Friday 2 October 2020

The Darebin bridge is getting lots of use by walkers and bike riders

The Darebin Bridge has proved to be a huge success with both walkers and bike riders.  Many people are using the bridge as a connection across the Yarra between the Darebin Creek Trail and the Yarra Trail.

One wonders why it took over 25 years of effort by Boroondara BUG and locals to get this fantastic bridge built - there was significant opposition to this bridge from several Boroondara councillors including Steve Hurd, Jim Parke and Jane Addis. 

If I am elected to Council I will support similar infrastructure - such as the bridge needed for the Anniversary Trail across Toorak Road, and the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail.

Thursday 1 October 2020

Happy China Moon festival today!

It is the China Moon festival today -  a reunion time for families. I wish all the residents of Maling Ward and across Boroondara of Chinese descent a happy festival.  Enjoy the mooncake! 

Moon cakes
Moon Cakes [source]

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

Tuesday 29 September 2020

Anniversary Trail "missing link" right next to Maling Ward is nearly completed

My daughter Chloe and I stopped by to check out the nearly completed "missing link" on the Anniversary Trail shared path - this is at the Prospect Hill Road end of the link.  

This new section of path will provide a direct route free from traffic so people won't need to ride of walk along Spencer Road.  Its taken about 10 years of effort by Boroondara BUG and Council Officers to get this built. It will be worth it.

I attended and spoke at the Council planning meeting in 2015 when the final plans for this route were approved after extensive public consultation. See [meeting agenda].  There was a last minute attempt to delay this important link at the meeting and Councillor Jane Addis voted against the Council Officers' recommended alignment but thankfully the vote was carried.  Five years later and its very nearly built.

Pedestrians and cyclists and pedestrians of all ages will now benefit from the improved safety this link will provide - there are many families with small children that walk and ride along the anniversary trail to enjoy the scenery and parks along its route.

Video - why I am running for Maling Ward in Boroondara

 Here's my video of why I am running for Maling Ward in 2020, including:

  • action on climate change
  • building the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail
  • open and transparent local government
  • supporting local traders
  • sustainable transport
  • protecting and improving our environment, parks and open spaces.  
Boroondara must shift from laggard to leader on climate change and sustainability.

You can also read more about why I am running [here]

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

Saturday 26 September 2020

Kooyong Climate Change Alliance survey - Boroondara must shift from laggard to leader on climate action

I have submitted this response the survey from the Kooyong Climate Change Alliance

Boroondara must shift from laggard to leader on climate action. 

I have been involved in campaigns for action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency since 2000.

I have suggested that Boroondara Council move to renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency (e.g. by installing low energy street lighting) since 2000.

Boroondara's emission reduction targets are far too low. Council should set a target net zero greenhouse gas emissions for its operations by 2025.

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

Friday 25 September 2020

FOGO and traffic concerns raised by a Maling Ward resident

 A Maling Ward resident has contacted me with the following concerns.

Waste management and bins

FOGO - Food Organics and Garden Organics bins (green lid)

Recent changes to recycling in Boroondara included the introduction of FOGO bins for food organics and garden organics materials.  These are bins with green lid and are accompanied with a smaller caddy bin.

FOGO bin (lime green lid)
FOGO bin (lime green lid)

FOGO caddy bin
FOGO caddy bin

Many residents don't fully understand how these bins are to be used and some are confused about the caddy bin with a lid that came with the FOGO bins.  It is not obvious what FOGO stands for!

Tuesday 22 September 2020

My response to Boroondara Bicycle Users Group survey - Boroondara need more shared paths and safe cycling infrastructure

I have submitted my response the survey from the Boroondara Bicycle Users Group today. We need more safe shared cycling and pedestrian paths in Boroondara. In particular, we need the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail built. 

You can read my submission to BBUG [here] 

I have been a member of the Boroondara Bicycle Users Group for over 20 years

You can sign the petition to support Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail [here]

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

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 3 November 2012

Congratulations to Jane Addis, Councillor for Maling Ward

I came third (out of 6 candidates) in the election for Maling Ward with 18% of the primary vote.

Jane Addis (an independent) was elected with a very strong vote. I am happy that voters elected her over one of the two (undeclared) Liberal candidates - Scott Samson and Stephen Spring.

Congratulations Jane.

It is great that Maling Ward has a female Councillor, with another two women (Coral Ross, re-elected & Judith Voce) elected. Boroondara Council now has a better gender balance.

I look forward to the new Council supporting and taking action on improved cycling infrastructure and sustainability and supporting local community groups such as the Friends of South Surrey Park.

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Developer abandon plans for Camberwell Station development

The plans for a high rise development at Camberwell Station have been abandoned by the developer.  This is a good outcome following the community campaign against inappropriate development of the station.

The Progress Leader published this letter from me about the outcome.

It is good to see that community activism helped torpedo the multistory development planned at Camberwell station. 

Hopefully a better low-scale development can now be planned that improves amenity of the station for train travellers, preserves the station's heritage values and provides a public plaza to benefit the local community.