17, 2016

Signe Westerberg Headshots FAV (26 of 102)Good news a week after the election day, we have a result and I am super delighted to say this is the best yet result for my local group.

As it turns out the voting got down to the wire, 20 counts before the final North ward member was clear and 26 counts before the south ward 5th member was clear. In north ward it ended up with myself, Sam Kayal and Gus Balloot (Libs) elected and in South with Lance (my husband) Phil Sim and Karress Rhodes (LCIT) elected neither were elected with a full quota and I’ve not yet drilled down to the actual difference but congrats to all 11 councillors on Liverpool Council. Saddest for me was that neither Cllrs Balloot nor Rhodes actually live in Liverpool, they earn an income from Liverpool but neither live here.

So here they are the team you selected to represent you for the Next 4 years. Mayor Wendy Waller (ALP)

North Ward:  Mazhar Hadid, (LIB) Ali Karnid (ALP), Peter Harle (LCIT), Nathan Hagarty (ALP) and Gus Balloot (LIB)

South ward: Tony Hadchiti (Lib) Geoff Shelton (ALP) Tina Ayyad (LIB aka Mrs Mannoun) Charishma Kaliyanda (ALP) Karess Rhodes (LCIT)

The real test will come over the coming weeks and years as to whether or not this group can work together, clearly the main protagonists are no longer on council but it will be interesting to see if the former #powermanmayor remains as a #puppetmaster and if there is any impact he has on both his family members still on council. I surely wonder sometimes, for 4 years I was unaware that Cllr Balloot was a cousin of the previous mayor, but it sure does account for all the glowing, incessant speeches he made throughout the term singing the praise of said mayor. Happy to stand corrected if this is untrue, my source was reliable but again always happy to add more information when it comes to hand. As you can see that is why when my husband and I ran we did so as an upfront, clearly stated partnership. We refuse to participate is skulduggery and partial information. I t will also be interesting to see how the former (I do love saying that) #Powermadmayor is going to manage all that extra family time he resigned for while his wife assumes a council role away from him. Then again it could become a family affair and everyone comes to council meetings.

I wish all the councillors well and trust they are truly there to represent the needs, hopes and dreams of our community. I await the ICAC reports and am hopeful that any wrongdoings of the past are highlighted and anyone caught and proven of using their position for personal gain is held to account. We now have an opportunity to move forward and with a little luck with a balanced, non aggressive and collegial approach to representing our city.

Lastly to my team, WOW you guys did so well and I’m so proud of each and every one of you. Sadly this time the people of Liverpool just missed out on seeing you in action and getting to know the passion in which you approach everything about Liverpool. We have a number of projects coming up and I know you will all put in 100% effort to ensure the residents of Liverpool get to see what we are really about,

Ecological sustainability | Social equality and economic justice || Grassroots democracy | Peace, nonviolence and disarmament

 

To all our supporters who handed out for us, thank you… we came so close.

 

The next council meeting is on the 12th October, I am hopeful to be in attendance (however its Lance’s Birthday so I need to organise around that a bit) see you there, if not at the next for sure.

 

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Only a few more sleeps

September 6, 2016

2016 Signe OutdoorsCouncil elections are this Saturday, there is still much to do and I’m very keen to get some more volunteers on polling places this week. (please let me know if you can spare a few hours to help hand out) The genuine warmth at the rail station this morning was great and the fact that around 400 people got to see a snapshot of what our ideas for council are is fabulous.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Carnes Hill Pre Poll station, (albeit it tiring) and meeting residents. I expect in the coming days it will get busier and busier and of course Saturday is going to be huge. My colleague Andre has been a gun on the TAFE pre poll and with the backup of some amazing Greens from local groups.

I like many of you came home to a plethora of mail from the Liberals and one from LCIT. It saddens me that even now just days out from an election the nastiness prevails. Accusations and comments that only tell half a story and to know that the chances of  both of the existing councillors being back on council only convinces me more and more that there is a real place for me and my team on this council. It is also stunning how any change over the last 4 years has now been given ownership, with no regard to the fact that there are 11 councilors, not just two old tired teams and Peter. I know that if this is the case even while in campaign mode they are struggling to tell the absolute truth or play nice out of the playpen nothing will be better on council unless there is genuine new blood and a move away from the old parties and old guard independents. There seems to be significant confidence from the old guard of their reelection and my hope is that the community will give them the good shaking up they need.

I still ask the same question, if they (those seeking your re election) have achieved little or are making enormous promises now, why weren’t they enacted upon during the 8 years these councillors have had your rates, your trust and your faith? From those we don’t know, they continue to make promises they have absolutely no knowledge they can actually keep. Neither are regulars at the council meetings and while one has attended once or twice not all is as it seems once elected.While I may not have been elected previously, I have attended all but 3 council meetings and my hope that while I’ve shared much over the last 9 years, there would be more information as a councillor available and the community would be far more informed than they are now.

One thing about elections is that it does allow you time to reflect on the things that are important and with the amazing talent of a couple of our members (Roxie and Rudge) I am delighted to be able to share with you a short video to showcase my passions for Liverpool.

More in a day or so, please let me know if you have a couple of hours on Saturday, we have t-shirts and those working over lunch will have it provided for them.  Please share the video widely, especially amongst your friends in Liverpool… we need their support and we need the genuine change in council.

 

See you at Holsworthy station in the morning.

 

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8 more sleeps

September 2, 2016

Signe Westerberg Headshots FAV (26 of 102)WOW…the time is going so fast. Only a little over a week to go in this election campaign and I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be in such a  privileged position as to be able to speak with residents each and every day. I can tell you how proud I am of the amazing team we are putting forward in this election. Each and every one of them would be a wonderful addition to Liverpool Council and its a priviledge to work alongside them.

Wednesday night was the final council meeting for this term, a good deal of time was spent electioneering for the 7 councillors who are seeking your vote again, a few good byes and a whole lot of ….leave it to the next lot. So it’s official, not only have they left the next term of councillors a pretty crap budget, undetermined asbestos problems, staff morale at an all time low  but this week they decided to leave a number of items  to the next group. Seriously while I am always the first and often the only voice calling for due diligence, holy crap a donation to Macedonia and Italy in their time of need was not that big a call. Over the past 8 years some councillors shuffled enormous amounts of money for all and sundry and not all as deserving.

The big winner of the night was when in the departing Mayor admitted he’d not been able to work with everyone. Well that was an understatement but at least an acknowledgement I guess. Cllr Ristevski  didn’t waste an opportunity to put in a final dagger or two before he was  missed off the ‘I’ve enjoyed working with you’ list of the Mayor. The whole Propel issues lives on, with the independent report being handed on to ICAC, another of the deferred decisions for the next council. Importantly most of the candidates seeking your vote will have no clue about the issues that have been on and off the agenda for so long other than what they’ve heard in the press. Today we’ve made the news yet again and the comparison between this disaster of a council and the one who had us put into administration had best not be the comparison used in the future because some of us actually know and have seen the happenings of this bunch.

Alas those seeking your vote who have been on council should be scrutinised quite aggressively, what have they actually contributed to the council over their tenure as councillors. If elected to council I will work to ensure that all voting information will be made publically available. Calling oneself independent doesn’t  necessarily mean candidates aren’t aligned. While Greens are sometimes seen in agreement of ALP policy we are not bound in any way to following blindly, our whole remit is to assess each piece of information on its own merit, we vote according to what is in the best interests of the whole community and stand proudly by our reputation to do exactly that when a matter is not in the line with our core beliefs.  (I will print them below so you can see the tenets by which our decisions are made) Council should be about caring for the community, creating services to fill the needs of that community and reduce costs wherever possible.  During the meeting our #powermadmayor (for not long now)  took to highlighting some of the issues in the budget, minus a detail or two  and taking credit for changes that he and his cohorts actually  obstructed which meant many of those projects were actually delayed in the first term.

There will be issues that need to be addressed by the new council, firstly there will have to be very close scrutiny of some of the budget decisions, a very, very close look at the Propel agreement and investigation into same and a serious discussion about the number of jobs that have been outsourced to consultants. Planning issues are a big part of any council and we will need to see what can be done to ensure social and affordable housing options can be set up to ensure our city’s homeless numbers reduce,not grow. Especially important will be to ensure that the community is privy to the actions and decisions of council. Transparency has not been the strong suit of this particular term. Council can and should be the first point of call for citizens needing advice about planning, the go to place for questions and a source of information in relation to many social issues, even those they cannot be directly responsible for, many don’t realise the lobbying ability of council and this needs to be explored. The days need to come to an end where the local member is only heard from in parliament when he/she can bash the council for poor decisions. More soon….

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Ecological sustainability | Social equality and economic justice

| Grassroots democracy | Peace, nonviolence and disarmament

LASTLY. If you have some spare time anytime next week or on Saturday the 10th we are still looking for people to help us hand out at Pre-Poll and on Election day. We will provide a light lunch and a T-shirt just give me a call or email me at swesterberg@iinet.net.au.

Liverpool HTV 2016


Promises! Achievable or just vote catchers

August 18, 2016

Signe Westerberg Headshots (38 of 102)I am delighted to be the Green’s Mayoral Candidate for Liverpool. I am equally delighted to have the opportunity to see the local papers providing the community with information in relation to the upcoming election. Of interest however is, on reading the details of the six (incl myself) candidates one thing became most clear. Three of them have had 8 years to achieve the things they are promising to do now, two have shown very little interest in the runnings of council previously and only one believed the job of Mayor was about bringing people together.

Let’s get some facts on the table:

The Mayor is not the sole decision maker in council,  I’m thinking this came as a bit of a shock to the #powermadmayor once his power base was lost with the #nolibloveinlivo events of recent months.

Click here for the Leader article on Page three  or

http://http://newslocal.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=GWTLFPAYJD71&linkid=6c5a3bf9-80ee-40d7-8014-c1b22e95480a&pdaffid=flTgD0N%2bsncNlRju4zoiMw%3d%3d

Cllr Hadchiti, is going to ‘pull the budget apart and identify areas of improvement’ Hey councillor you’ve had 8 years to do this, have you been sitting on your hands waiting for the opportunity to run for mayor, with the mess of this past budget you might have wanted to do this a bit earlier?

Cllr Harle wants ‘transparency and financial responsibility’ Again councillor you’ve been part of this council for 8 years what is it about being Mayor that will change  your ability to question the budget? While you have asked questions and been party to some change what will being Mayor change, in your opinion?

Cllr Waller didn’t make rash promises, she unfortunately has lived experience on what she cannot achieve as Mayor if the majority is intent on blocking every possible change until they assume office and claim those changes as their own. FYI Cllr Waller was Mayor for the first 4 years of this current,out of administration, 8 years and was quite hamstrung by a majority of Liberal/independent councillors who opposed much on what appeared political/ideological grounds more oft than not.

Ms Mishra and Mr Sims  seem to be under the impression that the Mayor has special powers/abilities, they can just stop things like rates in their tracks, again this is not the case… the Mayor is the spokesperson/ designated representative (until the majority choose otherwise) he/she is the convenor of a meeting, he/she can add ideas, suggest items and everything else every other councillor can do, with one exception, IF there is a need for a deciding vote in a drawn vote, the Mayor has a casting vote…. rarely if ever actually declared, and used often by the #powermadmayor however available to break tied situations and allow a decision to be made.

There is no magic wand attached to the Mayoral role, as Cllr Waller could tell you I’m sure how frustrating and difficult it can be if the councillors elected by the public have a greater agenda than that of serving the people. So the question should be, who amongst the candidates has the goal or desire to bring together the mishmash of councillors the community see fit to elect? The community decides who they want to represent it and in  Liverpool they also decide who will be the best front person for our city as well as the person who could possibly work with all to bring a cohesive council together. Don’t get me wrong, it won’t be easy but it’s not a magic wand and simply promising to do this or that is tantamount to ludicracy. Populism isn’t governance, it’s about promising what you think your community wants to hear in order to get their vote. Four of the candidates on offer have been regularly involved in council matters, two have shown up at election time with what appears to be little to no knowledge of how a council works. While I am sure they will disagree, this is an important job. Moreover  it’s also an amazing opportunity to tell the NSW Govt that council amalgamations is not on our agenda. The Greens have opposed amalgamations at State and local level and electing a Green to the position of Mayor would be one almighty reminder to Mr Baird et al.

To give myself a little plug while I can, I also have a proven record of wanting transparency, did you know, on nearly every agenda there are confidential items and at times in this council 12 or more items have been ‘in confidence”  Rarely has there been a meeting where all items on the agenda have been open to the public, while I understand privacy issues, you also know that I believe when it involves our rates money we are entitled to the detail… regulations and statutory requirements have privacy as a core protection however, as I’ve stated previously if a shareholder can know the details why can’t the residents?

I, if elected as Mayor or councillor will continue to write about it, I have a reasonable  knowledge of what I can legally share and what I can’t but I know that I will be privy to more facts as a councillor than I do now as a resident who sits in the gallery every month listening to the councillors. I do this now without the detail they have and with a desire to ensure our residents know exactly what is happening with their rates money.

Before you vote for your next Mayor, ask some questions, find out more, simply wanting the job is not enough, our city is too important, the financial status of  our council is too unknown and the future impacts of much still to be made available to the community to impactful to just want the job. While the candidates for the most part seem like decent people, is that enough? A number of them have operated successful businesses, some are academics, some completely unknown to anyone outside their social circle, so investigate, I even invite them to write a response to my comments here and I will post them for you to read, as is.

Most of all, look at all the candidates you elect, not just the parties, Mr Sims is a registered Liberal (according to his nomination form), campaigning/presenting as an independent, Cllr Harle has been in council for 8 years see where his votes have gone, especially in the early days, Cllr Hadchiti has been on council 8 years as well, his allegiance to the outgoing #Powermadmayor has been solid. Me, well I’ve been writing about this for all of those years, just check back anywhere through here, you’ll see I’ve always had an opinion, and I believe once elected the party you represent falls well behind the community who elected you albeit with those values.

 

THIS ELECTION PUT LIVERPOOL FIRST.

 

more soon and again I invite other candidates to share their views, all opinions welcomed.

 

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Council teams announced

August 11, 2016

Signe 2016 outdoorsI am thrilled to be able to introduce our amazing team for this September’s council elections. I’ve read through all the candidate profiles and it appears only two are non residents, Mr Balloot (Bexley) and Ms Rhodes (Lansvale). North Ward is the lesser contested of the two wards, we have in ballot order: LCIT, Liberals, Labor and the Greens with one single independent while the South ward seems a bit more popular, again in ballot order. Liberals, LCIT The Greens Labor and 1 x Liberal Independent party followed by 1 x Animal Justice Party candidate and a single Independent.

As always I took the time to read through the comments, reasons why candidates have put themselves forward, alas there isn’t much to read. LCIT have a few and our Greens team leads have a full and detailed statements.

I won’t be commenting on the decision of the former #powermadmayor not to run or his endorsement of deputy mayor, all I can say is I genuinely hope voters do more than take an endorsement as enough reason to vote for someone and they look closely at the field of candidates for themselves. Mr Sim has run in the past only last time from memory he only ran as the Mayoral Candidate, this time he has a team for south ward and is running as the Mayoral candidates as well.

Most importantly I’d like to introduce our Greens team:

South Ward Lead: Lance Westerberg

My Man

Andre Bosch

Maria George

Stephen Wilkinson

Thomas Gough

North Ward Lead and Mayoral Candidate – (Me) Signe Westerberg

Maurice George

Jared Price

Christopher Garvin

Craig Reedy.

All are fabulous contributing members of the Fairfield Liverpool Greens and anyone of them would be an amazing asset to Liverpool  Council. It is such a pleasure to be associated with candidates who have such passion for their city, who aren’t developers or real estate agents and who genuinely offer different perspectives, ideas and talents. Over the coming weeks I will share with you information about our key issues etc.

http://http://candidates.elections.nsw.gov.au/    This link will take you to the page, scroll down to Liverpool City council and click either North ward or South ward to read about each of the candidates.

I found searching by Area quicker in both the Wards and Mayoral but there are options so click around and learn a bit about your candidates. Sadly as I mentioned above, very few provided a candidate statement or indication that they have or have not been on council in the last term.

Below are the links directly to our Greens lead candidate statements. I am sure over the coming weeks there will be plenty of stories in the local press about who is running. etc. Remember this is your council, your rates money and your vote, use it wisely. With a bit of planning we will have a diverse 11 councillors who will work for our city, our families, our businesses and our environment and are not dominated by one party or another.

 

http://file:///C:/Users/Signe/Downloads/WESTERBERG_Lance-CIS%20(2).pdf

http://file:///C:/Users/Signe/Downloads/WESTERBERG_Signe-CIS%20(2).pdf

https://file:///C:/Users/Signe/Downloads/WESTERBERG_Signe-CIS%20(4).pdf

Fairfield council candidates have been announced also I’ll post them here if you are interested, just let me know. My friend and colleague Bill Cashman is running for Mayor and Lead candidate in Parks and has a team of 12 covering every ward in Fairfield. Not bad for a small local group to be able to field 22 amazing candidates in two council areas. 🙂

 

For now, happy reading,

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If you would like to host one of our posters, help hand out flyers or even better hand out for us on Election day or at pre poll please email me at swesterberg@iinet.net.au we, as I mentioned before are a small group and without your help we will have to concentrate on a few booths, with your help we can cover more. So please give me a call or email me, there is a booth with your name on it in Liverpool (& Fairfield)