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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….

Sign off





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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


Mayoral & candidate info from the Champion/Leader and VoteNSW:

August 31, 2012

As you well know I’m keen, very keen to have you the voter know who you are voting for, to this end below are the links to the Champion & Leader  newspapers (& the Electoral Commission)  so you can read the opinions of the Mayoral  and lead candidates.

A quick aside, thank you to the papers  for printing the entire submission, I half expected snapshots but instead got the whole piece… not everyone gets their copy of the local papers  so I hope these links help.

Me: Signe Westerberg: http://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/mayors-role-is-to-help-people-work-together/2656300.aspx

Wendy Waller: http://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/employment-growth-and-cultural-strength/2656296.aspx

June Young: http://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/business-experience-and-problemsolving-are-key/2656299.aspx

Ned Mannoun: http://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/stop-intermodal-move-powerhouse-create-jobs/2656301.aspx

Gary Lucas: http://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/respect-independence-and-value-for-rate-dollars/2656295.aspx

Michael Byrne: http://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/fiscal-prudence-grassroots-input-and-3rs/2656302.aspx

the seventh is  Jim McGoldrick however he didn’t answer the call according to the paper.

The Leader also featured the lead candidates from both North and South wards, however the link makes reading the individual comments a bit harder but this link will take you to the Leader as well: http://liverpool-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/liverpool-council-candidates-have-their-say/

I know I bang on about this, but please take the time to ensure the person you vote for shares your ideals… your hopes and has a vision for our city.

Above all know, NO one gives away your vote, if you only put (1) your vote stops there, if you’d like to  think beyond  your first choice (2)  (3) (4) (5) etc  to ensure your vote carries on where you want it. No one moves your vote; no one redirects your vote…only youdecide where it goes and where it stops. It really is that simple; please don’t be misguided by some uninformed characters that unwittingly or deliberately misinform for political purpose.

How to Votes are a guide, not an instruction nor an indication of where your vote goes. … I cannot stress this enough ONLY YOU DECIDE WHERE YOUR VOTE GOES,  as it should be.

I also wrote a piece a couple of weeks ago about the candidate information sheets, here are the links again for you:

Mayoral Candidates: http://candidates.elections.nsw.gov.au/default.aspx?txtContestId=LG1201-084-01-00

North Ward Candidates: http://candidates.elections.nsw.gov.au/default.aspx?txtContestId=LG1201-084-02-01

South Ward candidates: http://candidates.elections.nsw.gov.au/default.aspx?txtContestId=LG1201-084-02-02

Next week I’ll post our How to Vote…so you can print it and take it with you, or know how it looks if you need the visual… happy weekend.


What a Great weekend

August 13, 2012

 It began on Saturday at our campaign meeting, what a great group of candidates we have to offer Liverpool and Fairfield. Listening to their hopes and plans and their willingness to get on with the job is inspiring. A few last minute things on the ‘To Do’ list, however much is in hand now, it’s just a matter of meeting the people at every opportunity.

That said, that’s exactly what we did yesterday, spent the afternoon with Esha and Andre knocking on doors in Casula Links. Some lovely chats with some very nice people. Only two negative people, which happens and sadly one was clearly missing the mark blaming Julia G and Penny W for being godless Greens. (FTR: All Greens aren’t godless, and neither Penny nor Julia are Greens)lol. 

I love discussing politics with people, I don’t even mind if we disagree, but basics like that aren’t hard to find out about. None the less, looking forward to walking your street sometime soon! If you are interested in policy, which I hope you are, ask the candidate knocking on your door for a booklet, ask questions and find out about us.  Not just our candidates but all of the people wanting your vote. Refer my previous post for a link to the candidate information forms on the Electoral Commission website, find out as much as you can about the candidates, all our information is there for you.

Lastly, if you live in Liverpool (or Fairfield) and wouldn’t mind one of our Greens Corflutes on your fence, please give me a call. We are extremely keen that they are only on properties with approval and that you understand our need to not contravene Council’s NO SIGNAGE ON PUBLIC LAND policy, brought in after the last election. If you have some time for letterboxing, handing out How to Votes at Pre polling stations or would like to work with us on election day, please call me on 8777 5599 asap so we can take advantage of your kind assistance.

Positions as promised

August 9, 2012

Yesterday was the ballot drawer for the upcoming elections.

Mayoral Ballot… from top to bottom.

Ned Mannoun (Liberal)

Michael Byrne (DLP)

June Young (LCIT)

Wendy Waller (Labor)

Gary Lucas

Signe Westerberg (Greens)

Jim McGoldrick

North Ward: Left to Right across the page.  Noting the DLP will not have an above the line Box.

Labor ~ DLP ~ Gary Lucas ~ The Greens ~ Liberal ~ LCIT (there are no single candidates just 6 columns)

South Ward Again L – R  across the page and DLP are unboxed

Marella Harris~ John Anderson~ LCIT ~ The Greens ~ Labor ~ Liberal ~ DLP

Ungrouped Candidates in a single column at the end are: top – bottom

Alex Kulavkovski ~Ray Van Lieshout ~ Jim McGoldrick. 

What a coincidence that on both North and South tickets we are right in the middle of the page at No 4… quite happy there actually 🙂

A very different experience for me this time, 4 years ago I didn’t know a living soul in the room, this time while I may not know the entire team I do know the almost all the lead candidates. 

For some the campaigning begins.

The Champion Editor, Journalist and photographer  were in attendance as was the GM and Billie, the staff member who is coordinating councils  involvement in this election.

In fairness some people arrived after I did, so other than I didn’t see Gary Lucas, or anyone from the LCIT team, I cannot say whether or not the Leader sent anyone… I guess what is in the papers next week will probably tell us more.

FTR: Wendy Waller, Ned Mannoun, Marella Harris, Michael Byrne, Mazar Hadid, John Anderson Tony Hadchiti, Jimmy Mtashar (Labor) Kate the campaign manager for the Libs, and a few others were in attendance. My apols to any candidates not mentioned I simply didn’t see all the late comers and early leavers.

Exciting times ahead, please be welcoming of my team members when they knock on your door, they are a great bunch and bring a wealth of knowledge and passion with them and we will continue to be out meeting you  over the coming weeks.

Please share the link to our video with friends and family, we truly believe an informed community will make the best choices. Learn about all the candidates, see what they bring to council, are they just wanting to ‘fix’ one or two issues that affect them, have they been involved before?  Ask lots questions of all the candidates, we need people who are willing to see us as a whole community, who are willing to invest the time and represent all of us. I know when selecting our team, we were quite vigorous in ensuring our team was prepared for what was ahead of them if entrusted with your vote; we will not let you down.