VICTORIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS 2008
The State of Victoria, Australia, is governed at a local level by local governments known as cities and shires. Local governments are made up of democratically elected individuals who are selected by a popular vote of their constituents, and are vested with powers to govern in the best interests of their community.
Victorian Local Governments exist under law created by the Victorian State Parliament. This allows the State Parliament to create laws that change almost every aspect of local government. Because State and Federal Parliaments are described in the Commonwealth Constitution, the Australian Constitution protects them from the degree of political inference that State Governments have imposed on Local Governments. Unfortunately, proposed changes to recognise local government in the Australian Constitution were put to the people in a referenda in 1988 and were lost, allowing the State Parliament to continue to make changes to the Victorian Local Government Act with almost complete impunity from judicial review. Such abuses of power in the past have resulted in the dismissal, amalgamation and abolition of democratically elected local governments.
There are 79 local governments in Victoria. The area known as the Docklands was formerly part of the City of Melbourne, but was taken away from democratic control under Kennett Government changes and is currently administered by the Urban and Regional Land Corporation.
All 79 Victorian local government are due to go to election in November 2008, listed below, with a hotlink to each city's or shire's website.
A useful State Government webpage providing information on Victorian local governments is available by clicking Welcome to Local Government.
Further information for those interested in local government in Victoria can be found through my Useful Links Page by clicking here.
GREENS IN VICTORIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Victorian Greens Councillors currently serving their community include:
I will be regularly updating this page as information becomes available, from newest to oldest in the area below.
28 NOVEMBER 2005
2008 VICTORIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS NEWS, VIEWS AND INFORMATION
GREENS ELECTED TO BRIMBANK, MARIBYRNONG, MOONEE VALLEY, MOUNT ALEXANDER, WHITEHORSE AND YARRA RANGES COUNCILS.
Strong support for Greens candidates has elected Miles Dymott in Brimbank, Helen Harris in Whitehorse, Samantha Dunn in Yarra Ranges, Philip Schier in Mt Alexander, Ben Opie in Moonee Valley, and returned Janet Rice in Maribyrnong. They join elected Greens in Bendigo, Melbourne, Moreland and Yarra Councils.
Congratulations to all who contributed and thank you for voting Green.
3 JANUARY 2006
2005 VICTORIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION RESULTS WHERE GREENS WERE CANDIDATES
I have compiled a word document showing the results of the November 2005 local government elections where Greens candidates stood. It is available as a 285 Kb pdf download by clicking here or on the underlined title above. An 875 Kb word document is available by emailing David Risstrom.
18 FEBRUARY 2005
2004 VICTORIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION RESULTS WHERE GREENS WERE CANDIDATES
I have compiled a word document showing the results of the November 2004 local government elections where Greens candidates stood. It is available as a 636 Kb word download by clicking here or on the underlined title above. Hotlinks to Council areas and electoral reviews are contained in the document.
A summary of the results is contained in the item on the linked page Victorian Local Government Elections 2004, detailed in the article dated '2 December 2004 - Greens greet new local government voices in metro and regional Victoria.'