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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Why I am running for Maling Ward in 2020

As a long-term Surrey Hills resident, I greatly value our tree-lined streets, parks, ovals and gardens, cultural activities and diversity. 

Our sustainable house has reduced our carbon emissions and saved energy and water since 2001.

My community activities include park re-vegetation with the Friends of South Surrey Park, volunteering with Bush Search and Rescue Victoria and participation with the Boroondara Bicycle Users Group

I am a keen cyclist, skier and kitesurfer. This is my blog for kitesurfing and ski touring

Peter Campbell for Maling Ward Boroondara

I stand for:

Action for a safe climate – set net zero emissions target

Build the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail – for walkers and cyclists of all ages

Improving recycling and waste management

Protecting and improving our environment, parks and open spaces

Open and transparent government – I will be your voice on Council

Protecting and enhancing local heritage precincts

Sustainable transport – transition Council to Electric Vehicles

Community – more activities and events for young people

Caring for our aged – improved aged care services

COVID-19 rate relief – for residents and local businesses

Supporting local traders – who provide vital services

Walking and riding to school – reduce traffic congestion near schools

Infrastructure – build more shared paths and fix dangerous footpaths

Your vote at this election will determine whether Boroondara shifts from laggard to leader on climate change and sustainability.

I am passionate about climate action, our open spaces, protecting heritage, conservation of energy and water, sustainable transport and provision of quality services to our community.

The new Boroondara Climate Action Plan and consequent policies, targets and actions will be vital for delivering a safe climate for future generations. Council has an important role in climate action within Boroondara improving energy efficiency of Council buildings and facilities and transitioning to clean renewable energy.

A council program with subsidies for distributed energy storage in households and within microgrids is needed to transition to net zero emissions and eliminate fossil fuel use.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for shared paths and open spaces.  I have campaigned for the long overdue Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail since 2005 – a feasibility study is now underway for this.

Council's revised Bicycle Strategy (not completed yet) will help promote, build and sustain a cultural shift in thinking towards alternative sustainable transport options in Boroondara, which will enhance our links between neighbouring councils and the greater Melbourne metropolitan area.

We need more safe, family-friendly shared bike and pedestrian paths. More people walking and riding bikes will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions and provide safe and healthy travel for local communities.

Trees are carbon sinks and provide shade that helps cool urban areas. More trees need to be planted across Boroondara. Council must advocate to stop logging in Melbourne’s water catchments to improve water yields and reduce carbon emissions.

I have professional experience in agricultural science, information technology, systems architecture, project management and developing business strategies. I have developed and implemented project and operational plans.  I also have experience in volunteer emergency management with Bush Search and Rescue Victoria.

I will serve our community on Council with persistence, dedication, honesty and integrity.

I seek your support to help build a better, more sustainable Boroondara and foster a vibrant and cohesive community. 

Please vote 1 Peter Campbell

Contact me on 0409 417 504 or

Postal voting closes 6p.m. Friday 23 October 2020

Authorised by Peter Campbell, 81A Durham Road, Surrey Hills 3127

Saturday 29 September 2012

Out and about in Maling Ward

Today I visited some fine local cafes and did some door knocking to meet some residents of Maling Ward.  I visited Mick at Cafe Biscotti next to South Surrey Park, who told me that Council is planning to extend a garden bed on the footpath.  Some drivers have come out of Through Road opposite and mounted the footpath here thinking it is a road.  Mick has suggested a handrail along the kerbside to prevent this.  There is a need for more consultation here.

I next visited Peter at Wilson & Walsh in Maling Road, where you can get the best home made sausage rolls with salad in Melbourne, and great coffee.

A father was helping his young son cycle near the proposed route of the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail - a family-friendly shared pedestrian and bike path that could connect Surrey Hills to Box Hill and back to Camberwell and Hawthorn.

Some children were cycling on the safety of Canterbury Sportsground off Guildford Road.

The bike lane on Mont Albert Road looks good, but doesn't work well when cars park in it as they frequently do.  I don't think this is safe for children to ride on.

Finally, I had a nice lunch and coffee at the Red Brick Cafe in Mont Albert Road.  Local cafes are very popular with residents for coffee, snacks and meals.

Some residents invited me in for a chat and a coffee.  Most were very supportive of the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail.   Some raised concerns about Council removing native flowering gums from nearby streets.  Some were concerned about increased rates and noted that property values had decreased recently in the area from the height of the recent boom.  Concerns about inappropriate development and loss of heritage homes was again mentioned by many residents.

I had a nice time, and made it home before the storms came through.