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Victorian Local Council Elections 2012

Thank you to all the candidates who responded with such goodwill to our 2012 Victorian Local Council Elections Candidate Survey!

2012 Victorian Council Elections

Over 1500 candidates across 78 electorates were surveyed to ascertain awareness of the issues facing the music industry and music-loving constituents across the state.

We now have an amazing array of responses here for constituents to consider before casting votes. 
Do you know which candidates in your municipality will support music initiatives? Discovering what potential councillors plan to do to support contemporary music in your electorate is just a click away (Click on your electorate to the left to see your electorate’s candidates and their responses).

The survey gave candidates an opportunity to outline any music policies and strategies that they may have and to talk a little about their knowledge of local issues affecting music in their electorates.

Questions asked included:  

  • What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?
  • Would you support the development of a council music strategy? 
  • Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues? (The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management)
  • Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?
  • Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?
  • What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area
  • Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?
  • Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in? 

We acknowledge that not all candidates surveyed were willing to participate because of recent changes to the Local Government Act and concerns the Conflict of Interest Laws could see them excluded from future council discussions should they be elected. And a third of candidates failed to provide an email address on which they could be contacted.

Voting in council elections is compulsory. Most councils will hold postal elections and ballot packs will be posted to all registered voters.

Ballots should be completed and returned by the time voting closes at 6pm on Friday 26th October.

Voters unsure about which electorate they come under can check it out at the Victorian Electoral Commission website: www.vec.vic.gov.au

Check out what’s going down in your electorate! Click the link to your electorate from the list on the left.

Select your council

Alpine Shire Council

Alpine Shire Council

Alpine Shire Council 2012

 

Alpine Shire Council (7 vacancies, 13 candidates)   

Candidates

 

Mr FORSYTH, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr VACCARO, Mario

Did Not Respond

Mr DYER, Ray

No Email Address Provided

Mr PAROLIN, Roberto

Did Not Respond

Mr BATES, Jim

No Email Address Provided

Mrs CAIN, Narda

No Email Address Provided

Mr PEARCE, Daryl

No Email Address Provided

Mr SMITH, Jeremy

Did Not Respond

Ms FARRELL, Kate

Did Not Respond

Mr JANAS, Ron

See Response Below

Mrs VONARX, Jan

Did Not Respond

Mr ROPER, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr KEEBLE, Tony

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Alpine Shire Council 2012: 13 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?
Ron Janas - Distances required to travel both for audience and musician

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?
Ron Janas - Maybe.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)
Ron Janas - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?
Ron Janas - Don't know

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?
Ron Janas - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?
Ron Janas - Youth participation in all forms of music

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?
Ron Janas - Don't know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?
Ron Janas – Yes. Subject to insurances etc as well as responsible people taking charge of the venue

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?
Ron Janas - I think that there is a need for people to understand each others musical tastes both old and young. These options need to be explored by all interested parties and could be achieved in a cost effective manner.

 

Ararat Rural City Council

Ararat Rural City Council

Ararat Rural City Council 2012

 

Ararat Rural City Council (7 vacancies, 7 candidates)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr HARRIS, Ian George

Did Not Respond

Mr WOODS, Murray Winston

Did Not Respond

Mrs HULL, Fay

No Email Address Provided

Mrs ALLGOOD, Gwenda Mary

Did Not Respond

Mr WILSON, Ian Francis

Did Not Respond

Mr HULL, Gary

Did Not Respond

Mr McKENZIE, Colin

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Ararat Rural City Council 2012: 7

 

No responses were received for this council.

 

Ballarat City Council

Ballarat City Council

Ballarat City Council 2012

 

Central Ward (3 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms COATES, Belinda

See Response Below

Mr BURT, John Charles

Did Not Respond

Mr FITZGERALD, Gary William

See Response Below

Mr FREEMAN, Matthew

Did Not Respond

Ms OVERINGTON, Jenny

See Response Below

Mrs McINTOSH, Samantha

See Response Below

Dr HARRIS, Mark

Did Not Respond

Mr CROMPTON, Glen

Did Not Respond

 

 

North Ward (3 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CARTER, Allan John

Did Not Respond

Mr HEBBARD, Scott

Did Not Respond

Mr MOLONEY, Daniel

Did Not Respond

Mrs COLTMAN, Vicki

See Response Below

Ms JOHNSON, Amy

See Response Below

Mr PHILIPS, John

Did Not Respond

 

 

South Ward (3 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr RINALDI, Jim

Did Not Respond

Mr INNES, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr MATTSON, Matt

See Response Below

Mr MORRIS, Joshua

Did Not Respond

Mr PELCHEN, Stephen J.

Did Not Respond

Mr ELDRIDGE, David Kenneth

See Response Below

Mr HUDSON, Des

Did Not Respond

Dr SIVAMALAI, Sundram

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Ballarat City Council 2012: 22 


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Samantha McIntosh - Availabiltiy of affordable and accoustically sound spaces

Gary Fitzgerald - Lack of Venues

Belinda Coates - One of the issues facing live music venues in the City of Ballarat is the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events;    Ballarat also lacks a large flat floor indoor venue suitable for rock bands or acts that attract large numbers and where the crowd would prefer not to be seated;    There is a lack of rehearsal space in Ballarat especially low cost spaces for young and emerging musicians;     Smaller live music venues are subject to stricter closing time laws which may impact on venue's long term financial viability;

Jenny Overington - I cannot answer this question - as I would need to speak to many more people and organisations involved in the local music scenes [plural].  I'm inclined to think access to places to practice, audience (to get a bit of a profile), promotion, etc might be issues.   Also, for some young people, even getting opportunity to be musicians is a constant battle as they lack access to the necessary resources. Not sure that there are enough large, affordable, easy access venues for live music.

Vicki Coltman - Ballarat has a vibrant music industry with strong community support. Access to sustainable funding resources is an ongoing issue for many arts based organisations and artists in rural regions for pilot programs, education and skills development.

Amy Johnson - Lack of recognition from local government about the importance of music and musicians within Ballarat. I'm a singer myself, so regularly hear of the challenges facing local musicians. One of which is how hard it is to get bums on seats and how hard it is to find venues that are genuinely about the artists. Musicians perform in venues where they compete with alcohol and noise from the crowd... would be great to have a venue within Ballarat which is solely about music, with a limited number of seats, to ensure intimacy and connection. That's what our musicians are crying out for.

David Eldridge - Limited range of venues

Matt Mason - I AM INTERESTED IN   "ACCESS AVAILABLE TO USERS OF MACHINICAL MACHINES";  - a "GOPHERS";  - b "SCOOTERS";  - c "WHEELCHAIRS"

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Samantha McIntosh - Yes. This would need to be all encompassing and include future plans and visions to find and develop appropraite affordable spaces to create and perform.

Gary Fitzgerald - Maybe.

Belinda Coates - Yes.

Jenny Overington - Maybe. Depends upon what you mean by "Council Music Strategy" and what the local musicians want/need.   We have some very talented and committed musicians in this area. It seems to me that they are innovative and have achieved a lot already - so I would be keen to listen before I committed to any specific programs.

Vicki Coltman - Maybe. I can not commit to this question as I am concerned the Conflict of Interest Laws could see me excluded from future council discussions on a music strategy and I would like to be part of the debate.

Amy Johnson - Yes. 100 % and I will organise a jam session and chat with local musicians to hear their concerns once elected.

David Eldridge - Yes.

Matt Mason - Maybe. IF THE VENUE "HAD" ACCESS AVAILABLE TO MACHINERY OPERATORS

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Samantha McIntosh - Yes

Gary Fitzgerald - Yes

Belinda Coates - Yes

Jenny Overington - Don't know

Vicki Coltman - No

Amy Johnson - Yes

David Eldridge - Yes.
Matt Mason - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Samantha McIntosh - Don't know. With a minimal knowledge of the 'Agent of Change' policy, I would need to know more about the conditions and detail, but are very supportive of protecting live music venues in our area as well as the residents in close proximity.

Gary Fitzgerald - Yes

Belinda Coates - Yes

Jenny Overington - Don't know. re questions 6 & 7. I NEED TO LEARN MUCH MORE BEFORE COMMITING TO ANY SPECIFIC PROJECTS AND STRATEGIES.   I know a bit about the growing concern regarding noise in our environments both here and overseas.   I am aware that music is a vital means of expression and communication - for the individual and community. It can transcend mere words. Having said that,  I am aware that one person's bliss may well be unbearable, stressful noise to another! AND silence can be golden!    Hopefully with enough appropriate music venues, local laws that recognise need for balance and mutual respect etc we can achieve some balance

Vicki Coltman - Don't know. As I do not know of this issue I would like to understand the position of all stakeholders before committing to this question.

Amy Johnson – Yes.

David Eldridge - Yes.

Matt Mason - Don't know. IF YOU GROUP, SORT ACCESS AVAILABLE AT ANY VENUE, TO USERS OF MACHINES (GOPHERS - SCOOTERS - WHEELCHAIRS)

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Samantha McIntosh – Yes. For instance there is a ruling (VCAT) at City Oval to restrict use of night light over the area - which makes that venue very difficult for consideration of use.

Gary Fitzgerald - Don't know

Belinda Coates – Yes. Requirements for small live music venues to close earlier than other licensed venues.

Jenny Overington - Don't know

Vicki Coltman – No.

Amy Johnson – Yes. There was recently a small live music venue called "The Matt Cave" that was shut down by council, because it was charging for entry. What a pity that our city couldn't work out a way to support this, rather than close it down.

David Eldridge - Don't know

Matt Mason - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Samantha McIntosh - There needs to be some time and attention given to availability and cost of venues that may be accessible and appropriate.

Belinda Coates - - include and value live music in Ballarat's planning strategies    - have a section on Ballarat Council’s website devoted to information on live music events, venues, planning issues, and other information relevant to the live music sector.    - establish a consultative forum for local venue managers and local music makers to interact with council staff and processes.    - encourage and provide incentives for local young people to be trained and seek employment in the contemporary music industry with mentorship programs involving amongst other strategies partnerships with the education sector and the music industry.    - respond quickly to festival and other live music planning applications.     -encourage buskers and provide them with easy to obtain permits to perform in shopping precincts and other public gathering places    - establish Live Music Working Groups where relevant and recognise any potential local music precincts.    -provide suitable council facilities for music rehearsal and performance spaces and seek out other possible local live performance venues.    -provide incentives for pubs to become/remain music venues rather than being redeveloped for other uses (e.g. apartments, shops and gambling venues) .    - provide incentives for licensed gambling venues to convert to music venues.    -  implement, after consultation with relevant stakeholders, a clear and evidence-based policy for the management of noise.    - ensure music levels are compliant with VicSafe sound volume regulations.    - amend the planning scheme so that existing live music venues near a new development should not have to bear the cost of noise mitigation for new residents; rather, the onus should fall on the new resident, owner or developer according to the principle of ‘the Agent of Change’. Similarly, the costs incurred by any change to a venue’s operations resulting in greater noise levels for existing neighbours should be met by the licensee.

Jenny Overington - I wouldn't mind exploring how Council might use some of its resources to promote (showcase?) what is already here. Also maybe explore opportunities to harness some of the musical talent in terms of possible economic benefits to the region? MAYBE there may be scope to include some opportunities / venues for soundproof practice rooms, public live music venues if refurbishment of the Civic Hall. I really cannot commit to anything specific as I need to learn much more about Council finances and other resources, other needs/priorities etc etc etc!

Vicki Coltman - I have not been approached by any members of the local music industry with any new initiatives. I would be happy to listen to their ideas on initiatives and projects for this region.

Amy Johnson - Any initiatives and actions need to undertaken after consultation with musicians within Ballarat. What do our local musicians need? We need to support them however we can... they are an integral and valuable part of Ballarat's culture.     One option is to provide council buildings to rehearse in, or to hold gigs in.

David Eldridge - Revitalise Civic Hall    Encourage busking

Matt Mason - ON EACH YEAR (HELD ONCE A YEAR), YOUR GROUP PROVIDED "FREE" MUSIC ABOUT LAKE WENDOUREE AT THE INTERNATION DAY OF PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY "SAUSAGE SIZZLE"

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Samantha McIntosh – No. It is always difficult for community volunteer and in particular performing arts groups to produce and deliver fabulous events on a shoestring budget and there is often a need for grants to help make them happen.

Gary Fitzgerald - Don't know

Belinda Coates – No. Because there doesn't seem to be a clear plan for supporting music events in Ballarat, I believe that it has been a low priority

Jenny Overington - Don't know

Vicki Coltman - Don't know

Amy Johnson – No.

David Eldridge - No.

Matt Mason - No

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Samantha McIntosh – Yes. We have just seen the introduction of the old Minerva Theatre at the Mechanics institute, which is a wonderful additional venue, however, not necessarily accoustically appropriate to all types of music events.  We have the old sound shell in the North Gardens that requires some attention and activation as well as our Civic Hall precinct.  With a little bit of planning, there could be plenty of opportunity in Ballarat for musicians to rehearse, record and perform if we spend the time and money to bring them some of our current facilities up to the appropriate standards with plans to maintain and manage in a financially responsible manner.

Gary Fitzgerald - Yes

Belinda Coates – Yes.

Jenny Overington - Don't know. very possibly - see comments Q9

Vicki Coltman - Don't know. We have strong support in this community for some of these activities and I would be willing to listen to any ideas on how we can better use community owned facilities.

Amy Johnson – Yes.

David Eldridge – Yes.

Matt Mason - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Samantha McIntosh - Music should be available for everyone to enjoy in the appropriate, affordable and enjoyable venues.

Jenny Overington - As I've aged and hearing diminished, my tastes have changed and I now prefer melodic, quieter and more sedate sounds!  However, I'd like Ballarat to have a strong, dynamic music scene for all tastes and ages - especially young people [just a long as it's not keeping me awake at night!]

Vicki Coltman - I am a strong advocate for youth music development programs in my employment and believe our young musicians have a great deal to offer our communities.

Amy Johnson - I'm a musician myself and arts, music and events are extremely important to me and to the people of Ballarat. I'll be working for you to ensure that these issues are at the forefront of the council agenda.

Matt Mason - YOUR GROUP SUPPORTED DISABLED CITIZENS

 

Banyule City Council

Banyule City Council

Banyule City Council 2012

 

Bakewell Ward (1 vacancy, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs WALDRON, Carole

See Response Below

Mr HORTON, Peter

Did Not Respond

Dr DI PASQUALE, Mark

Did Not Respond

Mr PRATTEN, Richard

Did Not Respond

Mr CASSARINO, Mark

No Email Address Provided

Ms MACNEIL, Sandra

See Response Below

Mr POUND, David

See Response Below

Ms McCOLL, Karen-Joy

Did Not Respond

Mr BUTTERFIELD, Noel

Did Not Respond

 

 

Beale Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr PHILLIPS, Wayne

No Email Address Provided

Mr KEARNEY, Chris

Did Not Respond

 

 

Griffin Ward (1 vacancy, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HAMER, Paul

Did Not Respond

Ms NEELY, Kate

Did Not Respond

Mr MANDARANO, Giovanni

Did Not Respond

Mr BRIERS, Mark

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MULHOLLAND, Jenny

Did Not Respond

Mr KENNEY, Arthur

Did Not Respond

Mrs PAPADOPOULOS, Gina

Did Not Respond

Mr WALPOLE, Steve

Did Not Respond

 

 

Grimshaw Ward (1 vacancy, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CAR, Timothy

Did Not Respond

Mr BEARD, Frank

See Response Below

Mr FOX, Clive

See Response Below

Miss KNOWLES, Katarina

No Email Address Provided

Mr GAROTTI, Rick

Did Not Respond

Mr SCHOREL-HLAVKA, Gerrit Hendrik

See Response Below

WILDENBERG, Sharon

Did Not Respond

 

 

Hawdon Ward (1 vacancy, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr BRIFFA, Steven

Did Not Respond

Ms PAVLOVIC, Nancy

Did Not Respond

Mr CARBONE, David

Did Not Respond

Ms MURATORE, Rebecca

Did Not Respond

Mr MAGNER, Damian

Did Not Respond

 

 

Ibbott Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr MELICAN, Tom

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Olympia Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr GABOW, Ismail

No Email Address Provided

Mr FARAH, Omar

Did Not Respond

Mr LANGDON, Craig

Did Not Respond

Mr BUENEMANN, Anton

No Email Address Provided

Mr DIXON, Chris

Did Not Respond

Ms TERPSTRA, Sonja

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Banyule City Council 2012: 38


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Carole Waldron - Appropriate Venues

David Pound - Lack of venues

Sandra Macneil - I believe Banyule council does encourage music from a broad sector of the community to participate in festivals and local activities. There is always room to widen that involvement

Clive Fox - Damn pokies!

Frank Beard - The Venues Supervision &Drugs

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka - While not particularly seeking to single out Banyule, over regulation is an issue. I used to take my children (when young) to outdoor music venues and so understand the value of them.

Sonja Terpstra - Costs of accessing live venues and limited options around live venues.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Carole Waldron – Yes. I would like to support community choirs and community bands and if feasible a community orchestra

David Pound - Yes

Sandra Macneil - Yes.

Clive Fox - Yes.

Frank Beard - Maybe.

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka – Maybe. Depending what is pursued in Banyule City Council considering residents needs also.

Sonja Terpstra - Yes.


Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Carole Waldron - Yes

David Pound - Don't know

Sandra Macneil - Yes.

Clive Fox - No

Frank Beard - Don't know

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka - yes

Sonja Terpstra - Yes.

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Carole Waldron - Don't know. appropriate venues which do not conflict with others reasonable expectations seems to me a better approach

David Pound – yes.

Sandra Macneil - Yes.

Clive Fox - Yes.

Frank Beard - Don't know

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka – Don’t know. The agent of change must be coordinated with local rights and benefits where a venue is held and must be a combined strategy.

Sonja Terpstra - Yes.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Carole Waldron - Don't know

David Pound - Don't know

Sandra Macneil - Yes. There are some environmental issues that must be respected

Clive Fox – No.

Frank Beard – Yes. My Electorate is mainly older area with possibilty of less than30% of teenagers

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka – No.

Sonja Terpstra – Don't know

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Carole Waldron - Community choir competitions  Musical Drama festival

David Pound - Increase initiatives for under 18 no alcohol events  Increased advertising for school musical events

Clive Fox - I would like to see a downsizing of the number of pokies and pokie venues in our city and the return of the lounge bar and live venue rooms, of which all to many have been filled with pokies (Doncaster Inn, Sentimental Bloke etc).

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka - Agent of Change to partner with local residents to combine their interest.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Carole Waldron - Don't know. If elected I will research this issue

David Pound - Don't know

Sandra Macneil - Don't know

Clive Fox - Yes

Frank Beard - Don't know

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka - Don't know

Sonja Terpstra - Don't know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Carole Waldron – Yes. Providing there is no disruption to other existing requirements

David Pound - Yes

Sandra Macneil – yes. With under age events there must be adequate suppervision

Clive Fox – Yes. With appropriate charges and insurance cover.

Frank Beard – Yes. Yes if it was in suitable surroundings

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka - Don't know. All depends upon what extend ity may be required considering associated cost, etc. For local under-age events I would support this.

Sonja Terpstra – Yes.

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Carole Waldron - Music is a wonderful way to engage and unify communities

Clive Fox - BRING BACK THE LIVE VENUE

Frank Beard - Councils have limited finances & all groups expect support from them but complain when rates go up.

Gerrit Hendrik Schorel-Hlavka - As with everything it must be balanced to the needs of those desiring to use music and those living in the area. In some area's the remoteness allows a greater freedom and in other it doesn't. No fast rule can therefore exist. I am concerned as to developers trying to make a quick buck and ignoring that new residents may have to face certain noise levels they were never forewarned about. I would therefore favour that it should be mandatory for new residents to be informed as to avoid complaints afterwards.

 

Bass Coast Shire Council

Bass Coast Shire Council

Bass Coast Shire Council 2012

 

Anderson Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CHAPPELL, Andy

No Email Address Provided

Mr DREW, Bradley

Did Not Respond

Mrs SAGE, Miranda

Did Not Respond

 

 

Churchill Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr. WRIGHT, Phil

No Email Address Provided

Mr BARLOW, Gareth

See Response Below

Mrs TALBOT, Caroline

Did Not Respond

 

 

Hovell Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr RANKINE, Neil

Did Not Respond

Ms HARRISON, Jessica

No Email Address Provided

Mr BROWN, Alan

No Email Address Provided

Mr DUSCHER, John

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Leadbeater Ward (1 vacancy, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr LORD, Simon

No Email Address Provided

Mr MARSHALL, Daniel

Did Not Respond

Ms BENBOW, Zena

Did Not Respond

Mrs LE SERVE, Clare

Did Not Respond

Mr TRIGG, David

See Response Below

 

 

McHaffie Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr FODEN, Peter J.

Did Not Respond

Miss BROWN, Kimberley

Did Not Respond

Mr FENECH, Gabby

No Email Address Provided

Mr SMITH, Grant

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Thompson Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SCHINKEL, Maurice

No Email Address Provided

Mr PHILLIPS, Andrew

No Email Address Provided

Mr. PAUL, Peter J.

Did Not Respond

 

 

Townsend Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr THORROWGOOD, Roger

See Response Below

Mr. SMITH, Ross

No Email Address Provided

Dr HOOPER, Murray

Did Not Respond

Ms CRUGNALE, Jordan

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Bass Coast Shire Council 2012: 26


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Gareth Barlow - Lack of population means most of our possible venues struggle to even open their doors in Winter and the seasonal patrons are of unpredictable taste.

David Trigg – Venues

Roger Thorrowgood - Shortage of avenues to foster young players into a working career, either professional or semi professional

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Gareth Barlow – Maybe. A strategy sits under a Policy.   An Arts Policy is a better initiative, music being one of the Arts.   Councillors develop Policy.   Staff develop Strategy.         

David Trigg - Yes.

Roger Thorrowgood - Yes.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Gareth Barlow - Yes

David Trigg - Yes.

Roger Thorrowgood - Yes.

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Gareth Barlow - Yes

David Trigg - Yes.

Roger Thorrowgood - Yes.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Gareth Barlow - No

David Trigg - No

Roger Thorrowgood – Don’t know.

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Gareth Barlow - We have more major Events than any other Rural Shire.   We need more Music Festivals and in particular some ideas on how we can attract them in the Winter months.

Roger Thorrowgood - Annual acoustic/singer-songwriter festival

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Gareth Barlow – No. Nor will there be.  We have hundreds of kilometres of unmade roads.   This is a metrocentric question, relevant in Melbourne but not so in the bush.   I'm more than happy to fund all the Arts better if someone can just show me where the money is coming from.

David Trigg – No           

Roger Thorrowgood - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Gareth Barlow – Don’t know. We had substantial damage every time an under age event was held, which is why we no longer host them.   But I'm happy to look at ways to provide rehearsal and recording spaces, and for Council Halls to be used for performance as long as Security is adequate.

David Trigg – Yes         

Roger Thorrowgood - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Gareth Barlow – Go hard!

Roger Thorrowgood - I am a musician myself, so I am keen to promote all things musical in a regional area which has at times been a little lacking in musical options.

 

Baw Baw Shire Council

Baw Baw Shire Council

Baw Baw Shire Council 2012

 

Drouin Ward (2 vacancies, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr COOK, Keith

No Email Address Provided

Mr BRENNAN, Neil

Did Not Respond

Ms JONES, Tricia

Did Not Respond

Mr WILLIAMSON, Terry

Did Not Respond

Mr MARKS, Roger A.

See Response Below

 

 

Mount Worth Ward (2 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HONEY, Ian

Did Not Respond

Mr STROUD, Terry

No Email Address Provided

Mr RANKIN, Brian

No Email Address Provided

Mr COOK, Murray

Did Not Respond

Mr KOSTOS, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mr HARRINGTON, Bill

See Response Below

 

 

North Ward (2 vacancies, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr BALFOUR, David

Did Not Respond

Mrs BROWN, Deborah Mary

Did Not Respond

Mr SHORT, Darren

No Email Address Provided

Ms NEIL, Mel

See Response Below

 

 

Warragul Ward (3 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr VAN MEURS, Hans

See Response Below

Mr VAN KAATHOVEN, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr GAUCI, Joe

Did Not Respond

Mr GROGAN, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr MURPHY, Gerard

No Email Address Provided

Ms POWER, Mikaela

See Response Below

Mrs BLACKWOOD, Diane

See Response Below

Mr FLEMING, Mick

Did Not Respond

Mr ANDERSON, Geoff

See Response Below

Dr GRANT, Julie

See Response Below

Mr CLARK, Ian

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Baw Baw Shire Council 2012: 26


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Roger Marks – My decision to run for Council was rather late, so I have not had time to to study this aspect of community life.  I know that we get quite a variety of music here but not the top flight as we cannot afford it being a small rural community. All I can say is that good music is always welcome.

Bill Harrington – Availability of suitable venues for small presentations

Murray Cook – Planning restrictions

Mel Neil – A strong supportive network for organising events  Isolation in a rural setting  Difficulty in getting police assistance if required

Julie Grant – Financial viability and an ageing and dwindling pool of volunteers to help run these venues.

Diane Blackwood – Central Location

Geoff Anderson – Please let me know

Hans van Meurs – Shrinkage of the discretionary expenditure.  Preconceived ideas of what is entertaining in any genre.

Mikaela Power - There are not enough musicians or live music venues - it's a rural municipality with several small towns. Venues are either pubs, local halls or the one large theatre in the shire.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Roger Marks – Yes

Bill Harrington – Yes. Baw Baw shire is presently developing an arts policy (updated version)

Murray Cook – Yes. We have a fantastic Regional Performing  Arts Centre in Warragul.

Mel Neil – Yes. This could form part of an overall event strategy for tourism and the visiting friends and relatives market

Julie Grant – Yes. Baw Baw Shire Council already has an arts and culture strategy which is currently being reviwed and updated.

Diane Blackwood – Yes.

Geoff Anderson – Yes

Hans van Meurs – Yes. I am an active volunteer in promoting live acoustic music in a restored church in Warragul. We have put on stunning performances with the help of sponsors and State Government.  We need council endorsement, not money, at a basic level so people understand that they have an economical, quality and eclectic music program at their doorstep.

Mikaela Power – Maybe. Lots (more than usual) pressure on the budget due to roads, super bill & unplanned works to the municipal tip.

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Roger Marks – Yes.

Bill Harrington – Yes.

Murray Cook – Yes.

Mel Neil – Yes.

Julie Grant – No

Diane Blackwood – No

Geoff Anderson – No

Hans van Meurs – No

Mikaela Power - No


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Roger Marks – Yes

Bill Harrington – Yes

Murray Cook – Yes

Mel Neil – Yes

Julie Grant – No. If you are talking about late-license premises being able to exceed safe noise levels in mixed use zones, no I don't support you.

Diane Blackwood – Yes.

Geoff Anderson – Don’t know. I would answer yes but would have to qualify my answer based on specific information of venues. neighbors, etc etc. Cannot answer yes or no to this without case to case information

Hans van Meurs – Don't know

Mikaela Power – Yes. Sounds like a good idea

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Roger Marks – No

Bill Harrington – No.

Murray Cook – Yes. A centralisation approach to events and an environment that makes it more difficult for volunteers. Public liability and insurance is also a problem.

Mel Neil – No

Julie Grant – No.

Diane Blackwood – No.

Geoff Anderson – Yes. I am aware of the need for consideratiion of neighbors, other residents, traffic management, including parking etc.

Hans van Meurs – No

Mikaela Power – Yes. Some of the council's rules and regs around events would probably apply. They're not for the fainthearted first time around, but I've heard it gets easier with time ...

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Bill Harrington – Support of the Warragul estedford. Included in the last budget was the "fee free" permit for street buskers

Murray Cook – In difficult financial times it is important to prioritise and help those who show initiative and a passion to do ' their Thing '.

Mel Neil – Social media support through Council Website and Media  Youth Strategy including a music event  Talent event for young musicians  Connection to existing art and culture initiatives

Diane Blackwood – Finding suitable venues with pre approval

Geoff Anderson – You tell me!

Hans van Meurs – Youthful music groups crossing boundaries on regional tours (Get out of the city).   Generation spanning music groups (get out of one generation).  Genre crossing - Pop/jazz?

Mikaela Power - Support any community moves to promote and play live music. The council also supports the largest venue directly, which hosts shows from all over the place (theatre and comedy, as well as music)

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Roger Marks – Don't know

Bill Harrington – Yes

Murray Cook – No. See Q.9

Mel Neil – No

Julie Grant – Yes

Diane Blackwood – No

Geoff Anderson – Don't know

Hans van Meurs – Yes. Arts funding is really a state government responsibility, the council funding should not include funding of music events unless they have wide community benefit. (Venues and organisation not groups or shows)

Mikaela Power – Don’t know. Don't know for sure, but it probably hasn't been the biggest priority and is likely to be cut further if some candidates follow through on their pre-election statements

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Roger Marks – yes. Council buildings are there for the public 's benefit, not the Councils.

Bill Harrington – Yes

Murray Cook – Yes. See Q9. There are so many under utilised halls in our area.

Mel Neil – Yes

Julie Grant – Yes

Diane Blackwood – Yes

Geoff Anderson – Yes. My general answer is "yes" but I would have also to consider impact on redidents, etc.

Hans van Meurs – Yes. Council owned facilities are generally under utilized.  Minimum fees should apply to musicians rehearsal.

Mikaela Power – Yes.

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Roger Marks – I appreciate all the hard work put in by various individuals and bodies who provide such a varied range of music for the enjoyment of the residents here. There seems to be a "can do" attitude by people who want to make music.

Bill Harrington – As chair of our shire's Arts and Culture advisory committee, I have worked to promote the arts throughout our shire, especially with the future development of an art gallery.

Murray Cook – Keep at it!

Mel Neil – Music is food for the soul

Diane Blackwood – We have a great performing Art centre that I fully support and encourage the use of by all Arts and cultural groups.

Geoff Anderson – I like to rip a few chords out of the button accordian now and then - preferably in the mountains and out of others earshot!   Generally I am supportive of your interetss but need to consider the mutu needs of others.

Hans van Meurs – Council information and their public events should showcase the quality and breath of available musical talent in the wider Victorian community.  A few thousand dollars on music can add so much to a public event such as a ceremony, a ball, a conference or a dinner. (I mean all genre, not pop)

Mikaela Power - Good idea to run the survey. I've answered these questions to the best of my ability, as I'm a first-time candidate and haven't been privy to the council budget process...

 

Bayside City Council

Bayside City Council

Bayside City Council 2012

 

Central Ward (3 vacancies, 20 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HARTNEY, Stephen

Did Not Respond

Miss NEWELL, Michaela

See Response Below

Mr KIRK, Mitchell

No Email Address Provided

Mr NYAGUY, Robbie

Did Not Respond

Ms FREDERICO, Felicity

See Response Below

Mr PAGE, Neville Laurence

See Response Below

Ms LINCOLN, Clare Victoria

See Response Below

Mr LOWE, Bruce

See Response Below

Mr THOMAS, Norm

Did Not Respond

Mr HOULT, Brandon

Did Not Respond

Mr SHELLEY, Bruce

No Email Address Provided

Mr LONGMORE, Vere

No Email Address Provided

Mr ARNHOLD, Ern

See Response Below

Mr SCAVONE, Michael

See Response Below

Ms COOPER-SHAW, Louise

No Email Address Provided

Mrs WALCH, Nola

Did Not Respond

Ms CASTELLI, Sonia

No Email Address Provided

Mr HANLIN, Mike

No Email Address Provided

Mr CARLI, Damon

See Response Below

Mr LONG, James

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Northern Ward (2 vacancies, 16 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HARDGRAVE, Nicholas

No Email Address Provided

Mrs De SOUZA, Debra Maria

Did Not Respond

Mr STEVENS, Jack Drummond

No Email Address Provided

Mr HEFFERNAN, Michael John

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MORSE, Allison

Did Not Respond

Ms FOTIADES, Alissa

Did Not Respond

Ms CATIPOVSKI, Celena

Did Not Respond

Mr HAYES, Clifford

Did Not Respond

Mr DAVIDSON, Thomas Maxwell

No Email Address Provided

Ms WESTWOOD, Cassandra

No Email Address Provided

Mr BASSANETTI, Zach

See Response Below

Ms PANDELIDES, Kaela Katherine

No Email Address Provided

Mr BASTIAAN, Marcus

See Response Below

Mr BURNS, David

No Email Address Provided

Mr FREDMAN, Joel Timothy

No Email Address Provided

Mr DEL PORTO, Alex

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Southern Ward (2 vacancies, 12 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr KOFFSOVITZ, Kornel

No Email Address Provided

Mr EDDIEHAUSEN, Graeme

Did Not Respond

Mr HUNT, Darrin

No Email Address Provided

Mr EVANS, Laurence

See Response Below

Mr WILSON, Wayne Steven

No Email Address Provided

Mr KNIGHT, John

Did Not Respond

Mr WILSON, Orrin Stephen

Did Not Respond

Mr RUSSELL, Simon Thomas

Did Not Respond

Mrs STEWART, Heather

Did Not Respond

Miss RUSSELL, Olivia

No Email Address Provided

Mr NORRIS, Michael

See Response Below

Ms ANDREWS, Marian

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Bayside City Council 2012: 48


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Damon Carli - Rising rental costs at venues; complaints related to noise

Michael Scavone – Nothing

Ern Arnhold - The lack of support for students and small not for profit companies that are attempting to support the more traditional arts  eg classical opera, musicals and musicians to form small to larger orchestras'

Neville Page - The use of recorded music.   This lessens the work of live artists and also those that actually do have recordings have the issue of having their work played without any compensation.

Clare Lincoln - Good venues and affordable venues and providing a wide variety of opportunities for musicians and would be musicians form the locality and elsewhere

Felicity Frederico - Lack of infrastructure  Aging infrastructure  Lack of opportunity

Michaela Newell - The lack of venues, though thankfully The Tote is still around and new venues are slowly opening their doors around this neck of the woods.

Bruce Lowe - Closure of small music venues

Marcus Bastiaan - Venues to play to locals and accessibility to cultural grants.

Zach Bassanetti - Diverse locations for local and emerging artists to play

Michael Norris - Rehearsal spaces, performing opportunities.

Laurence Evans - Whilst not being an expert in this field , I would rely on finding out more information from young musicians that I know. I do believe that in this form of the Arts (like a lot of forms of the Arts) are underpaid for the years of Schooling or preparatory work they undertake to reach their level of competence.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Damon Carli - Maybe.

Michael Scavone - Yes.

Ern Arnhold – Yes.  My concern is not with individuals, but with developing groups with more classical aspirations

Neville Page – Yes. Many councils now have a policy of spending a % of a community building cost on local artwork. Surely music is a form of art where an individual's talent is expressed. I would love to see live artists (especially local ones) perform and council events and would be happy to make this a policy

Clare Lincoln - Yes.

Felicity Frederico - Yes.

Michaela Newell - Yes.

Bruce Lowe - Yes.

Marcus Bastiaan – Yes. Battle of the bands has always been a popular and safe under age event to promote music for younger residents, but I would like to see more offered to older musicians.If there was support I would like to help facilitate musical afternoons for senior residents which would be an opportunity for musicians to reach new audiences and refine their craft.

Zach Bassanetti - Yes.

Michael Norris – Yes. Only as part of a general performing arts strategy. I consider singing and theatre to be important parts of our social fabric.

Laurence Evans – Yes. Again I would like to explore this as I need to understand more of the issues that I do not understand

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Damon Carli - Yes

Michael Scavone - Don't know

Ern Arnhold - Yes

Neville Page - Yes

Clare Lincoln - Yes.

Felicity Frederico - No

Michaela Newell - Yes.

Bruce Lowe - No

Marcus Bastiaan - Yes

Zach Bassanetti - Yes.
Michael Norris – No
Laurence Evans - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Damon Carli - Don't know. Would need to discuss this idea further.

Michael Scavone - Yes

Ern Arnhold - Yes

Neville Page – Yes. The fact that a particular address has experienced almost total silence in the past should not mean that a new neighbour/operator should not be able to create some sound at a reasonable level at a reasonable time as long as the frequency of it is only intermittennt.

Clare Lincoln - Yes.

Felicity Frederico – Don’t know. Bayside does not have live music venues that impacts on residential amenity.  The (few) live music venues are not near residential areas.

Michaela Newell - Yes.

Bruce Lowe - Yes

Marcus Bastiaan – Yes. I would protect live music venues, but late night venues with poor liquore licensing compliance records I would not. Music is an integral element of any local community and I dont see any reason to stop this

Zach Bassanetti - Yes.

Michael Norris - Don't know

Laurence Evans - Don't know

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Damon Carli - No

Michael Scavone - No

Ern Arnhold - No

Neville Page - No

Clare Lincoln - Don't know

Felicity Frederico - No

Michaela Newell - Yes. EPA restrictions, parking issues, liquor licences, but all can be settled with dialogue and compromise.

Bruce Lowe - Yes

Marcus Bastiaan – Yes. Accessibility to funding

Zach Bassanetti - Yes. Local Council Regulations - Noise pollution rules regarding certain times music can be played

Michael Norris - No

Laurence Evans - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Damon Carli - Perhaps more partnerships developed between cafes/restaurants and music groups.

Ern Arnhold - my concern is not with individuals, but with developing groups with more classical aspirations

Neville Page - The main one is to openly aknowledge the communities appreciation of that form of the arts and to encourage it in the way I have said above by coucil engaging local artists at coucnil events.

Clare Lincoln - Encourage more music at Council sponsored or Council run events and provide more facilities for low cost or no cost

Felicity Frederico - Suporting and providing opportunities for youth - Carols, Food and wine festivals, Battle of the Bands etc.   Providing rehearsal space for the Bayside brass band.

Michaela Newell - We lost Khyats and several other live music venues in Bayside, which was a shame. As The Caravan Club and The Flying Saucer Club have shown, there is a demand for well run live music venues south of the Yarra. They're a great template for others to follow, with pre-existing but poorly frequented venues taking on a whole new lease on life and generating great audiences for new and old acts.

Bruce Lowe - Encouragement of music initiatives for youth

Marcus Bastiaan - Supporting already existing community events around music and culture and expanding the opportunities for musicians to connect with various groups within the community.

Zach Bassanetti - Designated area to have live music playing

Michael Norris - Wait for the strategy

Laurence Evans - I am a great lover of all types of Music (except Opera) and learnt the piano to grade 6 when I was young.however I still need more information to give an educative answer.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Damon Carli - No

Michael Scavone - Yes

Ern Arnhold - No

Neville Page - No

Clare Lincoln - No

Felicity Frederico - Yes

Michaela Newell – No. There is funding but I'm not sure it's well targeted.

Bruce Lowe - No

Marcus Bastiaan – Yes. But it needs to be better spread and available for all ages, not just young bands

Zach Bassanetti – Yes. There is funding available, but it is not well advertised
Michael Norris – No. Bayside has few discretionary funds.
Laurence Evans – No. Again, need more information

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Damon Carli - Don't know. Would need to discuss this further.

Michael Scavone - Yes

Ern Arnhold - Yes

Neville Page – Yes. As a community Arcihtect ihave designed many municipal buildings and have taken care to design Band rehearsal rooms wherever possible and put particular importance in ensuring they are independently accessible after hours. Once these facilities are built it is upto council to ensure that they get maximum use out of them.

Clare Lincoln - Yes

Felicity Frederico - Yes

Michaela Newell – Yes. Subject to all the usual rules and regulations.

Bruce Lowe - Yes

Marcus Bastiaan – Yes. We already have plenty of buildings, we just need to Open them up!

Zach Bassanetti - Yes

Michael Norris – Yes. In principle

Laurence Evans - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Neville Page - I know people that pursue a career in music find it incredibly difficult to make a livelihood out of it and those that succeed are not necessarily the best performers but those that have had the best opportunities so I am all in favour of giving them as many opportunities as possible

Marcus Bastiaan - I play Piano, Guitar and Sing! As an amateur musician myself I love talking and playing music. As a councilor I would like connect the music community better within Bayside and open up new audiences to appreciate all manner of music.

Zach Bassanetti - Live music and entertainment is an important part of local culture and we should continue to support and develop it.  

 

Benalla Rural City Council

Benalla Rural City Council

Benalla Rural City Council 2012

 

Benalla Rural City Council (7 vacancies, 9 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr KING, Justin R.

Did Not Respond

Mrs RICHARDS, Margaret

See Response Below

Mr DAVIS, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mrs CROCKER, Ellen

Did Not Respond

Mr VALE, Andrew

Did Not Respond

Mr JENKINS, Ross

Did Not Respond

Mrs MARTIN, Suzy

No Email Address Provided

Mr DUNN, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mrs ALEXANDER, Barbara

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Benalla Rural City Council 2012: 9


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Barbara Alexander - We do not have multiple acoustically sound venues.  BPACC is a good venue for performances.

Margaret Richards - Cost to attend

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Barbara Alexander - Maybe.

Margaret Richards – Yes. Our Performing Arts Complex and Art Gallery feature musical events supported by Council

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Barbara Alexander - No

Margaret Richards – Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Barbara Alexander - Yes

Margaret Richards - Yes

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Barbara Alexander - No

Margaret Richards – No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Barbara Alexander - As a small rural city we do a great deal to support music in our town. Our schools have wonderful music programs and we run an annual music competition on Australia Day for young people. We have many talented musicians perform at Prom concerts at our Regional Art Gallery.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Barbara Alexander - No

Margaret Richards - Don't know


Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Barbara Alexander - Yes

Margaret Richards - Yes

 

Boroondara City Council

Boroondara City Council

Boroondara City Council 2012

 

Bellevue Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs SHEEHY, Rebecca

No Email Address Provided

Mr PHIPPS, Simon

Declined to Participate 

Mr MILES, Brad

See Response Below

Mr PARKE, Jim

See Response Below

 

 

Cotham Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr BILA, Theo

See Response Below

Mr MICHAEL, Tony

Did Not Respond

Mr HILBERT, Tony

Did Not Respond

Mrs VOCE, Judith

See Response Below

Mr NORBURY, Charles

Did Not Respond

Mr HAYES, Geoff

Did Not Respond

 

 

Gardiner Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WOLF, Steve

Did Not Respond

Mrs BEVILACQUA, Hermina

No Email Address Provided

Ms ROSS, Coral

See Response Below

Mr USKHOPOV, Joseph

Did Not Respond

 

 

Glenferrie Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HURD, Steve

See Response Below

Mr SEARLE, James

See Response Below

Mr HENDERSON, Mark

Did Not Respond

 

 

Junction Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WEGMAN, Jack

Did Not Respond

Mrs BUTLER, Meredith

See Response Below

 

 

Lynden Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr QUICK, Ian

Did Not Respond

Dr KREUTZ, Heinz

Did Not Respond

 

 

Maling Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CAMPBELL, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr SAMSON, Scott

Did Not Respond

Dr ADDIS, Jane

See Response Below

Mr NOLAN, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr RODRIGO, Jacob

See Response Below

Dr SPRING, Stephen

Did Not Respond

 

 

Maranoa Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MALLIS, Philip

See Response Below

Mr BARTLETT, Ryan William

Did Not Respond

 

 

Solway Ward (1 vacancy, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Dr KELLEHER, Roslyn

Did Not Respond

Ms WILKE, Erika Luise

Did Not Respond

Ms WILLIAMS, Maree

Did Not Respond

Mr THOMPSON, Garry Peter

Declined to Participate 

Dr CHOW, Kevin

Did Not Respond

Mr LOCKWOOD, Andrew

No Email Address Provided

Mr STOLTZ, Will

See Response Below

 

 

Studley Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms PAMAMULL, Jacinta

Did Not Respond

Mr HEALEY, Phillip

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Boroondara City Council 2012: 38


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Brad Miles - Lack of suitable and affordable rehearsal space, secure storage space for bands and groups, and accessible local performance venues.

Jim Parke - The financial struggle of operating in lean times looms large amongst the challenges facing musicians and live music venues.

Judith Voce - Suitable venues for late night music entertainment particularly where it's accompanied by drinking of alcohol.  Inappropriate and anti-social behaviour of some patrons with attendant noise issues.

Bila Theo - 1- Short school education in music matters.  2- The perception of some segments of society that some musical venue are  attracting some unacceptable consequences etc.  3- The quality of music

Coral Ross - Availability of rehersal and performing spaces

Steve Hurd - As a singer songwriter access to venus for new talent is a big issue.  Distribution of ones work has become easier however getting the word out remains difficult.  In Glenferrie we have alot of venus but some are nightclubs and few live music hotels.

James Searle - Venues preferring to offer pokie machines and TAB services, with some even demolishing stages and performance areas.    Development is an ongoing threat, with residential developments being built close to venues

Meredith Butler - The reduction of public venues and the cost of using a venue

Jane Addis - I have little informed knowledge about this, but would be very happy to hear more from people who are actively involved within the area

Jacob Rodrigo - As a young person my work with the Boroondara Youth Services team has illustrated to me the issues facing young musicians in Boroondara are primarily gaining venues for practice and also gaining exposure to the industry as a whole.

Philip Mallis - While there are already many musical groups and support for musicians and live music venues in Boroondara, such as the Summer Music Series, I believe that more could be done. Better publicising events would be a key part of any policies and actions in this important area, especially for young people.

Will Stoltz - I believe that the arts are well resourced and well supported in my local area and I hope to maintain the opportunities we offer to young artists.

Cr Phillip Healey - Knowing what venues are now available and what will soon be availalble, and getting on touch with our orchestras and bands

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Brad Miles – yes. The City of Boroondara already has an Arts and Culture Strategy in place, of which I was an active supporter, and I will support its further development when it comes up for review in the forthcoming Council term.

Jim Parke – Yes. The Boroondara City Council Arts and Cultural Strategy is due for review in 2013.  The time has arrived to place greater emphasis on music as an integral part of that strategy.

Judith Voce – Yes. Boroondara already supports provision of free musical entertainment in the parks, plus encourages youth concerts and music at street festivals.

Bila Theo – Yes. If elected I will support good quality music as well as light good one.

Coral Ross – Yes. I was the behind Council developing an Arts Strategy, which includes music.

Steve Hurd – Yes. Boroondara have music in alot of our plans however we do not have any policies around live music other than noise regulations and local laws informant.  We have to go beyond that.

James Searle - Yes.

Meredith Butler - Yes.

Jane Addis – Maybe. Whether or not I would support a "music strategy" would be dependent upon what the people I was representing wanted. It would also depend upon the actual strategy.

Jacob Rodrigo - Yes.

Philip Mallis – Yes. Boroondara Council already has an Arts and Cultural Strategy with quite comprehensive coverage of arts and music issues.

Will Stoltz - Yes.

Cr Phillip Healey – No. We already have a recently developed Arts strategy and are bringing new venues on line over these two years.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Brad Miles - No

Jim Parke - Yes

Judith Voce - No

Bila Theo - Yes

Coral Ross - Yes

Steve Hurd - Yes

James Searle - Yes.

Meredith Butler - Yes.

Jane Addis - Don't know

Jacob Rodrigo - Yes.

Philip Mallis - Yes

Will Stoltz - Don't know

Cr Phillip Healey - Don't know


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Brad Miles – Don’t know. I am not in a position to make an informed comment.

Jim Parke - Yes

Judith Voce – Don’t know. I would support this change if there were adequate provisions to protect the interests of all parties to the outcome of any particular venue affected by change of use.

Bila Theo – Yes. Once again I will support and loby any authority in respect of proper avenues  where by the entrateining substance and bad bihavior are absent

Coral Ross - Yes

Steve Hurd – Yes. Would depend on the location of a venue I live very close to a live mdic venue and I do see problems with drunk people leaving late on sunday nights causing damage to property so there is another side to the argument.  Having said that however hotel owners could be required to provide better supervision of the exit stages of events.

James Searle - Yes. I was not aware of the Agent of Change issue previously but upon researching it I would support its implementation. The Greens have supported its implementation in other Council areas.

Meredith Butler - Yes. All neighbours need to live in harmony.  The hours of operation should enable this to occur as well as the sound proofing of a site.  The sensible use of amplification is also important.

Jane Addis - Don't know. I have too little understanding of the above the give you a proper answer.

Jacob Rodrigo – Don’t know. Recent changes to Victorian government legislation imply that any promises a prospective councillor makes mean that they must remove themselves from the vote on such a plan. Thus, as I wish to support music in Boroondara I must refrain from such promises, in order to best serve musicians and music lovers in Boroondara.

Philip Mallis – Yes. All people affected by and involved in issues around noise management for live music venues should be clearly and actively involved in any action(s) taken by the relevant authorities. All in all, this seems to be a fair and balanced policy.

Will Stoltz - Don't know

Cr Phillip Healey - Don't know. I cannot comitt to this due to legal challenges in the Local Government sector, but look at my track record and the opening of the Kew Court House and the commitments to the Hawthorn Town hall Arts centre redevelopment . Please reveiw page 20 of this attachment to understand why Councillors and Candidates have trouble pledging support.  http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/37954/SPARC_1_local_leadership.pdf

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Brad Miles - No

Jim Parke - No

Judith Voce – Yes. The need for provision of a permit to serve alcohol at an unlicenced venue.  The restricted use of sporting/community venues for holding music events, particularly at night.

Bila Theo - No

Coral Ross - No

Steve Hurd – Don’t know. laws around drinking, use of parks and open spaces and the development of the hawthorn town hall as a commuity venue.  I support a community recording studio to be constructed there.

James Searle - No

Meredith Butler - No

Jane Addis - Don't know

Jacob Rodrigo - No

Philip Mallis - No

Will Stoltz - No

Cr Phillip Healey - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Jim Parke - Boroondara City Council has some great live music venues like the Kew Court House and does a sterling job supporting events such as the annual Boroondara Eisteddfod.  A thorough review of council's Arts and Cultural Strategy should be undertaken in consultation with all key stakeholders.  The new strategy should be implemented with gusto!

Judith Voce - An audit of suitable venues and facilities within Boroondara to provide opportunities for all forms of entertainment if such information is not currently available.

Bila Theo - 1- My view is that anything to do with proper avenues well control and organised without affecting naighbourhood or the health of our youg people

Coral Ross - I am open to suggestions.    Would support use of Tuck Stand for band rehearsal space.

Steve Hurd - As I said a commuity recording studio in the redeveloped Hawthorn town hall.  Also a performing space like theone at Kew Court house.

James Searle - Council supported live music events targeted at youth, as well as safe underage events.    Improving the promotion of existing live music events and provision of community rehearsal spaces.

Jane Addis - Please tell me more

Jacob Rodrigo - Recent changes to Victorian government legislation imply that any promises a prospective councillor makes mean that they must remove themselves from the vote on such a plan. Thus, as I wish to support music in Boroondara I must refrain from such promises, in order to best serve musicians and music lovers in Boroondara.

Philip Mallis - Better publicising of the availability of venue hire in Boroondara. There are many fantastic venues out there that are available for community use, such as the Kew Court House, but many people are not aware that they are able to be hired out. I remember when I performed with the 'Fire on Strings' string quartet, we had some difficulty in finding resources about musical events and venue hire. Better communication of these opportunities would ensure a greater diversity of live music, arts and other cultural activities throughout the area.

Cr Phillip Healey - We have over $20 million invested in bringing cultural opportunities on line at Kew and Hawthorn. We have many internationally competitive bands and a number of orchestras. School facilities, churches and council facilities including parks are all being activated for music and performing arts.    We are quite well advanced for performing arts, and bringing the various performers together as these facilites open will be the next part. But this is alread part of our Arts and Culture strategy.


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Brad Miles - Yes

Jim Parke – Yes. There remains significant scope for council to better partner with the business community to support music events and extend community grants.

Judith Voce – Don’t know. I don't have current knowledge of funding opportunities in this area.

Bila Theo - Don't know

Coral Ross – Yes. Boroondara has a large small grants budget.

Steve Hurd – No. Boroondara does do a lot in the music and sporting fields however itis often directed at schools and not individual muso's or bands.

James Searle - No

Meredith Butler - Don't know. Given this lobby group only commenced in 2010 I have looked at the issues from it's viewpoint.  Very happy to take these issues into consideration and proactively support better outcomes and choices.

Jane Addis - Don't know

Philip Mallis – Yes. There are already many initiatives and much support given for music events in Boroondara, such as the prestigious Boroondara Eisteddfod.

Will Stoltz - Yes

Cr Phillip Healey - Yes

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Brad Miles - Yes

Jim Parke – Yes. Opportunities are wasted where council-owned facilities are not put to use for the community.  The City of Boroondara has a lead role in ensuring our residents experience the rich arts and cultural life they deserve.

Judith Voce – Yes. Subject to appropriate availability of such venues with conditions in place to protect the rights of surrounding residents and traders.

Bila Theo - Yes

Coral Ross - Neither yes nor no. Our buildings are at capacity. But should more become available then would support. Council is currently turning the Hawthorn Town Hall into an arts centre which will provide more space for the arts generall.

Steve Hurd - Yes

James Searle - Yes

Meredith Butler - Don't know. Within reason, Council owned facilities should be available to all residents in the municipality.

Jane Addis – Don’t know. Within reason, Council owned facilities should be available to all residents in the municipality.

Jacob Rodrigo – Don’t know. Recent changes to Victorian government legislation imply that any promises a prospective councillor makes mean that they must remove themselves from the vote on such a plan. Thus, as I wishe to support music in Boroondara I must refrain from such promises, in order to best serve musicians and music lovers in Boroondara.

Philip Mallis – Don’t know. I don't have enough information on this particular issue to make an informed judgement or decision.

Will Stoltz - Yes

Cr Phillip Healey – Don’t know. I cannot comitt to this due to legal challenges in the Local Government sector, but look at my track record and the opening of the Kew Court House and the commitments to the Hawthorn Town hall Arts centre redevelopment .

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Jim Parke - Effective, open administration is the cornerstone of my campaign.

Judith Voce - As a former Councillor I initiated the need for a performing arts centre in Boroondara.  The current Hawthorn Town Hall project is a result of my advocacy.

Jacob Rodrigo - As a young person running for council I am deeply aware of the need for support for music in Boroondara, and if elected, would be open to discuss such support, as I see it as key in serving the community of Boroondara and specifically, Maling Ward.

Cr Phillip Healey - Thank you for your interest. When I came to council, Boroondara spent very little on music and the performing Arts. I know that its not as easy to get money for music and performing arts as it is for sport, but we have started to adress that at Boroondara, and the opening of the Kew Court House and what is comming in the Hawthorn Town Hall redevelopment will start to address the gap. There is still much to be done, but I am glad to have been part of the change and that we know have facilities. We have an independently developed arts and culture strategy as well. We also support local artists through our community grants scheme.

 

Borough of Queenscliffe Council

Borough of Queenscliffe Council

Borough of Queenscliffe Council 2012

 

Queenscliffe Borough Council (5 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Ms SALTER, Susan

No Email Address Provided

Mr CHRISTIE, Graham

Did Not Respond

Mr RUSSELL, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Ms WASTERVAL, Sue

Did Not Respond

Mr MERRIMAN, Bob

Did Not Respond

Ms BUTLER, Hélène

Did Not Respond

Mr JONES, Gregory Denis

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Borough of Queenscliffe Council 2012: 7


No responses were received for this council.

 

Brimbank City Council

Brimbank City Council
Brimbank City Council is not having a general election this October. Administrators will remain in place until a general election is held in March 2015.

 

Buloke Shire Council

Buloke Shire Council

Buloke Shire Council 2012

 

Lower Avoca Ward (2 vacancies, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr POLLARD, David Thomas

Did Not Respond

Mr McLEAN, Stuart John

No Email Address Provided

Mr GETLEY, Alan Ronald

Did Not Respond

 

 

Mallee Ward (2 vacancies, 2 candidates)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr MATHER, Reid

No Email Address Provided

Mrs WHITE, Ellen

Did Not Respond

 

 

Mount Jeffcott Ward (3 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr MILNE, Graeme

No Email Address Provided

Mr TELLEFSON, Leo John

Did Not Respond

Mrs HOGAN, Bernadette

No Email Address Provided

Ms CROSBIE, Toni Kay

No Email Address Provided

Mr McLEAN, Murray T.

No Email Address Provided

Mrs SHARP, Gail D.

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Buloke Shire Council 2012: 11 

 

No responses were received for this council.

 

Campaspe Shire Council

Campaspe Shire Council

Campaspe Shire Council 2012

 

Echuca Ward (3 vacancies, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WILLIAMS, Peter Baker

Did Not Respond

Ms BRADBURY, Emma

Did Not Respond

Mr MACKRELL, Daniel

Did Not Respond

Mr CONWAY, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mr MURPHY, Tony

See Response Below

Mr PHILLIPS, Dick

Did Not Respond

Mr JARMAN, Paul

Did Not Respond

Ms MARTIN, Trish

Did Not Respond

Mr MADDISON, Ian

Did Not Respond

 

 

Kyabram-Deakin Ward (3 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr BERNER, Peter

See Response Below

Mr DANIELI, Robert

Did Not Respond

Mrs HOWELL, Carol

Did Not Respond

Mrs D'ANGELO, Rocchina

Did Not Respond

Mr PANKHURST, Neil

Did Not Respond

Mr ZOBEC, John

Did Not Respond

 

 

Rochester Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WILSON, Leigh G.

No Email Address Provided

Mr NEWMAN, Garry

Did Not Respond

 

 

Waranga Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs RILEY, Marion Elizabeth

Did Not Respond

Mr WESTON, Adrian

Did Not Respond

Mr FRANCIS, Geoff

Did Not Respond

 

 

Western Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CALLAWAY, Gregory

See Response Below

Mr TOLL, Greg

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Campaspe Shire Council 2012: 22


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Tony Murphy - Lack of funding and insurance

Peter Berner - Not a type of activity that is encouraged
Greg Callaway - Distances traveled to get to us.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Tony Murphy - Yes

Peter Berner - Yes.
Greg Callaway - Yes.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Tony Murphy - Yes.

Peter Berner – No
Greg Callaway - Yes.

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Tony Murphy - Yes.

Peter Berner - Don't know
Greg Callaway - Yes.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Tony Murphy - Yes. Historic port area local laws

Peter Berner – No
Greg Callaway - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Tony Murphy - finding suitable venues and locations

Peter Berner - I haven't thought about this
Greg Callaway - Rock & Roll festival

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Tony Murphy - No

Peter Berner – No
Greg Callaway - Don't know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Tony Murphy - Yes

Peter Berner – Yes
Greg Callaway - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Peter Berner - I am a musician and have been for most of my life, including over 20 years pro.
Greg Callaway - Earth with out art is "EH"

 

Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Shire Council 2012

 

Central Ward (4 vacancies, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MAXWELL, James Lindsay

See Response Below

Dr BLENKHORN, George

See Response Below

Mrs LEMPRIERE, Kate

See Response Below

Mr JOLLY, Geoff

No Email Address Provided

Mr ROSS, Collin

Did Not Respond

Mr CHATWIN, Ed

Did Not Respond

Ms VAN GRAMBERG, Vanessa Marie

See Response Below

Ms OWEN, Jodie

See Response Below

Mr GUINANE, Mark

Did Not Respond

 

 

Port Ward (2 vacancies, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms MANNING, Catherine

Did Not Respond

Mr MOORE, Graeme

Did Not Respond

Mr BROWN, Ray

Did Not Respond

Mr YOUNG, David

Did Not Respond

 

 

Ranges Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr LEGGE, Graeme Colvin

Did Not Respond

Mrs BAXTER, Tania

Did Not Respond

Mrs FULLER, Lee

See Response Below

Mr RUNGE, Garry

Did Not Respond

Mr ALEXANDER-HALE, Dennis

Did Not Respond

Mr OWEN, Brett

Did Not Respond

Mrs WILMOT, Leticia

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Cardinia Shire Council 2012: 20


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Vanessa Van Gramberg - 1. Lack of venues  2.Restriction on venue operating hours

Jodie Owen - The fact that there really are no venues for live music acts to perform in.

George Blenkhorn - In my 4 years on Council only one member of my electorate has contacted me re live music venues. This was in regard to excessive noise heard in nearby residences.  No issues facing  musicians have been raised with me by members of my electorate. I am available to speak to musicians in my Shire re their issues.

James Lindsay Maxwell - Lack of venues to play at.

Kate Lempriere - Lack of encouragement and local entertainment opportunities to perform after education completed. Lack of funding and live music venues

Lee Fuller - Affordable venues and advertising

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Vanessa Van Gramberg - Yes.

Jodie Owen - Yes.

George Blenkhorn – Maybe. I am happy to look at a proposal re the development of a council music strategy

James Lindsay Maxwell - Yes.

Kate Lempriere – yes, My record shows that I am a keen supporter, advocate and facilitator of both visual and performing arts and will always be so whether elected again or not.

Lee Fuller - Yes.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Vanessa Van Gramberg - Yes.

Jodie Owen - Yes.

George Blenkhorn - No

James Lindsay Maxwell – No

Kate Lempriere - Yes

Lee Fuller – No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Vanessa Van Gramberg - Yes.

Jodie Owen - Yes.

George Blenkhorn – Don’t know. As I am unaware of the 'Agent of Change' issue I am unable to comment

James Lindsay Maxwell – Yes. As a retired DJ of 10 years, I understand the important roll music plays in our lives. I wholly support live music venues and the communities attending these venues.

Kate Lempriere – Yes. In fairness to close surrounding residential occupation I would like to see live venues permits have implemented as part of their building or retro fit conditions double glazing windows and/or sound proofing insulation within the confines of the building to reduce noise pollution. It would benefit, musicians, patrons and residents and reduce complaints.

Lee Fuller - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Vanessa Van Gramberg - Yes.

Jodie Owen - No

George Blenkhorn - No

James Lindsay Maxwell - No

Kate Lempriere – Yes. Adequate parking

Lee Fuller - No


Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Vanessa Van Gramberg - Use of local musicians at Council events  Local Talent quests (battle of the Bands)  Supporting local musicians with business support as we should with any local enterprise.

Jodie Owen - More venues need to promote live music acts, especially so young up coming talents get the experience of performing to live audiences.

George Blenkhorn - We have had no initiatves put forward by our electorate

James Lindsay Maxwell - I will support all reasonable initiatives and venue applications for live music, as I believe access to live music is an important part of Australian culture.

Kate Lempriere - A public meeting within the area/s designated within the structure plans that may have new or retro infrastructure that will include venues.  Meeting with Council, sound technicians to determine acceptable sound levels within venues.  Council funded/supported different age groups music entertainment at different venues at different times of year determined by township committees and locally advertised on town noticeboards,local news letters and newspapers and of course the Council Internet or Facebook.

Lee Fuller - A roundtable with local musicians to hear first hand their issues and what opportunities already exist.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Vanessa Van Gramberg - No

Jodie Owen - No

George Blenkhorn - Yes

James Lindsay Maxwell - Don't know

Kate Lempriere - No

Lee Fuller - Yes


Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Vanessa Van Gramberg - Yes

Jodie Owen - Yes

George Blenkhorn – Yes. If we had suitable facilities available

James Lindsay Maxwell - Yes

Kate Lempriere – Yes

Lee Fuller - Yes


Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Vanessa Van Gramberg - In an area like Cardinia there is so much talent.  We have limited entertainment oppurtunities at present and I would like to see this changed.  Commonsense playes a big part here in insureing residents are not impacted negitively and that Musicians are given the oppurtunity to practice thier craft for the enjoyment of others.

James Lindsay Maxwell - I would like to hear from people interested in supporting music venues in the Cardinia shire and the town of Pakenham.

Kate Lempriere - GOOD LUCK I AM REALLY HAPPY TO SEE THIS PROACTIVE ACTION ON BEHALF OF PERFORMING ART. 

 

Casey City Council

Casey City Council

Casey City Council 2012

 

Balla Balla Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr LAMBERT, Gary

No Email Address Provided

Mr MOSELY, Derek

Did Not Respond

Mr ABLETT, Geoff

Did Not Respond

Ms SAHHAR, Linda

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Edrington Ward (2 vacancies, 18 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MORLAND, Mick

No Email Address Provided

Mr HETHERTON, Brian

See Response Below

Mr HASTIE, John Robert

Did Not Respond

Mr HALL, Michael

No Email Address Provided

Mrs POWELL, Carmen

Did Not Respond

ZARIF, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr ANDREWS, Chris

Did Not Respond

Mrs OWEN, Judy Patricia

Did Not Respond

FRASER, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Ms ACKERMAN, Kaye

No Email Address Provided

Mr STECKIS, Walter Vincent

Did Not Respond

Mr A'VARD, Wayne

No Email Address Provided

Mr HALL, Matthew

Did Not Respond

Mr WILLIAMSON, Peter

See Response Below

Mr CORNELIUS, Greg

See Response Below

Mrs WINGRAVE, Patricia

No Email Address Provided

Miss SEREY, Susan

Did Not Respond

Mr LUCAS, Neil B.

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Four Oaks Ward (2 vacancies, 22 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WALTERS, Alister

No Email Address Provided

Mrs CALDWELL, Kathryn

No Email Address Provided

Mr POORE, Michael

No Email Address Provided

Mr JANIK, Daniel

Did Not Respond

Mrs CRESTANI, Rosalie Bianca

See Response Below

Ms BAXTER, Karen

No Email Address Provided

Mr GLAZEBROOK, John

Did Not Respond

Mr FINN, Jason

No Email Address Provided

Mr BURGESS, Rohan W.

No Email Address Provided

Ms SHAW, Debbie

No Email Address Provided

Mrs BALMES, Shar

See Response Below

Mr BAXTER, Anthony

No Email Address Provided

Mr KAPLON, Rafal

Did Not Respond

Ms PAUL, Janine

Did Not Respond

Mr WILSON, Rob

Did Not Respond

Mr BOSANKO, Neil

Did Not Respond

RICHARDSON, Paul

Did Not Respond

Ms FAZAL, Roona

Did Not Respond

Ms JENSEN, Jessica

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MACKIE, Dianne

No Email Address Provided

Mr GREISS, Sami

No Email Address Provided

Mrs HASTIE, Beverley

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Mayfield Ward (2 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr ROWE, Gary James

Did Not Respond

Mr WARD, Rob

Did Not Respond

Mrs LOKOT, Suzanne

Did Not Respond

Mr KENMURE, Jamie

Did Not Respond

Mrs MEDLEY, Deborah Margaret

No Email Address Provided

Miss HALSALL, Rebecca

No Email Address Provided

Ms STAPLEDON, Amanda

Did Not Respond

Mr BRADFORD, Kevin

See Response Below

Mr WALLIKER, Simon Anthony

See Response Below

Miss KAHLON, Manmeet Kaur

Did Not Respond

Mr GILL, Avtar Singh

Did Not Respond

Mrs BLAKE, Rosemary

Did Not Respond

MAYNE, Ronald

Did Not Respond

Mr FINNE-LARSEN, Mark

No Email Address Provided

 

 

River Gum Ward (2 vacancies, 16 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SMITH, Wayne

Did Not Respond

Mr SINGH, Jatinder

Did Not Respond

BEARDON, Steve

No Email Address Provided

Mr CERNA, Lehi

See Response Below

Mr PAGE, Garry

No Email Address Provided

Mr HUTTON, Craig W.

Did Not Respond

Mr FONSEKA, Gamini

Did Not Respond

Mr GOMEZ, Ryan

Did Not Respond

Ms DUNLEAVY, Angela

Did Not Respond

Mr BELLIAN, Rob

See Response Below

Mr ROSARIO, Damien

Did Not Respond

Mrs HALSALL, Michele

Did Not Respond

Mrs PADAYACHEE, Perla

Did Not Respond

Ms KELEHER, Lynette

See Response Below

Mrs GWIZDZIL, Halina

Did Not Respond

Mr NAWAGAMUWAGE, Kushan Randika

Did Not Respond

 

 

Springfield Ward (2 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms WASS, Jo

No Email Address Provided

Mrs BERKELMANS, Louise

See Response Below

Mr BURNS, Robert

No Email Address Provided

Mrs COCHRANE, Mary-Jo

No Email Address Provided

Ms MICHAEL, Rania

No Email Address Provided

Mr VAN DER END, Alex

See Response Below

Dr JOSEPH, Barbara

No Email Address Provided

Miss SHERRING, Carly

Did Not Respond

Mr FLANNERY, Rex

See Response Below

Mr HALSALL, Bob

Did Not Respond

Mr AZIZ, Sam

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Casey City Council 2012: 85

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Greg Cornelius - Marketing of venues and supportive finance to make a successful event.

Brian Hetherton - Lack of Venues

Peter Williamson - Clearly not enough venues, not enough festivals and very little encouragement

Rosalie Crestani - Music Hall space.  Currently there are definitely venues available, but a  capacity for larger concerts and events would complete an important asset in Casey.

Shar Balmes - A serious lack of adequate performing venues.  We have several small theatres but nothing that seats over 500.  This limits orchestras, visiting artists and even music schools from the opportunity to showcase their talents (or raise money) to a sizeable audience.

Simon Anthony Walliker - The biggest issue would be being relegated to backyards and garages with little or no opportunity for performance.

Kevin Bradford - Lack of of places to rehearse and the cost of hiring places to rehearse and perform.

Lynette Keleher - School music programmes are inadequately funded and lack of venues.

Rob Bellian - Insufficent facilities that promote and  support promoting the Arts and Cultural achievements within the City of Casey.

Louise Berkelmans - Lack of live music facilities with quality venues

Alex van der End - Lack of forward planning for a sustainable business and residential community living together.  No-one on council seems to act in the interest of small businesses, nor do they seem to have any business experience.  As a local resident and business owner, I plan to be a voice for small business inside council.

Rex Flannery - Not enough venues for big gig's and the pay rates are not that good.Having a niece in the music industry, I know how far she travel's for such little return.There are also so many new bands and singers coming into the industry which makes it tough to find work.

Lehi Cerna -  First of all, I feel we don’t have enough live music venues in our municipality! This in itself would be one of the biggest issues facing musicians.

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Greg Cornelius – Yes. The community needs some time out from time to time and through music can bring the community together, over summer it would be nice to have theme day or nights in our parks, how good would it be family and friends picnic in the park with a little Jazz or Blus or any type of music for the community to enjoy. City of Casey in Pioneers Park Berwick has a Rotary Rotunda...absolutly fabulous for open air music venues over the summer. Getting kids involved also helps our community and involves families.

Brian Hetherton – Yes.

Peter Williamson – Yes. The fabric of our community needs an injection of fresh ideas and i will absolutely champion the chamber for more music flavoured topics of discussion.

Rosalie Crestani – Maybe. I would need to look closer at what is outlined in that strategy and the funding required.  The idea I support.

Shar Balmes - Yes.

Simon Anthony Walliker – Yes. I would look into areas for practice, workshops, and regular concerts. Investigate opportunities for in doors and out, regular and underage gigs. Create a busking culture.

Kevin Bradford - Maybe.

Lynette Keleher – Yes. Absolutely. My kids are musicians and this will grow many local opportunities

Rob Bellian – Yes. Absolutely of significant importance and part of my plan over the next 4 years is to deliver an Arts & Culturla centre for performances within the community and promotor the facility to attract outside interest to Casey.

Louise Berkelmans - Yes.

Alex van der End – Maybe. As long as the strategy is considerate of both sustainable business and residential futures, yes.

Rex Flannery – Yes. A scholarship program could be added to the council buget. I am also in favour of  a music festival to be held in Casey.for young people.

Lehi Cerna - Yes! I have actually mentioned it throughout my campaign and I’m not saying it just here. I feel music is an important part of the community. I used to played in the school band and also played the organ / piano at the local church for nearly 10 years. I would not only welcome but also push a council music strategy.

 Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Greg Cornelius - Don't know

Brian Hetherton - No

Peter Williamson - Yes

Rosalie Crestani - Don't know

Shar Balmes - Yes.

Simon Anthony Walliker - No

Kevin Bradford - No

Lynette Keleher - No

Rob Bellian – Yes

Louise Berkelmans - Don't know

Alex van der End - Yes

Rex Flannery - Yes

Lehi Cerna - No. I’m not too aware of the details of ‘Agent of Change’.

 Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Greg Cornelius – Yes. Would support Music Victoria, my view is too many laws restric our freedom, obviously varoius music has different levels of sound and accept that, but a more softer, jazz/blues music would be appropriate in a parkland with residents near by and a rock band would require a footbal oval for example and would most likely have sound distance to residence. the music needs to fit the venue.

Brian Hetherton - Yes

Peter Williamson - Yes

Rosalie Crestani - Don't know. In theory, yes, but I would need to look at how that affects everyone.

Shar Balmes - Yes.

Simon Anthony Walliker – Yes. We require a live music venue.

Kevin Bradford - Yes

Lynette Keleher – Yes. Absolutely. I lobbied for a performing arts theatre at a local high school. Now both high schools in my ward have them. I am encouraging the music coordinator to start up an open mic night to showcase and support local talent

Rob Bellian – Yes

Louise Berkelmans - Yes

Alex van der End – Don’t know. I believe that council needs to not be simply another level of government.  Too many times issues other than rates, road and rubbish take up valuable time inside council and has no real benefit for the rate-paying businesses and residents.  Council should not be used as a lobbying organisation.

Rex Flannery - Yes

Lehi Cerna - Yes. I would be happy to support any acceptable and responsible motion and process to advance music.

 Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Greg Cornelius - No

Brian Hetherton - No

Peter Williamson - No

Rosalie Crestani – Yes. How late a venue can continue playing music, however that may be an aspect of agent of change??

Shar Balmes - No

Simon Anthony Walliker - Don't know

Kevin Bradford - No

Lynette Keleher – Yes. lack of open air venues - residential areas but there are some in neighbouring wards

Rob Bellian - No

Louise Berkelmans – Yes. The enforcement of the popes rule. Where organizers of an event must pay council afee for providing live entertaiment

Alex van der End – No.

Rex Flannery - Don't know

Lehi Cerna - No, I’m not aware of any issues.

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Greg Cornelius - Council to appoint through its resources an identity to have a main point of communication with music groups and co-ordinate group meeting for open discussion and can report back to council on best options and funding for support and document process and present to council for formal funding.

Brian Hetherton - Live concerts.  Employment of local artists at all council functions and events

Peter Williamson - I will encourage the High eateries to invest in more live music and will encourage "drop in and play" venues to open. I want Berwick on the map as a place to visit and believe food wine and music will be the vehicle of change.

Rosalie Crestani - Large Conference centre/music venue/theatre

Shar Balmes - Other than continuing (as I have done for the past 4 years) advocating and pushing for the development of a substantial performing arts theatre, I would like to see our performers register (a listing of local performers listed on Councils website that we access for all Civic functions) promoted so that community members are aware of the abundance of outstanding talent we have locally.

Simon Anthony Walliker - Create incentives to businesses that book local artists, and issue free busking permits to local residents who apply.

Kevin Bradford - Introduction of 'Free' to use, rehearsal studios in areas convieniantly built near public transport hubs

Lynette Keleher - open mic nights, forming a local community support group and inviting local musos to mentor kids. Working closely with the schools

Rob Bellian - I have stated in my public statement that I am interested in developing these sort of inititiatives.

Alex van der End - As previously stated, a new approach in council should focus on the sustainable interests of both businesses and residents.  Thriving businesses will produce local employment for residents, which in turn benefits the whole community.

Rex Flannery - I would like to see a music festival to be held in the City of Casey

Lehi Cerna - I would want to see support for upcoming musicians. Grants, a dedicated website telling people about their concerts and music, an annual concert to introduce talent (not a competition to see them facing off each other, although it’s fine, I would like to see a concert to introduce talent).

 Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Greg Cornelius – Don’t know.

Brian Hetherton - No

Peter Williamson - No

Rosalie Crestani – No. As far as I know

Shar Balmes – No. Though I have said "No", Casey is very supportive of the arts and encurages music events with community grants and Council staff, however given the influence and importance of music in our society, and the benefits of learning, performing and listening to the diverse genres of music, there may never be enough support.

Simon Anthony Walliker – No. It appears little is done in this area.

Kevin Bradford - No

Lynette Keleher – No. More will always be welcome but there has to be the community interest as well. We need to develop local talent. My daughter is studying singing and has to sing in city venues to get experience. It is dangerous for her to travel late at night so local venue support must be encouraged.

Rob Bellian - No

Louise Berkelmans - No

Alex van der End – Yes.

Rex Flannery - Don't know

Lehi Cerna - No. That’s why I have saying for a while that we need to spend on it.

 Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Greg Cornelius – Yes. Through a council manager

Brian Hetherton - Yes

Peter Williamson - Yes

Rosalie Crestani – yes. In theory yes

Shar Balmes – Yes. Definitely!

Simon Anthony Walliker – Yes. Absolutely

Kevin Bradford - Yes

Lynette Keleher – Yes. We do have the Music Rehearsal Factory but there need to be more venues scattered throughout the ward within easy access of youth and elderly musos too!

Rob Bellian – Yes

Louise Berkelmans – Don’t know

Alex van der End – Don’t know. Within reason - yes

Rex Flannery – Yes. Young people need all the help they can get, and I would support this.

Lehi Cerna - Yes! 100%! Some musicians in effect become self-employed, or sole traders, we should therefore support as small businesses and provide them every opportunity we can to propel into success. At the same time, we are portraying local art and getting the city to come together through support of music.  

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Greg Cornelius - Great to hear from you and love your passion.

Peter Williamson - Thank you for helping spread the word

Rosalie Crestani - Thank you.  Music is an important aspect of life

Simon Anthony Walliker - It has been said that the arts is a necessary component to inspiring a productive and inventive society. With out it we have a board society wandering aimlessly. Thank you for the music.

Lynette Keleher - Thank you for your survey and if re-elected it will be good to connect with you to start lobbying.

Alex van der End - A vote for me at the upcoming Council Elections will ensure a voice for small business as well as residents.  Without thriving businesses, the City will not thrive nor reach its full potential.

Rex Flannery - If I get elected I would love to work together for the improvement of live music.

 Lehi Cerna - Not only would I like to see increased support of the musicians discussed here, but music in general. For example a better organised participation of city choirs and some how council involvement in music promotion in local school.  

Central Goldfields Shire Council

Central Goldfields Shire Council

Central Goldfields Shire Council 2012

 

Flynn Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SMITH, John

Did Not Respond

Mr THOONEN, Peter

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Maryborough Ward (4 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms NIXON, Paula

No Email Address Provided

Mr DIX, Brendan

No Email Address Provided

Mr LOVETT, Geoff

No Email Address Provided

Mrs COLLICOAT, Narrina

No Email Address Provided

Ms CONSTABLE, Annie

No Email Address Provided

Mr RINALDI, Barry

No Email Address Provided

Ms McIVOR, Wendy

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Paddys Ranges Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Dr VAN BEVEREN, John Andrew

No Email Address Provided

Mr MEDDOWS-TAYLOR, Chris

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Tullaroop Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms CURRY, Lyn

No Email Address Provided

Mr ROBERTSON, Ian

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Central Goldfields Shire Council 2012: 13


No responses were received for this council.

 

Colac Otway Shire Council

Colac Otway Shire Council

Colac Otway Shire Council 2012

 

Colac Otway Shire Council (7 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mrs RUSSELL, Lyn

Did Not Respond

Mr DELAHUNTY, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr WEBBER, Tony

See Response Below

Mr KNOWLES, Bob

See Response Below

Mr McCRICKARD, Mick

Did Not Respond

Mr SMITH, Chris

Did Not Respond

Mr CROOK, Brian

See Response Below

Mr SPENCE, Rodney Graeme

See Response Below

Ms FRANCIS, Yvonne

Did Not Respond

Mr BUCHANAN, Frank

No Email Address Provided

Mr BRANWHITE, Steve

Did Not Respond

Mr HART, Stephen

See Response Below

Mr WOODCROFT, Terry

See Response Below

Mr HART, Stuart Edwin

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Colac Otway Shire Council 2012: 14


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Rodney Spence - Don't really know.Would have to be told this by people involved.

Terry Woodcroft - Transportation and venue hire

Bob Knowles - Lack of mentoring. Too few venues. Bigger towns attract talent away early. It's economically challenging to bring big Australian acts to the electorate

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Rodney Spence – Maybe, depending on content

Terry Woodcroft - Yes.

Tony Webber - Maybe.

Bob Knowles – Yes. Every Council Event should be opened or closed with a local music input - particularly community singing

Brian Crook – Maybe, We are already supportive. However, I believe I would be open on ways to improve.

Stephen Hart – Maybe. Residents have never suggested there is such a need & there are other concerns that need to be addressed before using Council resources to develop a "music strategy".  Council needs a proper "youth charter" so that Council involves youth in the decision making process and needs a policy to limit the spread of Pokies.

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Rodney Spence - Yes

Terry Woodcroft - Yes.

Tony Webber - Yes

Bob Knowles - Yes

Brian Crook - Yes

Stephen Hart - No


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Rodney Spence - Yes

Terry Woodcroft - Yes.

Tony Webber - Yes

Bob Knowles - Yes

Brian Crook – Yes. Live music performance is so important in order to give people a chance to express themselves through a music medium. It is about opportunity for expression.

Stephen Hart – Don’t know. I have insufficient information on the issue.  I would have to be convinced that the local community want Council to support such an proposal.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Rodney Spence - No

Terry Woodcroft - Yes. Hinder is the wrong word regarding the Liquor Accord Act and the various Local Laws pertaining to the possession of alcohol especially by minors.  These regulations exist to protect the public and areas in the vicinity of live music venues.

Tony Webber - Don't know

Bob Knowles - No

Brian Crook – Yes. There are always planning issues, especially where zones are close eg. Business and residential.

Stephen Hart - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Rodney Spence - once again would have to speak with people in the industry to understand their needs

Terry Woodcroft - I would actively continue to support the Freeza movement in Colac Otway Shire and promote the expansion of Shire operations regarding Freeza, our annual Battle of the Bands and live music concerts in smaller population centres such as Apollo Bay, Lavers Hill, Gellibrand and Forrest.

Tony Webber - Encouraging, supporting and advertising events and not putting unnecessary obstacles in the way.

Bob Knowles - Community music builds community strength.   I'm a former vice president of Community Music Victoria and a choir.  member in Apollo Bay.   I think music should be a part of our lives wherever possible.

Brian Crook - We already have some great events like Opera in the Otways, Freeza events for our younger musicians and a number of festivals including the Apollo Bay music festival, the Birregurra festival, the Gellibrand Blueberries and Blues festival. Recently a community choir has been formed. I would like to see more opportunities for busking and more use made of the Memorial Square, perhaps consideration of a sound shell if funding was available.

Stephen Hart - I am receptive to hearing what the community wants on the issue.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Rodney Spence - Don't know

Terry Woodcroft - Yes

Tony Webber - Yes

Bob Knowles – Don’t know. The Council supports the Apollo Bay Music Festival - but money is tight and often "culture" comes last. I would give this issue my close attntion.

Brian Crook – No. We could always do with more funding for the arts.

Stephen Hart – No. I would like to see an increase in community grants and funding for events- particularly for events that are community based rather than commercial in nature.

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Rodney Spence - Yes

Terry Woodcroft – Yes

Tony Webber – Yes. We do quite well now and have good facilities in Colac and Apollo Bay.

Bob Knowles - Yes

Brian Crook – Yes

Stephen Hart – Yes. Subject to availability, yes.  Council has the COPACC facility at Colac.  However, this is often used for meetings.  If more meetings were held in the under-utilised joint use library rooms, this would free up COPACC for musicians and other users.

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Tony Webber - I am a supporter of live music. I am a member of a choir and believe music is a very important for health and well being, social interaction, education of children, etc.

Bob Knowles - I think everyone should learn to sing!

Brian Crook - Music is an important avenue through which many young people achieve their potential. It is also important for pure enjoyment.

 

Corangamite Shire Council

Corangamite Shire Council

Corangamite Shire Council 2012

 

Central Ward (3 vacancies, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr O'CONNOR, Christopher John

No Email Address Provided

Mr OAKES, Wayne R.

Did Not Respond

Mrs GSTREIN, Ruth

Did Not Respond

Mr FLEMING, Robert Raymond

Did Not Respond

Mr MAGUIRE, Chris

See Response Below

 

 

Coastal Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr HARKIN, Peter

Did Not Respond

 

 

North Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr SMITH, Geoff

No Email Address Provided

 

 

South-Central Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mrs BEARD, Joanne

Did Not Respond

 

 

South-West Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs RENYARD, Simone

See Response Below

Mr TROTTER, Neil David

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Corangamite Shire Council 2012: 10


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Chris Maguire - Lack of venues.  Require a recording studio.

Simone Renyard - Accessibility to the venues.  Cost involved to pay performers and lack of venues in small country towns.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Chris Maguire – Yes. Music is included in the shires arts and cultural strategy.

Simone Renyard - Maybe.

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Chris Maguire - Yes

Simone Renyard – No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Chris Maguire – Don’t know. Do not have any permament live music venues.

Simone Renyard – Don’t know. Need to know more about it first.

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Chris Maguire - As there are no permament live venues, we do try to support musicians by having temporary venues, supporting local artists, try to have international artists when available and support young artists with teaching and workshops.

Simone Renyard - Getting Timboon on the map more.  Try and get grants to attract musicians and work with council for a suitable venue.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Chris Maguire - No

Simone Renyard - Don't know    

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Chris Maguire - Yes

Simone Renyard - Yes

 

Darebin City Council

Darebin City Council

Darebin City Council 2012

 

Cazaly Ward (3 vacancies, 18 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr LI, Bo

See Resonse Below

Dr RENNIE, Susan

See Resonse Below

Mr WALTERS, Craig

See Resonse Below

Mrs LEVERIDGE, Elizabeth

See Resonse Below

Ms LJUBICIC, Rose

See Resonse Below

Mr ANANIEVSKI, Ananija Andrew

Did Not Respond

WHITEHEAD, Adrian

Did Not Respond

Mr DAL SANTO, Matthew

No Email Address Provided

WOOD, Zoe

No Email Address Provided

Mr TELIGIORIDIS, Alexander

No Email Address Provided

Mr FONTANA, Vince

No Email Address Provided

Mr TOBIAS, Mark

Did Not Respond

Mr TREGONNING, Mark

Did Not Respond

Mr PAPA, Roberto

No Email Address Provided

Mr AQUILINA, Jack

See Resonse Below

Ms STAVROPOULOS, Bianca

No Email Address Provided

KIRIAKIDIS, Louis

Did Not Respond

WILLIAMS, Julie

See Resonse Below

 

 

La Trobe Ward (3 vacancies, 17 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms HILL, Giovanna

No Email Address Provided

Ms ICELY, Debra

No Email Address Provided

Mr GRECO, Gaetano

No Email Address Provided

Mr LAURENCE, Tim

Did Not Respond

Mr KUMAR, Aakash

Did Not Respond

Ms VILLELLA, Angela

Did Not Respond

Mr CENITI, Vito

No Email Address Provided

Mr SINGH, Khush

No Email Address Provided

Mr ARASAKESARY, Sri

No Email Address Provided

Ms MEZZATESTA, Caterina

Did Not Respond

Ms GRACE, Patience

See Response Below

Mr RICHMOND, Nick

Did Not Respond

Mr GRAHAM, Jeremy

Did Not Respond

ZEMBEKIS, Leon

Did Not Respond

Mr MATICIC, Mark

No Email Address Provided

Mrs KAUR, Jeet

No Email Address Provided

Mrs GENCARELLI, Filomena

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Rucker Ward (3 vacancies, 17 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs TOPALIDIS, Maria

No Email Address Provided

Mr TSITAS, Steven

No Email Address Provided

Mr PRIEST, Robert

Did Not Respond

Mr KUMAR, A.

Did Not Respond

Ms SPROULE, Noni

Did Not Respond

Mr LONGMIRE, Andrew

See Response Below

Mr LILBURNE, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr REDFEARN, David

See Response Below

Mr DRAKOPOULOS, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr WALSH, Oliver

Did Not Respond

Ms JARRETT, Sandra Ann

No Email Address Provided

Mr FERGEUS, Josh

See Response Below

Mr ARGONDIZZO, Frascritto

No Email Address Provided

Mr McCARTHY, Trent

Did Not Respond

Miss PENVER, Ashton

No Email Address Provided

Mr DABSCHECK, Rocky

No Email Address Provided

Ms KEEL, Monique

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Darebin City Council 2012: 52



Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Bo Li - The proliferation of pokies in Darebin. The increases in availability of gambling venues decreases opportunities for live music.

Elizabeth Leveridge - Venues, noise, recognition, opportunity.

Susan Rennie - Low cost studio space and accessible performance spaces for new and emerging artists.

Julie Williams - Not enough work for live music or  agent of change venues to live music

Jack Aquilina - There is a twofold issue when it comes to music in Darebin.   1. There is a big issue when it comes to a Musicians ability to get access to venues for performances and funding for expensive equipment necessary to perform.   2. Music education is absolutely fundamental in order to get more people involved and promoting music across Darebin. I want to see more youth and council funded music studios and centers set up if I am elected.

Craig Walters - Facing musicians - making money  Live music venues - availability of

Rose Ljubicic - In Cazaly ward, we have very few live music venues, but a thriving musician community. We can address this issue by improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events for all ages

Patience Grace - Respect for the profession - paid gigs, adequate venues and audiences, respect and consideration for "the business" of entertainment in the live arena. Too much is expected of government to "subsidize", rather than support the infrastructure which would make live performance more viable (as well as other art forms) in maintaining itself in the cultural context of mass availability of crass stimulation.

David Redfearn - I do not pretend to be an expert on the music industry but am more than aware that Northcote, where I live, has become a very vibrant home to the live music industry with venues such as the Northcote Social Club and other performing spaces in bars and cafes as well as the Northcote Town Hall and I attend some of the venues at times.     I believe that access to the industry and low cost performing spaces by young people is critical hence I support initiatives such as Decibels Youth Music Studio in Reservoir and Jets in Bundoora which do just this. Programs which skill the industry such as those at local schools like the Northern College of the Arts and Technology (of which i am school council president) should also be promoted and supported. These initiatives provide an foundation for the industry in our region.    Council should also continue to support events such as the Darebin Music Feast as they promote live music locally and I will be very interested to see what ideas the current survey throws up regarding the future direction of this event    Planning and parking issues as well as relations to neighbouring residental areas may arise at times and I believe that, where they do, council should act as an honest broker in resolving them.    If I am elected to council, I am always ready and willing to have dialogue with the live music industry to ensure its health as it enriches our community both culturally and economically.

Andrew Longmire - Probably a lack of access to rehearsal spaces.

Josh Fergeus - Darebin has been growing into a mecca for live music.  Northcote, Fairfield, Preston and Thornbury have an ever-increasing live music presence.  There are many issues including the relationship between music and alcohol, planning and zoning decisions which could have a negative effect, and ensuring the ongoing viability of live music venues through proactive Council decisions.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Bo Li – Yes. I think a music strategy should be part of a wider arts and entertainment policy/strategy to ensure that there are a wide range of options for all age groups from children to families to the elderly.

Elizabeth Leveridge - Yes.

Susan Rennie - Yes.

Julie Williams - Yes.

Jack Aquilina – Yes. I  am more than happy to support a Music Strategy to be implemented so we can best shape a road map of how to best fund and promote the hugely important Music Culture in Darebin.

Craig Walters - Yes.

Rose Ljubicic – Yes. We want to see Darebin become Melbourne's live music capital. By council encouraging and supporting more venues and events, we  will in  effect also be  supporting  our local economy

Patience Grace – Yes. I think there is scope for councillors to part of a community choir so they learn how to harmonise instead of arguing all the time. A proposal I wrote for council a few years ago recommended creating a storytelling garden with musical instruments in it.

David Redfearn – Yes. Council has arts and economic development strategies. Given the significance of the live music industry in our area, I would be interested in having a strategy which recognised both the cultural and economic significance of the music industry

Andrew Longmire – Yes. I am pleased that my council supports music as far as it does, but feel more could be done. Council venues could be made more accessible to young musicians and all-ages gigs, for example.

Josh Fergeus – Yes. Darebin currently supports the Darebin Music Feast (on now!), one of the largest community music festivals around, which is a great start, but Darebin could be the live music capital of Melbourne.  That is one of my aims.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Bo Li - Yes

Elizabeth Leveridge - Yes.

Susan Rennie - Yes.

Julie Williams - Yes.

Jack Aquilina - Yes

Craig Walters - No

Rose Ljubicic - Yes

Patience Grace - Don't know

David Redfearn - Yes

Andrew Longmire - Yes

Josh Fergeus - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Bo Li – yes. Based on what I can read from the DPCD website, I think the Agent of Change is a viable strategy balancing the concerns of residents and interests of the live music industry and venues.

Elizabeth Leveridge - Yes.

Susan Rennie - Yes.

Julie Williams - Yes.

Jack Aquilina – Yes. Although I cant say I am fully across this issue, the principles of the Agent of Change principle sounds great. As a Musician myself I know how hard it is to find a venue or to practice based off of unreasonable noise pollution policies. Venues and the community and home owners and neighbors should be expected to work together to arrange appropriate time to play music so long as no one is infringing on anyone's right to peace and quiet at appropriate hours.

Craig Walters – Yes. What astounded me a couple of years ago is finding out that in Auckland bands pay pubs to play in them now! Never used to be like that.  It is important that all types of live music is available where people can go for the music and have a few drinks (rather than nightclubs per se)

Rose Ljubicic – Yes. Live music should be embraced by communities as it brings vitalilty, positive social interaction and recreation

Patience Grace – Yes. thank you for informing me, I've been too busy to read your newsletters lately (am a subscriber) but I would also do what I could from a planning point of view for local residents to be able to enjoy themselves in proximity to any venues. I believe the mix has to be right for neighbours to negotiate with each other over such issues in appropriate ways, and councils can play a conciliatory role. I do not believe that "one size fits all" policy is the answer, so much as the guidelines by which to make the details work in the local setting and circumstances. It seems to me there is an evolutionary process here.

David Redfearn – Yes. It has always dismayed me to see great and longstanding venues under pressure in the inner suburbs as the shift occurs from industrial to residential use. This is too valuable an industry to put at risk and it forms part of the rich tapestry of inner Melbourne so I fully support the implementation of Agent of Change and would ensure that Darebin supports if it is not already doing so

Andrew Longmire – Yes. I feel that people moving into an area should accept it "warts and all", whatever they consider to be the "warts". The onus should indeed be on entities to choose well where it is they move to, rather than try to change a place to their liking.

Josh Fergeus - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Bo Li – Yes. In addition to noise, I think issues such as responsible serving of alcohol, littering and planning and development are all issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in Darebin.

Elizabeth Leveridge - Don't know

Susan Rennie - No

Julie Williams - Don't know

Jack Aquilina – Yes. I do think there are legitimate questions to be asked regarding noise pollution policies which I think should be reviewed to weigh up ways in which we can respect peoples rights to live in a noise free environment whilst also promoting the wonders of music in Darebin.

Rose Ljubicic - No

Patience Grace – No. However, I would also be concerned about vibrational damage which some venues may create through excessive volume through their sound systems. I am a vibrational and alternative healer, and these issues may not be "common" knowledge, or proven. however, they may still be relevant in some circumstances also.

Andrew Longmire – No  

Josh Fergeus - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Bo Li - As stated in my response to question 5, a wider policy or strategy on arts and entertainment catering for all age groups would be a priority. I am also supportive of live music being incorporated into local festivals and have such festival locations rotated around major activity centres in Darebin including All Nations Park, Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre and Edwards Lake Park, in addition to other live music venues such as the Northcote Social Club and pubs.

Elizabeth Leveridge - Opportunity to develop musicians, festivals, places to practice and develop their craft. Music programs, grants. intracouncil collaborations.

Susan Rennie - I would like to further explore the intersection between planning and development and the promotion of the Arts. Darebin has many new buildings being built with shop fronts that remain vacant for years. This is a result of planning requirements. I think some work in partnership development and innovation could result in some good outcomes for performing artists in this area.

Julie Williams - more choirs for starters

Jack Aquilina - My policies are as follows:  1. I will fight for a substantial increase in funding to the Darebin run Music Youth Recording Studio and Decibles program in Reservoir that will provide more opportunity for musicians, young people and Darebin.  2. Investigate ways in which local noise pollution regulations can be reformed to enable an increase in musical performances and engagement whilst also respecting residents rights to a noise free environment  3. Create a business environment where more businesses are easily able to be set up so more potential venues can be created for aspiring performers.

Craig Walters - I reckon Darebin Council isn't doing such a bad job - certainly seem to be a lot of musicians around

Rose Ljubicic - Currently, the Darebin Arts Centre is under utilized by the community.I  believe it would be a great live music venue, and also potentially offer rehersal and studio space for local musicians.

Patience Grace - As above - I consider all the arts to have very practical applications as well as more esoteric and aesthetic aspects. By introducing them into everyday activity I think we can demystify and make them more accessible - but hopefully without destroying the great beauty and commitment that higher forms of the arts also require of us. Once again "the mix" or "the balance"... both great musical terms which apply across health and vitality.

David Redfearn - Continued support for promotion of the industry through the music feast and other events  Continued support for the youth studios in Darebin and Banyule (Decibels and Jets)  Support for skill formation such as that offered by the Northern College of the Arts and Technology  Ensuring that live music is recognised in both cultural and economic development strategies and that a specific strategy is developed in consultation with the industry and the community if necessary  Ensuring that Darebin supports  Agent of Change to ensure protection of the industry

Andrew Longmire - Cheaper / accessible access to council venues, as stated above.

Josh Fergeus - I will support the Feast to expand into other parts of Darebin, as well as developing a new street music festival in partnership with traders groups and local residents. This could be held in Northcote again, or could be moved into Thornbury or Preston.     I am keen to work with local venues to support family-friendly 'Sunday Sessions' that feature local and well-loved acts. For anyone who loves live music but has a young family, it can difficult to support the local live music scene, so I want to make that easier. There should be positive alternatives to the pokies!    - introduce a new 'pop-up shop and street-side gallery' program to activate vacant shopfronts and provide local artists and artisans with a means to share their work with the broader community.     - encourage developers to provide exhibition and workshop space in new developments.     - attract more events from major Melbourne festivals, eg, Comedy Festival, Midsumma Festival and Melbourne Fringe to Preston and Reservoir.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Bo Li – Don’t know. I am not seeking re-election so am not familiar with the current expenditure on music events.

Elizabeth Leveridge - Don't know. Not sure.

Susan Rennie – Don’t know. If the overall budget was larger, I would like to see more go to the Arts. However, it is a fine balancing act. Darebin does fairly well and there are many ways to further support this area which are not just about funding.

Julie Williams - No

Jack Aquilina - No

Craig Walters - Don't know

Rose Ljubicic – Yes. i believe there is a good amount of money available for community grants, however the allocation of funds needs to be reviewed

Patience Grace – Don’t know. I would think Darebin does pretty well with its Music Feast. however, this does not mean that all parts of the community are served by this - I would need to investigate further when I have access to all the information.

David Redfearn - Don't know. I would be interested in exploring this and knowing the local industry's views on this

Andrew Longmire – Don’t know. I hope there is. Darebin Music Feast is a great event, but I was disappointed at the 'curtailment' of the High Noon festival.

Josh Fergeus - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Bo Li – Yes. Council owned facilities should be available for community groups to use, be they for music rehearsals or children's choir or community yoga and meditation sessions for the elderly.

Elizabeth Leveridge - Yes

Susan Rennie - Yes

Julie Williams - Don't know

Jack Aquilina - Yes

Craig Walters – Yes

Rose Ljubicic – Yes. i believe would should make available under utilized council buildings as affordable studio/rehearsal space for musicians and artists in our community.

Patience Grace – No. council does have a sound studio for youth. I don't think we necessarily need more buildings, perhaps better access and knowledge within the community of what is available. But I would also like to encourage the development in the community of the appropriate venues and outlets, rather than producing a "cloistered" approach. Live music covers a wide range - we even host summer concerts at Fairfield - but could encourage more community bookings of such a space.

David Redfearn - Yes

Andrew Longmire - Yes

Josh Fergeus - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Bo Li - I haven't been to a live music event for a while, this questionnaire actually triggered my interest in investigating the local music scene, so thank you.

Susan Rennie - Thank you for the work you do, Music Victoria!

Jack Aquilina - I am a proud Musician and Former Music Captain of a successful Music Faculty at Lakeside Secondary College and former member of the Decibles Committee in Darebin.   I play the Bass, Guitar, Keyboard.

Craig Walters - 'Ex Tropical' by Lost Animal deserves more recognition

Patience Grace - Not at this time, but if I do attain office, would be happy to discuss further possibilities. I consider pilot projects a great benefit mutually.

Andrew Longmire - I grew up in a Melbourne that fostered or hosted bands like Hunters, Weddings, the Saints, the Triffids and many, many more. I was there, at the Punters Club, the Espy, Prince of Wales, Village Green and further afield. I still get out to gigs at the Corner, Northcote Social Club and elsewhere. Melbourne's live music is in my blood!

Josh Fergeus - As someone who is very involved in music, I'm really pleased to see this survey taking place.

 

East Gippsland Shire Council

East Gippsland Shire Council

East Gippsland Shire Council 2012

 

East Gippsland Shire Council (9 vacancies, 17 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr JEFFS, Daryl

Did Not Respond

Ms ROWE, Jane

Did Not Respond

Mrs PELZ, Marianne

Did Not Respond

Ms ANDERSON, Trudy

Did Not Respond

Mr NEAL, Peter

See Response Below

Mr GAMBLE, Bill

Did Not Respond

Mr NETTLETON, Robert

Did Not Respond

Mr ELLIS, Dick

See Response Below

Ms WAGNER, Jeanette

Did Not Respond

Mr REEVES, Mark

Did Not Respond

Mr FRESHWATER, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr BUCKLEY, Ben

No Email Address Provided

Mrs FINDLAY-JAMES, Pearl

Did Not Respond

Mr WILKIN, John

Did Not Respond

Mr McNEILL, Jeff

Did Not Respond

Mr GIDDINGS, Peter

See Response Below

Mr GARDNER, Peter

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for East Gippsland Shire Council 2012: 17

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Dick Ellis - Sufficient audiences to maintain a viable year round industry

Peter Giddings - They don't get paid their worth.

Peter Neal - The lack of response by musicians outside of the municipality


Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Dick Ellis –Yes. We effectively encase that ambition through a wider arts and culture policy

Peter Giddings –Maybe. I dont know just how important this is in East Gippsland. We have many arts aware communities where many artists, including musicians contribute. I have noticed that all artists seem to be used to some extent, but it’s a trade-off to some extent. We come to live in this beautiful part of Victoria but we don't have the numbers in population and $ in economic activity to ensure that artists are paid what they may be worth.

Peter Neal - Provided it reaches out into the regional areas East of Melbourne

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Dick Ellis - No

Peter Giddings - Yes

Peter Neal - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Dick Ellis – Don’t know. I would support at least the maintaining of existing live venues but would like a better understanding of the issue before publicly doing so.  Planning issues are always complex and often emotive.

Peter Giddings –Don’t know

Peter Neal - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Dick Ellis – Yes. To a minor degree other regulatory authorities

Peter Giddings - No

Peter Neal - No

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Dick Ellis - Increased or more support for the music educationalists in the district workshopping and visits by leading musicians to provide skills and inspiration to our youth.  And to provide performances for the rest of us. I refer to the work of James Morrison in this sense.  Encouragement to local businesses to support live music.  Community festivals etc.

Peter Giddings - I would support community based music festivals through East Gippsland.

Peter Neal - as I said previously there is a need to encourage more muso from out of the area if James Morrison can come to Bairnsdale every second year and have sold out concerts anyone can !!

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Dick Ellis –Yes. with support a considerable sum was dedicated to the performing arts in our district this year as an ongoing stream. There can always be a call for more but we have to be realistic.

Peter Giddings - No

Peter Neal - No

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Dick Ellis – Yes. We support this strongly and have upgraded our theatre in Bairnsdale to accommodate these activities

Peter Giddings – Yes

Peter Neal -Yes

 

Frankston City Council

Frankston City Council

Frankston City Council 2012

 

North-East Ward (3 vacancies, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr O'REILLY, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr ASKER, David

No Email Address Provided

Ms MAYER, Sandra

Did Not Respond

Mr HAMPTON, Colin

No Email Address Provided

Mr WONG, Banson

No Email Address Provided

 

 

North-West Ward (3 vacancies, 10 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr DOOLEY, James

Did Not Respond

Mr HILL, Brad

Did Not Respond

Mr BROFF, Roy

Did Not Respond

Mr AITKEN, Glenn

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MILLMAN, Kerry

No Email Address Provided

Mrs SPELMAN, Rebekah

Did Not Respond

Mr McCALL, David

Did Not Respond

Mrs JARMO, Susan

See Response Below

Mr HUGHES, Steven

See Response Below

Mr MORSE, Russell James

No Email Address Provided

 

 

South Ward (3 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms TAYLER, Suzette

See Response Below

Mr WARDLE, Alistair

See Response Below

Mr KAY, Henryk

See Response Below

Mr REICHWALD, Ron

See Response Below

Mr CUNIAL, Brian

Did Not Respond

Mr TAYLOR, Darrel

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Frankston City Council 2012: 21

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Steven Hughes – Variety of venues. It is all pretty much one style with little variety in options for differing tastes.

Susan Jarmo – Drunken and unruly audiences

Ron Reichwald – Enough venues available  Are they paid sufficiently for what they offer  Is the local media responsive?

Alistair Wardle – Cost/affordability and standard/equipment in those venues

Suzette Tayler – We have many venues for musicians throughout our municipality including the Frankston Art Centre

Darrel Taylor – Venues, especially outdoor venues. Exposure to inform the community of performances

Henryk Kay - The lack of live venues and also not been able to perform at the local Arts Centre and also violent behaviour at pubs and clubs this I would take action on if elected by requesting the Police Dog Squad to regularly patrol the venues to eradicate illicit drugs in the local area

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Steven Hughes –Maybe. Needs to be done in conjunction with wider entertainment strategy

Susan Jarmo – Yes. We need to support the wider public's right to enjoy live music, and prevent events to be hijacked by a minority that is there to look for trouble. Everyone has the rights to be out enjoying themselves and be safe in the same time.

Ron Reichwald –Yes. The municipality needs diversity in music.   As we have a magnificent Arts Centre, we are well placed to achieve a strategy but it is important to utilise a good range of other venues

Alistair Wardle –Yes.

Suzette Tayler – Maybe. Possibly I would have to have a better understanding of the strategy and what it involves.

 

Darrel Taylor – Maybe. Prior to formulating a strategy I think a committee or working group should be appointed to capture all the issues and challenges and then provide recommendations.

Henryk Kay – Yes. This is essential to help local performers

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Steven Hughes –No

Susan Jarmo – Yes

Ron Reichwald – No

Alistair Wardle – Yes

Suzette Tayler –Yes

Darrel Taylor – No

Henryk Kay - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Steven Hughes – Don’t Know

Susan Jarmo – Yes

Ron Reichwald – Yes. It is not acceptable that new residents in new residential developments expect changes to pre-existing music/entertainment arrangements adjacent to them.

Alistair Wardle –Yes

Suzette Tayler - Don’t know. Again that would depend but I am all for appropriate music venues and it is quite difficult to answer a question with little information

Darrel Taylor – –Don’t know. I will need to have more information about the agent of change

Henryk Kay – Yes. I believe that the lack of safe venues is an issue as violence deters people to go and see live performances

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Steven Hughes – No

Susan Jarmo – No

Ron Reichwald – Don’t know

Alistair Wardle –No

Suzette Tayler – No

Darrel Taylor – No

Henryk Kay – Yes. Noise regulations and apartments not been properly sound proofed when been built

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Susan Jarmo – Daytime family oriented events and special events for young adults that is kept alcohol and drug free (this should be something we do not even say, but the reality is that it is need to be stipulated)

Alistair Wardle – Performance grants Venue hire opportunities Council promotion of events  Use of local musicians in council run events  Council sponsored regular muso's nights for budding performers

Suzette Tayler – I am very supportive of music throughout our municipality . My initiatives would depend on what support was needed at the time

Darrel Taylor – Provide an outdoor venue for entertainment  Frankston needs a convention centre it is a big ticket item however it would fill a void in our economy and provide an additional venue for entertainment.

Henryk Kay - I would get local performers to perform on a monthly basis so that the local community can see what is in the local area at reduced ticket prices

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Steven Hughes –No

Susan Jarmo – Don’t know

Ron Reichwald – No. In times of financial cut-backs, the Arts is a soft target

Alistair Wardle –No

Suzette Tayler – No

Darrel Taylor –Don’t know. I am not across the current council funding arrangements

Henryk Kay – No. I strongly believe that local talent must be promoted where possible

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Steven Hughes – Yes

Susan Jarmo – Yes

Ron Reichwald – Yes. But subject to financial restrictions. Someway, a venture needs to be financially accountable. Unfortunately, little can be given away (FREE)

Alistair Wardle – Yes. As current Councillor, I initiated the restoration of the Mechanics Institute which is now available as an affordable live performance venue with a local promoter now planning to schedule regular live music performances.  I have also supported the establishment of a Youth recording studio at a community centre in a building  that I initiated being saved from demolition and restored.  I have always been a supporter of the Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston City Band, and other local musical groups

Suzette Tayler – Yes. Under age events is one I would support Darrel Taylor – Don’t know. I would need to have more information about the current level of access to council facilities

Henryk Kay – Yes. I would involve the local schools and also get the local arts centre to be used by local performers on a monthly basis  for shows

 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Alistair Wardle – Music and the Arts are an essential part of our community

Suzette Tayler – I enjoy all types of music, My life would not be the same without it. It is part of my soul and I love it.

Henryk Kay - I  also point out to you that I have an arts policy which would be focused on the youth in the local area as there needs to be more for that age group  plus getting those that perform in Melbourne to do a  daytime show in the local area

 

Gannawarra Shire Council

Gannawarra Shire Council

Gannawarra Shire Council 2012

 

Avoca Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WINN, Bryon

Did Not Respond

Mr GANNON, Neil W.

Did Not Respond

 

 

Murray Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr AERTSSEN, Oscar

Did Not Respond

 

 

Patchell Ward (3 vacancies, 3 candidates)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr GIBSON, Brian

Did Not Respond

Mr ARIANS, Mark

No Email Address Provided

Mr den HOUTING, Keith

Did Not Respond

 

 

Yarran Ward (2 vacancies, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HALL, Glenn

Did Not Respond

Mrs LEARMONTH, Lorraine

Did Not Respond

Mr GOULDING, Neville Charles

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Gannawarra Shire Council 2012: 9



No responses received for this council.

Glen Eira City Council

 

Glen Eira City Council

Glen Eira City Council 2012

 

Camden Ward (3 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs FORGE, Cheryl

Did Not Respond

Ms KRAINA, Catherine

Did Not Respond

Mr LIPSHUTZ, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr SPIEGEL, Joshua

Did Not Respond

Mr WEIL, Martyn Daniel

See Response Below

Mr SOUNNESS, Thomas

See Response Below

Dr DEMPSEY, Kate

Did Not Respond

Mr PENHALLURIACK, Frank

Did Not Respond

Mr KURAN, Bernie

Did Not Respond

Mr STEEDMAN, James

See Response Below

Ms DELAHUNTY, Mary

Did Not Respond

 

 

Rosstown Ward (3 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs ESAKOFF, Margaret

No Email Address Provided

Mrs OKOTEL, Karina

Did Not Respond

Mr MIKELSONS, Wilmars

Did Not Respond

Mr. HO, Kelvin

Did Not Respond

Mr HSU, Ryan

Did Not Respond

Mr CASPI, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr DUNSTAN, Don

No Email Address Provided

Mr PILLING, Neil

Did Not Respond

 

 

Tucker Ward (3 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr DUDEJA, Raj

Did Not Respond

Mr HYAMS, Jamie

Did Not Respond

Mr MAGEE, Jim

Did Not Respond

Mr HEDGER, Brett

See Response Below

Ms CADE, Anne Marie

No Email Address Provided

Mr LOBO, Oscar

No Email Address Provided

Mr De'ATH, Phil

See Response Below

Dr MYERS, John Barry

Did Not Respond

Mr KAY, David

No Email Address Provided

Mr GATOFF, Newton

See Response Below

Ms READ, Rose

See Response Below

Mrs PILCHER, Trudy

Did Not Respond

Mr ANDONOPOULOS, Rodney

Did Not Respond

Mr BUCH, Henry

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Glen Eira City Council 2012: 33 



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Thomas Sounness - Restrictive noise regulations when live music is being played

James Steedman - Gentrification of areas that have developed a 'tradition' of proving opportunities for live music venues is a major issue that goes hand-in-hand with the increasing residential density of inner-city areas. These combined issues have the potential to radically alter the 'soul' of areas in which live music, alternate and casual business have served to attract visitors to particular locations.

Daniel Weil - Availability of public open space to host live music events

Philip De'Ath - Getting opportunities and locations to practice and perform

Newton Gatoff - Insufficient promotion by Councils for live music performances. Very poor interest by Council to serve the 18-30 group

Brett Hedger - The biggest issue we have is that we don't have any live music venues so there are not that many opportunities for musicians in this part of Melbourne.

Rose Read - The lack of live music venues for all ages. It was great to see the opening of the Flying Saucer Club. There are big gaps for young people. We don't have any decent open air venues. There is a strong interest in having more local venues and music events - large and small

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Thomas Sounness -Yes

James Steedman – Yes. I see the Agent of Change solution to be a pragmatic response to the amelioration of noise complaints but I see that the changing amenity of traditional areas that is driven by development as a greater issue that can only be addressed through planning and approval vigilance.

Daniel Weil - Maybe

Philip De'Ath – Yes. My family are all musicians as are many close friends.

Newton Gatoff - Yes

Brett Hedger -Yes

Rose Read - Yes

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Thomas Sounness - No

James Steedman - Yes

Daniel Weil - No

Philip De'Ath - Yes

Newton Gatoff –Dont KNow

Brett Hedger - Yes

Rose Read - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

James Steedman - I strongly support measures that retain the character of neighbourhoods and which is often what attracted the residents in the first instance.

Newton Gatoff - I am a huge supporter of Silent Disco - not just as a medium for delivery, but also for delivering music across a wide spectrum of events through the use of headphones for music, vocalist(speaking and singing)

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Thomas Sounness -  Yes. The difficulty getting live music venues to be supported by state government - I understand there is more support for large massive venues than small intimate ones.

James Steedman – Yes. Obviously, liquor licensing has a major impact on venue viability as does parking policy and policing of areas surrounding venues. An holistic 'big picture' approach is needed to maintain the amenities of residents and their 'quiet enjoyment' of the place they choose to live so policy needs to be developed as a living document that can be re-visited as required.

Philip De'Ath – Yes. We have the usual residential issues  that affect most music venues in Glen Eira

Newton Gatoff –Don’t know

Brett Hedger - No

Rose Read – Don’t know

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Thomas Sounness - More live music venues being permitted, as long as its sedately amplified with hours of play ceasing substantially after 10pm and 6pm on sundays & public holidays.

Daniel Weil - Access to more areas where live music events can be held

Philip De'Ath - Consultation is always a first step . Working out a happy medium is always an ideal outcome.

Newton Gatoff - I would consider looking to establish a regional facility to be shared by three Metro municipalities which would leave State without choice in that they would have to fund...

Brett Hedger - I think music is a vital part of every community and we need to hear it live and be involved with it, listening, dancing, singing and tapping our feet.....and we need to be able to walk to it (ie it shouldn't be too far away) and we need to provide opportunities for musicians at all levels from beginner through to accomplished. I like the idea of the music strategy and would happily promote and support this in Council if elected.

Rose Read - Listing, engagement and promotion of local artists. Establish more events (which have only recently begun in parks) so all people can access great music. The opportunity for the Booran Road Glen Huntly site to be an open air venue should not be missed. Maintain and promote Battle of the Bands. Support more mentoring and skills for budding musicians. Consult with musicians about what they'd like to see from Council and be their champion. I'm in a community choir and have struggled to find a local choir I can get to in the evenings. Love to see more participatory musical events from choirs, to jam sessions.

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Thomas Sounness – Don’t know

James Steedman - Yes

Daniel Weil – Don’t know

Philip De'Ath – No. It takes second or third place to many other items

Newton Gatoff – N0

Brett Hedger- Don’t know. I know our current council supports several initiatives but do not have enough knowledge as yet to determine whether this is adequate.

Rose Read - No

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Thomas Sounness –Don’t know

James Steedman – Yes. Only where appropriate, taking into account the amenities of residents.

Daniel Weil - No

Philip De'Ath - Yes

Newton Gatoff – Yes. We must consider the underage community and provide events in their own suburbs rather than just providing for middle aged folks like me.

Brett Hedger - Yes

Rose Read -Yes

 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Thomas Sounness - Thanks for the opportunity to make comments on this issue.

James Steedman - As an Independent Candidate I am not constrained by Party Policy and so have the ability to appreciate issues on their individual merits.

Daniel Weil - Philip De'Ath - If elected I would be more then happy to discuss further and find ways I can support this

Newton Gatoff - Great initiative, please ensure you share the results with those taking part - and lets have more residential festivals in our Metro area please

Brett Hedger - Thanks for the opportunity to have some input - and also raising my attention to the 'Agent of Change' - I well aware of this concept but have never heard it called by this name before. Basically if you move next to a pub that has always played live music it's a bit rich to start complaining about the noise.

Rose Read - Music can be incorporated into every part of life and makes the world a better place. During my campaign I've met some amazing musicians who've shared their passion for music and made my day!

Glenelg Shire Council

Glenelg Shire Council

Glenelg Shire Council 2012

 

Glenelg Shire Council (7 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WHITE, Geoff

Did Not Respond

Mr WILSON, Gilbert Desmond

See Response Below

Mrs STEPHENS, Karen Anne

Did Not Respond

Mr KILLICK, Jayson Michael

See Response Below

Mr OBERLANDER, Maxwell

See Response Below

Mr ALEXANDER, Malcolm Edward

Did Not Respond

Ms RANK, Anita Maree

No Email Address Provided

Miss PORTER, Mary-Anne F. E.

No Email Address Provided

Mr SAUNDERS, Ken

No Email Address Provided

Mr HALLIDAY, Robert Reuben

No Email Address Provided

Mr NORTHCOTT, John

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Glenelg Shire Council 2012: 11 



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Maxwell Oberlander - Cost and finding a big enough venue

Gilbert Wilson – Venue size

Jayson Killick - Being a rural municipality and lack of live music venues it is hard to to get big name acts and showcase local talent in hope that they may be noticed by scouts.

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Maxwell Oberlander - Yes

Gilbert Wilson - Yes

Jayson Killick - Yes

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Maxwell Oberlander - No

Gilbert Wilson - No

Jayson Killick - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Maxwell Oberlander - Yes

Gilbert Wilson - Yes

Jayson Killick - Yes

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Maxwell Oberlander - No

Gilbert Wilson - No

Jayson Killick - Yes

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Maxwell Oberlander – Advertising

Jayson Killick - Starting an annual local talent show to showcase local talent both young and old, we have a venue with a stage big enough for a complete band to perform and I would like to entice more big name acts to our area as some people in our region cannot travel to Melbourne for concerts due to financial restraints.

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Maxwell Oberlander - No

Gilbert Wilson - No

Jayson Killick - No

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Maxwell Oberlander - Yes

Gilbert Wilson - Yes

Jayson Killick - Yes

 

Golden Plains Shire Council

Golden Plains Shire Council

Golden Plains Shire Council 2012

 

Golden Plains Shire Council (7 vacancies, 12 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr CAMERON, Andrew

Did Not Respond

Mrs COAD, Joy Margaret

Did Not Respond

Mrs KIRBY, Helena Angela

Did Not Respond

Mr QUICK, Luke

Did Not Respond

Mr CLIFTON, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr HANSFORD, Nathan John

See Response Below

Mr PHELAN, Des

Did Not Respond

Mr JOHNSTON, Deema

See Response Below

Mr VAUGHAN, Greg

Did Not Respond

Mrs BLAKE, Jenny

See Response Below

Mr McARTHUR, Bill

No Email Address Provided

Ms LEWERS, Helen

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Golden Plains Shire Council 2012: 12



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Deema Johnson - Venue locations Pub, Club and Open air. Locations for proper rehearsals.

Helen Lewers - Distance (this is largely a country council), and appropriate indoor venues. (The outdoor Meredith music festivals do attract large crowds though).

Nathan Hansford - There are no regular events

Jenny Blake - There are few live venues and even less payment


Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Deema Johnson – Maybe. I am unaware of any current music strategies that are within the Golden Plains Shire. I would be interested in looking at ways of providing facilities to musicians or rehearsals and venue locations.

Helen Lewers – Yes. I am a classically trained pianist, have learnt a range of dance styles and have taught music and movement to young people. I would like to see more of a whole range of musical events. In relation to Question 6 - I wasn't aware of it but have just read about it at http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/publicationsandresearch/codes-and-guidelines/live-music-taskforce

Nathan Hansford - Yes

Jenny Blake -Yes


Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Deema Johnson - No

Helen Lewers - Yes

Nathan Hansford - No

Jenny Blake - No


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Deema Johnson – Don’t know. This is dependent on what the Agent of Change is regarding live music venues in the area.

Helen Lewers – Yes. ...with the proviso that noise pollution as perceived by some (even if others see it as "great music") can be very disturbing.  But basically if people move into an area known to be "noisy" at times, the onus should be them to set up appropriate sound proofing.

Nathan Hansford - Yes

Jenny Blake - Yes


Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Deema Johnson - No

Helen Lewers -  No

Nathan Hansford - No

Jenny Blake - No


Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Deema Johnson - Look at the availability of possible locations for both rehearsals and shows within the council.

Helen Lewers - I would love to see more support from all tiers of government for music and dance so that people of all ages and cultures can be actively engaged in listening, making music and dancing together. The richest cultures are the ones with the richest and most inclusive traditions of music and dance, in my view.

Nathan Hansford -

Jenny Blake - Currently an Arts & Culture strategy is being formulated


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Deema Johnson –Don’t knpow. I am unaware of any grants that the Council is currently undertaking.

Helen Lewers - More could be done to encourage the learning and making of a large range of music and dance opportunities for all people  throughout the whole community. This would have enormous social and health benefits.

Nathan Hansford - No

Jenny Blake - No


Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Deema Johnson - Yes

Helen Lewers -  Yes. There are not enough enjoyable activities accessible to young people/teenagers in our communities.  I support their ability to be easily involved in music and dance.

Nathan Hansford – Yes

Jenny Blake - Yes


Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Helen Lewers – Good on you!

Jenny Blake - Golden Plains is a small Rural Shire with a growing community - there are opportunities but available funding is minimal

 

Greater Bendigo City Council

Greater Bendigo City Council

Greater Bendigo City Council 2012

 

Eppalock Ward (3 vacancies, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CAMPBELL, Rod

Did Not Respond

Mr WERAGODA, Mark

Did Not Respond

Mr McKAY, Wayne

See Response Below

Mr SANDNER, Alec

See Response Below

Mrs LEACH, Helen

No Email Address Provided

Mr POLONIATO, Julian

No Email Address Provided

Mr BARDSLEY, Tim

Did Not Respond

Mr FLACK, George

See Response Below

Mr FRASER, Stuart

Did Not Respond

 

 

Lockwood Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms CHAPMAN, Elise

Did Not Respond

Mr PHILLIPS, Bruce

Did Not Respond

Mr ZEGERS, Karel

Did Not Respond

Mr LYONS, Barry

No Email Address Provided

Ms RADFORD, Wendy

See Response Below

Mr FYFFE, Rod

No Email Address Provided

Mrs CORR, Karen

See Response Below

 

 

Whipstick Ward (3 vacancies, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs RUFFELL, Lisa

No Email Address Provided

Ms MITCHELL-SHARP, Jennifer J.

No Email Address Provided

Mr WILLIAMS, James

No Email Address Provided

Mr COX, Peter

Did Not Respond

Ms HARRINGTON, Elaine

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Greater Bendigo City Council 2012: 21

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Wayne McKay - The lack of available venues throughout the outer areas of the Ward.

Alec Sandner - Lack of suitable venues.

George Flack - As a musician for the past 48 years with the Marist Brothers Band we have some great music facilities across our Council area, from parks, sound shell, Malls, to music halls at major schools, Capital Theatre, Town Hall, Council also provides annual grants.

Karen Corr - Wages and access to affordable venues

Wendy Radford - Lack of paid work.  Venues that are unpopular because of drunken louts late at night.  Pokies taking over what were previously live music venues

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Wayne McKay - Yes

Alec Sandner - Yes.

George Flack - Yes.

Karen Corr – Maybe. I think it would make sense to combine a music strategy with a broader art and culture strategy for Council

Wendy Radford - Yes.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Wayne McKay - Yes

Alec Sandner - Yes.

George Flack - Yes.

Karen Corr - No

Wendy Radford - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Wayne McKay – Don’t know. I would need to seek the views and opinions of my Ward before commenting further.

Alec Sandner - Yes.

George Flack - Yes.

Karen Corr – Don’t know. Need more information before I can say definitely yes or no.

Wendy Radford - Yes.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Wayne McKay - No

Alec Sandner - No

George Flack - No

Karen Corr - No

Wendy Radford – No.

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Wayne McKay - Promotion of music events in the region, similar to the Sanguine Estate and Mt. Ida Wines events.

Alec Sandner - More suitable venues

George Flack - We have a very broad avenue of venues which not only include those at #4 above but also an array of pubs and venues that support live bands now. Council supports Bendigo Competitions annually. Then there's the Parades and processions (Eaglehawk Dahlia & Arts, Bgo Easter Festival which needs to be held on the right 3 days of the year including Easter Monday).

Wendy Radford - Council could employ musicians at functions.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Wayne McKay - No

Alec Sandner - No

George Flack - Yes

Karen Corr - Don't know

Wendy Radford - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Wayne McKay – Don’t know.

Alec Sandner - Yes

George Flack – Yes, This happens already

Karen Corr - Yes

Wendy Radford – Yes.

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

George Flack - Music is the one universal language in the world that is understood and read by anyone who knows how to read music - no matter which country they are born - I thoroughly enjoy music

 

Greater Dandenong City Council

Greater Dandenong City Council

Greater Dandenong City Council 2012

 

Lightwood Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MOHAMMED, Fazlur-Rahman

Did Not Respond

Mr LAM, Minh Luan

No Email Address Provided

Mrs SAMY, Sri

See Response Below

Mr O'REILLY, Sean

See Response Below

Mr CHEA, Youhorn

Did Not Respond

Mr QUACH, Dang

Did Not Respond

Mr TRUONG, Loi

Did Not Respond

 

 

Paperbark Ward (3 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr BROWN, Peter

Did Not Respond

Ms SPRINGLE, Nina

See Response Below

Mr TAK, Meng Heang

Did Not Respond

Mr VICTOR, Victor

Did Not Respond

Mr WOODFORD, Brad

See Response Below

Mrs BLADES, Roz

Did Not Respond

Miss LE, Phuong

No Email Address Provided

BISSET, Robert

No Email Address Provided

Mr JOSEPH, Claude

No Email Address Provided

Ms CHAMROEUN, Brenda

Did Not Respond

Mr TRAN, Huy

Did Not Respond

Mr TRAN, Minh Van

Did Not Respond

Mr MIGLIACCIO, Giorgio

See Response Below

Miss SUPEL, Natalia

Did Not Respond

 

 

Red Gum Ward (3 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs GONSALVEZ, Geraldine

Did Not Respond

Mr MEMETI, Jim

Did Not Respond

Mrs LONG, Angela

No Email Address Provided

Mr GULZARI, John

Did Not Respond

Mr WICKIRAMASINGHAM, Wicki

Did Not Respond

Mrs WALSH, Jill

Did Not Respond

Mr SAULA, Dalibor

Did Not Respond

Mr ASHOKKUMAR, Ashton

Did Not Respond

Mr KIRWAN, Matthew

See Response Below

Ms TRAN, Trang

Did Not Respond

Mr NAGARAJAN, Murugan

Did Not Respond

 

 

Silverleaf Ward (2 vacancies, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr OKUCH, Friday

Did Not Respond

Mr HUYNH, Nhan

See Response Below

Mrs SAMPEY, Maria

Did Not Respond

Mrs HERRING, Yvonne

Did Not Respond

Mr NAGORNY, Vladimir

Did Not Respond

Mr LONG, Barry

Did Not Respond

Mr MELHEM, Zaynoun

Did Not Respond

Ms WAKELAM, Thelma

Did Not Respond

Mr KELLY, John

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Greater Dandenong City Council 2012: 41

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Sri Samy - There aren't many venues for musicians and I believe the remuneration is very low for many of the musicians to consider it a full time job.

Brad Woodford - In my municipality, there is only a limited number of live music venues. While some of these are very good, they mostly cater for older musicians and audiences. It would be nice to see some young musicians get a spot to perform live regularly too.

Nina Springle - There is not enough original live music played because there is a lack of good venues that dont also host pokies. There are people out there that want to experience live entertainment in a relaxed social environment that does not include gambling and excessive drinking. Melbourne has always been famous for its live music venues. That culture is dwindling in my view.

Giorgio Migliaccio - Accessibility and number of venues available

Matthew Kirwan - Lack of interest by the current Council

John Kelly - There are no live Venues that l,m aware off in our city.l started music in the park a number of years ago and now have about 3 park events a year in the city

Nhan Huynh - Lack of funding, it is too expensive to hire venues.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Sean O'Reilly - Yes.

Sri Samy - Yes.

Brad Woodford - Yes.

Nina Springle – Yes. Absolutely! Every Council should have a music and arts strategy as they are the glue that keeps our society healthy.

Giorgio Migliaccio - Yes.

Matthew Kirwan - Yes

John Kelly – Maybe, l like the idea of music /movies in the parks as it gives the local community a chance to come out and meet each other and enjoy something we all like

Nhan Huynh - Yes.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Sean O'Reilly - Yes.

Sri Samy - Yes.

Brad Woodford - Yes.

Nina Springle - Yes

Giorgio Migliaccio - No

Matthew Kirwan - Yes

John Kelly - Yes

Nhan Huynh - Yes.

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Sean O'Reilly - Yes.

Sri Samy - Yes.

Brad Woodford - Yes.

Nina Springle - Yes

Giorgio Migliaccio - Yes. If it proved to be a viable and responsible action

Matthew Kirwan - Yes

John Kelly – Don’t know

Nhan Huynh - Yes.

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Sean O'Reilly - No

Sri Samy - Don't know

Brad Woodford - No

Nina Springle – Yes. A lack of expendable income to pay to see music and live performance.

Giorgio Migliaccio - No

Matthew Kirwan - No

John Kelly - No

Nhan Huynh – Yes. Elderly people and people who are working hard may be affected by the noise.

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Sri Samy - Encourage music performance in community gatherings and functions

Brad Woodford - An annual music festival. One particular idea Id like to see during summer is the implementation of a series of live performers at the new Noble Park Aquatic Centre, during the summer months, under a name such as "The Pool Party. I think live music at the outdoor pool complex during January/Febuary has great potential.

Nina Springle - Promotion of more music programs in schools. More funding for music groups, choirs, free live music of all genres, partnerships between community groups, council and Arts Victoria and the Australia Council to promote music through education, collaboration and access to facilities.

Giorgio Migliaccio - I'd like to see more music festivals in our area as a vehicle for new and existing musicians to express and expose their art to the wider community

Matthew Kirwan - More integration with the Revitalising Central Dandenong strategy

John Kelly - More outdoor music. we have 156 different nations making up our community and one of the great thing is the diversity in music they bring to our city .we have the Drum theatre which holds many music events also

Nhan Huynh - Get people who are living around the venues involve in getting live music.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Sean O'Reilly - Yes.

Sri Samy - Don't know

Brad Woodford - No

Nina Springle - No

Giorgio Migliaccio – No. We do need to be mindful that we have to prioritise and put money where it is needed most

Matthew Kirwan - No

John Kelly – Yes. they bucket list is so big when it comes to councils budget,its always hard to fullfill everyones  list BUT l think we do a pretty good job at CGD

Nhan Huynh - Yes

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Sean O'Reilly - Yes

Sri Samy - Yes

Brad Woodford - Yes

Nina Springle - Yes

Giorgio Migliaccio – Yes. with tight controls and conditions

Matthew Kirwan - Yes

John Kelly - Yes

Nhan Huynh - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Brad Woodford - Keep doing what you are doing in supporting the local music scene. Australia is blessed with so much talent, sadly much of it undiscovered.

Nhan Huynh - I will develop music and entertainment programs for grandparents, parents and children having fun together in the green park, on a stretch of white sand beaches and the romantic side of the lake. Create favorable conditions for family gatherings and activities, as descendants may carry on all the way through of life. When our children remember of their grandparents, parents or family they would memory of happy memories, love and happiness.

 

Greater Geelong City Council

Greater Geelong City Council

Greater Geelong City Council 2012

 

Austin Ward (1 vacancy, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms SHEN, Sophia

Did Not Respond

IRVINE, John Robert

Did Not Respond

Mr BROWN, Gavin

See Response Below

DOULL, John

Did Not Respond

Mr KEECH, Cameron

Did Not Respond

 

 

Beangala Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MISSIO, Carlo

See Response Below

SMITH, Warren

See Response Below

Ms FARRELL, Jan

Did Not Respond

Mr FENDYK, John Peter

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Brownbill Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms HEAGNEY, Michelle

See Response Below

Mr KAKOUROS, Angelo

Did Not Respond

Dr OTMAR, Renée

Did Not Respond

Ms COOK, Gail

See Response Below

Mr McDONALD, Greg

Did Not Respond

Ms LEWIS, Margrette

Did Not Respond

 

 

Buckley Ward (1 vacancy, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms KIRSANOVS, Astra

See Response Below

Mrs POCOCK, Margaret

See Response Below

Mr RICHARDS, Andy

See Response Below

OLIVER, Katharine

See Response Below

Mr ALEXANDER, Mick

Did Not Respond

 

 

Cheetham Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs BRACKLEY, Anne Elizabeth

See Response Below

Mr MACDONALD, Rod

Did Not Respond

 

 

Corio Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms PERRON, Sue

Did Not Respond

Ms WINNING, Liz

Did Not Respond

Ms FISHER, Kylie

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Coryule Ward (1 vacancy, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

ELLIS, Lindsay

Did Not Respond

O'CONNOR, Tom

Did Not Respond

Mr KENNEDY, Dean

See Response Below

Ms HAYES, Monica

See Response Below

Ms BALDACCHINO, Judith Maria

See Response Below

 

 

Cowie Ward (1 vacancy, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CAMPBELL, Dave

Did Not Respond

Ms NEIL, Heather-Lee

Did Not Respond

Mr KONTELJ, Eddy

See Response Below

Ms PUGLIA, Josie

Did Not Respond

Mr AITKEN, Anthony

Did Not Respond

 

 

Deakin Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr NELSON, Ron

Did Not Respond

Dr LINDSAY, Bruce

Did Not Respond

Miss STEPHENSON, Emily

Did Not Respond

 

 

Kardinia Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HARWOOD, Bruce

Did Not Respond

SCHWARZE, Jeff

See Response Below

Mr BAULCH, Phil

See Response Below

Ms WINSTON, Monica

Did Not Respond

 

 

Kildare Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Dr KONTELJ, Stretch

Did Not Respond

Mr BENNETT, Tom

Did Not Respond

 

 

Mayor (1 vacancy, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms BULL, Sue

Did Not Respond

Mr WATT, Ron

Did Not Respond

ROZPARA, Frank

Did Not Respond

Ms ASHER, Stephanie

Did Not Respond

Mr SMITH, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr MITCHELL, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr FAGG, Keith

See Response Below

Ms UZELAC, Bernadette

See Response Below

Mr ROBIN, Graeme

Did Not Respond

 

 

Windermere Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Miss HILL, Ashleigh

Did Not Respond

Mr EYTON, Robert

Did Not Respond

Mrs GRZYBEK, Kylie

See Response Below

ANSETT, Tony

See Response Below

Miss TRIMBLE, Georgie

Did Not Respond

Mr GRANGER, Cameron

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Greater Geelong City Council 2012: 59

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Gavin Brown – Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria, yet it has no music festival or major music event.  The Queenscliff and Anglesea music festivals dwarf anything ever produced in Geelong.  Geelong needs a music festival and I would work towards seeing this happen. 

Carlo Missio – Changing demographics and popultation as well as urbanisation of townships can have an impact on the music culture of a place.  We luckily have a very strong music culture which is generally well supported by the community.

Warren Smith – Noise in a bult up housing development.

Michelle Heagney - I suspect in Geelong the issue is access to appropriate venues.

Gail Cook – The cost of renting a venue is a big issue for musicians and music groups

Astra Kirsanovs – The greatest issue in relation to cultural events such as music, opera etc is always the discretionary factor. Music always (for the majority that is) always comes after food, friends, work, child minding and the daily 'stuff'of living so that it requires effort and promotion to incorporate into an individual's lifestyle. Active promotion of music is essential for it to become part of a thriving community.

Katharine Oliver – I think the biggest things is that there is not a clearly understood place (apart from The Nash) where musicians can play. There are also a shortage of venues.

Andy Richards – Not enough venues...

Anne Brackley – Drysdale is fortunate to have a great venue, The Potato Shed, in which live music and dramatic performances happen, I am on the Committee of Management for this venue. We also have a Neighbourhood Centre which has a community hall where 2 choirs meet and I am the Coordinator of this centre. I am not aware of any issues about this in our community.   Our local wineries and Hotel have regular live music events..

Judith Baldacchino – Land, coastal and bay degradation.

Monica Hayes – Insurance, employment, performance spaces

Dean Kennedy – Issues around late night safety and public transport options and access, given some local towns have limited entertainment options.

Eddy Kontelj – The costs associated with running these venues i.e. rates, maintenance, licences, etc. Noise management, and the affordability and access to the to the public is also a challenge.

Phil Baulch – Lack of opportunities to perform in front of live audiences.

Jeff Schwarze – People getting deaf by loud music & sounds, and people cannot talk to people and the bar staff for drinks. That i can say at this time. i need to do more homework about it.

Keith Fagg – I am a great supppoter of music in Geelong. The main issue I think is people being aware of what is on offer and also to create opportunities for people to perform.

Bernadette Uzelac – There is a dearth of live music venues in the Greater Geelong municipality. Many musicians I have spoken to would like to see more unique venues, not necessarily licensed, where musicians can perform/jam. Geelong has many unused basement spaces that could be converted into interesting music venues for alternative music allowing budding musicians an opportunity to perform and showcase their talents. These spaces would need little to convert them as their non-clinical feel and cosiness would be part of their appeal. If these spaces could be rented out at a very moderate cost to musicians this could help to liven up the night scene and provide safe, alternative entertainment for those seeking other alternatives to late night nightclubs.

Cameron Granger – Lack of public funding

Tony Ansett – Venues

Kylie Grzybek - Getting publicity and support from local government.  It should be included in the arts budget but also could be included in major events to show case local talent.

Margaret Pocock  -  We are fortunate enough in our Ward to have ample and adequate facilities to provide a great variety of music.  

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Gavin Brown –  Yes

Carlo Missio – Yes, In particular I beleive that supporting music as a tool for dissafected youth to reconnect with their peers and the community is a positive opportunity for councils to support affiliated community support agencies.

Warren Smith – Yes

Michelle Heagney - Yes

Gail Cook –  Yes. COGG already has a relevant policy through the Arts & Culture portfolio.

Astra Kirsanovs –  Yes, The council is already involved in some areas eg Jazz in the park, Queenscliff Music Festival, Celtic Festival but more is always better!

Katharine Oliver – Yes, I would argue that it is imperative to building a strong cultural reputation for the city.

Andy Richards – Yes, Live music is important for the cultural development of a community.

Anne Brackley – Maybe. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the process of implementing strategies and its implications.

Judith Baldacchino –Yes

Monica Hayes – Yes

Dean Kennedy –  Yes, Music plays an important community wellbeing role as well as offering a strong economic and tourism benefit and should be part of the council's overall arts, culture and tourism focus.

Eddy Kontelj – Yes

Phil Baulch – Yes

Jeff Schwarze –  Maybe

Keith Fagg – Yes

Bernadette Uzelac – Yes, Anything that contributes to the development of culture and the arts is a positive and should be embraced.

Cameron Granger –Yes.

Tony Ansett – Yes. Sound Shell for Lara so that Christmas Carols and Youth bands are able to access

Kylie Grzybek – Maybe, I say maybe because I feel it could possibly fall under another category.  Obviously not having been on Council before, I need to investigate this.

Margaret Pocock  -    Yes, I would totally support that.  

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Gavin Brown –  Yes

Carlo Missio – Yes

Warren Smith –  Yes

Michelle Heagney - Yes

Gail Cook –  No

Astra Kirsanovs –  No

Katharine Oliver – Yes

Andy Richards –.Yes

Anne Brackley – No

Judith Baldacchino – Yes

Monica Hayes – Yes

Dean Kennedy –  .Yes

Eddy Kontelj –  Yes

Phil Baulch – Yes

Jeff Schwarze –  Don’t know

Keith Fagg – Yes

Bernadette Uzelac –  No

Cameron Granger – Yes

Tony Ansett – Yes

Kylie Grzybek – Yes

 Margaret Pocock  -  Yes.  

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

respected.)

Gavin Brown –  Yes. There are few live music venues in my ward but many in my council as a whole.  Many of the live music values around Geelong are not near residential areas, however it is inevitable that urban living grows in Geelong, and this can lead to complaints from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues.  I will act to protect music venues from these threats through adoption of the Agent of Change principle.

Carlo Missio – Yes. Ocean Grove in particular has a weekend music festival in a range of venues and a number of successful bands have emerged from this region and continue to live and work here, it is an inherent part of the culture of our town and region and should be supported at all levels of government.

Warren Smith – Yes

Michelle Heagney –Don’t know, I would like to become more informed on the issue and broad impacts.

Gail Cook –  Yes

Astra Kirsanovs –  Yes. I have to admit though that I like jazz and classical to the exclusion of some live venue music so that I'm not sure of the parameters of the proposed action

Katharine Oliver – Yes

Andy Richards –. Yes

Anne Brackley –Yes.

Judith Baldacchino –Yes, Absolutely.  My partner and I are big live music fans and attempt to support local gigs by attending and encouraging others to be supportive.  We are part of a large informal friendship based network that consists of music lovers and musicians

Monica Hayes – Yes, with additional infromation.

Dean Kennedy –  .Yes

Eddy Kontelj – Yes

Phil Baulch – Yes

Jeff Schwarze –  Don’t know

Keith Fagg – Yes

Bernadette Uzelac – Don’t know. I would need to further my understanding of this principle but it seems like a positive approach if it is supportive of musicians and live music.

Cameron Granger – Yes

Tony Ansett – Yes

Kylie Grzybek – Don’t know. I would need more I information to make a view.

Margaret Pocock  -  Yes I certainly would. 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

respected.)

Gavin Brown –  Yes. I will oppose any move to see the planning amendments implemented in capital cities under the “Capital City Zone” to be extended to Geelong.  This limits the right for music venues to appeal against development applications which may impact on their venue.

Carlo Missio – Don’t know

Warren Smith – No

Michelle Heagney – Yes, Noise, time limits access to venues requirements on street performing.

Gail Cook –  Yes, COGG has laws to protect residents who live near live venues and also laws regarding the venues and the facilities they provide. OH&S laws would also apply to music venues.

Astra Kirsanovs –  No

Katharine Oliver – Don’t know

Andy Richards –.No

Anne Brackley – Don’t know

Judith Baldacchino – No

Monica Hayes – Don’t know

Dean Kennedy –  .Dont know

Eddy Kontelj – Not above the standard noise management and hours of operation local laws.

Phil Baulch – No

Jeff Schwarze –  Don’t know. Sound level too high

Keith Fagg – Yes, There are general amenity issues that need to be considered. People have the right to the enjoyment of where they live.  The Agent of Change principle should assist in clarifying this.

Bernadette Uzelac – No

Cameron Granger – No

Tony Ansett – No

Kylie Grzybek – No

Margaret Pocock  -   No, I am not aware of any other regulatory issues.  

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

respected.)

Gavin Brown –  1. Music Festival.  2. Promotion of the city’s live music venues, with space on the City of Greater Geelong website to promote local events and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Carlo Missio –Youth music workshops and possibly making it easier for outdoor music as well as utilising existing infrastructure within the electorate to support local musicians.

Warren Smith – i would support any live music in my electorate any way i possibly could and would be happy for any feed back on this matter so i could take this onbord to help future live music venues in my electorate. if elected.

Gail Cook –  The council should continue to provide venues at low cost to non-profit groups (eg local choirs & bands) for concerts, etc.  Ensuring live music was well covered in the Art & Culture portfolio.

Astra Kirsanovs –  Music appreciation commences at an early age so that I believe good music programs in primary schools and kindergardens are essential. Opportunies for children to participate from baby to teenager are vital.  I am thinking of the wonderful 'parents for music' here but run along more formalised lines instead of purely on a voluntary basis.

Katharine Oliver – I am keen to regnenerate the centre of Geelong. This would include multiple opportunities for music. In fact my strategy for the regeneration of Geelong centrally involves creative industries, I would see music as integral.

Andy Richards –.Council to encourage outdoor spaces for live music.

Anne Brackley –I have not considered this before but am always supportive of community development.

Judith Baldacchino –I like the idea of small music festivals, having been a devoted folk music fan for decades.  I like the Anglesea and Queenscliff  music festival.  I would like to get a small poetry reading and writing group going which I think would be a viable way to wedge into a music forum down here in St Leonards.

Monica Hayes – There are many space and places in this area underutilised for public performances

Dean Kennedy –  . Support and recommend approval of any local appropriate applications for council grants; support for existing events such as the National Celtic Festival held annually in my ward and live music at other events such as the Mussel Festival; encourage new events for all ages especially during peak tourism season.

Eddy Kontelj – I would like to look at appropriate venues in the Cowie ward and the Greater City of Geelong that could be developed and made available for musicians. Some of these locations may be Osborne House in North Geelong, Western Heights College Campus in Quamby Avenue, Hamlyn Heights once it closes or some of the industrial sheds and facilities in the north.

Phil Baulch – Well resourced and promoted twice yearly music festivals highlighting local performers.

Jeff Schwarze –  Music to issuse of the world. That really needed

Keith Fagg – In addtion to the existing range of music and events in Geelong, I have proposed holding a "Festival of Geelong" which will bring together musicians, performers, buskers etc. into a celebration of the talent Geelong has on offer.

Bernadette Uzelac – I am developing a culture and the arts policy and this applies to all forms of the arts, not just the visual arts. As a cultured city, Geelong must embrace all forms of culture and the arts as these are the things that bind our community together.

Tony Ansett – Sound Shell in Lara

Kylie Grzybek – As stated above, I think our Council should support local talent by including them in major events.

Margaret Pocock  -   I would delight in investigating music programs and events that embrace and include all ages, from the very young to the elderly.  

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

respected.)

Gavin Brown –  Don’t know. I'll find out more if elected to council.

Carlo Missio – Yes. While there is good support, It can always be expanding in order to add greater value to the community and local businesses will also benefit from this kind of support.

Warren Smith – Don’t know. i would have to find out more information on this matter,but would support such founding for music events

Michelle Heagney – Don’t know. There could always be more funding for the arts, be it music, performing arts or the visual arts. In determining my view on if the funding is currently adequate I would like to meet with and talk to individuals and groups before forming an opinion.

Gail Cook – Yes

Astra Kirsanovs –  No. There is never enough funding for this vital activity that bonds and unites communities

Katharine Oliver – No

Andy Richards –.Dont know

Anne Brackley –Yes. City of Greater Geelong does seem to be very supportive of the Arts including music.

Judith Baldacchino –Don’t know.

Monica Hayes – Don’t know. Arts generally struggles for funding - I will look more closely at music situation.

Dean Kennedy –  .Yes, No issues have been raised. The council strongly supports and is a principal partner of the National Celtic Festival

Eddy Kontelj – No

Phil Baulch – No

Jeff Schwarze –  Don’t know

Keith Fagg – Don’t know

Bernadette Uzelac – No. There is never enough funding for the arts, including music.

Cameron Granger – Yes. Better than most but can always do with more

Tony Ansett – No. Bring back Lara Heritage Festival with Music Contest

Kylie Grzybek – Don’t know. To make a informed view I would need to see budgets.

Margaret Pocock  -   As music is a vital part of any civil society I would embrace the opportunity to advance the current funding.  

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

respected.)

Gavin Brown – Yes

Carlo Missio – Yes

Warren Smith – Yes

Michelle Heagney - Yes

Gail Cook –  Yes

Astra Kirsanovs –  Yes, With appropriate supervision and also with due respect to safety aspects.

Katharine Oliver – Yes

Andy Richards –.Yes

Anne Brackley – Don’t know, I understand City of Greater Geelong is very good at this - with The Potato Shed and the Court Arts venue in Geelong.

Judith Baldacchino –Yes

Monica Hayes –  Yes, in partnership with local organisations.

Dean Kennedy –  .Yes, I'm very keen to ensure local council community facilities are utilised to their fullest potential. Whilst under 18’s don’t yet vote their needs should certainly not be ignored, as they are the future of our local communities

Eddy Kontelj – Yes

Phil Baulch – Yes

Jeff Schwarze –  Don’t know. please keep sound down as people do like to talk and when they leaveing do not have rings in they ears. As they have to constraining on get home.by,driving, tranport and walking.

Keith Fagg –  Yes

Bernadette Uzelac –  Yes, Absolutely! Council-owned facilities and buildings belong to the community and as such should be used and accessible to the community. I think this is an excellent idea. I would be very supportive of it.

Cameron Granger – Yes

Tony Ansett – Yes

Kylie Grzybek – Yes

Margaret Pocock  -  Yes.  I definitely would as many of our facilities are underutilised.  

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

respected.)

Michelle Heagney - I am a volunteer director on the Geelong Performing Arts Centre trust, and keenly support the performing arts. In Geelong I would like to support the redevelopment of GPAC over the suggested convention center or Yarra st Pier.

Astra Kirsanovs –  Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this survey.  The world would be a better place if we all took time out to listen to music rather than spent our money on armaments.

Katharine Oliver – I am very supportive of your work. If elected I will make sure your message is communicated to others.

Anne Brackley – thank you for this opportunity to extend my thinking.

Monica Hayes – If elected , I would welcome further discussion with you.

Dean Kennedy –  . Thanks for asking for my views.

Jeff Schwarze –  Music is a International Sound to the World.  We the people, All live in.

Keith Fagg – Music adds significantly to the culture of our community and we should do all we reasonably can to support it.

Bernadette Uzelac – Thank you for conducting this survey. It is important to put this issue on the table and hopefully we see more opportunities opening up for musicians.

Kylie Grzybek – Thanks

 Margaret Pocock  -   Music is a painting in sound we can all share.  

Greater Shepparton City Council

Greater Shepparton City Council

Greater Shepparton City Council 2012

 

Greater Shepparton City Council (7 vacancies, 26 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Ms BARIMA, Eugenie

Did Not Respond

Mr OROSZVARY, Leslie Alexander

Did Not Respond

Mr SKINNER, Andrew

See Response Below

Mr LITTLE, Bruce William

Did Not Respond

Mr LONGO, Leonard

See Response Below

Mr HAZELMAN, Chris

Did Not Respond

Mr HOPSON, James

See Response Below

Mr POLAN, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr TRICARICO, Tyler

See Response Below

Mr O'CONNELL, Pat

Did Not Respond

Mr CHRISTOE, Ian

See Response Below

Mr BUTLER, Noel

Did Not Respond

Mr PARAMESWARAN, Menon

Did Not Respond

Mr PATON, David

See Response Below

Mr ADEM, Dinny

Did Not Respond

Mr PATTERSON, Dennis

Did Not Respond

Mr FALSETTA, Adrian

No Email Address Provided

Mrs SUMMER, Fern

See Response Below

Mrs RADITSAS, Leanne

See Response Below

Mrs HOULIHAN, Jenny

No Email Address Provided

Mr RYAN, Kevin Gunna

No Email Address Provided

Mr KELLY, Jason Marcus

Did Not Respond

Mr SANDFORD, Llew

Did Not Respond

Mr MUTO, Milvan

No Email Address Provided

Mr CASSISE, Tony

No Email Address Provided

TEASDALE, Diane

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Greater Shepparton City Council 2012: 26

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Andrew Skinner – Rising costs of rental, Not enough space for audience members, musicians getting rejected with prejudice.

Leanne Raditsas – Appropriate Venues, especially for underage gigs. Lack of affordable venues.

Ian Christoe – The cost of staging the event. Many local acts are emerging artists and cannot support or justify expensive infrastructure.

Leonard Longo – Lack of community type events where musicians can preform. Local regional governments should have at least a couple events along the Lygon St festival type of event, especially Shepparton with such a rich and diverse ethnic community. I am advocating that greater Shepparton should have a community development officer to organize community groups to participate in such type of festivals as one of their many duties.

David Paton – Community support

Tyler Tricarico – No encouragement to come into the area, except for one licenced venue - Yahoo Bar - who try to get some known acts from Triple J. Our Show grounds (rarely) get utilised for touring (regional) events eg: we never got Red Hot Summer Tour, we could have Day on the Green at one of our wineries eg: Monichino's (Katunga) or the Olive Grove out Melbourne Rd (out skirts) of Shepparton.

Fern Summer – We have a kick-ass local music scene in Shepparton. Headed by Jamie Lea - responsible for acoustics at Lemon Tree cafe and the amazing 3630 Festival, and Kiel Egging - responsible for Shepp Sounds, which gives talented kids a shot at getting recognised. However, as is usual for the music scene, unfortunately they only represent sub-groups.

James Hopson – The lack of patron support, people won't go to local original live music nights if there is any sort of cover charge. Plus most patrons only want to here covers or the latest DJ tracks    Also we don't have a 250+ capacity venue that supports bringing through touring acts, making it hard to attract larger acts to Shepparton

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Andrew Skinner – Yes

Leanne Raditsas – Yes

Ian Christoe – Yes. I commit to exploring the issue further if I am successful. Live music is especially valuable in giving young people a meaningful cultural outlet.

Leonard Longo – Yes

David Paton – Yes

Tyler Tricarico – Yes. Very much so. There is a lack of entertainment that passes by in our regional area thus leaving (young) people short changed re: access to entertainment. If younger people had more variety in the Goulburn Valley with a positive flow (bands) coming thru regular it might influence such aspects of boredom, anti-social behaviour & crime ie: they have something more to do other than looking towards limited choice's re: pub or nigh-club. More music (bands) please.

Fern Summer – Hell yes!! We have Yahoo Bar, continually showcasing local and national talent from all genre's; and Nobel Monks, a leader in DJ enterprise. It's a sad day when football stadiums receive double the funding of Australia's struggling music scene. We have so much talent - give it a chance and it may surprise you as being MORE lucrative than anything else promoted in this country!

James Hopson – I currently work in the industry as an event manager/sound tech/DJ

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Andrew Skinner – Don’t know

Leanne Raditsas – No

Ian Christoe – Yes

Leonard Longo – Yes

David Paton – No

Tyler Tricarico – Yes

Fern Summer – No

James Hopson – Don’t know

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Andrew Skinner – Yes

Leanne Raditsas – Yes

Ian Christoe – Yes

Leonard Longo – Yes

David Paton – Yes

Tyler Tricarico – Yes. If there are public notices, the community are aware re: eg: out-door event (concert) that maybe occuring, then the public should be satisfied with being informed. It may differ in the city (metro) region. But the country area, especially the Goulburn Valley needs more (live) music for sure.

Fern Summer – Yes

James Hopson – Yes

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Andrew Skinner –Don’t know

Leanne Raditsas – No

Ian Christoe – No

Leonard Longo – Don’t know. Our local council is very poor in informing the local community.

David Paton – No

Tyler Tricarico – Yes. EPA Victoria - State environment protection policy  Environment Protection 1970 - for indoor venues

Fern Summer – No

James Hopson – Don’t know. None that I know of, but support for local events is less then what I would like to see

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Leanne Raditsas – Engaging youth through schools.

Ian Christoe – We have a valuable organisation, 'Word and Mouth', which is doing a fantastic job in getting live music where young people can attend at little or no cost. They deserve additional support. Many of the venues are privately operated and need additional

Leonard Longo – Shepparton area used to host many local events that would have given musician great opportunities but many have seemed to have been lost to history through lack of council support or commitment. Community development officers if given the correct briefing and reason digression with reasonable funding would improve outcomes for all.

David Paton –. promoting of more free open air concerts for the community

Tyler Tricarico – Investigate what government funding there is to assist the promoting of (LIVE) acts.  Research to see if there are any private sector (entreprenuer) who would wish to invest some corporate dollar into getting bands into the region.    See if there are any promoters who would consider our region as a destination

Fern Summer – Closer liaisons with youth groups and open minded funding enterprises. As stated below, open council land for rehearsals/recording/events etc.

James Hopson – More live music events, including pool parties, park performances, local battles, and any ideas that are brought to me that I see as workable. Workshops from touring groups as well as events to bring in large acts touring through the area

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Andrew Skinner – Don’t know

Leanne Raditsas – No

Ian Christoe – No. See above re, 'Word and Mouth'.

Leonard Longo – No

David Paton – Yes. Could always use more though

Tyler Tricarico – No. This is only a percieved thought as I havent seen a vast array of acts in our area.

Fern Summer –There wont be enough until we rightfully establish ourself as an international music centre, focusing predominantly on new talent.

James Hopson –Word and mouth/freeza are trying but with constant cuts to their organisations it becomes less feasible for them to run some of the larger events

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Andrew Skinner – Yes

Leanne Raditsas – Yes

Ian Christoe – Yes. The current situation is actually not that bad at the moment.

Leonard Longo – Yes. This used to happen in the past so why not in the future, facilities are there to be used for the betterment of our community.

David Paton – Yes.

Tyler Tricarico –Yes. The youth would love the oppurtunity to have this. I know we have Battle of Bands. We recenly have had a great (break-thru) - local BRIGGS having a impact on the rap scene/beat-boxing.

Fern Summer –Yes

James Hopson – Yes. Anything to give the music industry a boost

 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Andrew Skinner –I am fond of music and is part of the reason why I wish to stand for council.

Ian Christoe – We are fortunate that sound issues rarely arise. I do not encourage development that might compromise this position.

Leonard Longo – Music has often been referred to "as food for the soul". Our communities seem to be rapidly becoming a 3rd world country where unfortunately malnutrition has become the norm.

Tyler Tricarico – I hope I've given a small indication of how our local area would appear no to have a great (variety) of choice when it comes to the music scene, whether it be a band or bands as a collective. Hope I was helpfull.

Fern Summer – VOTE #1 FERN SUMMER

James Hopson – The music scene in Shepparton is almost dead, and we have amazing young talent being forgotten!! They all run away to Melbourne to make it, why can't they make it big here?? Groups like 8bit love started in Yahoo bar in Shepparton, Ryan meeking came from this area, killing Heidi, came from around the area! And so many great artists I know have started in this area but get snuffed out from lack of support!! I want this to change for the next generation!!!

 

Hepburn Shire Council

Hepburn Shire Council

Hepburn Shire Council 2012

 

Birch Ward (2 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Dr McCUTCHEON, Jade

Did Not Respond

Mr HAWKES, Brian

Did Not Respond

Mr NICLAS, Pierre

Did Not Respond

Dr BARRELL, Jonathan Geoffrey

Did Not Respond

Ms SEDGMAN, Chris

See Response Below

Ms REDWOOD, Kate

Did Not Respond

 

 

Cameron Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr TWENTYMAN, Dennis

Did Not Respond

Mr NEWITT, Neil

Did Not Respond

 

 

Coliban Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr KLEIN, Sebastian John

Did Not Respond

Mr FLOKY, Robert Hysen

Did Not Respond

 

 

Creswick Ward (2 vacancies, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MAY, Greg

Did Not Respond

Mr ESMORE, Ian

Did Not Respond

Mr NEAL, Charles

Did Not Respond

Mr HENDERSON, Don

Did Not Respond

 

 

Holcombe Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr McCLENAGHAN, William Marks

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Hepburn Shire Council 2012: 15

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Chris Sedgman - I would have to research this to find out what the industry considers as their major issues.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Chris Sedgman - Yes.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Chris Sedgman - Yes.

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Chris Sedgman – Don’t know. I would need to have more information as to how the current amenity would be protected.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Chris Sedgman - Don't know

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Chris Sedgman - I would want to consult with our local industry

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Chris Sedgman - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Chris Sedgman - Yes

 

Hindmarsh Shire Council

Hindmarsh Shire Council

Hindmarsh Shire Council 2012

 

East Ward (2 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr OLSON, Laurie

Did Not Respond

Mr SCHNEIDER, Tony

Did Not Respond

Ms NELSON, Debra

Did Not Respond

Mrs LEHMANN, LaVergne Gaye

Did Not Respond

Mr UNGER, Clifford

No Email Address Provided

Mr POHLNER, Don

No Email Address Provided

 

 

North Ward (2 vacancies, 2 candidates)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr LOWE, Ronald Edwin

No Email Address Provided

Ms CHIVELL, Elizabeth

Did Not Respond

 

 

West Ward (2 vacancies, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr COLBERT, K. David

Did Not Respond

Mrs ROBINS, Wendy

No Email Address Provided

Mr GERSCH, Rob

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Hindmarsh Shire Council 2012: 11

 

No responses were received for this council.

Hobsons Bay City Council

Hobsons Bay City Council

Hobsons Bay City Council 2012

 

Cherry Lake Ward (2 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms DANIELS, Lynne

Did Not Respond

Mr LONG, Brian

Did Not Respond

Miss GUROVSKA, Menka

See Response Below

Ms DOYRAN, Sinem

Did Not Respond

Ms WILSON, Sandra

Did Not Respond

Mr DAVIES, Aaron

See Response Below

Mr PRICE, Jason

Did Not Respond

Mr LALOR, Patrick

No Email Address Provided

Ms RICE, Diana

See Response Below

Ms SHORT, Maureen Elizabeth

Did Not Respond

Cr BRIFFA, Tony

Did Not Respond

Mr SINGLETON, Dwayne

Did Not Respond

Mr RAFFOUL, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr McCURLEY, Cameron

Did Not Respond

 

 

Strand Ward (3 vacancies, 16 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms ALTAIR, Angela

Did Not Respond

Mrs ASSAF, Olga

No Email Address Provided

Mr SERGI, Michael

Did Not Respond

Miss ELLIOTT, Chantelle

See Response Below

Mr TEHAN, Bill

Did Not Respond

Mr CEFALA, Antonio

Did Not Respond

Dr KAMAREDDINE, Abdul

Did Not Respond

Ms MILLER, Susan

See Response Below

Mr TRIPODI, Oliver

Did Not Respond

Mrs ALAMASSI, Thuraya

Did Not Respond

Mr MORGAN, Paul

Did Not Respond

Miss HOGG, Diana Dora

Did Not Respond

Mrs McKENNEY-CAMPBELL, Therese

See Response Below

Mr ASSAF, Wajde Wade

No Email Address Provided

Cr HEMPHILL, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr MARINIS, Jim

See Response Below

 

 

Wetlands Ward (2 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MARSICH, Carl

Did Not Respond

Mr SAGONA, John

Did Not Respond

Ms GATES, Colleen

Did Not Respond

Miss GRIGOROVITCH, Luba

Did Not Respond

Mr HOGG, John

Did Not Respond

Mr SOUIED, Khalid

No Email Address Provided

Mr EL-HASSAN, Talal

Did Not Respond

MS THOMAS, Anna

Did Not Respond

Mr SOLIN, Rodney

Did Not Respond

Miss KENT, Charmaine

Did Not Respond

Ms DUGGAN, Robyne

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Hobsons Bay City Council 2012: 41

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Diana Rice - Availability of affordable and appropriate venues that attract a diverse audience, including families  Restrictions on after hours noise

Menka Gurovska - Not enough exposure or promoting

Aaron Davies - Council Support

Susan Miller - In parts of Hobsons Bay there are not enough live music venues and people need to travel to the inner city to listen to music. Several live venues in Strand Ward could be threatened by noise concerns of encroaching residential developments.

Jim Marinis - Possibly being able to find a place to play! There are many venues that support live music in Williamstown, from restaurants to pubs/clubs. It seems like a solidly booked-out scene.

Chantelle Elliott - A lack of venues and bookings

Therese McKenney-Campbell - Lack of venues  Inferior resources and equipment  costs

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Diana Rice - Yes.

Menka Gurovska - Yes

Aaron Davies - Yes.

Susan Miller – Yes. Currently Hobsons Bay City Council has no arts policy. I would like to see an policy that supports community arts in the city. This would include a music strategy.

Jim Marinis – Maybe. It would have to realistically fit in around other priorities that affect the wellbeing of residents ie: health/safety/planning issues vs entertainment

Chantelle Elliott - Yes.

Therese McKenney-Campbell – Maybe\

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Diana Rice - No

Menka Gurovska - No

Aaron Davies - Yes.

Susan Miller - Yes

Jim Marinis - No

Chantelle Elliott - Yes.

Therese McKenney-Campbell - Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Diana Rice – Don’t know. I need to learn more about principle

Menka Gurovska - Don’t know

Aaron Davies - Yes.

Susan Miller - Yes

Jim Marinis – Yes. Assuming noise levels for live venues do not impact residents in the area, especially the elderly/disabled and young families.

Chantelle Elliott - Yes.

Therese McKenney-Campbell - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Diana Rice – Yes - some zoning

Menka Gurovska - No

Aaron Davies - No

Susan Miller - No

Jim Marinis - No

Chantelle Elliott – No

Therese McKenney-Campbell – Yes.

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Diana Rice - local venues (includng community centres), local music festivals, profiling local musicians, a local music webpage or regular list of dates in local newspapers and other media

Menka Gurovska - Music to be taught at school as a subject or be optional

Aaron Davies - Music & Art Grants With Performances @ Various Hobsons Bay Venues & Festivals.

Susan Miller - Investigating use of alternative venues for music events. Encouraging family friendly outdoor festivals on council owned land. Supporting schools participation in music events (eg. Hobsons Voice - a performance of school choirs). Supporting one-off events such as All Tomorrows Parties (being held in Altona North in February 2013) by assisting with transport and road issues. Support running regular under-age and alcohol-free live music events.

Jim Marinis - Programs in schools that incorporate music into the curriculum, support for appropriate festivals/outdoor events

Chantelle Elliott - Musical education programmes.  tours of professional groups.

Therese McKenney-Campbell - I hope to enable live music to reach the wider community. Engage passive recreation and acceptance to creation

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Diana Rice - Yes

Menka Gurovska - No

Aaron Davies - No

Susan Miller - No

Jim Marinis - Don't know

Chantelle Elliott – No

Therese McKenney-Campbell - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Diana Rice - Yes

Menka Gurovska – Yes, Providing it is in area where there will be no disturbance to residents.

Aaron Davies - Yes

Susan Miller - Yes

Jim Marinis - Yes

Chantelle Elliott – Yes

Therese McKenney-Campbell - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Susan Miller - I will support the regular festivals that are run across the city, ensuring they have a live music component. I commend the great community effort that has made Newport's Substation into a fantastic community arts venue with a fantastic live music program. I'd love to see more events like the One Day Event At The Pines music festival which was held at the Pines Scout Camp in Altona in 2008.

 

Horsham Rural City Council

Horsham Rural City Council

Horsham Rural City Council 2012

 

Horsham Rural City Council (7 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr GRIMBLE, David

Did Not Respond

Ms PHILLIPS, Heather R.

See Response Below

Mrs CLARKE, Pamela Nance

No Email Address Provided

Mr BARBER, Robin Leslie

Did Not Respond

Mr BOWE, David John

See Response Below

Mr RADFORD, Mark A.

No Email Address Provided

Mrs EXELL, Susan Joy

See Response Below

Mrs DUMESNY, Kath

Did Not Respond

Mr McKENZIE, Russell James

No Email Address Provided

Mr JEWELL, Stephen

No Email Address Provided

Mr PHELAN, Tony

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Horsham Rural City Council 2012: 11

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Sue Exell - Lack of facilities.

David Bowe - Suitable venue space

Heather R Phillips - Life Music venues are quite good in Horsham. I guess the main issues are around financial support and getting people to attend live music functions.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Sue Exell - Maybe.

David Bowe - Yes.

Heather R Phillips – Yes. I think this is well incorporated in the Performing arts policy already developed

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Sue Exell - Don't know

David Bowe - No

Heather R Phillips - Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Sue Exell – Don’t know. Would need to know more info

David Bowe - Yes.

Heather R Phillips - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Sue Exell – Don’t know. Unable to comment until more info is provided

David Bowe - No

Heather R Phillips - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

David Bowe - Provide a suitable space for live music for all in the community and promote local bands and artists

Heather R Phillips - More festivals and special events that focus on a variety of music.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Sue Exell - Don't know

David Bowe - Don't know

Heather R Phillips - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Sue Exell - Don't know. Need more info

David Bowe - Yes

Heather R Phillips -  Yes

 

Hume City Council

Hume City Council

Hume City Council 2012

 

Aitken Ward (4 vacancies, 22 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr JOSEF, Louie

Did Not Respond

Mr SINGH, Guri

See Response Below

Mr BAMUNUSINGHE, Chandra

Did Not Respond

Mr SAHIN, Celal

Did Not Respond

ISTAR, Samet

Did Not Respond

Mr JESSOP, Drew

Did Not Respond

Mr ROSHA, Amandeep S.

See Response Below

Ms NUNN, Casey

Did Not Respond

Mrs JUNGWIRTH, Anne

Did Not Respond

Mrs AYOUB, Amal

Did Not Respond

Mr HADDAD, John

Did Not Respond

Mr TABIAAT, Omar

Did Not Respond

Mr TODARO, Luke Joshua

No Email Address Provided

Mr PERRONI, Phillip

Did Not Respond

Mr HIRMIZ, Imad

Did Not Respond

Miss MARR, Raylene Lisa Catherine

Did Not Respond

Mr AL HELOU, Abdul Aziz

No Email Address Provided

Mr MATHAROO, Gurdeep Singh

No Email Address Provided

Mr CHANDRA, Anesh

Did Not Respond

Mr HUYNH, John Huy Hoang

Did Not Respond

Mr BOLTON, Alan William

Did Not Respond

Mr HANNA, Elias

Did Not Respond

 

 

Jacksons Creek Ward (3 vacancies, 10 candidates)   

Candidates

 

Mrs BARROT, Carmel Judith

Did Not Respond

Mr DANCE, Trevor

No Email Address Provided

Mrs WARD, Jan

No Email Address Provided

Mr BUCHANAN, Ross

No Email Address Provided

Mr OGILVIE, Jack

Did Not Respond

Ms POTTER, Ann Therese Elizabeth

Did Not Respond

Mr LODDERS, Adrian

Did Not Respond

Mr COUGHLAN, Stephen Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr MEDCRAFT, Steve Jack

Did Not Respond

Mr SIMES, Bart

Did Not Respond

 

 

Meadow Valley Ward (4 vacancies, 15 candidates)   

Candidates

 

Mr PORTER, Geoff

No Email Address Provided

Ms NICHOLSON, Evelyn

No Email Address Provided

Mr MARR, Graeme David

Did Not Respond

Mr ATMACA, Adem

Did Not Respond

Mr YIGIT, Burhan

Did Not Respond

Mr BRODERICK, John William

No Email Address Provided

Mrs KANAFANI, Sahar

Did Not Respond

Mr DOUGALL, Vic

Did Not Respond

Mr NISSAN, Sam

See Response Below

McNAUGHTON, Terri

No Email Address Provided

Mrs PATSIKATHEODOROU, Helen

Did Not Respond

Mr NADDAF, Zafer

See Response Below

Mr DEVINE, Les

No Email Address Provided

Mr MITCHELL, John

Did Not Respond

Mr ABBOUCHE, Mohamad

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Hume City Council 2012: 47 



Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Amandeep S Rosha - There are not enough venues for the musicians.

Sam Nissaan - Music its part of Hume live can't be wave it from our society

Zafer Naddaf - There isn't enough  of any live music venues in this area.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Singh Guri - Yes

Amandeep S Rosha - Yes.

Sam Nissaan - Yes.

Zafer Naddaf – Yes

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Singh Guri - Yes

Amandeep S Rosha - Yes.

Sam Nissaan - No

Zafer Naddaf – Don’t Know

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Singh Guri - Yes

Amandeep S Rosha - Yes.

Sam Nissaan - Yes.

Zafer Naddaf - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Singh Guri - Don't know

Amandeep S Rosha - No

Sam Nissaan - No

Zafer Naddaf - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Singh Guri - I am considering this now and ya certainly Music is an accential part of life. It needs to be respected and take care. looking forward to learn more about this.

Amandeep S Rosha - I would organize more music concerts in the area and would also help them for the proper advertising for their concerts.

Sam Nissaan - I will support for all kind of musician if its really our Community get advantage of it in future, because music its part of our education.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Singh Guri – Yes. I attended few Community gatherings having cultural stuff with music being funded by Multicultural body in council.

Amandeep S Rosha - Don't know

Sam Nissaan - Don't know

Zafer Naddaf - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Singh Guri - Yes

Amandeep S Rosha - Yes

Sam Nissaan - Yes

Zafer Naddaf - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Singh Guri - Keep punching

Sam Nissaan - Thank you.

 

Indigo Shire Council

Indigo Shire Council

Indigo Shire Council 2012

 

Indigo Shire Council (7 vacancies, 17 candidates)   

Candidates

 

Mr TRENERY, James

Did Not Respond

Mr DEANER, Roger Kenneth

See Response Below

Mr DIDOLIS, James

Did Not Respond

CLYDESDALE, Greg

See Response Below

Mr CROUCHER, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mrs JARVIS-WILLS, Jill Patricia

Did Not Respond

Ms HORNE, Roberta

No Email Address Provided

Mr CHAMBERS, Don

See Response Below

Mr WITHNELL, Rod

Did Not Respond

ISSELL, Vic

Did Not Respond

Mr THOMAS, Harry

Did Not Respond

Mrs MURDOCH, Barbara Joan

Did Not Respond

Mrs POCKLEY, Ali

No Email Address Provided

Mr GAFFNEY, Bernard

Did Not Respond

Ms O'CONNOR, Jenny

Did Not Respond

Mr WILLIAMS, John

Did Not Respond

Mr TEISSL, Emmerick

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Indigo Shire Council 2012: 17

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Don Chambers - It is not an issue I have been alerted to.

Roger Deaner - I believe we're pretty well served - local amateurs, and easy access to Wodonga, Albury, and Wangaratta.

Greg Clydesdale - Continuous employment as musicians

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Don Chambers – Maybe. I need more information.

Roger Deaner - Unnecessary.

Greg Clydesdale – Yes. We do have a healthy festival and event program and we do have a large number of venues and we do support an ongoing Tourist attraction program to provide employment but we could encourage greater involvement in education by utilising the Mayday Hills site.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Don Chambers - No

Roger Deaner - No

Greg Clydesdale - Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Don Chambers – Don’t know. More information please

Roger Deaner - Don't know

Greg Clydesdale - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Don Chambers - Don't know

Roger Deaner – Yes. My 8 year old grandson wants to play his ukulele and is required to pay not only a $60 licence fee, but also to take out Public Liability insurance for not less than $1,500,000.  Try explaining that to an 8 year old!

Greg Clydesdale - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Don Chambers -  I would need the Music Industry to brief me should I be successful.

Greg Clydesdale - encourage the greater use of the Mayday hills site (the previous site of Opera in the Alps) for conservatorium , education , and festival performances.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Don Chambers - Don't know

Roger Deaner - Don't know

Greg Clydesdale – Yes. There is never enough but there is certainly encouragement. There can be improved management and facilitation support so that there is a sustainable and continuing program.

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Don Chambers - Yes

Roger Deaner – Yes

Greg Clydesdale – Yes. some initiatives already exist and must be continued and expanded

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Don Chambers - Happy to find out more

Roger Deaner - I like the idea of the survey.  Best wishes.

Greg Clydesdale – Mayday Hills

 

Kingston City Council

Kingston City Council

Kingston City Council 2012

 

Central Ward (3 vacancies, 28 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Miss HONAN, Amelia

No Email Address Provided

Mr CURNOW, Chris

See Response Below

Ms TESSA, Karin

Did Not Respond

Mr BALDOCK, Ian John

See Response Below

HOCKHAM, Russell

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MONAHAN, Kerry

Did Not Respond

Ms ELTHAM, Kirsten

See Response Below

Mr GLEDHILL, Geoff

Did Not Respond

Mr WRIGHT, Brian

No Email Address Provided

Ms HOUSTON, Claire

See Response Below

Mr HASSETT, Edward

No Email Address Provided

Ms WEST, Rosemary

Did Not Respond

Mr MOISIDIS, Kon

No Email Address Provided

Mr TERRY, Rick

Did Not Respond

Ms MILES, Sandra

Did Not Respond

Mr DAVIS, James

Did Not Respond

Ms GERRATY, Francine

No Email Address Provided

FRENCH, Wandzia

See Response Below

Mr BROWNLEES, Ron

Did Not Respond

Mr MACNAUGHTAN, John

Did Not Respond

Mrs BAKER, Nola

See Response Below

Mrs NEILSON, Sarah

No Email Address Provided

Mrs KHALED, Georgia

Did Not Respond

Mr DUNDAS, Lewis

No Email Address Provided

Mr EMELHAIN, Phil

No Email Address Provided

Mrs McCONNACHIE, Patricia

Did Not Respond

Mr HARDMAN, Paul

No Email Address Provided

Mr BEARSLEY, Andrew

See Response Below

 

 

North Ward (3 vacancies, 10 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr KOUTSIKOS, Tass

Did Not Respond

Mr PEULICH, Paul

See Response Below

Ms BARTH, Tamara

See Response Below

Mr BEVINAKOPPA, Gandhi

Did Not Respond

Mr STAIKOS, Steve

No Email Address Provided

DIMITRIU, Tasos

No Email Address Provided

Ms DUNN, Joanne

No Email Address Provided

Mr CARTY, Michael

See Response Below

Ms FARROW, Kaye

Did Not Respond

Mrs LI, Jian Huang

Did Not Respond

 

 

South Ward (3 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MUNRO, Paul

See Response Below

Mr MOLONEY, Dan

No Email Address Provided

Mr LOWTHER, Scott

Did Not Respond

Mr SHEWAN, Trevor

Did Not Respond

Mrs BEARSLEY, Tamsin

Did Not Respond

Mrs LIM, Maureen

See Response Below

Mr SCOTT, Justin

See Response Below

Ms ROWE, Courtney

No Email Address Provided

Mr EDEN, David

Did Not Respond

Ms MacINNES, Roslyn

Did Not Respond

Mrs ERWIN, Robyn

See Response Below

Mr RONKE, John Morgan

No Email Address Provided

Mr CARMAN, Chris

Did Not Respond

Mrs YEOWART, Sandra

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Kingston City Council 2012: 52 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Ian Baldock - Unknown - with a late teen so I have not attended live music venues in many years.

Claire Houston - There are not enough of them!  I recently attended an evening at the Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh and wow, what a terrific venue.  If elected I would most definitely endeavour to develop such a venue in the City of Kingston.  I think it's a real shame that people move into an established area and start lobbying against venues and facilities that have been established there for many many years and eventually force their closure.  I attend as many live events as I can, including theatre, arts, music, ballet. My family are annual attendees at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. I am a regular supporter of Kingston's Schmooze events, and a member of local arts groups.  I would love to see more live music in Kingston.

Kirsten Eltham - Having a venue (especially over winter) to play at

Andrew Bearsley - There seems to be a lack of suitable venues for musicians to use - and a lack of public knowledge about upcoming musical performances that may interest them.  Would love to see a What's On guide for Kingston in an easily accessible place - in a newspaper for example.

Wandzia French - One of the biggest issues confronting the live music industry and especially  venues in my area are that these  venues, when operating,   do not pose a problem for local residents re noise level, activity, closing hours which have patrons spilling out onto streets, potential vandalism by patrons on their way to public transport etc  Bad behaviour by some patrons  leads to more onerous operating restrictions  upon the music venue, which is a pity.  How does one contain bad behaviour? For it is this that poses the most problem for the music venue. Possibly by curtailing the availability of alcohol after a certain point.  Live music is a wonderful industry but it's practice is cobbled by the potential of some patrons to ruin it for all the others.

Nola Baker - Not sure

Chris Curnow - I'm sorry, but I just don't know enough about issues facing musicians to answer this question.

Tamara Barth - Waning culture of live music enjoyment as an activity.

Cr. Paul Peulich - Limited number of venues are available in Kingston.  Land use conflict would be significant in the Kingston suburban environment.  Green Wedge land may produce opportunities to have an all weather amphitheatre to serve as a meeting place for music.

Michael Carty - Thats easy , there arnt enough Venues that are willing to take on Musicians to entertain thier Patrons. Entertainment for the past 15 years has been concentrated on the pokies.

Paul Munro - Funding - My candidate statement includes "I say fund youth causes like scouting and performing arts on the same scale as sports.", and I add this because the current Council has neglected community interest funding outside sports.

Robyn Erwin - This is not my field of expertise but once elected I would welcome discussions with musicians and those involved in live music in the municipality to find out what these are.

Maureen Lim - Not enough financial assistance and opportunities for live concerts

Justin Scott - A means of getting themselves out there and known. Safe, suitable live venues.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Ian Baldock – Maybe. I would need to have details of what that entailed before I could commit to supporting it.

Claire Houston – Yes. As aforestated, I would love to see more live music performances in our city, and would fully support a Council music strategy.

Kirsten Eltham – Yes. Absolutely, not only sport but music is great for children to develop their minds and it is the best thing also to heal and give joy. Music is everything, deep seated in our mind as a memory and of paramount importance to the community as a whole.

Andrew Bearsley – Yes. Absolutely.

Wandzia French - Yes.

Nola Baker - Maybe.

Chris Curnow - Yes.

Tamara Barth - Yes

Cr. Paul Peulich – yes. As a music producer I believe in promoting and supporting the arts.

Michael Carty – Yes. We have various Entertainment and Arts  groups in the Kingston Electorate with very little funding.

Paul Munro – yes. I'd need to know more about the strategy and associated funding/costs, but in principle, I don't see why not.

Robyn Erwin – Yes. I believe that music plays, or has the potential to play, an important role in all our lives whether we are musicians or just listeners. I found being a member of a community choir a few years ago a really uplifting experience – even though we never performed – and would like to find ways to get as many people as possible involved or appreciating some form of music.

Maureen Lim – Yes. I belong to a Church choir and music has always been an intricate part of who I am. No matter what the choice of style may be, all people need music - it soothes, it inspires, it creates, and satisfies an inner need in all of us. I would be most interested to see how to develop a music strategy for Kingston Council.

Justin Scott - Maybe.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Ian Baldock – Don’t know.

Claire Houston – Yes.

Kirsten Eltham - Don't know

Andrew Bearsley - Don't know

Wandzia French - Yes.

Nola Baker - Yes

Chris Curnow - No

Tamara Barth - No

Cr. Paul Peulich - Yes

Michael Carty - Yes

Paul Munro - Don't know

Robyn Erwin - No

Maureen Lim - No

Justin Scott - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Ian Baldock – Don’t know. Again, I don't know any details of this, or it's implications. If/when I get elected, then I will be in a better position to investigate & take a position.

Claire Houston – Yes. Without a doubt

Kirsten Eltham - Yes

Andrew Bearsley - Yes

Wandzia French - Yes.

Nola Baker - Yes

Chris Curnow - Yes.

Tamara Barth - Yes

Cr. Paul Peulich - Yes

Michael Carty – Yes. I am 52 years of age . I grew up with live music. I managed venues such as The Ferntree Gully Hotel, Brickmakers Arms. Elsternwick Hotel, Southern Auroa Hotel. All of them late license Band Hotels.

Paul Munro – Yes. If I interpret this correctly...if the venue was in place and it use disclosed to land owners prior to their occupation, then within reasonable limits and all things being equal, the venue should have right to be used for its cause.

Robyn Erwin – Don’t know. I feel I would need greater understanding of this Principle and of the issues around live music venues before making a commitment. However in general I am of the opinion that people do not have a right to expect the environment they choose to live in to alter to suit their personal interests. Council has a role when considering developments to take into account the existing uses of the surrounding area.

Maureen Lim - Yes

Justin Scott - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Ian Baldock - Don't know

Claire Houston – Yes. Planning and lease permit issues relating to times of operation and noise volumes.

Kirsten Eltham - Don't know

Andrew Bearsley - Don't know

Wandzia French - Don't know

Nola Baker - No

Chris Curnow - No

Tamara Barth - No

Cr. Paul Peulich - No

Michael Carty – Yes. Current Councillors

Paul Munro – Yes, I expect there would have to be noise level and noise time constraints where the venue is within certain limits of residents.

Robyn Erwin – Don’t know. Again, if elected I would welcome discussions with members of the music community to better understand issues that they face.

Maureen Lim - No

Justin Scott - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Ian Baldock - Agan, I am unaware of what the current council is proposing, or has rejected. I may be in a position to influence these initiatives in the future, when I am aware of any pertinent facts.

Claire Houston - Finding suitable venues to support more live music in our area.  I already have several venues in mind.

Kirsten Eltham - I would seek to implement a community music building that was in an appropriate area to nurture up and coming talent and to also assist the talented people of the area. I would seek to set funds for this initiative, also to have a music committee for the formation and drawing together of community to have their input during the planning and building of this initiative.

Andrew Bearsley - Youth music initiatives, mother/baby music classes, music for seniors and aged care residents, and a Kingston Jazz Music Festival. I'm open to suggestions.

Wandzia French - Choose venues away from domestic residences and shopping centres e.g. factory areas which would be quite an interesting development.   I am  seeing small sporadic events in factories. Boutique/ exclusive.    The paths to available public transport and parking problems may pose another issue which should be considered when a factory is suggested.    I'm not seeing a permanent fixture arrangement but something flexible which  would be quite exciting for all concerned.    There are certainly lots of factories in my area.    Factory Music.    Sounds good!

Nola Baker - Cultural festivals such as Christmas, Food and Wine, Multi-cultural,Teen. Concerts, musicals, operas.

Chris Curnow - Once again I really can't answer this question. I strongly the support The Arts in general and music in particular. Our family was involved with Young Voices of Melbourne for over 10 years. As a first time candidate, there are a lot of issues I haven't fully got my head around yet. The place of local government in supporting music is one of them.

Tamara Barth - More performance and mentoring opportunities for emerging artists.

Cr. Paul Peulich - We hold a series of music festivals including the Globe to Globe World music festival which is an opportunity to showcase our multiculturally diverse community and enjoy music from all corners of the globe held in my ward in Clayton South at Namatjira Park

Michael Carty - Negotiating with recording  companys to entice new talent to perform locally.  Have a battle of the bands annual event .   Find a venue that would allow a weekly competition for Musicians.

Paul Munro - 1. Per my candidate statement, increased funding in performing arts of which music is a major player.  2. Performing on Lamberts Island to Mordialloc beach goers during Summer, in cooperation with Mordialloc Boat Club and Mordialloc Scouts who occupy the island.

Robyn Erwin - I believe that participation in music should be encouraged for all people. Those with expertise can play a crucial role in leading and inspiring everyone else’s participation. Kingston already hosts several large scale music events for the local community showcasing some of Australia’s top performers. I would like to investigate the feasibility of more localised smaller scale events where local musicians can entertain, inspire and encourage non-threatening participation for general community members, perhaps done in conjunction with Kingston’s existing community centres and neighbourhood houses.

Maureen Lim - I am not sure if this is already incorporated into our Arts at Kingston Council but if not I would like live music to be part of the Arts Portfolio for the support and encouragement of live performances. There should be opportunities to hold open air performances throughout the good weather seasons not just at the Carols by Candlelight events.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Ian Baldock – Don’t know. Again, I am not a councillor yet, so do not know funding details.

Claire Houston – Yes. Kingston hosts a number of music events during the year including the Mordialloc Food and Wine festival, the Harvest festival, and Globe to Globe World Music Festival.  All community groups are welcome to apply for community grants which are offered every year.

Kirsten Eltham - No

Andrew Bearsley - Don't know

Wandzia French - Don't know

Nola Baker - Don't know

Chris Curnow - Don't know

Tamara Barth - Don't know

Cr. Paul Peulich - No

Michael Carty - No

Paul Munro – No. While this Council supports festivals that include musical involvement, there is limited funding and support provided to musical groups when off the stage and Council are done with them.

Robyn Erwin – Don’t know. I am not in a position to answer this question accurately without a thorough study of Kingston’s budget and community grant allocations. I think Kingston council budgets sufficiently for its large scale music events.  I would like to ensure that a reasonable proportion of this budget supports the participation of local musicians in these events or in more localised events.  Kingston has a number of community grants available and I would support and encourage groups with proposals for community music events or programs to apply for these.

Maureen Lim - No

Justin Scott – Don’t know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Ian Baldock – Yes. It seems a good use of community resources.

Claire Houston - Yes

Kirsten Eltham – Yes. The recently acquired Masonic Hall would be good for youth to share music together and also very handy to Mordialloc station.

Andrew Bearsley - yes

Wandzia French - Don't know

Nola Baker - Yes

Chris Curnow - Yes

Tamara Barth - Yes

Cr. Paul Peulich - Yes

Michael Carty – Yes. We have buildings that are partially dorment .

Paul Munro – Yes. Council owned facilities are ours to use, and as long as they are respected and left in same condition, then of course they should be available for musical rehearsals and events.

Robyn Erwin – Don’t know. I believe these are appropriate uses of some of council owned facilities. Again I would need to know more about the current use of venues for these purposes before making a commitment. I would like to get a better knowledge of local musicians’ opinions on Kingston council’s current programs to support local musicians, in particular its program for youth bands.

Maureen Lim - Yes

Justin Scott - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Ian Baldock - It is difficult to commit on many of these questions when unaware of the details of the problems you are trying to address. However, I may be in a position in the future when I hope to be able to assist you.

Claire Houston - Thanks for the opportunity and this questionnaire has given me further 'food for thought'.

Kirsten Eltham - I have been musical all my life. I have taught Piano in my 20's (20 years ago). I still play and get a great amount of joy in it. I am currently training  myself to play a bass electric guitar and an american indian flute and also harmonica. I wish others to have the joy I experience through music.

Andrew Bearsley - I wish council meetings would have a Hans Zimmer soundtrack  - that would make them much more interesting :-)

Wandzia French - Thankyou for the opportunity to contribute.

Nola Baker - Music adds so much to our enjoyment of life. I think we should all participate in live music events and support our talented musicians.

Chris Curnow - I would love to continue to receive information from you. chris@chriscurnow4kingston.com

Cr. Paul Peulich - Thank you for the opportunity to profile the music agenda.  I am a big supporter and am happy to be a part of any push to see greater opportunity for our aspiring musicians.

Paul Munro - While I don't frequent live music, I thoroughly enjoy music and once performed as a child in a musical event at Dallas Brooks Hall.  And my wife frequently attends local plays supporting local actors.

Maureen Lim - My only one regret of being a pensioner is not being able to attend concerts as regularly as I have in the past due to limited finances. However that does not mean that my passion for and support of live performances has dwindled. Listening to recorded music is wonderful but being part of an audience is awe inspiring.

 

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

Knox City Council 2012

 

Baird Ward (1 vacancy, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr COTTIER, Dean

Did Not Respond

Mr JAMES, Garrie

See Response Below

Mr HOEFER, Bernhard

See Response Below

SEARLE, Anthony

No Email Address Provided

Mr LOCKWOOD, Peter

See Response Below

 

 

Chandler Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MORTIMORE, John

Did Not Respond

Mr HARBERT, Mark Anthony

See Response Below

 

 

Collier Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr COSSARI, Joe

Did Not Respond

 

 

Dinsdale Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr GILL, Adam

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Dobson Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms VERSTRAETE, Gabrielle

See Response Below

Mrs ORPEN, Karin

Did Not Respond

Dr MUTCH, David

See Response Below

 

 

Friberg Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HOLLAND, Tony

Did Not Respond

Mr DARRAGH, Blair

Did Not Respond

Ms COOPER, Lisa

Did Not Respond

Mr WALTER, Andrew

Did Not Respond

Mr RICHARDSON, Tony

Did Not Respond

ROGERS, Deborah

 

 

 

Scott Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

LAWLESS, Dwayne

Did Not Respond

Mr COLE, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mr COOPER, David

Did Not Respond

 

 

Taylor Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr OSBORNE, Anthony

Did Not Respond

Mr PEARCE, Darren

Did Not Respond

 

 

Tirhatuan Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs SEYMOUR, Nicole

Did Not Respond

KEILY, Phillip

Did Not Respond

Mrs FROST, Glenda

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Knox City Council 2012: 26

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Mark Harbert - There are limited places for music development and performance in my municipality and not enough funding.

Peter Lockwood - Not enough venues

Bernhard Hoefer - Funding would be the number issue I presume.  We have talent in the City of Knox.

Garrie James - Lack of suitable venues for artists  Lack of opportunities for emerging artists to play in front of an audience  The need to co-ordinate & share resources with schools, theatre & performance groups

David Mutch - I believe that we actually have a reasonably good live music situation in lour local area, with venues at the Ferntree Gully hotel, at Burringa and at other venues. Our local schools mostly have pretty good music programs too, in which both of my children were involved (Ringwood Secondary College and Melbourne High School). Better music programs at Primary school could happen.

Gabrielle Verstraete - Venues, support from Council, connecting with each other and collaborating

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Mark Harbert – Yes

Peter Lockwood - Yes.

Bernhard Hoefer – Yes. Would encourage music with you think it is a valuable learning for them and their social integration. Gives them purpose amongst other things.

Garrie James – Yes. Some opportunities already exist with festivals & fetes, but a co-ordinated strategy will identify & address needs of individuals & groups, while fostering co-operation.

David Mutch – Yes. I'd like to hear more about this.

Gabrielle Verstraete – Yes. I wholeheartedly support The Arts in general, incorporating music.

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Mark Harbert - This matter needs to be addressed innovatively. I think that the original owners should be respected. but there are a number of factors to consider, such as time of operation and the place as a whole. Inappropriate development, such as we often see could see the change costs born by the developers recognising the existing use and contributing to sound proofing and or appropriate fencing to ensure that the two can co-exist. 

Peter Lockwood - No

Bernhard Hoefer – Don’t know.

Garrie James - Yes

David Mutch - No

Gabrielle Verstraete - No

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Mark Harbert - If done strategically with a plan, such as the one above. It could not be all one sided and would need to recognise the core issues and have reasonable concessions to achieve a viable outcome.

Peter Lockwood - Yes

Bernhard Hoefer – Yes. I support well managed festivals approved by local council that encourage participation by all but managed in a way that respects residents in the neighbourhood.

Garrie James - Yes

David Mutch – Don’t know. I would really need to know more before making an informed decision on this sorry.

Gabrielle Verstraete – Don’t know. I would need to read and learn more about it.

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Peter Lockwood - No

Bernhard Hoefer – Don’t know.

Garrie James – Yes. Restrictions apply on the serving of alcohol & with the zoning of venues.

David Mutch - No

Gabrielle Verstraete - No

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Mark Harbert - There are plenty of sports activities and initiatives that allow kids to learn sport. I think that these initiatives should also include music. A designated music venue for Knox that is well resourced would be good for the community.

Peter Lockwood - Encourage busking, encourage battle of the bands comps, music at council functions, educate council that their taste should not be the guide, assist licensed venues to support live music with transport home options ...

Bernhard Hoefer - Network with the appropriate leaders in the area to encourage and support these events. I know of the Basin Music festival and it's support that is received by it's local Councillor. Would aim to do the same

Garrie James - Industrial areas can be utilized to address issues with noise.  A database and registration service can be set up for local musicians.  Local musicians can be featured more prominently at school fetes, aged care facilities, community groups, sporting clubs & community festivals.  All opportunities to play in public should be encouraged.  This can be integrated at low cost into the council website

David Mutch - Start music programs earlier, in Primary schools.  Allow street cafes to have busking and small ensembles on footpaths etc.

Gabrielle Verstraete - I would like to see more formal and informal music programs and events occur. I would also love to see artists come together more often in genuine collaboration.

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Mark Harbert – No

Peter Lockwood - No

Bernhard Hoefer – Yes. We have a good grants program for our local council. It encourages NGO's and groups to apply and assist these events

Garrie James – Don’t know. I have yet to assess the level of funding in the current budget, but can answer this question at a later date.   Provisionally, I would answer that music, especially at non-alcoholic youth focused venues should be encouraged as a healthy & socially preferred activity.   Opportunities to introduce more live music to disadvantaged groups should also be investigated

David Mutch – Don’t know. Again, I need to have more data on this. sorry

Gabrielle Verstraete - No

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Mark Harbert – Definitely

Peter Lockwood – Yes.

Bernhard Hoefer – Yes.

Garrie James – Yes. Live music in public venues helps create a sense of community.  Respsonsible use of council facilities, as appropriate, will be encouraged

David Mutch – Yes, defintely

Gabrielle Verstraete - Yes

 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Mark Harbert - My mother is a piano teacher and many of the issues surrounding music are brought to my attention. With that aside I do think that music misses out on its fair share of the pie and the community could benefit from more resources that assist the inquisitive and talented of Knox.

Peter Lockwood - Music is a great outlet, especially for youth and I would like to see young people encouraged to play more than they are.

Bernhard Hoefer - Thank you to present my position and hope that music gets a boost. Whilst no a musician myself ( but hope to be some time down the track ) I enjoy listening to ABC Classic FM waking up to it each morning.  Thanks Bernie

Garrie James - In my younger days I played an instrument (piano accordion ....cough, cough)  I recently also supported the SLAM initiative & lobbied local members to save The Tote.  My business has been an advertiser with Channel 31 & I am currently a gold subscriber.

David Mutch - If you have links to further information I would be happy to read more. Thanks. Well done and good luck with your efforts to assist local music industries. I played in bands myself a long time ago. :)

 

 

Latrobe City Council

Latrobe City Council

Latrobe City Council 2012

 

Central Ward (2 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr RYAN, Peter James

No Email Address Provided

Mr LOUGHEED, Bruce

Did Not Respond

Mr GEDDES, Merv

Declined to Participate 

Mrs KITWOOD, Dot

Did Not Respond

Mr MIDDLEMISS, Graeme

Did Not Respond

Dr SINDT, Christine

Did Not Respond

 

 

East Ward (4 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr ROSSITER, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr HOWDEN, Paul

Did Not Respond

Ms O'CALLAGHAN, Kellie

Did Not Respond

Mr JORDAN, Dan

Did Not Respond

Ms KAM, Sandy

Did Not Respond

Mr HARRIMAN, Dale

Did Not Respond

Ms JOHANNESSON, Axella Sheryl

See Response Below

Mrs MURPHY, Anne

See Response Below

 

 

South Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WHITE, Darrell Keith

Did Not Respond

Mr BARBARA, Gilio

See Response Below

 

 

West Ward (2 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs GIBSON, Sharon

Did Not Respond

Mr GIBBONS, Peter

See Response Below

Mrs MAY, Marilyn Joy

Did Not Respond

Mr FLYNN, Tony

Did Not Respond

Ms WEBB, Jenny

No Email Address Provided

Mr VERMEULEN, Ed

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Latrobe City Council 2012: 22

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Anne Murphy - Venues large enough and other venues more intimate with emphasis on live music

Axella Johannesson - As a musician who until a few years ago was a working musician, it was the shrinking number of venues hosting live bands. I kept being told by pub owners that it was cheaper to hira a DJ. While I have nothing against DJs, there is nothing to match the dynamics of a real band playing instruments on stage.    I still have an "artist page" - http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=751489    Our municipality, in fact, our ward, has a band shell which I would love to see host performances of live music. It is perfect for it, and I have asked many times, "Why not?". Unfortunately, the current regime does not seem to value such an wonderful asset as it should.

Gilio Barbara - The lack of live music and little support for live music venues from governments.

Peter Gibbons - Lack of disposable income in the community necessary to support a vibrant, live music, and venue culture;  recorded music dance clubs soaking up entertainment dollar that might otherwise be spent on live music; change to venue culture by domination of poker machines;spread of many retail alcohol outlets impacting some pubs/venues, their loss to community as (potential/occasional) live music venues

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Anne Murphy - Yes.

Axella Johannesson – Yes. Live music performances - especially outdoors in nice weather - brings the community out for a good time. Inter-town rivalries in our Community are forgotten as people simply kick back and enjoy the music together. It's about something they have in common, rather than what divides them.

Gilio Barbara - Yes.

Peter Gibbons - Maybe.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Anne Murphy - Don't know

Axella Johannesson – Yes.

Gilio Barbara - Yes.

Peter Gibbons - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Anne Murphy - Yes.

Axella Johannesson – Yes. ABSOLUTELY!  The very idea that, for example, the ESPY in St Kilda - an ICON, and huge supporter of new as well as known talent - has been the subject of noise complaints by those who've made a conscious, deliberate CHOICE to live near it, is appalling and outrageous! This really does make me furious!

Gilio Barbara - Yes.

Peter Gibbons - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Anne Murphy - Don't know

Axella Johannesson – Yes. I keep hearing that is difficult to get permission from Council at present to run music events. There is a local woman who is attempting to build a Country Music Festival locally, and has run into difficulties from our local Council.

Gilio Barbara - No

Peter Gibbons - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Axella Johannesson - In support of what I've said previously, I would truly love to see our band shell, and other outdoor public venues which would support such events, to be used for performances for the benefit and enjoyment of the local Community.    There could be evening rock/jazz/blues/acoustic events, the town brass band could be encouraged and allowed to put on "Sunday Afternoon Bring-a-Picnic"-type of events. The possibilities are endless.

Gilio Barbara - For local government to be proactive in publicising live music and its venues.

Peter Gibbons - If elected, my starting point would be to take advice from the wider music community in this region to identify their needs, ideas and ways forward.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Anne Murphy - Don't know

Axella Johannesson - No

Gilio Barbara - No

Peter Gibbons - Don't know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Anne Murphy - Yes

Axella Johannesson – Yes. I believe that there are insufficient resources available at public schools for ALL of the arts. We need to encourage kids to want to pick up and play instruments.    I recall so vividly walking home as a teenager and hearing a cacophony of sound coming from garages and sheds as local kids rehearsed in the hope of getting good enough to get a paying gig. From the age of 15 I was in bands, too, and the music from our garage poured into the street after school as well. It was a fun, glorious time, and kids don't seem to be encouraged to do that any more. So having a venue for them to rehearse, would be great, if it would offer encouragement to play.

Gilio Barbara - Yes

Peter Gibbons - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Axella Johannesson - I wish you the best of luck with regard to the implement of the Agent of Change principle.

 

Loddon Shire Council

Loddon Shire Council

Loddon Shire Council 2012

 

Boort Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr BEATTIE, Neil

Did Not Respond

 

 

Inglewood Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mrs CONDLIFFE, Colleen

Did Not Respond

 

 

Tarnagulla Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CURNOW, Geoff

See Response Below

Mr BROWNBILL, Allen

Did Not Respond

 

 

Terrick Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr PEACOCK, Ron

Did Not Respond

Mrs McKINNON, Cheryl

Did Not Respond

 

 

Wedderburn Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr HOLT, Gavan Lindsay

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Loddon Shire Council 2012: 7 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Geoff Curnow - The electorate is largely rural based with a relatively small population, so there is limited people with similar taste in music to attend events.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Geoff Curnow – Maybe I would need to see a business and development plan to determine  the need in my electorate.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Geoff Curnow - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Geoff Curnow – Don’t know

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Geoff Curnow - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Geoff Curnow - Cultural events, music in the bush, open air recitals are possibilities if the community in Loddon Shire is willing to initiate and support.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Geoff Curnow – Yes. As well as Council grants, there are other avenues for groups to obtain funding for events within the electorate.

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Geoff Curnow - Yes

 

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Macedon Ranges Shire Council 2012

 

East Ward (3 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms ALFORD-KERR, Deb

Did Not Respond

Mr MORABITO, Joe

No Email Address Provided

Mr BLEECK, Henry

Did Not Respond

Mr McLAUGHLIN, Henry

Did Not Respond

Mr HACKETT, Graham

Did Not Respond

Mr NEIL, Geoff

No Email Address Provided

Ms DONOVAN, Joan

Did Not Respond

Mr ELLIS, Ian

See Response Below

 

 

South Ward (3 vacancies, 15 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr NITZ, Helmut

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MINCHEW, Michelle

Did Not Respond

Mr WHITEFIELD, Brian

No Email Address Provided

Ms JOSEPH, Alison Margaret

Did Not Respond

Mrs PIPER, Sally

Did Not Respond

Mr MOWATT, Russell Stewart

No Email Address Provided

Mrs RUSSO, Diana

Did Not Respond

Mr GUTHRIE, Rob

Did Not Respond

Mrs SCOBLE, Jody

Did Not Respond

Mrs DUNN, Deb

Did Not Respond

Mr LETCHFORD, John

Did Not Respond

Mr TAYLOR, Nick

Did Not Respond

Mr MATTHEWS, Glenn

No Email Address Provided

Ms MOORE, Anne Louise

See Response Below

Dr FRANKLIN, Dennis

See Response Below

 

 

West Ward (3 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr JUKES, Roger

Did Not Respond

Mr HARVEY, Noel

Did Not Respond

Mr CONNOR, John

Did Not Respond

Ms HOPE-WILLIAMS, Jahne Anne

See Response Below

Dr ANDERSON, Jennifer

See Response Below

Ms BENSON, Henryka Ann

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Macedon Ranges Shire Council 2012: 29

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Ian Ellis - Venues available but not utilised-, possibly due to costs   ie public liability insurance, licensing, security, etc   which makes admittance cost high, reducing attendee potential

Anne Moore - From all accounts there are no issues - I would say only support - up until recently Bennetts Lane Jazz club played locally every Wed evening and the same venue was very supportive of locals playing locally and giving them a "voice" and venue to be heard. Unfortunately they closed down due to increased rents

Dennis Franklin - Lack of venues

Jennifer Anderson - Currently I have no knowledge of these issues but am happy to investigate further should there be concerns

Jahne Hope-Williams - The lack of suitable venues and practice halls.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Ian Ellis – Maybe. I think a broader arts strategy would be more beneficial!

Anne Moore - Yes.

Dennis Franklin - Maybe.

Jennifer Anderson – Maybe. Would need to look at how big an issue this was for the shire in the context of other issues but if there would appear to be a need I would be happy to look into it more

Jahne Hope-Williams - Yes.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Ian Ellis - No

Anne Moore - Don't know

Dennis Franklin - Yes

Jennifer Anderson - No

Jahne Hope-Williams - Yes.

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Ian Ellis – Don’t know. Would need more information

Anne Moore - Don't know

Dennis Franklin - Yes

Jennifer Anderson – Don’t know. Again feel I do not have in depth enough knowledge to comment at this stage

Jahne Hope-Williams - Yes.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Ian Ellis - No

Anne Moore - No

Dennis Franklin - No

Jennifer Anderson - No

Jahne Hope-Williams - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Ian Ellis - I support and advocate for increasing local government support, not only for music, but special events, showcasing all of the arts and specialised produce markets, as I believe we have un realized potential in promoting Macedon Ranges as the ideal location for these types of event.

Jennifer Anderson - As I am currently not aware of any concerns or needs within our shire I am unable to make comment

Jahne Hope-Williams - Simple things.   * Transport to enable children to get to the music and performances that we do have.  * Grants to enable FREE workshops to be held  * We have empty council owned rooms and buildings that could be used as music venues.    I am sure there are many more initiatives I haven't thought of...

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Ian Ellis – Don’t know. I think more funding could be allocated to the arts in general.

Anne Moore - Yes

Dennis Franklin - Don't know

Jennifer Anderson – Don’t know.

Jahne Hope-Williams – Yes. We have some wonderful music and arts events in our community.

 

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Ian Ellis – Don’t know. With adequate controls in place, I would support the concept.

Anne Moore – Don’t know. I would like to think that this is already an availability, under age events are held in this ward from prep - year 12s in different sessions

Dennis Franklin - Yes

Jennifer Anderson - Don't know. Would need more information about particular users and events

Jahne Hope-Williams - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Ian Ellis - I believe Macedon Ranges is ideal for the development of special event opportunities, including music events, increasing the employment opportunities in the area and providing venues to showcase local skills and talent.

Anne Moore - Not at the moment

 

Manningham City Council

Manningham City Council

Manningham City Council 2012

 

Heide Ward (3 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs TANG, Emily

See Response Below

Mr O'FLYNN, Edwin

Did Not Respond

Mr MORELLO, Gus

Did Not Respond

Mr GRIVOKOSTOPOULOS, Jim

Did Not Respond

PICK, Clive

Did Not Respond

Mr GOUGH, Geoff

Did Not Respond

Ms LA VELLA, Grace

Did Not Respond

Miss KLEINERT, Michelle

See Response Below

 

 

Koonung Ward (3 vacancies, 12 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms HAYNES, Dot

See Response Below

Mr ZAFIROPOULOS, Mike

See Response Below

Ms CHEN, Anna

Did Not Respond

Ms YANG, Jennifer

Did Not Respond

Mr KHALIL, Magdi

Did Not Respond

Mr KITCHINGMAN, Ron

See Response Below

Mr DJOKOVIC, Luke

See Response Below

Mr NEOFYTOU, George

See Response Below

Mr O'BRIEN, Stephen

See Response Below

Mr MITAKAKIS, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr WALLACE, Graeme Hamlyn

Did Not Respond

Mr PEROSA, John

See Response Below

 

 

Mullum Mullum Ward (3 vacancies, 15 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms PICCININI, Paula

No Email Address Provided

Mr MUSCAT, David

Did Not Respond

Mr ROGERS, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mrs DOWNIE, Meg

Did Not Respond

Ms GRUNBERG, Robyn Adair

No Email Address Provided

Mr FANKHAUSER, Brian Leslie

See Response Below

Mr BEYNON, Bob

Did Not Respond

Mrs GALBALLY, Sophy

See Response Below

Mr McLEISH, Paul

Did Not Respond

SLATTERY, Paul

See Response Below

Mrs DEADY, Irene Josephine

Did Not Respond

Mr DALE, Gerard Francis

Did Not Respond

Ms PINI, Michelle

See Response Below

Mr HOSER, Raymond

No Email Address Provided

Miss HUANG, Olivia

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Manningham City Council 2012: 35



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Michelle Kleinert – More programs dedicated to music with more encouragement  to be playing at festivals, in and around shopping villages. My personal desire to focus on Youth and music as there is some great programs for sport and art. Youth that may not be interested in sport can sometimes be drawn to music.  I would love to see more live music in and around Manningham and would be very interested to take personal interest in this especially coming from a musical background myself.

Emily Tang – It is very hard for artists to earn their living

Dot Haynes – Better facilities for all age groups and types to be able to express themselves freely. This includes lower costs that are more suited to the industry at the local level and room for audiences for the enjoyment of all.

Ron Kitchingman – Lack of purpose built facilities

Stephen O'Brien – Lack of facilities to practice or start up at

John Perosa – Nothing.  Manningham is basically a residential green zone and doesn't cater for the music industry.  There are appropriate services and facilities in nearby suburbs.

Mike Zafiropoulos – Competition from gaming venues offering subsidised food and alcohol  Resident opposition when venues in residential areas  Income affected by economic climate  Recorded music used in some events instead of live music

Luke Djokovic – There arent many venues for live music. We could certainly use more live music venues in the Koonung ward

Sophy Galbally - Gambling machines have displaced live music at venues  Noise retrictions have impacted on live music- soundproofing of venues a necessity to counteract complaints from neighbours.  High liquor liscencee fees limiting venues ability to pay for live music  Venues paying music rights

Michelle Pini – I have not been approached regarding issues musicians face in Manningham but I suspect they would include a disparity between music venues and residences pertaining to noise and parking levels.

Brian Fankhauser – I imagine noise bylaws, poker machines and a complete lack of late night public transport.

Paul Slattery - Lack of venues

George Neofytou - It hasn’t been an area I have been involved in so it wouldn’t be fair of me to give an opinion right now. I will however take the time to listen and acknowledge their place in the community.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Michelle Kleinert – Yes

Emily Tang – Yes. I am a music lover, I play violin, paino and sing 1st soprano. I am singing at Camberwell Chrole and  carols by candlelight choir on Christmas eve at myer music bowl. I know many musicisans and as music director of a stroke group.

Dot Haynes – Yes

Ron Kitchingman – Yes

Stephen O'Brien – Yes. I support funding ESP for new facilities and free use of council halls and facilities

John Perosa – Yes

Mike Zafiropoulos – Yes. While Manningham does not have many live music venues, it should strengthen its policies in relation to music and local musicians

Luke Djokovic – Yes. Music makes people happy. So long as we have a variety of music and we can cater for young and old.

Sophy Galbally – Yes. Leniency on venues supporting live music, possibly a rebate

Michelle Pini –  Yes

Brian Fankhauser – Yes

Paul Slattery - Yes

George Neofytou -    It would depend on what is involved and how it is proposed to develop.  

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Michelle Kleinert – No

Emily Tang – Yes

Dot Haynes – Yes

Ron Kitchingman – Don’t know

Stephen O'Brien – No

John Perosa – Yes

Mike Zafiropoulos - Yes

Luke Djokovic –No

Sophy Galbally - Yes

Michelle Pini – Yes

Brian Fankhauser  – Yes

Paul Slattery – Don’t know

George Neofytou -  No.  I haven’t been aware of it before, but I do share the respect of land users and understanding of the changed environments should be adhered to.  

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Michelle Kleinert – Don’t know. I would want to gain an understanding of what this means. I am absolutely for live music and more access for all to express themselves.  I would first like to understand fully before lobbying the state government.  The dont know is the fact I am not fully informed.  The Yes part is that I want to allow more access to live music in manningham but taking into account what is reasonable.

Emily Tang – Yes. More funding from the State Government for the implementation of the agent of change to protect live music venues in my area.

Dot Haynes – Yes

Ron Kitchingman – Yes

Stephen O'Brien – Yes.

John Perosa – No. Noise is an ever increasing problem within our society.  People already have to put up with traffic noise which is on the increase and industrial noise.  Live music or amplified music is acceptable in areas of commercial zoning but it's not acceptable in residential areas where it causes people discomfort.

Mike Zafiropoulos –Yes                                                 

Luke Djokovic – Yes. Yes - we need more music and entertainment venues so that people young and old can mix

Sophy Galbally – Yes

Michelle Pini –  Yes. I broadly support this principle but believe each case would need to be looked at on an individual basis.

Brian Fankhauser – Yes. Absolutely

Paul Slattery - Yes

George Neofytou -  Don't know.  I would need to know more about the implementation and how it is planned to be administered. If it is for the benefit of the community, then yes, I would do my best.  

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Michelle Kleinert – No. I am very open to be informed

Emily Tang – No

Dot Haynes – No

Ron Kitchingman – No

Stephen O'Brien –  No

John Perosa – Yes. Zoning regulations and EPA restrictions

Mike Zafiropoulos –Don’t know

Luke Djokovic – Not that I am aware

Sophy Galbally -

Brian Fankhauser – Don’t know. As this is my first time running for Council and my platform is accountability, increased efficiencies and improved services, I am not aware of the issues surrounding live music in Manningham.  However, would be totally supportive of the live music industry and issues it is facing in our City.

Paul Slattery – Don’t know

George Neofytou -  Don't know.  As previously stated, I haven’t been very involved in this area.  


Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Michelle Kleinert – Initiatives like sponsorships,  arranging more places immediately that would be open and able to allow live bands and music, competitions leading to more exposure for up and coming talent.

Emily Tang – More music program from the local council to the local resident especially for the youth.

Dot Haynes – AS I said. venues that assist in allowing free expressions and suits the wide and varied forms that takes.

Ron Kitchingman – Call a scheduled meeting of all interested groups so as to clearly establish the needs of local groups

Stephen O'Brien – Free use if council facilities and sees funding for start up musicians who live in Manningham

John Perosa – None.  Once again this is due to the residential zoning.

Mike Zafiropoulos – I have an extensive relationship with the arts. Have founded and chaired for a decade Multicultural Arts, Victoria, I am a former chair and Life Member of Regional Arts Victoria and chaired Arts Victoria's Multicultural Arts Ministerial Policy Advisory Committee for six years.  I would ensure, if elected that the Council had a cultural policy which supported artists, including musicians.

Luke Djokovic – I am open to any suggestions.     I would love to have a Sunday afternoon venue with different live music each month and a festival atmosphere. A bit like the computer fair but outside when the whether is good.    I would suggest Manningham council - MC Square

Sophy Galbally - There are no venues in my suburb. We have to travel to find live music. I would encourage our local pub to introduce a live stage for at least 3 nights per week.

Michelle Pini – I think encouraging music in all forms is a worthwhile pursuit and should be actively supported by all levels of government.

Brian Fankhauser – Once again, I dont believe I can make meaningful suggestions, as am a fisrts time cantidate, howeveer our City is blessed with an abundance of park land and wide open spaces, and am sure more could be done to promote music festivals on a regular basis.

George Neofytou -   I would firstly educate myself in this area before I am able to share my views about this. I do however believe there is a place for musicians and live venues provided there is a sensible approach.  

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Michelle Kleinert – Don’t know. This would need to be looked at.  I believe there is always more money needed for the Arts!  But not always the money available.  Though someone with a passion needs to look at this and stand up for it and I have the passion for it!

Emily Tang – No

Dot Haynes – No

Ron Kitchingman – Don’t know

Stephen O'Brien – No. definitely not

John Perosa – Yes

Mike Zafiropoulos – No. The arts in general is not supported adequately. More funding is needed to allow musicians to brighten and enrich our lives

Luke Djokovic –Don’t know. I dont know much but the fact that there isnt much music indicates funding could be low.

Sophy Galbally – Don’t know

Michelle Pini – Don’t know

Brian Fankhauser – Don’t know. Again, am not in a position to comment, at this stage.

Paul Slattery - No

George Neofytou -  Don't know. Again, I am unfamiliar with what is currently granted and funded. I would make an effort to educate myself better in this field.  

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Michelle Kleinert – Yes, Absolutely!!  Great idea.

Emily Tang – Yes

Dot Haynes – Yes

Ron Kitchingman – Yes

Stephen O'Brien – Yes, definately

John Perosa – No

Mike Zafiropoulos – Yes, Manningham has a lot of suitable facilities which should be used for such community purposes

Luke Djokovic –Yes - provided they do not lead to trouble

Sophy Galbally – Yes. My youngest is 18 and there is a lack of events for any age

Michelle Pini – Yes. I believe under-age activities, in particular, should be encouraged.The  ramifications of such events, however, would need to be adequately investigated and planned.

Brian Fankhauser – Yes Absolutely

Paul Slattery - Yes

George Neofytou -  Yes. Should there be a need for it, yes. I place high importance on anything that encourages participation and involvement whether it is indoors or out.  

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Michelle Kleinert – Just imagine every sunday afternoon a band could be set up at templestowe village in summer performing as you sit at a cafe and socialize.  What about at the Mia Mia cafe at westerfolds every sat and sun different bands playing where you could sit and relax enjoy the wonderful westerfolds park.. Music brings about community!

John Perosa – I'm an ex-musician and understand the difficulties of new artists trying to break into the industry but now that I'm older and wiser, I fully understand and respect the legal and moral right that people have to enjoy a peaceful residential environment especially those who work and the elderly.  Many thanks.

Mike Zafiropoulos – Thank you for the opportunity and your advocacy for music

Luke Djokovic –No

Sophy Galbally - Live music and benefits to all is underestimated. I would prefer to hear live music ..anytime.

Brian Fankhauser – Thankyou for inviting my comment and be assured once elected I would be happy for further discussion and to promote your ideals and concepts within Council.

Paul Slattery - PLEASE FORWARD ANY PRESS RELEASES TO THE SWEENEYFLATSPOST@gmail.com or view THE SWEENEY FLATS POST .com.au THE VOICE OF THE MULLUM MULLUM VALLEY,preferabley written 250 word articles.

George Neofytou -  Whatever is good for the community that encourages and creates positive environments for every person we share this great municipality with is what I will be working towards.

 

Mansfield Shire Council

 

Mansfield Shire Council

Mansfield Shire Council 2012

 

Bonnie Doon Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr INGPEN, Tom

Did Not Respond

Mr SLADDIN, Paul

Did Not Respond

OAM LAWSON, Don

Did Not Respond

 

 

Jamieson Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr BATE, Russell William

Did Not Respond

 

 

Mansfield Ward (2 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs REYNOLDS, Colleen A.

See Response Below

Mr WILDER, Greg

No Email Address Provided

Ms HOGAN, Ellen Joy

Did Not Respond

Mr ROBINSON, Ray

Did Not Respond

Mr CORLESS, Graham Robert

No Email Address Provided

Ms DOWLING, Marian

See Response Below

 

 

Tolmie Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs ATTLEY, Margaret Colville

Did Not Respond

Mrs CORDNER HUNT, Kammy

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Mansfield Shire Council 2012: 12

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Marian Dowling – The cost of obtaining training - most of our musicians are required to travel considerable distance (200 kms to Melbourne) to train or advance their skills.  Local scholarships have been considered.

Colleen Reynolds – Lack of large spaces

Kammy Cordner Hunt - Mansfield actually enjoys a tremendous relationship with music; local performances, busking, regular attendance and support, young people encouraged to perform publicly, Musicals held each year by the drama society, and so on. We won't rest on our laurels

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Marian Dowling – No.  I do not believe this a core function of an already overburdened local rural Council.

Colleen Reynolds – Yes, Council already has an Arts policy, encompassing support of music opportunities

Kammy Cordner Hunt -Yes

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Marian Dowling –Yes.

Colleen Reynolds – Yes

Kammy Cordner Hunt – Don’t know

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Marian Dowling – No

Colleen Reynolds – Yes

Kammy Cordner Hunt - Yes

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Marian Dowling – Don’t know

Kammy Cordner Hunt – Don’t know

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Marian Dowling – Local scholarships to support young musicians and funding to bring experienced musicians/performances to our town.

Colleen Reynolds – Development of music festival  Development of outdoor stage area in Botanic Park and other appropriate locations   Support for regular live music in main street, particularly for emerging musicians and youth  Ongoing support for Radio Mansfield eg rent-free

Kammy Cordner Hunt - Development of an outdoor music venuie on public land

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Marian Dowling – Yes

Colleen Reynolds – Don’t know, I think council should partner community organisations, not solely fund events, so that orgs have ownership

Kammy Cordner Hunt – Yes,  I think so

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Marian Dowling – No. We don't have any Council owned facilities that fit this criteria - we don't even have a Town Hall.

Colleen Reynolds – Yes, Already happens to some extent

Kammy Cordner Hunt - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Kammy Cordner Hunt - Thank you for asking these questions and for your interest in making sure Music is supported and encouraged at Municipal level.

 

Maribyrnong City Council

Maribyrnong City Council

Maribyrnong City Council 2012

 

River Ward (2 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms LAM, Cuc

See Response Below

Ms SIMS, Emily

Did Not Respond

Mr LAUGHTON, Anthony

Did Not Respond

Mr McDONALD, Cameron

See Response Below

BETTS, Ken

No Email Address Provided

Ms CARTER, Sarah

Did Not Respond

Mr CARROLL, Glenn

Did Not Respond

 

 

Stony Creek Ward (2 vacancies, 10 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CARBONARI, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr QUACH, Nam

Did Not Respond

St JOHN, Carolle

Did Not Respond

Mr HAFFENDEN, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr FITZGERALD, Adam

No Email Address Provided

Mr SANLI, Sel

Did Not Respond

Mr WILSON, Steven

Did Not Respond

Mr MILES, David

Did Not Respond

Mr THREDGOLD, Toa

Did Not Respond

Dr CUMMING, Catherine

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Yarraville Ward (3 vacancies, 12 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr REES, Llewellyn

Did Not Respond

Ms LEBER, Sylvie

See Response Below

Ms TRAN, Phuong

Did Not Respond

Dr VAN VLIET, Catherine

See Response Below

Dr CLARKE, Michael

No Email Address Provided

Mr MILES, Grant

See Response Below

Mr ZAKHAROV, Martin

See Response Below

HUYNH, Van

Did Not Respond

Mr COYLE, Ben

See Response Below

Mr CRAWFORD, Simon

See Response Below

Mr CUMMING, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr COON, Trevor

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Maribyrnong City Council 2012: 29

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Cameron McDonald – Noise

Cuc Lam - Our municipality is filled with a lot of arts, music and creativity. Lots more promotion of grassroots music especially in our diverse community needs to be more promoted as not only does this help bring communities together but also educates and provides a stronger community spirit.

Catherine van Vliet - Very few good live music venues.

Ben Coyle - Viable music venues, ability of smaller venues to pay musicians

Simon Crawford - Spaces to rehearse.  Places to play and record their music.  Lack of publicity.  New developments and noise restrictions.

Grant Miles - A lack of venue's for performing artist's

Sylvie Leber - The biggest issue is the absence  of small  to medium sized licenced music venues.

Martin Zakharov - A lack of venues, and recent restrictions on licensing putting pressure on venue operators.

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Cameron McDonald - Yes

Cuc Lam – Maybe. Would require more details

Catherine van Vliet - Yes

Ben Coyle - Yes

Simon Crawford - Yes

Grant Miles - Yes

Sylvie Leber – Yes. We have recently developed a policy advocating for music to be part of Council's planning strategy. ideas for strtegy are included in our Local and Live Music Policy which is available on request. It will be launched on October 13th at an action-packed fundraiser at The Reverence Hotel. Afterwards it will be placed on our policy web page

Martin Zakharov – Yes. If re-elected I hope to establish an arts professionals committee to encourage arts businesses to establish and thrive, and music is of course one of the central pillars of such an initiative.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Cameron McDonald - No

Cuc Lam - No

Catherine van Vliet - No

Ben Coyle - Yes

Simon Crawford - Yes

Grant Miles - Yes

Sylvie Leber - Yes

Martin Zakharov - Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Cameron McDonald – Don’t know. It would depend on individual circumstances

Cuc Lam – Don’t know.

Catherine van Vliet - Yes

Ben Coyle - Yes

Simon Crawford - Yes

Grant Miles - Yes

Sylvie Leber – Yes. We have included the Agent of Chance principle in our music policy

Martin Zakharov – Yes.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Cameron McDonald – Yes. Parking.

Catherine van Vliet – Don’t know.

Grant Miles – Don’t know.

Sylvie Leber – Yes. Being an inner suburb parking can be an issue.

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Cameron McDonald - Day time & Picnic concerts. We could even have bands play on barges or floating platforms.

Cuc Lam - As part of a municipality that has many different people from many backgrounds, one of the key themes of my campaign is to really support our diverse community.  I would encourage different commnity groups to help bring the communities together as well as educate through music/arts/food.

Catherine van Vliet - Initiatives to promote local musicians. More music festivals. Encouraging local venues to use their facilities for live music. Making council-owned buildings available to local musicians as rehearsal and recording spaces.

Ben Coyle - A better consultative process with venues, possible development of government owned spaces that could used to host performances.

Simon Crawford - Initiative to address the above issues, but also to support musicians directly through forums and mentoring programs.

Grant Miles - Actively sourcing new tenants in the live music industry to fill the many empty first floor premises we have in Footscray.

Sylvie Leber - We will:  1.include and value live music in Maribyrnong's planning strategies.     2.establish a consultative forum for local venue managers and local music makers to interact with council staff and processes.    3.encourage and provide incentives for local young people to be trained and seek employment in the contemporary music industry with mentorship programs involving amongst other strategies partnerships with the education sector and the music industry.    4.have a section on Maribyrnong' Council’s website devoted to information on live music events, venues, planning issues, and other information relevant to the live music sector.   5.respond quickly to festival and other live music planning applications.    6.provide buskers with easy to obtain permits to perform in shopping precincts and other public gathering places    7.establish Live Music Working Groups where relevant and recognise any potential local music precincts.     8.provide suitable council facilities for music rehearsal and performance spaces and seek out other possible local live performance venues.     9.provide incentives for pubs to become/remain music venues rather than being redeveloped for other uses (e.g. apartments, shops and gambling venues) .    10.provide incentives for licensed gambling venues to convert to music venues.    11.implement, after consultation with relevant stakeholders, a clear and evidence-based policy for the management of noise.     12.ensure music levels are compliant with VicSafe sound volume regulations.    13.amend the planning scheme so that existing live music venues near a new development should not have to bear the cost of noise mitigation for new residents; rather, the onus should fall on the new resident, owner or developer according to the principle of ‘the Agent of Change’. Similarly, the costs incurred by any change to a venue’s operations resulting in greater noise levels for existing neighbours should be met by the licensee.

Martin Zakharov - I'm already active in trying to attract more venue operators to our city.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Cameron McDonald – Don’t know.

Cuc Lam – Don’t know.

Catherine van Vliet – No. Maribyrnong has good arts-related policies, but I'd like to see more funding if the money can be found.

Ben Coyle - No

Simon Crawford – Don’t know.

Grant Miles - No

Sylvie Leber – Don’t know. I will look into this and see how much is being spent on live music. We have several outdoor festivals but little in terms of small to medium venues

Martin Zakharov - As our city moves onto firmer financial footing I'm hopeful that we will see a change in this area.

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Cameron McDonald - Yes

Cuc Lam – Yes.

Catherine van Vliet – Yes. Most definitely!

Ben Coyle - Yes

Simon Crawford - Yes

Grant Miles - Yes

Sylvie Leber – Yes. Also to build partnerships between education institutions and the music industry with mentorships for young people. We have one building used for under age events: The Phoenix CentreYouth

Martin Zakharov – Yes. We are already quite active in that space. See Bluestone church, Phoenix Centre etc.

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Cameron McDonald - Keep it simple, affordable and relevant!

Catherine van Vliet - I love live music and so do my kids. I would like to see more live music in our city and will work hard on council for more live music, as well as other arts and recreational opportunities.

Ben Coyle - Yes, I am owner of Dancing Dog Cafe/Bar and we have increased hours recently to allow for better music events and patronage. We support new artists but struggle to pay as our venues is small so all artists can charge a door that is %100 theirs for the evening.

Simon Crawford - Please see our Local and Live Music Policy at maribyrnong.org/greens for more information.

Sylvie Leber - I'm passionate about live music. I started working in the music industry at 18 in distribution for Go Set newspaper. Was the bass player with Toxic Shock recently included in The 'Rock Chicks' exhibition at the Performing Arts Centre. Wrote and directed "From JO'K to INXS - A History of Australian Music and Styles" for AUSMUSIC.  3RRR announcer of "Give Men-a-Pause" show.  Most recently I played in the community orchestra 'The Footscray Gypsies'.

Martin Zakharov - I'd also like to see more youth music and music education encouraged in our city. I'm active in this area through our Festivals policy.

 

Maroondah City Council

Maroondah City Council

Maroondah City Council 2012

 

Arrabri Ward (3 vacancies, 10 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr ABI MATAR, Chad

Did Not Respond

Mr HUGHES, Robert

No Email Address Provided

Ms THOMAS, Natalie

See Response Below

SOWTON, Adrian

Did Not Respond

Ms GLEESON, Christina

See Response Below

Mr MACDONALD, Paul

No Email Address Provided

Mr DIB, Tony

Did Not Respond

Mrs PRATER, Erin

No Email Address Provided

Mrs CHALHOUB, Mireille

Did Not Respond

Mr PARTHIMOS, Con

See Response Below

 

 

Mullum Ward (3 vacancies, 15 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs LAMONT, Nora

Did Not Respond

Mr REIMER, Joshua

Did Not Respond

Mrs LOWE, Mary-Anne

See Response Below

Mr. SCHAFER, Andrew

No Email Address Provided

Mr TOOHEY, Bill

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MARKS, Samantha

See Response Below

Mr AHERN, Terry

No Email Address Provided

Mr SIMMONDS, Shaun

Did Not Respond

Miss VAN RAAY, Rebecca Anne

Did Not Respond

Mr. BREWER, Kayne

No Email Address Provided

Mrs CURTAIN, Rebecca

No Email Address Provided

Miss WEINBERG, Eliza

No Email Address Provided

Ms NEWMAN, Jennifer Dawn

See Response Below

Mrs FRASER, Ann

No Email Address Provided

Mr GIBSON, Bentleigh J.

Did Not Respond

 

 

Wyreena Ward (3 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr STEANE, Rob

Did Not Respond

Ms McNEAL, Jenny

No Email Address Provided

Mr WILLMOTT, Les

Did Not Respond

Mr VAN den AKKER, Dean

Did Not Respond

Mrs BOWES, Elisabeth

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MACDONALD, Kathy

No Email Address Provided

Mr NAHOUM, Sam

No Email Address Provided

Mr LEE, Derren

Did Not Respond

Miss HUTTON, Stephanie

Did Not Respond

Mr FITZGERALD, Liam Francis

Did Not Respond

Mr CLARKSON, Alan John

Did Not Respond

Mr BIONDO, Sam

No Email Address Provided

Mr McINNES, Alistair

See Response Below

Ms. CLARKE, Kyra

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Maroondah City Council 2012: 39

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Natalie Thomas – I would love to find out - can you tell me who to speak to?

Con Parthimos – I believe that the biggest issue facing musicians and live music venues is by far piracy. It is too easy to download and store content. This takes away from the artist.

Christina Gleeson – I love that we have have the competitions at Bazoo but it should be better advertised  through the media, I have seen some awesome local talent and it should be encouraged through sponsorship.

Jenny Newman – Maybe a lack of different and diverse venues. I see we have some really fantastic venues but maybe we need to look at the diversity.

Mary-Anne Lowe – Access to venues

Samantha Marks – Having venues where musicians can play.

Alistair Mc Innes - I must confess I wouldn’t know

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Natalie Thomas – Yes

Con Parthimos – Maybe, I would need to see the submission in order to make an informed decision.

Christina Gleeson –Yes, you  cannot have enough music in the world

Jenny Newman – Yes. Music is such an important event in peoples lives.We all have memory's relating to music

Mary-Anne Lowe – Yes

Samantha Marks – Yes

Alistair McInnes - Maybe

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Natalie Thomas – Yes

Con Parthimos – Don’t know

Christina Gleeson – Yes

Jenny Newman – Yes

Mary-Anne Lowe – Yes

Samantha Marks – Yes

Alistair McInnes - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Natalie Thomas – Yes

Con Parthimos – Don’t know. I would need to know more about the issue

Christina Gleeson – Yes

Jenny Newman –  Yes

Mary-Anne Lowe – Yes

Samantha Marks – Yes

Alistair McInnes – Don’t know. I would have to see how it impacted on a given venue/neighbourhood first.

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Natalie Thomas – Yes. We have a shortage of venues that don't border residential areas.

Con Parthimos – Don’t know

Christina Gleeson –

Jenny Newman –

Mary-Anne Lowe – Don’t know

Samantha Marks – Don’t know

Alistair McInnes - None in my ward that I am aware of however I believe there may have been such issues in other parts of Maroondah

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Natalie Thomas – I would be happy to support any worthwhile initiatives that are suggested.

Con Parthimos – I would consider all initiatives that come before council. As I am not an expert in the matter, I would like to read more before making any decisions.

Christina Gleeson – I just love the sound of buskers on the street> the competition of people showing their talent in an open forum. It should be encouraged  and supported.

Jenny Newman – Family events

Mary-Anne Lowe – Improved access to grants and funding through local government, A local music festival that could showcase musicians from the area - on a large scale similar to the "old croydon festival"  As an event & pr manager, I would use my skills to push this type of event and to bring it into reality - not just for the musicans, but for the community to experience a broad range of styles, and to enjoy a relaxed day out.

Samantha Marks – I think that supporting musicians and the venues that they play at; is very important for local communities.

Alistair McInnes - This issue has not been high on my agenda and I must confess no one has raised it as an issue with me since I decided to run for council some months ago. However I enjoy live concerts and music myself and would support any initiatives to ensure that such events can operate in harmony with the whole community.

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Con Parthimos – Don’t know

Christina Gleeson – Don’t know

Jenny Newman – Yes

Mary-Anne Lowe – No

Samantha Marks – Don’t know. I'm not currently a councillor but l would support any community grant for music events.

Alistair McInnes – Don’t know

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Natalie Thomas – Yes

Con Parthimos – Yes

Christina Gleeson – Yes

Jenny Newman – Yes

Mary-Anne Lowe – Yes, There is no reason why all council owned facilities cannot be maximised with their use for nil or minimal costs for under age events, and for musicans looking for rehearsal/recording space. We all pay our rates and should be able to use spaces that  are sitting there dormant

Samantha Marks – Yes

Alistair McInnes - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Natalie Thomas – I confess to not knowing enough about our local music industry, it hasn't been brought to my attention, but now I WANT to know about all the issues faced!

Samantha Marks – I love going to live performances and think that everyone should have the opportunity to attend.

 

Melbourne City Council

Melbourne City Council

Melbourne City Council 2012

 

Councillors (9 vacancies, 40 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr FOSTER, Richard

Did Not Respond

Mrs D'CRUZ, Emily Lee

Did Not Respond

Mr RUBBO, Mark Dattilo

Did Not Respond

Ms SYME, Wendy

Did Not Respond

Mr EDWARDS, Jason

Did Not Respond

Mr MAYNE, Stephen

Did Not Respond

Mrs ANDERSON, Michele

Did Not Respond

Mr DOWNING, Luke S.

Did Not Respond

Mr CRAGG, David

No Email Address Provided

Mr CHAMBERLIN, Kevin

Did Not Respond

Ms DUTTA, Roshena

Did Not Respond

Mr PARISI, Nick

Did Not Respond

Mr MACDONALD, Alex

Did Not Respond

Mr RAHAMAN, Azeezur

Did Not Respond

Ms FISCHL, Leesa

Did Not Respond

Mr ANDERSON, Gerard

Did Not Respond

NORRIS, Maree

Did Not Respond

Dr OKE, Cathy

See Response Below

Mr LEPPERT, Rohan

See Response Below

Mr RHODES, Lachlan

See Response Below

Mrs PODESTA, Jennifer

See Response Below

Mr THIEL, Philip

See Response Below

Mr LOUEY, Kevin

Did Not Respond

Mr WOOD, Arron

Did Not Respond

Mrs PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley

Did Not Respond

Mr JETTER, Carl

Did Not Respond

Mr SHEN, Harvard

Did Not Respond

Ms SWEETMAN, Fiona

Did Not Respond

Mrs WEI, Hope

Did Not Respond

Dr WATTS, Jackie

Did Not Respond

KENNEDY, Michael

Did Not Respond

Ms KINSELLA, Marie

No Email Address Provided

Ms O'BRIEN, Sue

No Email Address Provided

Mr ONG, Ken

See Response Below

Mr PAGANO, Carlo

Did Not Respond

Ms HEWITT, Sally

Did Not Respond

Ms SMITH, Leona

Did Not Respond

Mr VISA, Moti

Did Not Respond

Mr LOH, David

Did Not Respond

Mr van der CRAATS, Anthony

Did Not Respond

 

 

Leadership Team (1 vacancy, 18 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr RANKIN, Keith

Did Not Respond

Ms HAN, Grace

Did Not Respond

Mr SHANAHAN, Brian

Did Not Respond

Mrs KATZ, Judy

Did Not Respond

Mr DOYLE, Robert

Did Not Respond

Mrs RILEY, Susan

Did Not Respond

Mr MORGAN, Gary

No Email Address Provided

Mr ELLIOTT, John D.

No Email Address Provided

Mr NOLTE, David

See Response Below 

Ms PAGLIANITI, Connie

See Response Below 

Dr PARKES, Alison

See Response Below

Mr COLLIS, David

See Response Below

Mr SINGER, Gary

Did Not Respond

Mr SO, John

Did Not Respond

Dr AHMED, Berhan

Did Not Respond

Miss LU, Sunny

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Dr TOSCANO, Joseph

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Dr ELY, Jean

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Total candidates for Melbourne City Council 2012: 58


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

David Collis - Development is the most significant threat to the long term viability of live music venues in the City of Melbourne, particularly the complaints that can arise from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues. The Greens policy for the City of Melbourne is to protect music venues from these threats through adoption of the Agent of Change principle.    Other issues facing live music venues in the City of Melbourne include improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events; exemptions in the Melbourne Planning Scheme that remove from venue owners in the CBD the right of notice or appeal for planning applications that could impact upon their venue.    Other issues facing musicians living or working in the City of Melbourne include a lack of rehearsal space; and the need to establish a space for the music industry to come together.  

Dr Alison Parkes - Development is the most significant threat to the long term viability of live music venues in the City of Melbourne, particularly the complaints that can arise from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues. The Greens policy for the City of Melbourne is to protect music venues from these threats through adoption of the Agent of Change principle.    Other issues facing live music venues in the City of Melbourne include improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events; exemptions in the Melbourne Planning Scheme that remove from venue owners in the CBD the right of notice or appeal for planning applications that could impact upon their venue.    Other issues facing musicians living or working in the City of Melbourne include a lack of rehearsal space; and the need to establish a space for the music industry to come together.

Ken Ong - The new residential developments which are getting built closer to live venues which then result in complaints about the noise levels from existing live music venues.

Philip Thiel - Development is the most significant threat to the long term viability of live music venues in the City of Melbourne, particularly the complaints that can arise from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues. The Greens policy for the City of Melbourne is to protect music venues from these threats through adoption of the Agent of Change principle.    Other issues facing live music venues in the City of Melbourne include improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events; exemptions in the Melbourne Planning Scheme that remove from venue owners in the CBD the right of notice or appeal for planning applications that could impact upon their venue.

Jennifer Podesta - Development is the most significant threat to the long term viability of live music venues in the City of Melbourne, particularly the complaints that can arise from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues. The Greens policy for the City of Melbourne is to protect music venues from these threats through adoption of the Agent of Change principle.    Other issues facing live music venues in the City of Melbourne include improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events; exemptions in the Melbourne Planning Scheme that remove from venue owners in the CBD the right of notice or appeal for planning applications that could impact upon their venue.    Other issues facing musicians living or working in the City of Melbourne include a lack of rehearsal space; and the need to establish a space for the music industry to come together.

Lachlan Rhodes - Development is the most significant threat to the long term viability of live music venues in the City of Melbourne, particularly the complaints that can arise from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues. The Greens policy for the City of Melbourne is to protect music venues from these threats through adoption of the Agent of Change principle.    Other issues facing live music venues in the City of Melbourne include improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events; exemptions in the Melbourne Planning Scheme that remove from venue owners in the CBD the right of notice or appeal for planning applications that could impact upon their venue.    Other issues facing musicians living or working in the City of Melbourne include a lack of rehearsal space; and the need to establish a space for the music industry to come together.

Rohan Leppert - Development is the most significant threat to the long term viability of live music venues in the City of Melbourne, particularly the complaints that can arise from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues. The Greens policy for the City of Melbourne is to protect music venues from these threats through adoption of the Agent of Change principle.  Other issues facing live music venues in the City of Melbourne include improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events; exemptions in the Melbourne Planning Scheme that remove from venue owners in the CBD the right of notice or appeal for planning applications that could impact upon their venue.  Other issues facing musicians living or working in the City of Melbourne include a lack of rehearsal space; and the need to establish a space for the music industry to come together.

Cathy Oke - Long term viability of live music Venues / without threats from residential developments/ residential complaints  Rehearsal space  Meeting space for industry  Business development for industry  Promotion and marketing of live music events  Planning restrictions on "pop up" events.

Connie Paglianiti - The City of Melbourne contains more live music venues and activity than any other municipality in Victoria. While Cr Cathy Oke has succeeded in getting council to support the upcoming live music festival in November, the reality is that council has not in the recent past been strong in its support for live music at the local community level. With increasing residential density occuring within the city (the population of Melbourne is set to increase from 100,000 to 500,000 within 30 yrs) there will be policy challenges relating to nimbyism that will need to be managed. Supporte for live music and the need for live music venues in Melbourne needs to be preserved as an integral component of our arts and entertainment offering to locals and visitors.  

 Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

David Collis – Yes. The Greens' policy at the 2008 election was for the City of Melbourne to develop a music strategy, and this has been achieved. For the 2012 election our priority is to build on this success with the establishment of an external industry stakeholder group which will assist with the implementation and further development of the music strategy. Current Greens Councillor Cathy Oke has been a long term advocate of the City of Melbourne's music strategy.

Dr Alison Parkes – Yes. The Greens' policy at the 2008 election was for the City of Melbourne to develop a music strategy, and this has been achieved. For the 2012 election our priority is to build on this success with the establishment of an external industry stakeholder group which will assist with the implementation and further development of the music strategy. Current Greens Councillor Cathy Oke has been a long term advocate of the City of Melbourne's music strategy.

Ken Ong – Yes. Need to develop a very clear policy in the Planning Scheme about the principle of the "Agent of Change" meaning later residential developments need to undertake sound-proofing of their developments that are compliant with regulations (SEP2)

Philip Thiel – Yes. The Greens' policy at the 2008 election was for the City of Melbourne to develop a music strategy, and this has been achieved. For the 2012 election our priority is to build on this success with the establishment of an external industry stakeholder group which will assist with the implementation and further development of the music strategy. Current Greens Councillor Cathy Oke has been a long term advocate of the City of Melbourne's music strategy.

Jennifer Podesta – Yes. The Greens' policy at the 2008 election was for the City of Melbourne to develop a music strategy, and this has been achieved. For the 2012 election our priority is to build on this success with the establishment of an external industry stakeholder group which will assist with the implementation and further development of the music strategy. Current Greens Councillor Cathy Oke has been a long term advocate of the City of Melbourne's music strategy.

Lachlan Rhodes – Yes. The Greens' policy at the 2008 election was for the City of Melbourne to develop a music strategy, and this has been achieved. For the 2012 election our priority is to build on this success with the establishment of an external industry stakeholder group which will assist with the implementation and further development of the music strategy. Current Greens Councillor Cathy Oke has been a long term advocate of the City of Melbourne's music strategy.

Rohan Leppert – Yes. The Greens' policy at the 2008 election was for the City of Melbourne to develop a music strategy, and this has been achieved. For the 2012 election our priority is to build on this success with the establishment of an external industry stakeholder group which will assist with the implementation and further development of the music strategy. Current Greens Councillor Cathy Oke has been a long term advocate of the City of Melbourne's music strategy.

Cathy Oke – Yes. The City of Melbourne has a music strategy, I supported its development and now support the call for the establishment of an external advisory committee to oversee its implementation and future development.

Connie Paglianiti - Our arts policy calls for a comprehensive improvement in council support for the arts, including music. This will result in a review of existing plans and strategy with the purpose of turning around years of neglect by council.  

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

David Collis - Yes

Dr Alison Parkes - Yes

Ken Ong - Yes

Philip Thiel - Yes

Jennifer Podesta - Yes

Lachlan Rhodes - Yes

Rohan Leppert - Yes

Cathy Oke - Yes

Connie Paglianiti - We have some understanding of this provision. We understand it introduces paradigms that potentially gives individuals a veto capacity to argue that their normal enjoyment may be infringed by an event.  

 Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

David Collis – Yes. The Greens' Planning policy for the City of Melbourne specifically supports the protection of live music venues through the Agent of Change principle: http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/planning#priorities.

Dr Alison Parkes – Yes. The Greens' Planning policy for the City of Melbourne specifically supports the protection of live music venues through the Agent of Change principle: http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/planning#priorities.

Ken Ong – Yes. As the Chairperson of Planning and a supporter of live music, I have been a strong supporter of this push.

Philip Thiel – Yes. The Greens' Planning policy for the City of Melbourne specifically supports the protection of live music venues through the Agent of Change principle: http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/planning#priorities.

Jennifer Podesta – Yes. The Greens' Planning policy for the City of Melbourne specifically supports the protection of live music venues through the Agent of Change principle: http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/planning#priorities.

Lachlan Rhodes – Yes. The Greens' Planning policy for the City of Melbourne specifically supports the protection of live music venues through the Agent of Change principle: http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/planning#priorities.

Rohan Leppert – Yes. The Greens' Planning policy for the City of Melbourne specifically supports the protection of live music venues through the Agent of Change principle: http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/planning#priorities.

Cathy Oke – Yes. This is stated in our Melbourne Greens planning policy for this election. http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/planning

Connie Paglianiti - Our policy would put the City of Melbourne at the forefront of protecting the right of live music venues in Melbourne into the future.    

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

David Collis – Yes. 1)     The Capital City Zone which covers the CBD and parts of Southbank, currently removes the right for third parties to appeal against development applications. The Greens want to see this appeal right reinstated. As a particular example, under the current rules the owners of the Cherry Bar owners were not able to object to a residential development right on the doorstep of their long established live music venue.    2)     Parking restrictions outside music venues can make it difficult, and expensive, for musicians to unload and load their equipment for a gig.      3)     Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain. We would review the permit process to ensure it doesn't hinder creativity.

Dr Alison Parkes - 1)      The Capital City Zone which covers the CBD and parts of Southbank, currently removes the right for third parties to appeal against development applications. The Greens want to see this appeal right reinstated. As a particular example, under the current rules the owners of the Cherry Bar owners were not able to object to a residential development right on the doorstep of their long established live music venue.    2)     Parking restrictions outside music venues can make it difficult, and expensive, for musicians to unload and load their equipment for a gig.    3)       Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain. We would review the permit process to ensure it doesn't hinder creativity.

Ken Ong – Yes. Outdoor venues eg rooftops and special street music events which do not have any sound-proofing can cause problems for neighbouring and resulting in a general push for Council to take action. The Music venues should try to manage this better to avoid being a target.

Philip Thiel – Yes. 1)       The Capital City Zone which covers the CBD and parts of Southbank, currently removes the right for third parties to appeal against development applications. The Greens want to see this appeal right reinstated. As a particular example, under the current rules the owners of the Cherry Bar owners were not able to object to a residential development right on the doorstep of their long established live music venue.    2)     Parking restrictions outside music venues can make it difficult, and expensive, for musicians to unload and load their equipment for a gig.      3)     Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain. We would review the permit process to ensure it doesn't hinder creativity.

Jennifer Podesta – Yes. 1)           The Capital City Zone which covers the CBD and parts of Southbank, currently removes the right for third parties to appeal against development applications. The Greens want to see this appeal right reinstated. As a particular example, under the current rules the owners of the Cherry Bar owners were not able to object to a residential development right on the doorstep of their long established live music venue.    2)     Parking restrictions outside music venues can make it difficult, and expensive, for musicians to unload and load their equipment for a gig.      3)     Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain. We would review the permit process to ensure it doesn't hinder creativity.

Lachlan Rhodes – Yes. 1)            The Capital City Zone which covers the CBD and parts of Southbank, currently removes the right for third parties to appeal against development applications. The Greens want to see this appeal right reinstated. As a particular example, under the current rules the owners of the Cherry Bar owners were not able to object to a residential development right on the doorstep of their long established live music venue.    2)     Parking restrictions outside music venues can make it difficult, and expensive, for musicians to unload and load their equipment for a gig.      3)     Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain. We would review the permit process to ensure it doesn't hinder creativity.

Rohan Leppert – Yes. 1) The Capital City Zone which covers the CBD and parts of Southbank, currently removes the right for third parties to appeal against development applications. The Greens want to see this appeal right reinstated. As a particular example, under the current rules the owners of the Cherry Bar owners were not able to object to a residential development right on the doorstep of their long established live music venue.    2)     Parking restrictions outside music venues can make it difficult, and expensive, for musicians to unload and load their equipment for a gig.      3)     Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain. We would review the permit process to ensure it doesn't hinder creativity.

Cathy Oke – Yes. The capital city zone doesn't allow for appeal rights of businesses or residents. the Greens would have this reviewed. For example The Cherry Bar weren't allowed appeal rights for a residential development on their front door, this highlights the flaw in the system.

Connie Paglianiti - Liquour licensencing, public safety, crowd management, street closures are some related regulatory issues that impact on live performance  

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

David Collis - As Deupty Lord Mayor of Melbourne, I would strongly support the Music Strategy for Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week; these are two initiatives that were driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke.    The Greens also support having the Music Coordinator at the City of Melbourne work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Melbourne's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene.    More generally, Greens Melbourne City Councillors will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Dr Alison Parkes - I will strongly support the Music Strategy for Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week; these are two initiatives that were driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke.    We also support having the Music Coordinator at the City of Melbourne work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Melbourne's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene.    More generally, as Greens Lord Mayor I will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Ken Ong - In Melbourne, continue to Support Melbourne Music event. Provide support grants to new live music ideas. Introduce free public music events and support music education for schools in the municiaplity.

Philip Thiel - The Greens will strongly support the Music Strategy for Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week; these are two initiatives that were driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke.    We also support having the Music Coordinator at the City of Melbourne work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Melbourne's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene.    More generally, Greens Melbourne City Councillors will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Jennifer Podesta - The Greens will strongly support the Music Strategy for Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week; these are two initiatives that were driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke.    We also support having the Music Coordinator at the City of Melbourne work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Melbourne's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene.    More generally, Greens Melbourne City Councillors will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Lachlan Rhodes - The Greens will strongly support the Music Strategy for Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week; these are two initiatives that were driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke.    We also support having the Music Coordinator at the City of Melbourne work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Melbourne's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene.    More generally, Greens Melbourne City Councillors will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Rohan Leppert - The Greens will strongly support the Music Strategy for Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week; these are two initiatives that were driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke.    We also support having the Music Coordinator at the City of Melbourne work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Melbourne's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene.    More generally, Greens Melbourne City Councillors will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Cathy Oke - I strongly support our music strategy and Melbourne Music Week and as above, the creation of an industry advisory committee to drive both initiatives.  I also support our employment of a music coordinator at Council whose role it is to not only liaise with the music industry on business, planning and any other issue relevant to the local music industry, but to also work across Council to ensure we truly capture the importance of music to Council and find as many opportunities as possible to work with and develop the local music scene.

Connie Paglianiti - Refer to arts policy and events policy at www.Ourmelbourne2012.Com.Au  .  

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

David Collis – Yes. The City of Melbourne is a strong supporter of the music industry through events and community grants as well as small business development grants. Greens Melbourne City Councillors will ensure that these opportunities are promoted to the music industry, and we will provide support with the application process.    Melbourne Music Week, which was driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke, is a significant investment by the City of Melbourne. The music component of Moomba is another example of the City's funding.

Dr Alison Parkes – Yes. The City of Melbourne is a strong supporter of the music industry through events and community grants as well as small business development grants. As a Greens Lord Mayor, I will ensure that these opportunities are promoted to the music industry, and that support is provided with the application process.    Melbourne Music Week, which was driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke, is a significant investment by the City of Melbourne. The music component of Moomba is another example of the City's funding.

Ken Ong – Yes. City fo Melbourne spends $900K per annum on Melbourne Music event plus many grants for music acts and programs.

Philip Thiel – Yes. The City of Melbourne is a strong supporter of the music industry through events and community grants as well as small business development grants. Greens Melbourne City Councillors will ensure that these opportunities are promoted to the music industry, and we will provide support with the application process.    Melbourne Music Week, which was driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke, is a significant investment by the City of Melbourne. The music component of Moomba is another example of the City's funding.

Jennifer Podesta – Yes. The City of Melbourne is a strong supporter of the music industry through events and community grants as well as small business development grants. Greens Melbourne City Councillors will ensure that these opportunities are promoted to the music industry, and we will provide support with the application process.    Melbourne Music Week, which was driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke, is a significant investment by the City of Melbourne. The music component of Moomba is another example of the City's funding.

Lachlan Rhodes – Yes. The City of Melbourne is a strong supporter of the music industry through events and community grants as well as small business development grants. Greens Melbourne City Councillors will ensure that these opportunities are promoted to the music industry, and we will provide support with the application process.    Melbourne Music Week, which was driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke, is a significant investment by the City of Melbourne. The music component of Moomba is another example of the City's funding.

Rohan Leppert – Yes. The City of Melbourne is a strong supporter of the music industry through events and community grants as well as small business development grants. Greens Melbourne City Councillors will ensure that these opportunities are promoted to the music industry, and we will provide support with the application process.    Melbourne Music Week, which was driven by Greens Councillor Cathy Oke, is a significant investment by the City of Melbourne. The music component of Moomba is another example of the City's funding.

Cathy Oke – Yes. We need to better promote the grants available for musicians and music business. Melbourne Music Week is a significant investment by Council in the local music industry.

Connie Paglianiti - Our policy is to enhance funding for the arts to reverse years of neglect by council.  

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

David Collis – Yes. A lack of rehearsal spaces is a significant issue for musicians in the City of Melbourne. Greens Councillors are also supportive of any opportunities to provide spaces and events in the CBD for young people that are free of charge, drug and alcohol free, available throughout the day and night, welcoming, and safe. This is included in the Greens' Community and Services policy for the City of Melbourne, http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/services#priorities.

Dr Alison Parkes – Yes. A lack of rehearsal spaces is a significant issue for musicians in the City of Melbourne. Greens Councillors are also supportive of any opportunities to provide spaces and events in the CBD for young people that are free of charge, drug and alcohol free, available throughout the day and night, welcoming, and safe. This is included in the Greens' Community and Services policy for the City of Melbourne, http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/services#priorities.

Ken Ong – Yes. North Melbourne Town Hall is such a venue - Arts House

Philip Thiel – Yes. A lack of rehearsal spaces is a significant issue for musicians in the City of Melbourne. Greens Councillors are also supportive of any opportunities to provide spaces and events in the CBD for young people that are free of charge, drug and alcohol free, available throughout the day and night, welcoming, and safe. This is included in the Greens' Community and Services policy for the City of Melbourne, http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/services#priorities.

Jennifer Podesta – Yes. A lack of rehearsal spaces is a significant issue for musicians in the City of Melbourne. Greens Councillors are also supportive of any opportunities to provide spaces and events in the CBD for young people that are free of charge, drug and alcohol free, available throughout the day and night, welcoming, and safe. This is included in the Greens' Community and Services policy for the City of Melbourne, http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/services#priorities.

Lachlan Rhodes – Yes. A lack of rehearsal spaces is a significant issue for musicians in the City of Melbourne. Greens Councillors are also supportive of any opportunities to provide spaces and events in the CBD for young people that are free of charge, drug and alcohol free, available throughout the day and night, welcoming, and safe. This is included in the Greens' Community and Services policy for the City of Melbourne, http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/services#priorities.

Rohan Leppert – Yes. A lack of rehearsal spaces is a significant issue for musicians in the City of Melbourne. Greens Councillors are also supportive of any opportunities to provide spaces and events in the CBD for young people that are free of charge, drug and alcohol free, available throughout the day and night, welcoming, and safe. This is included in the Greens' Community and Services policy for the City of Melbourne, http://www.melbournecitygreens.com/services#priorities.

Cathy Oke - Yes

Connie Paglianiti - This issue is addressed in our arts policy    

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

David Collis - As Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne I would ensure that no venue lockouts are introduced inside this City; at 2am, at 1am, or any time. Instead I would lobby for 24hour public transport to address the reasons that the City can become unsafe.   Our complete policy platform for the City of Melbourne is available at http://www.melbournecitygreens.com. Please contact me with any more questions at david@melbournecitygreens.com.

Dr Alison Parkes - As Lord Mayor I will ensure that no venue lockouts are introduced inside this City which prides itself on its nightlife.    Our complete policy platform for the City of Melbourne is available at http://www.melbournecitygreens.com. Please contact me with any more questions at alison@melbournecitygreens.com.

Philip Thiel - As a Greens councillor for the City of Melbourne, and as a resident of the CBD, I would work to continue strengthening the city's tradition of live music in the city, especially free public events. I'm especially keen to increase the diversity of musical styles made available to the public - our diverse population deserves no less.     Our complete policy platform for the City of Melbourne is available at http://www.melbournecitygreens.com. Please contact me with any more questions at philip@melbournecitygreens.com.

Jennifer Podesta - I will ensure that the council actively supports the employment of local artists at events held in city. I will work to create performance opportunities for musicians from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and to ensure that live performances are accessible for audience members and musicians with disabilities. I would strongly support the conitunation of Melbourne Music Week, which is an excellent music festival.    Our complete policy platform for the City of Melbourne is available at http://www.melbournecitygreens.com. Please contact me with any more questions at jennifer@melbournecitygreens.com.

Lachlan Rhodes - 24hour public transport, not a lockout.  Our complete policy platform for the City of Melbourne is available at http://www.melbournecitygreens.com. Please contact me with any more questions at lachlan@melbournecitygreens.com.

Rohan Leppert - I would oppose any venue lockout, and instead lobby for 24hr public transport to get people home from the City.  Our complete policy platform for the City of Melbourne is available at http://www.melbournecitygreens.com. Please contact me with any more questions at rohan@melbournecitygreens.com.

Cathy Oke - Music Victoria should consider a local government representative on their committee /council to ensure there is a two way conversation regarding issues at a local level.

Connie Paglianiti - The Nolte-Paglianiti Our Melbourne team for the Melbourne City Council election is the only team that recognise the value and importance of music as an art form to the city economy. As part of our Melbourne job drive to increase economic and business activity in Melbourne and increase job opportunities our arts policy proposes the largest investment in the arts/music in many years, we will also provide incentive for the development of street performances and new events.  

Melton City Council

Melton City Council (formerly Melton Shire Council)

Melton City Council 2012

 

Cambridge Ward (2 vacancies, 22 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs JONES, Bronwyn

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Mr BARKHO, Michael

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Mrs TAMBURRO, Dina

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Mr KOUTROUBAS, Eric

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Mrs MAJDLIK, Kathy

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Miss STEWART, Bianca

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Mr SOUTHALL, John

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Mr KESIC, Goran

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Mrs PENSA, Effie

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Mr KERBAGE, Charles

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Mr RUMPF, Paul

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Mr SINGH, Gursharan

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Mrs JASON, Dimitra

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Mr GEBRE-SELASSIE, Haileluel

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Mr MILES, Nathan

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Mrs DUNN, Nola

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Mr ROMEO, Antonino

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Mrs SYKES, Halina

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Mr PREUSKER, Carl

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Miss RAMSEY, Eleanor

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Mrs GULEN, Petek

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Mr STOCK, Garry Phillip

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Coburn Ward (3 vacancies, 30 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

GLEESON, Brooke Ashlea

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Mr HARDIMAN, Steve

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Mrs RAMSEY, Sophie

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Mr TURNER, Bob

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Ms CONNOR, Madeleine

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Miss TURLEY, Rachelle

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Mrs STEWART, Janet

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Mrs GEORGIOU, Kylie

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Mr McGREGOR, Joel

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Mr BROOKING, Cliff

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Mr MANHIEM, Akoc

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Mrs DOBSON, Helen Margaret

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Miss GAULD, Megan

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Mr DeLEON, Matt

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Mr PARK, Lawrie

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Mr AGG, Barry

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Mr CAMPBELL, Thomas Edwin

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Miss JAMES, Hayley

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Mr MATALEWSKI, Michael

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BORG, Broden

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Mrs DOWNIE, Colleen

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Mr ATTARD, Heath

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Mr ROWAN, Peter

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Ms WRIGHT, Sharon

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Mr AXON, David Harvey

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BENTLEY, Myles

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Mr SASS, Karl

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Miss O'HARA, Taya

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Miss PHILPOT-HALE, Rhiannon

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Miss SACCO, Brittany

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Watts Ward (2 vacancies, 20 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs BARKHO, Stefania

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Mrs CUGLIARI, Renata

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Mr HINDLE, Samuel

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Mrs HILI, Sharryn

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Mrs CARLI, Lara

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Mr WALSH, Addison

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Mr MAGRO, Joseph

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Mr ROWAN, Bruce

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MACPHERSON, Brad

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Mr KITANOVSKI, Mendo

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Mr ROMEO, Tony

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Mr MAJDLIK, Andrew

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Mrs GUMUS, Pinar

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Miss MENDES, Michelle

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Mrs TOUVANNA, Androulla

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Miss FILES, Tiffany

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Miss RAMSEY, Bryoni

No Email Address Provided

Mr GALEA, Darren Michael

No Email Address Provided

Mr CELOVSKI, Michael

No Email Address Provided

AHCHEEN, Lawrence

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Melton City Council 2012: 72 

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – The industry is competitive, insufficient funding and recognition for musicians as well as a lack of opportunity to showcase their talents. Other than a few key events within my municipality l am not aware of live gigs that are offered and readily available for constituents.

Madeleine Connor – Lack of venues, teachers, encouragement. This local community in which I live, desperately needs just that, community! The opportunity for local talent to perform , perhaps instead of more 'pokies' venues opening would give those of us of mature age and young people with poor transport access , local venues and opportunities to enjoy and play music. Thank you.

Broden Borg – There isn't an appropriate venue for them to present their talents.

Madeleine Connor – There are few venues, one 'nightclub' for younger crowd that I am aware of . Very little interst paid to the arts in general and local musicians. Local pub runs karaoke and 'cover bands mostly. More live entertainment with focus on wider range of age groups would be great.

Brad MacPherson - limited venues for live music.   Traditional venues taking the easy option with poker Machines.  Limited busking opportunities for beginners with shopping complexes generally not allowing performers in.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – Yes

Madeleine Connor – Yes - Definitely starting with encouraging more funding beginning with early school programmes.

Broden Borg – Maybe, It would depend on what the strategy would cover and the goals proposed. I would be interested to have a look at other Council policies.

Madeleine Connor – Yes

Brad MacPherson - Yes

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – No

Madeleine Connor – Yes

Broden Borg – Yes

Madeleine Connor – No

Brad MacPherson – No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – Yes

Madeleine Connor – Yes

Broden Borg – Yes. Provided that it worked with the community and put in place practical solutions and comprimise

Madeleine Connor – Yes

Brad MacPherson - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – No

Madeleine Connor – Don’t know

Broden Borg – No

Madeleine Connor – Don’t know

Brad MacPherson - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – I am interested in raising awareness of disability, social inclusion and justice within my municipality. Music is a medium that has documented therapeutic benefits to individuals with a disability. Dances, movement, sensory fulfilment, using a musical instrument, singing, etc as a therapeutic tool and strategy to facilitate in connecting with an individual with a disability is unparalleled but regardless of ability or disABILITY the consensus is that music is indeed a universal language that can be enjoyed by all, music breaks down the barriers and builds connections that are important within the community one resides in and beyond.

Madeleine Connor – As above. Introduce  live music and love of music by encouraging love of  music to children from an early age. Encouragement via  council to open more 'free' venues. I am also intersted as a nurse in use of music therapy for elderly residents in health care.

Broden Borg – Development of an entertainment area. Ensuring that they had the opportunity to perform and be promoted at Council events.

Madeleine Connor – Sponsorship of local bands and venues , especially for the under 18's. Community choir for anyone! Decent live band/jazz/singers for the in betweens, we are surrounded ny 'pokies' venues.

Brad MacPherson - Support music like councils support sport, by providing facilities for groups to learn, practice and perform.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – No

Madeleine Connor – No

Broden Borg – No

Madeleine Connor – No

Brad MacPherson – Don’t know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – Yes

Madeleine Connor – Yes

Broden Borg – Yes

Madeleine Connor – Yes

Brad MacPherson Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Petek 'Pepsi' Gulen – Being able to showcase musical gigs to support our musicians, bring together the municipality through the hosting of such events and offering sub groups within our municipality such as our youth the opportunity to have their needs heard, met and inspire them would be a worthwhile cause in itself.

Madeleine Connor – Go muso's!

Brad MacPherson - Strong believer in music helping increase connectivity across the brain, helping children learn in other areas than just music. Performing, as children do whilst learning helps with confidence and presenting in other facets of life.

 

Mildura Rural City Council

Mildura Rural City Council

Mildura Rural City Council 2012

 

Mildura Rural City Council (9 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr HARTSHORN, Peter

See Response Below

Mr THORBURN, Max

Did Not Respond

Ms PEART, Sharyon

Did Not Respond

Mr ARNOLD, John

Did Not Respond

Mr STOKES, Eric

Did Not Respond

Mrs JOSLYN, Jill

Did Not Respond

Mr MILNE, Glenn

See Response Below

Mr BROWN, Greg

No Email Address Provided

Mr ECKEL, Mark

No Email Address Provided

Ms NICHOLS, Susan

Did Not Respond

Ms CUPPER, Ali

Did Not Respond

Mr DENNER, Bernard J.

See Response Below

Mr PARR, Stephen

Did Not Respond

Mrs HARRIS, Judi

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Mildura Rural City Council 2012: 14

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Bernard J Denner – Venues

Peter Hartshorn – Unsure

Glenn Milne - Cost to pay a band for the venue  Poor payments for musicians  Lack of venue options in samller towns and cities


Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Bernard J Denner –Yes

Peter Hartshorn – Yes

Glenn MilneYes, Creative side of people should be extended when and where possible  MIldura has some amazingly talented musicians


Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Bernard J Denner –No

Peter Hartshorn – Don’t know

Glenn Milne - Yes


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Bernard J Denner – Don’t know

Peter Hartshorn – Yes

Glenn Milne - Yes


Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Bernard J Denner –No

Peter Hartshorn – No

Glenn Milne - No


Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Bernard J Denner – I would hope that we can support a Music Jam so that all young artists can have an opportunity to perform for the public

Peter Hartshorn –unsure

Glenn Milne - We already have quite a few programs that provide live music but I would love to see more opportunity for young people to be seen and heard in public in an effort to grow the local music culture.


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Bernard J Denner –Don’t know

Peter Hartshorn – Don’t know

Glenn MilneNo. Money isn't always the problem, it's often a lack of volunteers willing to help.

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Bernard J Denner –Yes

Peter Hartshorn – Yes

Glenn Milne – Yes. Love to see a youth concert or two


Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Bernard J Denner – I wish I knew more about the industry

Peter Hartshorn – No

Glenn Milne – I hope you meet with some success in your efforts

 

Mitchell Shire Council

Mitchell Shire Council

Mitchell Shire Council 2012

 

Central Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr LEE, Ross

No Email Address Provided

Mr SHEAHAN, Liam Paul

No Email Address Provided

Ms GOBLE, Annie

See Response Below

Mrs STEWART, Kelley

Did Not Respond

Mr PARKER, Rodney John

Did Not Respond

Mr HUMM, Robert

Did Not Respond

Mr CALLAGHAN, Desmond Anthony

Did Not Respond

 

 

North Ward (3 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MELBOURNE, Bill

No Email Address Provided

Mr CHISHOLM, Bill

No Email Address Provided

Mr JAMES, Colin

No Email Address Provided

Mr COPPEL, Graeme

No Email Address Provided

Mrs SOLOMON, Alice

No Email Address Provided

Ms TULLETT, Carol

No Email Address Provided

Mr SEXTON, James

See Response Below

Ms SANDERSON, Rhonda

No Email Address Provided

 

 

South Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MULRONEY, Kevin

Did Not Respond

Mr JAMES, David

See Response Below

Mrs MARSTAELLER, Sue

See Response Below

Mr CORNISH, Bob

No Email Address Provided

Mr PETTMAN, David

See Response Below

Mr ELDRIDGE, Rob

Did Not Respond

Mr WYATT, Simon

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Mitchell Shire Council 2012: 22 

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Annie Goble – Attracting the audience and covering costs.

James Sexton – Lack of funding for the arts in state schools.

Simon Wyatt – Insufficient venues

David Pettman – Lack of suitable venues

Sue Marstaeller – Lack of venues being a country shire and distances to travel to rehearse  very few council owned venues either

David James – Lack of venues

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Annie Goble – Yes, Seems a good idea so all departments have an understanding of councils view re: live music

James Sexton – Yes

Simon Wyatt – Yes

David Pettman – Maybe

Sue Marstaeller – Yes, we actually have to develop an Arts and Culture strategy this coming year and live music will be one of the areas that will be included

David James - Yes

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Annie Goble – Yes

James Sexton – No

Simon Wyatt – No

David Pettman – No

Sue Marstaeller – No

David James - Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Annie Goble – Yes

James Sexton – Yes

Simon Wyatt – Yes

David Pettman – Don’t know

Sue Marstaeller – Don’t know. would need more information before committing myself to any position

David James - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Annie Goble – Don’t know

James Sexton – No

Simon Wyatt – No

David Pettman – Don’t know

Sue Marstaeller – No, We are in the process of reviewing our local law and this would be the time for musicians/venues to make submissions if the laws have issues for them

David James - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Annie Goble – Would support blues festival in our region (Kilmore) if we are successful at removing trucks and through traffic from the main street. Happily support youth programs/competitions in my ward.

James Sexton – Extra funding for the shire band.

Simon Wyatt – Live concerts. It would be great to have another Sunbury Music Festival over 3 days

David Pettman –

Sue Marstaeller – one of the main projects i have been lobbying for is a performing arts centre within our Shire. this will be more likely to come with our growth to the south in the coming years with the establishment of new council offices. At present we do have a lack of first class venues for any of the arts including music. We have many musicains in this Shire who deserve the best facilities we can provide.

David James - Most but in particular the participation of Local Musicians in local events.    More Events Locally

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Annie Goble – Don’t know, Not fully aware of funding related to live music but will investigate

James Sexton – Don’t know

Simon Wyatt – Don’t know

David Pettman – Don’t know

Sue Marstaeller – Yes, For the size of our Shire and budget yes but this of course could and should grow  as funds become more available this will happen in the coming years. Council has always been supportive of our artists although we are limited in our funding.

David James – Don’t know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Annie Goble – Yes

James Sexton – Yes

Simon Wyatt – Yes

David Pettman – Yes

Sue Marstaeller – Yes, in my town we actually encourage and have supported young people for a number of years now with rehearsal facilities. We do need more facilities but we also need a lot of other things so priorites must come first

David James - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Sue Marstaeller – We have a very strong talented group of musicians in the Mitchell Shire Concert Band who also have other offshoot groups playing varous styles of music. They are a very talented group of people who encourage and teach younger members to take part and develop an appreciation of music. They hold regular performances at little cost for the community and support many of our community events and special event days. These musicans also support our theatrical groups with their performances. We are very proud of them

 

Moira Shire Council

Moira Shire Council

Moira Shire Council 2012

 

Moira Shire Council (9 vacancies, 18 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MITCHELL, Bryan Stephen

Did Not Respond

Mr OLSON, Scott Allen

No Email Address Provided

Mr KEENAN, Brian Francis

Did Not Respond

Mr McPHEE, Don

See Response Below

Mr GILMOUR, Andrew Norman

See Response Below

Mr McKENZIE, David John

Did Not Respond

Mr MANSFIELD, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mrs McCALLUM, Jessie

No Email Address Provided

Mr COX, Edward J.

No Email Address Provided

Mr JONES, Garry

No Email Address Provided

Mr CLEVELAND, Gary Ronald

See Response Below

Mrs MARTIN, Marie Katharine

Did Not Respond

Mr BROWNING, Archibald Roger

No Email Address Provided

Mr CHUCK, Rob

Did Not Respond

Mrs HEATHER, Judy

Did Not Respond

Mrs MONK, Alex

See Response Below

Mrs BUCK, Wendy

Did Not Respond

Mr BOURKE, Kevin Joseph

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Moira Shire Council 2012: 18 



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Gary R. Cleveland – In Moira Shire the issues relating to live music and musicians revolve around access for our youth as the venues are mainly hotels and clubs that have gaming machines -hence it is difficult for our youth to be able to participate

 Andrew Gilmour – Lack of decent venues

Don McPhee – We do not have a live music venue in Yarrawonga. We need a venue outside the clubs in NSW. Access to Hotels is now very limited for local musicians

Alex Monk - Insufficient

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Gary R. Cleveland – Maybe, I am not aware at the moment of the current situation so I would need further information before I made up my mind on this issue.

 Andrew Gilmour – Maybe

Don McPhee – Yes

Alex Monk - Maybe


Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Gary R. Cleveland – No

 Andrew Gilmour – Yes

Don McPhee – No

Alex Monk - No


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Gary R. Cleveland – Don’t know, I am not aware of the issues involved therefore I am not able to offer a response at the moment.

 Andrew Gilmour – Yes

Don McPhee – Yes

Alex Monk - Yes

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Gary R. Cleveland – Don’t know, I am not aware of any regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in Moira Shire at the moment.

 Andrew Gilmour – No

Don McPhee – Don’t know

Alex Monk – No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Gary R. Cleveland – In recent years I have been involved with a Rotary Boroondara-Moira Cares partnership that conducted an annual program for drought affected rural families entitled "An Evening Under the Stars" - which included Sing Australia as a major part of the entertainment.

Andrew Gilmour – strategy dependant on outside ideas

Don McPhee – We need a 'sound dome' on our lake foreshore park area. Hotels need encoragement to make there venues available all year. The clubs in NSW  do support live music to a certain extent. More encouragement for acts from the surrounding areas


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Gary R. Cleveland – Don’t know, I believe that there are funds available, but at the moment I am not sure whether there are adequate funds available

 Andrew Gilmour – No

Don McPhee – No

Alex Monk – Yes

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Gary R. Cleveland – Don’t know, I am not sure of the current situation in regard to the use of council-owned facilities by musicians, but most council-owned facilities have their own committee of management to control the use of that facility.

 Andrew Gilmour – Yes

Don McPhee – Yes

Alex Monk – Don’t know

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Gary R. Cleveland – I am interested to know what Music Victoria aims to do with the feedback that is provided through this survey.

 

Monash City Council

Monash City Council

Monash City Council 2012

 

Glen Waverley Ward (2 vacancies, 9 candidates)   

Candidates

 

Mr LAKE, Geoff

Did Not Respond

Mr PAN, Daniel

Did Not Respond

Mrs MORRISSEY, Lorraine

Did Not Respond

Mr KUMAR, Abhay

No Email Address Provided

Mr AHMED, Rizwan

See Response Below

Mr WONG, Alfred Cheung Hing

No Email Address Provided

Mrs MARIKAR, Sithy F.

Did Not Respond

Mr LOBO, Damian

Did Not Respond

Ms NOLAN, Katrina

Did Not Respond

 

 

Mount Waverley Ward (3 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mrs DISSANAYAKE, Mihiri

Did Not Respond

Mrs O'CONNOR, Sharon

Did Not Respond

Mrs KOUTSIKOS, Stella

Did Not Respond

Mr LITTLE, Brian

Did Not Respond

MORRISSEY, Tom

Did Not Respond

Ms JAEGER, Jennifer

See Response Below

Mr HARVEY, Mitchell

See Response Below

Mrs SIFREDI, Vicki

Did Not Respond

Mr PETERS, Robert Wayne

Did Not Respond

Mrs PATERSON, Rebecca

See Response Below

Mr KUTHALAM, Aditya

Did Not Respond

Mr TAMVAKIS, Alexander

Did Not Respond

Mr LO, Jieh-Yung

Did Not Respond

Ms DENNIS, Catherine Louise

See Response Below

 

 

Mulgrave Ward (3 vacancies, 15 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr KLISARIS, Paul

Did Not Respond

Dr CHEAH, Chan

See Response Below

Mrs MELLECH, Tiffnee

Did Not Respond

Miss DAS, Rima

Did Not Respond

Mrs ANAMIKA

No Email Address Provided

Mr JANETZKI, John

Did Not Respond

Mrs HUC, Li-Wen

No Email Address Provided

Mr WOLFSON, Neale Michael

Did Not Respond

Ms CHEVALLIER, Lisa Alexandra

Did Not Respond

Mr SHARKEY, John

Did Not Respond

Ms DRIEBERG, Micaela

No Email Address Provided

Mr MADDALUNO, John

Did Not Respond

Mr VUCIC, Anton

See Response Below

Mr OLIN, Desmond

See Response Below

Mr DAVIES, Robert

Did Not Respond

 

 

Oakleigh Ward (3 vacancies, 20 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr PONTIKIS, Bill

Did Not Respond

Ms PERRI, Stefanie

Did Not Respond

Mrs LAYTON, Denise

Did Not Respond

Ms ELDER, Lynn

See Response Below

Mr DIMOPOULOS, Stephen

No Email Address Provided

Mr STAVRIDIS, Argyri

Did Not Respond

Mrs HOSKING, Nga

Did Not Respond

Mr CHEN, John

Did Not Respond

Mr DJUNG, Benjamin

See Response Below

Mr ZOGRAPHOS, Theo

Did Not Respond

Mr McKENZIE, Graeme

Did Not Respond

Mr SCANNELL, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr HAMMON, Matthew

Did Not Respond

Mrs ATHANASOPOULOS, Lucy

No Email Address Provided

Ms TSANG, Amy

Did Not Respond

Ms SPIROPOULOS, Maria

Did Not Respond

Ms ETTERY, Catherine Jane

Did Not Respond

Mr KASYNATHAN, Sankaran

Did Not Respond

Mr FARINACCIO, Christian

Did Not Respond

Mr NALBANT, Tony

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Monash City Council 2012: 58 

 


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Rizwan Ahmed - Council approved locations and promoting them to residents

Catherine Dennis - Lack of facilities for practising and organised events for young people to attend or to perform at.

Jennifer Jaeger - Finding venues who support their acts and safety while performing.  Coming and going.

Mitchell Harvey - For Musicians in Mt. Waverley, I would consider venue availability and publicity to be the key issues. It would be difficult for many musicians in Mt. Waverley to receive a strong enough audiences in Mt. Waverley to be able to hold regular performances in the area.

Rebecca Paterson - I must admit I am uncertain of the issues that currently face musicians at a municipal level, though I am aware of global and national music issues. This indicates to me that at the moment, there is not a lot of mainstream communication about what issues are important to musicians at this level. If communication was to be broadened, the music industry may be able to garner a wider level of support.

Dr Chan Cheah - Lack of funding, project and facility support

Desmond Olin - It would be my intention to bring  all public and private schools in the loop for financial funding

Anton Vucic - Funding supporting the arts and young musicians. I believe there is a dearth of appropriate live music venues in Monash.

Des Olin - Finance and Venue

Lynn Elder - Access to affordable venues and places that are appropriate for different types of performances. The establishment of the Caravan Club at the Oakleigh RSL building has been a positive addition to the live music scene in our local area.

Benjamin Djung - The City of Monash hosts a range of community festivals each year, with live music playing a key role. Similarly, there are a number of music schools around the electorate which help to foster a music culture in the community.    However, there seems to be a lack of live music venues in the Monash area where new and upcoming musicians can showcase their talent. In the next few years to come, Monash City Council should look to invest more funds in such venues - economic conditions permitting. This will not only help to bring the community closer as a social fabric, but it will also help to demonstrate to others the love of music that the people of Monash have.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Rizwan Ahmed - Yes.

Catherine Dennis - As a supporter of more services for youth that are not sport orientated, I would love to see a council music strategy.

Jennifer Jaeger - Yes.

Mitchell Harvey - Yes.

Rebecca Paterson - Yes.

Dr Chan Cheah – Yes. I will need your organisation's help to develop this strategy plan, including business case to show to the community the lasting value add outcomes of this strategy.

Desmond Olin - Yes.

Anton Vucic – Yes, If elected, I will liaise with Music Victoria to develop appropriate strategies of support for musicians.

Des Olin - Yes.

Lynn Elder - Yes.

Benjamin Djung - Yes.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Rizwan Ahmed - Yes

Catherine Dennis - No

Jennifer Jaeger - Yes

Mitchell Harvey - Yes.

Rebecca Paterson - Yes.

Dr Chan Cheah - Yes

Desmond Olin - Yes.

Anton Vucic - Yes

Des Olin - Don't know

Lynn Elder - Yes.

Benjamin Djung - Yes.

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Rizwan Ahmed - Yes

Catherine Dennis - Yes

Jennifer Jaeger - Yes

Mitchell Harvey - Yes. While I would want to protect live music venues in Mt. Waverley, I feel that it is very important to protect the interests of the local residents. Before seeking to support such a lobby movement, I would seek to consider all possible implications and consequences of making such a change in detail. Having said that though, I would cautiously

Rebecca Paterson – Yes. Yes, after having looked into the principle I can see that it benefits both venue owners, residents, musicians and music lovers.

Dr Chan Cheah - Yes

Desmond Olin - Yes.

Anton Vucic - Yes

Des Olin – Yes

Lynn Elder - Yes.

Benjamin Djung – Don’t know. Whilst I am generally inclined to support such an initiative on principle, I would need to see the specific detail of the proposal before offering my support.

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Rizwan Ahmed – Yes. After hours noise pollution

Catherine Dennis - Don't know

Jennifer Jaeger - Don't know

Mitchell Harvey – No. Strict local laws around busking and street performing have meant that I have never seen or heard of anyone busking in the Mt. Waverley area.

Rebecca Paterson - No

Dr Chan Cheah - No

Desmond Olin - No

Anton Vucic – Yes. Planning issues and noise restrictions.

Des Olin - Don't know

Lynn Elder - Don't know

Benjamin Djung - Don't know

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Catherine Dennis - Local secondary college involvement, get young people more engaged in the planning and organising of events, make youth feel they are valuable in their community.

Jennifer Jaeger - We have some great venues in Monash, the Caravan Music Club RSL comes to mind immediately.  As a former musician, choir member of several choirs and member of the Oakleigh City Band, and the mother of a talented Violin and French Horn player I would like to see more variety in music in Monash.  I particularly like the outdoor music concerts in Malvern in the Summer, maybe we could do more of those.  I know we have events up at Jells Park but nothing much down here.  The Oakleigh festival has bands but that's about it.  Yes I am happy to support anything that brings more music and cultural events into our fair city.

Mitchell Harvey - I would seek to ease such limitations and make it much easier for Musicians to publicise and show their talents.

Rebecca Paterson - I would consider any initiative that could be firstly supported by the budget, and secondly was supported by the community.

Dr Chan Cheah - Develop a local and sustainable music industry in Monash - some ideas:  * Music services for the aged and sick  * Music creativity programs   * Create music school/community partnership projects  * Explore Monash multicultural music genres and talents

Desmond Olin - Have more schools involved

Anton Vucic - Council-supported and private venues, located in areas that do not adversely impact upon local residents.

Des Olin - Have Local Schools be more  involved in Productions.

Lynn Elder - Opening up more venues especially to support our young and upcoming performers. Finding ways to financially support artists early in their careers so they can establish themselves as professional musicians and become independent. Survey local residents and find out out what music venues they would like to see in their community.

Benjamin Djung - Like sport, music is a crucial element to what defines the communal spirit. Musicians, whether it be those who are already established or those who are starting out, need the support of their local community.    Local government should play an active role in this by ensuring that opportunities are available for musicians to pursue their art. Hosting more music festivals, grants for local music schools or the construction of a public venue for musicians to practice in and perform are just some of the ways that we can help encourage musical participation in the community.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Rizwan Ahmed - No

Catherine Dennis - Don't know

Jennifer Jaeger - Don't know

Mitchell Harvey – Don’t know. I would consider whether there is adequate funding after a closer consideration of council finances and the way such funds could be used to better support music events and community grants in Mt. Waverley.

Rebecca Paterson – No. I believe we could always fund the arts and specialist groups further. Whether that is possible to do without taking funding from other vital areas I am not sure at this stage.

Dr Chan Cheah - Don't know If there is a strong business case for the music strategy plan, getting funding from both government and industry sources is possible.

Desmond Olin - No

Anton Vucic - No

Des Olin - Don't know

Lynn Elder - Don't know

Benjamin Djung - Yes

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Rizwan Ahmed - Yes

Catherine Dennis – Yes. A lot of council funding is put into sport, we should expect more funding for music.

Jennifer Jaeger - Yes

Mitchell Harvey - Yes

Rebecca Paterson – Yes. Absolutely! If the facilities are there, they should be taken advantage of.

Dr Chan Cheah – Yes. Council assets need to be better utilized to reduce their operating costs and help in public cause fundraising.

Desmond Olin - Yes

Anton Vucic - Yes

Des Olin - Yes

Lynn Elder - Yes

Benjamin Djung - No

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Catherine Dennis - Good luck, I hope the council music strategy is  a success.

Jennifer Jaeger - Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinions it has been most interesting.

Mitchell Harvey - Since a young age Music has been a large part of my life. I began playing the Piano at five and began Cello at six. Through Cello, I received a Music Scholarship to Melbourne Grammar in 2006, and composed music for Orchestra that was performed by the School Orchestra in 2008 and by the School Orchestra on tour in Japan in 2010. I achieved an excellent mark for VCE music in 2009. Music has always been a big part of my life. I still play Cello for my local church on Sundays and have pursued Electric Guitar and Ukelele.   As part of my campaign, I  have already promised to attempt to reform the local laws surrounding busking and the use of paths to encourage musicians to perform in Mt. Waverley. I would be actively in engaged in helping musicians in Mt. Waverley and would be very interested in supporting the development of a council music strategy.

Rebecca Paterson - I'm a huge supporter of music, I worked as a D.J between the ages of 16 and 21, doing corporate and university gigs as well being house D.J on a Sat/Sun at a pub in Sth Melbourne. I loved it, and I love my diverse music collection. I did a bit of drumming but had to give my kit away when I became a Mum and it was taking up the space where the cot needed to go!

Dr Chan Cheah - There are some schools in Monash that have great music facilities and talents - we can explore partnering with them to engage in more school/community projects to promote music development in Monash.

Anton Vucic - Thank you for asking for my views.

Lynn Elder - Music is an important part of many cultures within our community and is a great way to build bridges between the different groups.

Benjamin Djung - Monash City Council is home to one of the most multicultural communities in the Melbourne area. As a musician myself, and as someone who admires international music, Monash City Council should do more to engage with this. Festivals showcasing the talents of K-Pop aspirants or the traditional dances of Indonesia are such ways in which we can try to tap into the musical diversity that the people of Monash have.

 

Moonee Valley City Council

Moonee Valley City Council

Moonee Valley City Council 2012

 

Buckley Ward (3 vacancies, 10 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

WEGEL, Valerie

No Email Address Provided

Mrs KAVANAGH, Marguerita

See Response Below

Mrs SHARPE, Narelle

See Response Below

Mr MENDIS, Sidney

Did Not Respond

GIULIANO, Paul

No Email Address Provided

Mr LAWRENCE, R.

Did Not Respond

Mr JONES, Hamish

See Response Below

Mr CORNISH, Tony Donald

Did Not Respond

Mrs CHANTRY, Jan

Did Not Respond

Mr DUNCAN, James

Did Not Respond

 

 

Myrnong Ward (3 vacancies, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr NATION, Cam

Did Not Respond

Mr BOTTIGLIERI, Rick

Did Not Respond

Mr KEECH, Richard

Did Not Respond

Mr CUSACK, James

See Response Below

Mr DINOTO, Frank

See Response Below

Mrs GILLIS, Miriam

Did Not Respond

Ms MARSHALL, Nicole

See Response Below

Mr HAIDON, David

Did Not Respond

Ms LESTER, Josie

See Response Below

 

 

Rose Hill Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HATZAKORTZIAN, Ted

Did Not Respond

Ms CORNISH, Shirley

Did Not Respond

Mr KENOS, Ange

Did Not Respond

Mr SARDO, Sav

Did Not Respond

Mr SIPEK, John

Did Not Respond

Mrs SURACE, Andrea

See Response Below

GUNTER, Andrew

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Moonee Valley City Council 2012: 26

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Cr Narelle Sharpe – Higher rates charged for after hours licenses, noise impacts and complaints from residents

Marguerita Kavanagh - Finding available venues and having flexible hours to perform.

Hamish Jones – A lack of live music venues for those playing original music

Jim Cusack – Availability of venues

Frank Dinoto – The biggest issue facing musicians in Myrnong is the lack of venues. The development of technology is also changing the way in which music is appreciated.

Nicole Marshall – There are not that many smaller live music venues in the municipality.

Josie Lester – The biggest issue facing musicians is the ability to find appropriate venues within the electorate, including balancing the needs of local residents.

Andrew Gunter – Resolution of competing considerations regarding amenity, particularly at residential-entertainment precinct interfaces.

Andrea Surace - Accessibility to venues and exposure through the council and media

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Cr Narelle Sharpe – Yes.

Marguerita Kavanagh – Yes. The working party should include local musicians and participants from all concerned parties.

Hamish Jones –Yes

Jim Cusack – Yes. Already have an arts policy that needs to be extended.  Council actively supports music through the largest free concert for under 20s inVictoria, we also initiated and sponsor Srtep Off where over 400 hip hop artists dance in competition.  Last year over 1600 people attended this event.  We are establishing a music hub in Niddrieto encourage young bands and assist them to record their music.  Weprovide regular and ongoing opportunities for young people to volunteer & therefore learn about the background activities invlved in staging ajor events.  Council provides direct funding to the Essendon Band, Chorale Society.  We provide free Winter concerts at selected venues in Moonee Valley for performqance by vrious musicians.  Council offers community arts grants that musicians can apply for.  The Clocktower season usually includes several musical nights as part of its yearly offering these range from the Melb Symphony, guitar, flamenco, musicals etc.  The Clocktower also conducts its series of mid week melodies each year.

Frank Dinoto – Yes

Nicole Marshall – Yes

Josie Lester – Yes

Andrew Gunter – Maybe

Andrea Surace – Yes. Musicians are extremely talented individuals who deserve the exposure they require to enhance their profession.  Music provides entertainment and enjoyment to all communities and ages.

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Cr Narelle Sharpe – No

Marguerita Kavanagh - Yes

Hamish Jones – Yes

Jim Cusack – Yes

Frank Dinoto – Yes

Nicole Marshall – Yes

Josie Lester – Yes

Andrew Gunter – Yes

Andrea Surace - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Cr Narelle Sharpe – Yes

Marguerita Kavanagh - Yes

Hamish Jones – Yes

Jim Cusack – Yes

Frank Dinoto – Yes

Nicole Marshall – Don’t know, I would want further information regarding exactly what you would be asking of the state government.

Josie Lester – Yes

Andrew Gunter – Don’t know. You did not provide a MAYBE option - was this intentional?

Andrea Surace – Yes. this would apply to open venues where residential development is close by and needs to be monitored and/or a compromise reached for the betterment of all concerned.

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Cr Narelle Sharpe – Yes. Late night licenses attract a higher rate charge

Marguerita Kavanagh - No

Hamish Jones – No

Jim Cusack – Yes. Traffc & parking are always issues as are closing times.

Frank Dinoto – No

Nicole Marshall – Yes We have parking problems and traffic management issues in the area. There have also been traffic and behavioural issues related to large music events held at the Showgrounds.

Josie Lester – Yes

Andrew Gunter – Yes. Noise guidelines and regulations administered by the Environment Protection Authority (Victoria, not Commonwealth)

Andrea Surace – Yes. noise pollution and crown control. Parking issues and neighbouring properties effected

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Cr Narelle Sharpe – Do not increase rates (I objected to a rate rise which was propsed for our clubs two years ago - the rate rise did not go ahead)  Better promotion, better taxi ranks

Marguerita Kavanagh - I believe music is the heart and soul of a community. Venues to perform should include open space, educational facilities and community provided venues e.g. 'Essendon Clocktower'.

Hamish Jones – Grants

Jim Cusack – Feature live music clips on the Council website.  Evets to incorporate and showcase local talent.  Restart the Quiet Music Festival.   Council to participate in Melb Fringe via music.  A major festival for the West that is multi staged involving a number of Councils.

Frank Dinoto – I would like to encourage initiatives such as open mike nights, encourage cultural music events, promote local school bands and groups to perform publicly in our municipality.

Nicole Marshall – Council should work with artists in the area as part of its events strategy. I know there are quite a few festivals in Moonee Valley which feature live music - I support this continuing and being expanded.  I also believe it is important to listen to what local musicians want - is it more venues, improvements to existing venues, grants to individual artists etc? My approach would be to speak with local musicians to determine what their needs are before determining what initiatives would be appropriate.

Josie Lester –. Support live events at the Showgrounds.  Support "Sounds Loud" festival and similar other small events.  Lobby for further community grants for music and the arts.  Facilitate discussion around how noise can be managed appropriately for local residents.

Andrew Gunter – Development of balanced strategic planning policies and live-venue planning permit standard conditions so that most live music (within reason) can take place

Andrea Surace - Exposure through media and planning   -Smaller and more frequent concerts

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Cr Narelle Sharpe – Yes. The CIty of Moonee Valley does have an excellent community grants program and a number of music events throughout the year

Marguerita Kavanagh – Don’t know

Hamish Jones – No

Jim Cusack – No. Council’s budget could expand in this area but its capacity is limited.  Most importantly it can work in partnership.

Frank Dinoto – No. I would consult music groups and bring their ideas to council and seek financial or moral support

Nicole Marshall – Don’t know. It is difficult to determine exactly how much funding is given for music events on the information Council provides. Again, I think it is about working out what local musicians want and how they can best be supported before determining whether current funding is adequate.

Josie Lester – No

Andrew Gunter – Yes

Andrea Surace - No

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Cr Narelle Sharpe – Yes.

Marguerita Kavanagh – Yes

Hamish Jones – Yes

Jim Cusack – Yes. As mentioned above we are creating a music hub in Niddrie

Frank Dinoto – Yes. Yes i think where possible such as community halls and school venues among other suitable venues.

Nicole Marshall – Yes. I would support this, where the facilities were appropriate for these purposes

Josie Lester – Yes

Andrew Gunter – Yes

Andrea Surace – Yes. this would minimise the impact of noise or disturbance in several venues of rehearsal throughout the municipality in neighbourhood areas

 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Cr Narelle Sharpe – I an an avid music lover - I love the atmosphere of a pub gig and the raw intensity that a live perfomance can bring.  I often go to the Big Day Out and Soundwave.  The last great concert I attended was the Arctic Monkeys in January with Violent Soho as backup band.  My local clubs have great live bands on offer most weekends.

Marguerita Kavanagh - wish you well in your endeavours to promote live music venues in Moonee Valley. If elected, I would be available to help promote your cause. Music has been an important part of our family. All of my four children play several instruments and have been members of orchestras and bands for many years. Good luck.

Jim Cusack – Need to expand the concept of partnership between musicians, Council, private & other orgs to promote and expand local talent

Nicole Marshall – Feel free to contact me on votemarshall@gmail.com if you would like to discuss any issues raised in this survey or any other local issues. Nicole

Andrea Surace - I am pleased to see this website and its encouragement for musicians

 

Moorabool Shire Council

Moorabool Shire Council

Moorabool Shire Council 2012

 

Central Moorabool Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates)   

Candidates

 

Mr TATCHELL, Paul

Did Not Respond

Ms FIANDER, Gail Louise

Did Not Respond

Mr FLACK, Philip Edward

Did Not Respond

Mr MEADOWS, Brian

Did Not Respond

 

 

East Moorabool Ward (4 vacancies, 6 candidates)   

Candidates

 

Mr SPAIN, John

Did Not Respond

Mr BORGELT, Lawry

See Response Below

Mr GRIFFIN, Pat

Did Not Respond

Mr EDWARDS, David

Did Not Respond

Mrs DUDZIK, Tonia

See Response Below

Mr COMRIE, Allan Edmund

Did Not Respond

 

 

West Moorabool Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr SULLIVAN, Thomas Gerard

Did Not Respond

 

 

Woodlands Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr TOOHEY, Pat

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Moorabool Shire Council 2012: 12

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Lawry Borgelt  - Lack of community enthusiasm

Tonia Dudzik - Availability of rehearsal space and cost of hiring venues. Advertising of events could be an issue too.


Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Lawry Borgelt  - Yes

Tonia Dudzik – Maybe. I would like to see Music encouraged more in our community. I would love for children and youth to have access to learn music more easily. Unfortunately in current financial times this is an opportunity not always available to people. I believe we can only benefit from encouraging music more in our community. I would love to see Council events promoting more bands and musicians.


Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Lawry Borgelt  - No

Tonia Dudzik -  No


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Lawry Borgelt  - Yes

Tonia Dudzik – Yes, happy to assist


Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Lawry Borgelt  - No - Surely if the question asks if we are aware of something, the answer can only be "yes" or "no"!  If we're unaware of the issue, it's surely implicit that we don't know about it!

Tonia Dudzik - No


Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Lawry Borgelt  - Advertising & venues

Tonia Dudzik - 1) Creation of a place where youth can learn music and bands can practice.  2) Music in the park events.  3) Employment of musicians at community events.  4) Children's programs which encourage a love of music.  5) Older adults programs which enhance lives through music.


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Lawry Borgelt  - Don’t know

Tonia Dudzik – No. In my opinion there are not enough Community Events in our area. Music events that are community based would be a fantastic addition to our Shire. I am not aware of any existing funding for  music events except Youth Battle of the Bands.


Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Lawry Borgelt  - Yes

Tonia Dudzik – Yes. I think it would be fantastic to have more musicians perform in our area. I would love to have a youth rehearsal space. I would like to see Music in the Park. It is an opportunity that could enhance our atmosphere and well being.


Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Tonia Dudzik - VOTE 1 - Tonia Dudzik, East Moorabool Ward, Moorabool Council Election.

 

Moreland City Council

Moreland City Council

Moreland City Council 2012

 

North-East Ward (4 vacancies, 24 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms BOLTON, Sue

See Response Below

Ms THOMPSON, Lenka

See Response Below

Mrs RAFFOUL, Marleine

Did Not Respond

Mr DADLEH, Kyle

Did Not Respond

Mr TETI, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr CHALHOUB, Tony

No Email Address Provided

Mr HELOU, Anthony

Did Not Respond

Mr CROTTY, Daniel

Did Not Respond

Mr MINEHAN, Shaun Kevin

No Email Address Provided

Mr ELLEISSY, Mohammed

See Response Below

Mr LA PORTA, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mrs KARIOFYLLIDIS, Stella

See Response Below

Mr LIBEROGIANNIS, Steve

Did Not Respond

Mr ARDICA, Giuseppe

See Response Below

Mr TIMPANO, Francesco

Did Not Respond

Ms OUAIDA, Jocelyn

No Email Address Provided

Mr THOMPSON, Rob

See Response Below

Mr HUMPHREYS, Robert Allan

Did Not Respond

Mr WRIGHT, Alex

No Email Address Provided

Mrs AGHA EL ALI, Inaam

No Email Address Provided

Mr ELRAFIHI, Mohamed

No Email Address Provided

Mr HAYEK, Bilal

No Email Address Provided

Mr RYDER, Damon

Did Not Respond

Ms JACOMB, Jennifer Belinda

Did Not Respond

 

 

North-West Ward (4 vacancies, 17 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr EVANS, Phil

See Response Below

Mr CAR, Charles

Did Not Respond

Mr BONIFAZIO, Antonio

Did Not Respond

Mr KOMARAGIRI, Praveen

See Response Below

Ms YESILYURT, Zeynep

Did Not Respond

Mr MULIPOLA, Alesio

Did Not Respond

Miss FARRES, Catherine

Did Not Respond

Ms GILLIES, Lita

Did Not Respond

Ms DAVIDSON, Helen

Did Not Respond

Mrs KYRIAKIDIS, Bess

Did Not Respond

Mr EL-HALABI, Milad

Did Not Respond

Mr RILEY, Mark

See Response Below

Mr KAVANAGH, John

See Response Below

Mr KAYA, Halil

Did Not Respond

Mr YILDIZ, Oscar

Did Not Respond

Mr KONSOL, John

Did Not Respond

Mr JOSEPH, Lynton Michael

See Response Below

 

 

South Ward (3 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr FORSTER, Martin

Did Not Respond

Ms RATNAM, Samantha

See Response Below

Ms HOPPER, Meghan

See Response Below

Mr FARRELLY, Liam Shaun

Did Not Respond

Dr GROVES, Derham

See Response Below

Mr CARMODY, Michael

See Response Below

Ms GRAEFE, Narelle

See Response Below

Mr TAPINOS, Lambros

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Moreland City Council 2012: 49


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Meghan Hopper - The closure of The East Brunswick Club earlier this year was a terrible loss for local musicians and live music fans alike.  Not only have I seen a number of my mates play gigs there over the years, but it has played host to a number of successful local and international artists and was famous for its hilarious pop-culture trivia night and extensive vegan menu (P!nk was a regular visitor when on tour).  One commenter on the East's Facebook page after its closure noted that, with the live venue being replaced by a block of flats, it is ironic that while so many people move to Brunswick for the culture, these new flats are being built at the expense of that culture.  I believe that with the talent and diversity of artists in this area, Brunswick could be at the heart of Melbourne's live music scene - but we must support our live venues.

Stella Kariofyllidis - More suitable venues

Mohammed Elleissy - I think Council should utilise the skills of musicians for the community. We need more festivals in which musicians can showcase their talents.

Rob Thompson - Venue Licensing Laws

Lynton Michael Joseph - Legislation needs to support local artists so they can perform and at local venues for local audiences i.e. the city of Melbourne brought in live venues to close at midnight – which affects local bars/venues that support local artists – whereas target was probably more for nightclubs

John Kavanagh - The closing of apporpriate live music venues is a critical problem. In Moreland the closing of the East Brunswick Hotel as a live music venue has been a major blow.

Lenka Thompson - Development is the most significant threat to the long term viability of live music venues in the Moreland, particularly the complaints that can arise from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues. The Greens policy for the Moreland is to introduce an entertainment overlay into the planning scheme to support and protect live music venues and entertainment precincts.    Other issues facing live music venues in Moreland include improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events. The Greens policy for Moreland is to continue to support the Moreland Arts Board, including expanding the program into community festivals.    Other issues facing musicians living or working in Moreland is the lack of performance space. The Greens policy for Moreland is to encourage buskers and performers into the major activity centres.

Sue Bolton - The plans of the local council and state government to have higher housing density along public transport corridors will have an impact on live music venues with noise. Also, unrealistic licensing restrictions from the state government have had an impact on live music venues in other municipalities so I imagine they have had an impact in Moreland as well.

Praveen Komaragiri - Regulation,Funding and Urband Development

Derham Groves - A lack of live music venues.  Having access to free or low cost rehearsal spaces, etc.

Michael Carmody - Lack of venues, especially given recent closure of East Brunswick Club  - Lack of suitable local rehearsal space  - Importance of securing the future of the Brunswick Music Festival (associated with the Sydney Rd street party)

Samantha Ratnam - Development is the most significant threat to the long term viability of live music venues in the Moreland, particularly the complaints that can arise from new residential developments that are approved near established live music venues. The Greens policy for the Moreland is to introduce an entertainment overlay into the planning scheme to support and protect live music venues and entertainment precincts.  Other issues facing live music venues in Moreland include improving the promotion and marketing of live music venues and events. The Greens policy for Moreland is to continue to support the Moreland Arts Board, including expanding the program into community festivals. Other issues facing musicians living or working in Moreland is the lack of performance space. The Greens policy for Moreland is to encourage buskers and performers into the major activity centers.

Narelle Graefe - Residential development - can lead to complaints regarding noise, parking etc from new residents. Lack of performance space - especially with venues like the East Brunswick closing.

  Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Meghan Hopper - Yes.

Stella Kariofyllidis – Maybe. Maybe we could have a separate section in our Arts Strategy for music

Mohammed Elleissy - Yes.

Giuseppe Ardica - Yes.

Rob Thompson – Yes. With assistance from local venues and musicians

Lynton Michael Joseph - Yes.

John Kavanagh – Yes. Moreland Council is a proactive supporter of the arts community. We see it as essential to a vibrant city.

Lenka Thompson - Yes.

Sue Bolton - Yes.

Praveen Komaragiri - Yes.

Derham Groves - Yes.

Michael Carmody - Yes.

Samantha Ratnam - Yes. Moreland Council currently has an Arts and Culture Strategy 2011-16 that has the following goals:Strengthen, develop and support creative spaces and cultural assets, Present, facilitate and partner a range of arts and culture experiences, Build and support the capacity of the community to develop arts and culture initiatives, Value, acknowledge and advocate for artists and the contribution of the arts to Moreland. On Council, I would support the implementation of this plan ensuring that a music is a key priority. The Greens on council will advocate for a music strategy within the next review of this policy.   

Narelle Graefe - Yes

 Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Meghan Hopper - Yes.

Stella Kariofyllidis - No

Mohammed Elleissy - No

Giuseppe Ardica - No

Rob Thompson - Yes

Lynton Michael Joseph - No

John Kavanagh - Yes

Lenka Thompson - No

Sue Bolton - Yes.

Praveen Komaragiri - Yes.

Derham Groves - Yes.

Michael Carmody - Yes.

Samantha Ratnam - Yes. I have been familiar with the the agent of change concept as a principle that can inform general  planning issues (not necessarily specifically or exclusively applied to music venues). I recognise that it plays an important part in planning decisions and support its application, including for music venues  

Narelle Graefe - Yes 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Meghan Hopper - Yes.

Stella Kariofyllidis - Yes

Mohammed Elleissy - Yes

Giuseppe Ardica - Yes

Rob Thompson - Yes

Lynton Michael Joseph - Yes

John Kavanagh – Yes. I met with Patrick Donovan - CEO of Music Victoria - earlier this year and indicated full support.

Lenka Thompson – Yes. After researching the principle, it sounds like guidance I would be willing to take into the new council term.

Sue Bolton - Yes.

Praveen Komaragiri - Yes.

Derham Groves - Yes.

Michael Carmody - Yes.

Samantha Ratnam - Yes. The Greens have a strong record of supporting live music. Our proposal to introduce an entertainment overlay is another way that we could build and strengthen this support.   

Narelle Graefe - Yes

 Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Meghan Hopper - No

Stella Kariofyllidis – Don’t know.

Mohammed Elleissy – Don’t know

Giuseppe Ardica - No

Rob Thompson – Yes. noise, parking

Lynton Michael Joseph - No

John Kavanagh – Yes. The ability to load/unload music equipment in busy inner city streets is an issue and one that I have attempted to resolve in Moreland.

Lenka Thompson – Yes. Parking restrictions outside music venues can make it difficult, and expensive, for musicians to unload and load their equipment for a gig.  - Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain.

Sue Bolton - Don't know

Praveen Komaragiri - Don't know

Derham Groves - Don't know

Michael Carmody - Yes. Potential zoning issues around rehearsal space that's adequate and affordable

Samantha Ratnam – Yes. There are a number of issues that potentially hinder live music venues in our electorate. These include: - Parking restrictions outside music venues can make it difficult, and expensive, for musicians to unload and load their equipment for a gig. - Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain. The Council Arts and Culture strategy includes an action item to host a roundtable with arts organisations in Moreland to identify common issues to address collectively. This is a process that we could employ regularly in future to identify other regulatory issues that pose obstacles to music and other venues in Moreland. 

Narelle Graefe - Yes. Parking restrictions outside music venues - can hinder musicians being able to unload and load their equipment. Planning permits for “pop up” music events are often difficult to obtain.

 Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Meghan Hopper - - Initiatives that promote and support our live music venues  - A healthy Sydney Road Street Party and Brunswick Music Festival with a diverse roster of local artists  - Initiatives that promote late-night safety around our thriving Sydney Road, Lygon Street and Nicholson Street precincts to allow locals and visitors to have a good time, safely  - Support for organisations such as FreeZa to nurture our next generation of artists and event planners (I was actively involved in FreeZa growing up)

Stella Kariofyllidis - We do have Brunswick Music Festival every year.  Maybe we could have something in the North of the City

Mohammed Elleissy - More opportunity to connect musicians with the community.

Rob Thompson - local festival support, venue hours to assist.

John Kavanagh - 1. Temporary Parking Permits to allow musicans to use Loading Bays to load/unload equipment.  2. Modify planning controls to encourage live music venues in appropriate locations.

Lenka Thompson - The Greens will strongly support the Music Strategy for Moreland and Brunswick Music Festival.    We also support having the Music Coordinator at the Moreland City Council to work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Moreland's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene.    More generally, Moreland Greens Councillors will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Sue Bolton - I haven't put a lot of thought into this issue but I think there is more that the council could do to promote local music and musicians such as community rehearsal rooms being available at free or low cost, building up a network of local musicians and venues and running workshops to help new musicians.

Praveen Komaragiri - Music is Universal and it brings people from every culture together.I belive it is essential to support the musicians and the Industry alltogether.  Some of the Initiatives that I would like to take up include  1) Providing local level Grants for talented Muscians  2) Provide funding and support to local events and musicians  3) Get rid of red tape where possible to encourage more events

Derham Groves - Currently so much money is wasted by Moreland Council that could easily be used to further support art and culture.

Michael Carmody - Secure the future of the Brunswick Music Festival  - Invest in new venues and/or encourage private venues by minimising regulatory burden

Samantha Ratnam - The Greens will strongly support the Music Strategy for Moreland and look to engage with the locally-based radio station RRR which provides a unique performing venue for artists. We also support having the Music Coordinator at the Moreland City Council to work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Moreland's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene. More generally, Moreland Greens Councillors will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues.

Narelle Graefe - The Greens will strongly support the Music Strategy for Moreland and look to engage with the local radio station RRR which provides a unique performing venue for artists. We also support having the Music Coordinator at the Moreland City Council to work across portfolios within Council to ensure that opportunities for the development of Moreland's local music industry are found within all work areas. We would also support the Music Coordinator in working with the music industry on business development, identifying and addressing planning concerns, and other issues that affect the local music scene. More generally, Moreland Greens Councillors will support greater promotion of the City's live music venues, including by providing website support and street signage to direct people to music venues. 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Meghan Hopper – No. I attended the most recent Council meeting as an observer and was shocked to see a lengthy debate about the merits of funding the current organisers of one of our major arts events on a three year contract.  I think we are very lucky to have an incredibly healthy arts community in Moreland, including being home to Triple R (where I used to host Room With a View), but there needs to be stronger across-the-board support on Council for arts projects.

Stella Kariofyllidis - Yes

Mohammed Elleissy - Don't know

Giuseppe Ardica - Yes

Rob Thompson - No

Lynton Michael Joseph - Don't know

John Kavanagh - Yes

Lenka Thompson - Yes

Sue Bolton – Don’t know. I imagine that there probably isn't adequate funding

Praveen Komaragiri - No

Derham Groves - No

Michael Carmody – No. I once worked in Arts Victoria, and knew that the then "Victoria Rocks" program did great work, but was chronically underfunded and understaffed

Samantha Ratnam - Yes, but more can be done for local music with the money available. Moreland City Council is a generous partner in the funding of the Brunswick Music Festival, the Sydney Road Street Party, Carols by the Lake, Music for the People and the Fawkner Festival. The Arts and Culture strategy includes the following initiative: Develop an arts specific stream of the current Community Development Grants and allocate a greater proportion of this budget to a variety of projects, particularly where there is limited activity. I would work the other councillors to ensure that this community development grants stream is implemented to provide more support for music events.  

Narelle Graefe - While I believe the funding is currently adequate, this is not a static area and such funding should ideally be looked at on a regular basis to see if more funds are needed to continue to keep live music viable in our area.

 Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Meghan Hopper – Yes. I was approached just this weekend by a representative of the Brunswick Women's Choir, who mentioned that they are required to pay rent on a local rehearsal facility (even though other local bands are not).  This seems an unnecessary hindrance to encouraging local participation in music.

Stella Kariofyllidis - Yes

Mohammed Elleissy - yes

Giuseppe Ardica - Yes

Rob Thompson - Yes

Lynton Michael Joseph - Yes

John Kavanagh - Yes

Lenka Thompson - Yes

Sue Bolton - Yes

Praveen Komaragiri - Yes

Derham Groves - Yes

Michael Carmody - Yes

Samantha Ratnam - Yes. This is an important mechanism through which Council can support community groups. This type of support has been effective in reducing administrative costs for many social and recreational groups, and I would support similar support being available for musicians and under-age events.

Narelle Graefe - Yes 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Meghan Hopper - I'm fortunate to have a number of friends who are Australian musicians and in particular, have ties to the Melbourne hip-hop scene.  I was formerly involved in community radio at Triple R and SYN 90.7.  Supporting the arts and our live music scene is one of the fundamental reasons I am running to represent Brunswick and I'm hoping to have a number of my muso friends handing out for me on election day.

Stella Kariofyllidis - I do support musicians.  I have a son that is in a band and I do attend some  of his performances around melbourne    I enjoy all good music. Life without music will be very boring.

John Kavanagh - I love the fact that 'Music Victoria' is located in Moreland!

Lenka Thompson - Thank you for teaching me about the "agent of change" principle. Now, I have something more to take into the council elections.

Samantha Ratnam - I share a deep appreciation for the arts after being involved in classical music and dance for over 20 years.  I believe that opportunities should be available for people to participate and nurture their interests in a wide range of artistic activities such as music. The Greens recognise and value the social, psychological and economic benefits enjoyed by a community with good access to arts and cultural pursuits. 

Narelle Graefe - Thanks for the survey. Live music is a vital part of having a successful, healthy, community. It not only brings people together, gives people (musicians, venue staff etc) employment, but it lifts us up like nothing else can. 

 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council 2012

 

Briars Ward (3 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WOODMAN, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr SOUTHALL, Terry

No Email Address Provided

Mrs COLOMB, Bev

Did Not Respond

Mr ASHDOWN, Wayne Joseph

Did Not Respond

Mr TAYLOR, Matt

Did Not Respond

Mrs SHAW, Anne

Did Not Respond

Mr STANLEY, Michael Frazer

Did Not Respond

Mr DIXON, Andrew

See Response Below

Mr LAMBERT, Roger

See Response Below

Mr EUSTACE, Leigh

Did Not Respond

Mr McALPINE, Richard

Did Not Respond

 

 

Cerberus Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms ROPER, Kate

Did Not Respond

Mr GARNOCK, David

Did Not Respond

Mr ANTOINE, John

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Nepean Ward (2 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Dr DUSSUYER, Inez

Did Not Respond

Mr PAYNE, Bryan A.

No Email Address Provided

Ms DUELL, Heidi

See Response Below

Mr BENNETT, Calum

Did Not Respond

Mr FRASER, Hugh

Did Not Respond

Mr WHELAN, James

No Email Address Provided

Mr RODGERS, Tim

Did Not Respond

Mr GOODREM, Bill

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Red Hill Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MARTIN, Frank

No Email Address Provided

Mr ADAMS, Neale

No Email Address Provided

Dr JONES, Rob

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Seawinds Ward (3 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr PITTOCK, Graham

No Email Address Provided

Mr TAYLOR, James

Did Not Respond

Mr MORRISON, Graeme

Did Not Respond

Ms CELI, Antonella

See Response Below

Mr HOLLOWAY, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mr GIBB, Ray

No Email Address Provided

Mr TUFF, Paul

No Email Address Provided

Mr WITTMAN, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr GIBB, David

Did Not Respond

Mr KOLASINAC, John

Did Not Respond

Mrs CAMPBELL, Doris

No Email Address Provided

Mrs BOTTARI, Margaret

Did Not Respond

Mr LENZO, Joe

Did Not Respond

Mr THOMSON, Craig

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Watson Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SINCLAIR, Joshua

Did Not Respond

Mr LOOIS, Ben

Did Not Respond

Mrs BOWDEN, Lynn

No Email Address Provided

Mr ETCELL, Wayne

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council 2012: 43



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Andrew Dixon – There are several venues in Mornington that have live musicians performing on various days of the week. However, the bigger drawcard is in the next city over - Frankston. The Pelly Bar, Flanagan's, Pier Live and Ha'Penny Bridge are all about live musicians, whether they be DJs, heavy metal groups or rock cover bands. They host not only small local acts but bigger, national bands as well, with prominent signage of future acts facing Nepean Highway. Essentially, there's a bigger market for local acts in Frankston, so the Mornington Peninsula Shire should work cooperatively with venues and related groups to make live music a more prominent part of our pub culture, and equalise that market share. There may also be scope to improve the way 3RPP supports and gives air time to local musicians.

Roger Lambert – Availability & cost of venues.  Lack of suitable concert hall venues on the Mornington Peninsula  Lack of practising facilities.  Lack of Council support for musicians.  Local laws on noise control.  Shown by no Jazz concerts at Coolart & no longer Jazz at the Briars at xmas time.

Heidi Duell – We are fortunate to have several venues that support live music acts.  There has been some funding directed to small music projects under the Arts.  However a Hub to network with other artists would be invaluable for musicians of all ages and skill levels.

Antonella Celi - Meeting all the legislative requirements for holding an event.  The review and upgrading of community facilities to enhance performance and opportunities through ensuring that there is correct acoustic attenuation and necessary improvements at all venues.


Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Andrew Dixon – Yes, It's been done in Adelaide and many other cities and municipalities, so there's no reason why such a strategy couldn't be beneficial for the Mornington Peninsula. Currently, music is considered in the Arts & Culture Advisory Panel as part of the "Creative Peninsula" vision, which extends to mid-2015, but beyond that we need to look at ways of supporting our local culture industries beyond basic grants and programs in schools. Local music is integral to the vibrance of our communities and towns, and provides so much more than just entertainment.

Roger Lambert – It is all Tourism and only Tourism that concerns the current council. I doubt any of the current councillors can play an instrument - they can only "fiddle" around. In my opinion a theyre a bunch of Philistines.

Heidi Duell – Yes

Antonella Celi – Yes, I recently supported the adoption of the Mornington Peninsula Arts & Culture Strategy that features the Mornington Peninsula Music Network that was established in 2010.  The network reviews challenges and issues faced by the music industry on the Peninsula and works with the Shire to address these issues.


Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Andrew Dixon – Yes

Roger Lambert – Yes

Heidi Duell – Yes

Antonella Celi - No


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Andrew Dixon – Yes, The Mornington Peninsula Shire and its residents are often hesitant about developments that will alter the perceived amenity of its communities. Noise complaints are taken very seriously, but could be dealt with fairly with "Agent of Change" rules in place and the latest sound-proofing technologies available to venues. I believe that by sitting down and having an honest discussion about any issues that might arise, residents and musicians would find that many of their interests are mutual.

Roger Lambert – Yes, Don't fancy your chances - our local State Mp is an ex Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor!

Heidi Duell – Yes

Antonella Celi – Don’t know. Would need more information


Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Andrew Dixon – Yes. Closing times, liquor licenses and development rules all restrict the time and place live music can all adversely impact on the ability of musicians to ply their trade, but these must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Roger Lambert – Yes, Local Laws on alcohol consumption in public places.  "POPE" regulations to do with Public performances & temporary structures e.g. marquees, tents etc

Heidi Duell –Don’t know

Antonella Celi – Yes. The P.O.P.E and the strict requirements of Acoustic reports that are required as part of the event management plans, especially for outdoor entertainment and in particular for young people.


Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Andrew Dixon – There are so many possible options here that I'd have to consider which ones have popular support. As an elected representative my job would be to espouse the views of the whole community, but minor alterations to the factors mentioned above are perhaps the most basic changes that could be made in support of live music.

Roger Lambert – Equal support given to musicians as to artists.  Shire promotion of open air summertime concerts as Glyndebourne in England.  Tourism Victoria to promote the same concept.

Heidi Duell – As stated above I would push for an Arts Hub.  Supporting ALL facets of the Arts. We have the community to set up a recording venue, rehearsal space, songwriting and music workshops and lessons.  A venue where Under Age and All Age events could held and facilitated from.  An Arts Network Space.  I have had discussions with members of our local community who are looking for support of a project that would provide such a space.  If elected to council I will be pushing for this to be put on the agenda for my ward.  I already have my eye on a possible venue.

Antonella Celi - I would like to see more music played in our parks and open spaces so that the community has another recreational opportunity to participate in.  I would support and advocate for The Mornington Peninsula Network at www.morningtonpeninsulamusic.com.au in achieving their aims and objectives for the music industry on the Peninsula.  An annual Music Festival would be good for the Mornington Peninsula that brings together all the diverse music sectors and spans across all ages...


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Andrew Dixon – Don’t know. "Adequate" is the key word here - most artists of all kinds either live on a shoestring budget, or work several days a week to support their passion. But adequate is a very subjective term. I would need to consult further with the community and artists before being

Roger Lambert – No

Heidi Duell – Don’t know. I will have to check the 4 yr retrospective budget to make an informed comment on this.

Antonella Celi - No


Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Andrew Dixon – Yes. This is perhaps the easiest way council can support live musicians - and it's essentially free! Many of these buildings are large and sound-proof too.

Roger Lambert –Yes. Not too sure about the "under age" bit.  Blue Light disco??

Antonella Celi –Yes. Yes I most certainly would.  Council-owned facilities belong to the community and they should be well utilised by the community.


Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Andrew Dixon – Never before have I been so proud of the Australian music scene - I'm always tuned into either 3RPP, PBS or JJJ for my tunes. National efforts like "Triple J Unearthed" are a brilliant way for those just starting out to get a foot in the door - if you're not registered there, get on it! Your music career will thank you.

Roger Lambert – Victorian Jazz Society tried holding sessions in Mornington a couple of summers ago, but it folded due to lack of interest!!

Antonella Celi - For more information about supporting our thriving Music Industry on the Mornington Peninsula visit www.morningtonpeninsulamusic.com.au.

 

Mount Alexander Shire Council

Mount Alexander Shire Council

Mount Alexander Shire Council 2012

 

Calder Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr PAAS, Hans

See Response Below

Mr BARBER, Tim

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Castlemaine Ward (3 vacancies, 10 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms RASA, Margaret

See Response Below

Mr COLE, Chris

No Email Address Provided

Ms MACHIN, Bronwen

Did Not Respond

Mr THOMAS, Grant

See Response Below

Mr VICTOR-GORDON, Scott

See Response Below

Mr BELL, Tony

Did Not Respond

Mr CARTHEW, Stephen

Did Not Respond

Ms HOWARD, Jessica

See Response Below

Mr DUNN, Stuart

Did Not Respond

VICKERS, Alby

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Coliban Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms YERMAN, Irene

Did Not Respond

Mr BAYLISS, Bill

Did Not Respond

Mr KENDALL, Stephen Barry

See Response Below

Mr HADFIELD, Rod

Did Not Respond

Ms BRODIE-HANNS, Jacqueline

See Response Below

Dr HENDERSON, Christine

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Loddon River Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr REDDEN, Michael

Did Not Respond

 

 

Tarrengower Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs TELFORD, Sharon

Did Not Respond

Mr ROBERTS, Keith

Did Not Respond

Ms ADAMS, Jennifer Helen

No Email Address Provided

Ms CROPLEY, Janet

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Mount Alexander Shire Council 2012: 23



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Hans Paas - Earning enough money to survive and venues being economically sustainable. Also, the issue of new venues and their impact on the neighbours.

Scott Victor-Gordon – Approriate venues for different syles of music are always a challenge.

Grant Thomas – We only really have one venue in town suitable for a good size crowd.

Margaret Rasa – My impression is that this Shire has a great and vibrant music scene and - for a regional area - good access to a wide range of music.  There is a high community particpation rate and great respect for our creative talent.  The Shire has a number of festivals throughout the year.  There are a couple of good bigger venues and   lots of small spaces.  Good proximity to Melbourne and Bendigo.  We can always do more but ...Come and visit!!, .

Jessica Howard – A proposal for a new venue containing 65 pokies that threatens the viability of current local music venues, and the growing local music scene.

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns – Access to rehearsal and performance spaces. Financial support and opportunity for professional development.

Stephen Kendall – The right mix of venues to cater for all sizes of concerts

Janet Cropley – Getting venues to pay for music and the size of audiences in small rural municipallities

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Hans Paas -  Yes. There is a richness in our shire that, to have a chance to develop needs coordinated support

Scott Victor-Gordon –  Yes

Grant Thomas – Yes.

Margaret Rasa – Yes. Always good for a Council to be actively engaged with its valuable assets!

Jessica Howard – Yes. If it was considered that there was a need for such a strategy

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns – Yes

Stephen Kendall – Yes

Janet Cropley – Maybe. Currently we have an arts strategy - which has some directions for music

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Hans Paas - Yes

Scott Victor-Gordon – Yes

Grant Thomas – No

Margaret Rasa – Don’t know

Jessica Howard – Yes

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns – Yes

Stephen Kendall –  No

Janet Cropley – Yes


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Hans Paas – Yes. A more objective measure of 'noise' is needed as right now there is considerable conflict around this issue which tends to be to the disadavantage of live music. Our council needs to be more pro-active.

Scott Victor-Gordon – Yes

Grant Thomas – Yes

Margaret Rasa – Don’t know

Jessica Howard – Yes

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns – Yes

Stephen Kendall –  Yes

Janet Cropley – Yes. This is particularly important in inner urban areas of Melbourne

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Hans Paas – Yes. There is conflict which currently is not addressed by the council. the 'pontius pilate' attititude to these issues just leave the issue to fester. We need civiv leadership around these issues.

Scott Victor-Gordon – No

Grant Thomas – No

Margaret Rasa – No

Jessica Howard – Don’t know

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns – No

Stephen Kendall – No

Janet Cropley – Yes. the requirement to provide security adds to the costs of providing music venues

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Hans Paas - I need to hear form the music community more before I can offer suggestions. My partner is a music teacher and local musician involved with a number of local live music groups and I sing in my church choir and so mix with many others in the live music 'arena'.   As a Williamstown Councillor I initiated the formation of the Williamstown Arts Council. Live music was a significant focus of this committee.

Grant Thomas – Lobby for a new venue to be built / refurbished which would be suitable for all types of live music, up to, say, an audience of 500.  This venue would ideally be a multi purpose one, with different areas for different community activities.  It would also be licenced and provide meals.

Margaret Rasa – Talking to musicians and finding out more about the issues will be a good start for me.  For the Council holding consutlation and developing a public strategy that helps inform budget and use of public assets would be a good thing.

Jessica Howard – The suggestion below for Council supported music rehearsal/recording spaces is one I would like to give further consideration to, particularly in light of the recent closure of our local music shop/rehearsal space.

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns – Paying musicians to perform at civic functions rather than relying on volunteers or donated services.  Training and professional development for musicians.  Increased funding for festivals and events which support local music.

Stephen Kendall – I already support live music in Bendigo through my work as editor of the b.entertained section of the Bendigo Weekly. I would love to extend this to Mount Alexander

Janet Cropley – Our schools have great music programs abd we have a number of vnues suitable for music. I woud respowend to any issues raied by local performers


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Hans Paas – Don’t know. I don't know enough to make a judgement about this but am keen to hear the views of local music groups. I do know that our shire has quite a reputation when it comes to live music and I see this as making an important contribution to community engagement.

Scott Victor-Gordon – Don’t know

Grant Thomas – Don’t know

Margaret Rasa – Don’t know

Jessica Howard – Don’t know

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns – No

Stephen Kendall – Don’t know

Janet Cropley – Yes


Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Hans Paas – Yes. One of the things I will do if elected is prompt a genuine review of hall hire charges so that local community  not-for-profit groups can hire facilities at nominal or concessional rates. This is why we have community venues afterall. They are not a revenue raising option! The treatment of the CWA brought great shame on our community.

Scott Victor-Gordon – Yes

Grant Thomas – Yes

Margaret Rasa – Don’t know. I'd need to get a more of a sense of what is needed - see my earlier  comments

Jessica Howard – Yes

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns – Yes

Stephen Kendall – Yes

Janet Cropley – Yes


Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Hans Paas - I would like our council to take a leadership role in supporting live music and be more pro-active. I would like to see an annual event of some type under the patronage of the mayor which brings musicians together. As Mayor of Williamstown I initiated a number f such community events.

Stephen Kendall – Please keep me informed steve.kendall@bendigoweekly.com.au

 

Moyne Shire Council

Moyne Shire Council

Moyne Shire Council 2012

 

Moyne Shire Council (7 vacancies, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr LEUTTON, Ralph

See Response Below

Mr GOODALL, Kelvin

Did Not Respond

RYAN, Colin

No Email Address Provided

Mr WOLFE, Mick

No Email Address Provided

Mr HARRIS, Bernie

No Email Address Provided

Mr KEANE, Anthony

No Email Address Provided

Mrs PARKER, Jill

Did Not Respond

Mr DOUKAS, Jim

No Email Address Provided

Mr PURCELL, James

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Moyne Shire Council 2012: 9 



Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Ralph Leutton - With multiple centres within the Shire and with one or two centres having strong music cultures, the issue facing this community is how to encourage and foster music development, musicians and venues in centres currently without a music focus.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Ralph Leutton - Yes

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Ralph Leutton - Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Ralph Leutton - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Ralph Leutton - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Ralph Leutton - Continuation of the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Spring Music Festival, but also revisiting those festivals that were operating in other centres throughout the Shire and if unable to revisit those programs, trying to determine/develop policies and programs that would see future events/festivals being developed and initiated in thse centres.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Ralph Leutton - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Ralph Leutton - Yes

 

Murrindindi Shire Council

Murrindindi Shire Council

Murrindindi Shire Council 2012

 

Cathedral Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CLAYTON, Clive

Did Not Respond

CHALLEN, Christine

See Response Below

Mr STIRLING, David

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Cheviot Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr KENNEDY, John Wilson

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Eildon Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MAGNER, Bernie

No Email Address Provided

Mr DALMAU, Mike

Did Not Respond

 

 

King Parrot Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr RUHR, Cris

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Kinglake Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr DERWENT, Andrew

Did Not Respond

 

 

Koriella Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr WALSH, John Christopher

Did Not Respond

 

 

Red Gate Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms RAE, Margaret Ida

Did Not Respond

Mr BROWN, Graeme Maxwell

No Email Address Provided

Mr EDWARD, Grant Wesley

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Murrindindi Shire Council 2012: 12

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Christine Challen - Suitable venues, affordability, distances for people in outlying farm areas to travel

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Christine Challen – yes. Music soothes, stimulates and brings people together

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Christine Challen -Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Christine Challen -  Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Christine Challen - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Christine Challen - Encourage concerts and live performances in public spaces and halls  Always include musicians and artists at local events and festivals  Encourage and support the local schools in employing music teachers  Encourage school musical events  Facilitate 'no alcohol' concerts and dances for older high school students

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Christine Challen - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Christine Challen – Yes. All of the above should be encouraged and sponsored regularly

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Christine Challen - Thank you for this opportunity to promote the value of music and performance in all our lives

 

Nillumbik Shire Council

Nillumbik Shire Council

Nillumbik Shire Council 2012

 

Blue Lake Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs KLEIN, Meralyn

Did Not Respond

RADONICH, David Paul

No Email Address Provided

JONES, Alan

See Response Below

 

 

Bunjil Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms VAN HULSEN, Anika

Did Not Respond

Mr BROCK, Lewis William

See Response Below

Mr SEMPLE, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr PENROSE, Bill

Did Not Respond

 

 

Edendale Ward (1 vacancy, 12 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr STIEG, Brian

Did Not Respond

Mr KLEIN, John

Did Not Respond

Mr LOCKHART, Cameron

See Response Below

Mrs RICHARDSON, Elaine S.

Did Not Respond

Mr HILL, Peter Charles

Did Not Respond

Mrs DIXON, Louise

No Email Address Provided

BERRIMAN, Michelle

Did Not Respond

Mrs LYONS-WATSON, Mary

No Email Address Provided

Mr YOUNG, Michael Robert

Did Not Respond

Mrs FINK, Julie

Did Not Respond

Mr HERRING, Luke

Did Not Respond

Mr ROLLO, Mark A.

Did Not Respond

 

 

Ellis Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs MURPHY, Jessica

No Email Address Provided

Mrs SUTTON, Melissa

Did Not Respond

Ms O'MAHONEY, Lee

No Email Address Provided

Mr PERKINS, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mrs VANDERPOEL, Tanya

No Email Address Provided

Mr BERRIMAN, Matthew

Did Not Respond

 

 

Sugarloaf Ward (1 vacancy, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms MARSHALL, Marguerite

Did Not Respond

Ms FREEMAN, Meghan

No Email Address Provided

GRONOW, Francesca

No Email Address Provided

Mr LEESON, Warwick

See Response Below

Mr REVELL, Greg

Did Not Respond

Mr KING, Ken

Did Not Respond

Ms SHNOOKAL, Liezl

Did Not Respond

Ms PONTING, Gaye

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Swipers Gully Ward (1 vacancy, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr BURNETT, Charles

No Email Address Provided

Ms DOUGLASS, Dianne

No Email Address Provided

Prof BIGELOW, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr ROLLINS, Derek

See Response Below

BUSH, Darren

Did Not Respond

Ms EMPSON, Lou

See Response Below

Mr STEPANOW, Jason

No Email Address Provided

Mrs HATTAM, Bronnie

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Wingrove Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Dr HATHERLY, Lynette Anne

Did Not Respond

Ms COLEMAN, Helen

Did Not Respond

Mr GALTRY, Peter

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Nillumbik Shire Council 2012: 44



Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Alan Jones –  One of the major issues in this municipality is the lack of live music venues.  For example, the Ward for which I am seeking election has no venues for live music.  Another issue which has been relevant in a different part of the municipality has been co-existing with the nearby residents.

Lewis Brock – Our live music venues are limited.  It wuld be difficult for a musician to make a living in my municipality at the current time.

Cameron Lockhart – The availability of appropriate venues to stage live music events.

Warwick Leeson – Most Nillumbik live music venues are in its rural hotels, where late night noise can be an issue, so the biggest issue would be in making more venues available at a reasonable hiring cost. Lack of public transport also is an impediment for patrons.

Lou Empson - Pokies and a lack of drop in night spots.

Derek Rollins – Lack of available venues

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Alan Jones – Yes

Lewis Brock – Yes

Cameron Lockhart – Yes

Warwick Leeson – Yes

Lou Empson – Yes.As well as coffee lounges promoting music. An Eltham Festival of music .

Derek Rollins – Yes


Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Alan Jones – No

Lewis Brock – Don’t know

Cameron Lockhart – Don’t know

Warwick Leeson – No

Lou Empson – No

Derek Rollins – Yes


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Alan Jones – Yes

Lewis Brock – Yes

Cameron Lockhart – Don’t know. I would need to suitably be informed of the situation in Nillumbik prior to establishing my position.

Warwick Leeson – Yes

Lou Empson – Yes Many years ago I was involved in running a Folk music drop in centre in Melbourne. Many great artists first got their break there . Marg Roadnight I ran her first concert and Mike Mc Cleland

Derek Rollins – Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Alan Jones – No

Lewis Brock – No

Cameron Lockhart – Don’t know

Warwick Leeson – Don’t know

Lou Empson – No

Derek Rollins – No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Alan Jones – I would like to see more opportunities for live music in this municipality, not just for adults but also for younger members of the community.

Lewis Brock – I would be happy to discuss matters with local musicians

Cameron Lockhart – I am open to well informed debate on this issue.

Warwick Leeson – Council, through its limited grant budget, could encourage emerging artists to use currently under-utilised local facilities as means of raising the profiles of the emerging artists as well as using its facilities.  At the existing local township festivals, a greater emphasis could be placed on live music options.

Lou Empson - Council operating a centre such as the old outpost Inn

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Alan Jones – Don’t know.

Lewis Brock – No

Cameron Lockhart – Don’t know

Warwick Leeson – Don’t know. Council is already cash-strapped and, although some funding is available for the arts (including music), I accept it needs a boost; the problem is that the Nillumbik ratepayers have consistently voted for 'low rate rise' candidates, making increased grants funding extremely difficult.

Lou Empson – No.

Derek Rollins – No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Alan Jones – Yes

Lewis Brock – Yes

Cameron Lockhart – Yes, . If they are suitable and the appropriate arrangements are in place with council.

Warwick Leeson – Yes

Lou Empson - Yes

Derek Rollins – Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Derek Rollins – I found a drop in centre late at night worked in my days and also kept us all out of trouble.

 

Northern Grampians Shire Council

Northern Grampians Shire Council

Northern Grampians Shire Council 2012

 

Central Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr THOMAS, Dean

Did Not Respond

Mr ERWIN, Kevin A.

Did Not Respond

 

 

Kara Kara Ward (2 vacancies, 2 candidates)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

ANDERSON, Jim

Did Not Respond

Mr DRISCOLL, Tony

Did Not Respond

 

 

South West Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CLEMENTSON, Ross

No Email Address Provided

Mr RUSSELL, Paul

Did Not Respond

 

 

Stawell Ward (3 vacancies, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr RICE, Wayne

No Email Address Provided

McCRACKEN, Joy

Did Not Respond

HYSLOP, Karen

Did Not Respond

Mr MARROW, Barry John

Did Not Respond

Mr EMERSON, Murray

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Northern Grampians Shire Council 2012: 11

 

 No responses received for this council. 

Port Phillip City Council

Port Phillip City Council

Port Phillip City Council 2012

 

Albert Park Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms STEVENS, Amanda

Did Not Respond

Mr MILLS, John

Did Not Respond

Ms BIRRELL, Ann

See Response Below

Ms SHARPLES, Catherine

Did Not Respond

 

 

Carlisle Ward (1 vacancy, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SPIEGEL, Nathan

Did Not Respond

Ms HUXLEY, Vanessa

See Response Below

Ms McLOUGHLIN, Gerry

See Response Below

Mr SPILLANE, Chris

See Response Below

Mr BAXTER, Tim

See Response Below

 

 

Catani Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms BLAKEY, Katie

See Response Below

Mr THOMANN, Serge

See Response Below

Mr EVANS, Jason

See Response Below

 

 

Emerald Hill Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr GRIFFITH, James

See Response Below

Mr ROBERTS, Richard

Did Not Respond

Ms HORVATH, Anita

See Response Below

 

 

Junction Ward (1 vacancy, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MIDDLETON, John

Did Not Respond

Mr BOND, Andrew

See Response Below

Mr GROSS, Dick

See Response Below

Mr WEBSTER, Jon

Did Not Respond

Mr THOMPSON, Wayne Mouse

See Response Below

Ms GALIC, Mary

See Response Below

 

 

Point Ormond Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SALINA, Pablo

Did Not Respond

Ms TOUZEAU, Jane

See Response Below

Ms CHRISTOFAKIS, Meni

Did Not Respond

 

 

Sandridge Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr de GROOT, Peter

See Response Below

Mr TURNER, Lee

See Response Below

Mrs VOSS, Bernadene

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Port Phillip City Council 2012: 27


Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Ann Birrell – It was inept and  indiscriminate regulation, issues re noise and neighbours, lack of small venues, lack of financial support, practical issues like unloading areas and parking.

Chris Spillane –  Suitable venues

Tim Baxter – Two large issues: First, the survival of the St. Kilda festival in its current form, and whether that form should change. Second, protection and support of iconic venues against the wishes of some developers.

Gerry McLoughlin – (a)poor financial rewards    (b) Finding suitable venues- lack of venues     (c) Cost/rent of venues    (d) Council Planning requirements    (e) Negotiations with neighbours

Vanessa Huxley – Biggest Issues: Low wages, lack of opportunity/gigs, noise complaints and restrictions, closure of important live music venues.

Katie Blakey – Many of the musicians who previously played in St Kilda have moved out to such venues as Northcote and the Tote, no longer playing in Catani, traditionally a live music oriented ward. I believe that the focus has shifted towards international acts, as opposed to supporting local talent.   Issues facing venues includes costs related to sound proofing/noise management requirements, and maintenance.

Jason Evans – I feel we dont have many big issues, we have many venues that are well run and well supported. We have many bars that also allow local musicians play acoustic.  The key issues however consist of issues such as resident complaints, loading unloading issues.  Which are shared right across Melbourne and Victoria.

Cr Serge Thomann – Low wages for musicians, lack of gigs, vexatious complainers, noise issues, SEPP-N2, economics and closure of local live music venues, police action, densification of activity centres, agent of change in mix business / residential zones.

Anita Horvath – 1) Locating appropriate venues; 2) the rent& costs of them 3) negotiating with neighbours 4) Planning requirements of Council

James Griffith – For Venues the issues are noise complaints from neighbours, liquor licensing, cost of compliance to regulations.  For Musicians the issues are finding venues to play on a consistent basis, access to venues such as car parking, cost of living in the area.

Mary Galic – If music is to continue being an intrinsic part of The City of Port Phillip's culture then the issues related to high density coupled with Planning and Licensing Restrictions need to be addressed by Council - requiring a review of  Council's local laws and Council's processes for managing noise and amenity complaints and providing a more transparent process.  All of the issues and actions mentioned on The St Kilda Live Music Community website.

Andrew Bond – Lack of venues and opportunities.

Wayne Mouse Thompson – Venues shutting down Noise issues from new neighbours

Dick Gross – Port Phillip is not regulating the noise issue with balance and fairness.  Whilst it is important to protect residents and enforce the law, there is evidence that some complainants are unreasonably undermining the viability of music venues in long standing entertainment precincts. We need the Council to be balanced whilst cognisant of their obligations to enforce the law.  We need venues to be consultative and responsive. We need residents in intensive entertainment precincts to be realistic.

Jane Touzeau- In City of Port Phillip music and musicians are widely appreciated, however in some cases there can be difficulties with planning permit issues, and in a few cases complaints from neighbours.

Peter de Groot – Low wages for musicians, lack of gigs, vexatious complainers, noise issues, SEPP-N2, economics and closure of local music venues, police action, densification of activity centres, agent of change in mix business / residential zones

Lee Turner – Extra security regulations imposed by government this year make staging of live events difficult. Govt needs to understand that live music does not cause violence.

Bernadene Voss – In Port Melbourne there is not a lot of live music as other areas within the city are known to be a significant destination for live music. However increasing gentrification means that new residents are against noise that emanates from live music venues

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Ann Birrell – Yes. We have the new St Kilda Live Music Working Group to bring parties together to find better solutions

Chris Spillane – Yes. Needs to be consistent with State Planning Policy Framework, Liquor Licensing etc

Tim Baxter – Yes. St. Kilda and other areas of Port Phillip have always had a thriving live music scene. It's important to acknowledge and encourage such a scene.

Gerry McLoughlin – Yes. I strongly support live music and the arts

Vanessa Huxley – Yes. Port Phillip has recently established a Live Music Reference Group, which I believe has immense potential. If elected, the continued development of this group would be a key focus for me.

Katie Blakey – Yes.

Jason Evans – Yes. If it was round tabled by the correct people.

Cr Serge Thomann – Yes. At Port Phillip, we have put in place a Live Music Reference Group which has just started its work. This group has got great potential and I strongly support its work. I have been advocating for this group for a couple of years.

Anita Horvath – Yes. This will require consultation with musicians, business, Planning officers and other stakeholders.

James Griffith – Yes.

Mary Galic – Yes. The City of Port Phillip would do well to follow The City of Melbourne in this regard. There is much more that can be done and Council could do in regards to, for example,  promoting live music, gigs, providing facilities to musicians and mentoring young musicians .

Andrew Bond – Yes

Wayne Mouse Thompson – Yes

Dick Gross – Yes. Council should map cultural clusters recognising historic and current cultural and late night locations (refer activity/tourist centres as outlined in IMAP).  In these areas, subject to the law, the balance needs to be rectified so that coexistence of the music industry with residential needs is maximised.  Planning policies need to be adjusted in these precincts.  A traders accord should be negotiated and entered so that the music industry can operate with certainty and transparency.  The Council should be part of any State Live Music Round Table.   However, the key to success is that both sides have to accommodate each other. For example, a local venue (GH) was once a pariah venue.  Now it has adopted management strategies to assist cleaning and parking management.  Noise abatement has been invested in.  GH has embraced the community and has constant meetings with it.  This sort of collaboration with the community can and ought to be a part of any long term solution.  Conflict can be avoided by sensible venue management with the community.  It is not just about changing the rules. Both sides have to give and take.  I wish I could wave a magic wand but the situation is too complex without all sides contributing. Venues must consult. Residents in intensive entertainment precincts must be realistic and Council must be proactive.

Jane Touzeau- Yes

Peter de Groot – Yes. At Port Phillip, we have put in place a Live Music Reference Group which has just started its work. This group has got great potential and I strongly support its work. I have been advocating for this group for a couple of years.

Lee Turner – Yes

Bernadene Voss – Yes. I am a strong supporter of live and local music. I would love to see the money spent of The St Kilda festival Sunday given to local bands and artists across the municipality for the improvement and enhancement of local live music and local artists.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Ann Birrell –Yes

Chris Spillane – Yes

Tim Baxter – Yes

Gerry McLoughlin – Yes

Vanessa Huxley – Yes

Katie Blakey – Yes

Jason Evans – Yes

Cr Serge Thomann – Yes

Anita Horvath – Yes

James Griffith – Yes

Mary Galic – Yes

Andrew Bond – Yes

Wayne Mouse Thompson – Yes

Dick Gross – Yes

Jane Touzeau- Yes

Peter de Groot – Yes

Lee Turner – Yes

Bernadene Voss – Yes


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Ann Birrell –Yes. Existing uses need to be respected so people can plan

Chris Spillane – Yes

Tim Baxter – Yes

Gerry McLoughlin – Yes

Vanessa Huxley – Yes

Katie Blakey – Don’t know. I would require all information surrounding suggested policies proposed in regards to 'Agent of Change'.

Jason Evans – Yes

Cr Serge Thomann – Yes. Individual Councils can lobby the State Government but I think bodies like Music Victoria should take the lead and be the main body acting on behalf of live music and Councils to make progress on State issues. St Kilda is the birth place of Australian music and more than anywhere else, we need to embrace the concept of Agent of Change.

Anita Horvath – Yes

James Griffith – Yes

Mary Galic – Yes. As a member of unChain , this is taken from our policy :  " Recognizing the “agent of change” principle to protect live music venues but also safeguard new residents – as developers are obliged to implement proper urban design and sound attenuation.   • Advocating to the State Government for changes in the Planning Laws to make mandatory implementation of some of these changes.

Andrew Bond – Yes

Wayne Mouse Thompson – Yes

Dick Gross – Yes. The Agent of Change Principal can operate both to protect and constrain live music.  Small venues are popping up in new areas and the Agent of Change Principal might rule these new venues out if administered too rigidly.  Be careful what you wish for with this Principal. Moreover, an Agent of Change Principal will not be allowed by the State government to be a carte blanche. However, a balanced Agent of Change Principal is a reasonable idea and I support it if the details are balanced and reasonable.

Jane Touzeau- Don’t know

Peter de Groot – Yes. Individual Councils can lobby the State Government but I think bodies like Music Victoria should take the lead and be the main body acting on behalf of live music and councils to make progress on State issues. St Klilda is the birth place of Australian music and more than anywhere else, we need to embrace the concept of Agent of Change

Lee Turner – Yes. Great idea!

Bernadene Voss – Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Ann Birrell – No

Chris Spillane – No. Just the usual such as OH&S.

Tim Baxter –No

Gerry McLoughlin – Yes. liquor licensing requirements

Vanessa Huxley – Yes. Compliance to SEPP-N2 is the main issue. Alcohol related violence has also led to restrictions on licensed venues and these restrictions have been enforced on well-run establishments which is not fair.

Katie Blakey –Yes. Liquor licensing regulations and surrounding costs.

Jason Evans – Yes. Yes Pure Pop was trading under a restaurant license.  Again people get confused and believe that licenses are a Local Government Issue.

Cr Serge Thomann –  Yes. Compliance to SEPP-N2 is the main issue. The problem of alcohol-fuelled violence is also an issue te be addressed. This has led to strict restrictions on licensed venues. The State government should target its liquor licensing restrictions at the type of venues that cause problems and recognise that well run venues make a positive contribution to liveability.

Anita Horvath –Yes. Liquor Licensing Laws

James Griffith – No

Mary Galic – Yes. The State government should target its liquor licensing restrictions at the type of venues that cause problems and recognise that well- run venues make a positive contribution to liveability. Small venues should not be required to comply with requirements for crowd controllers, CCTV etc. that are aimed at large venues. Council should advocate for appropriate categories to be included in the liquor licensing framework.

Andrew Bond – No

Wayne Mouse Thompson – No

Dick Gross – Yes. Noise and Enforcement.  Noise involves multiple parties.  The EPA, Council, Police and Liquor authorities are all involved and the situation is complex with lots of blame shifting.  Moreover, noise is difficult to monitor and measure given the need to take into account background noise in Db readings.  The regulatory and measurement complexity make the area a minefield.  I don't quite know how to minimise this complexity but it is an important factor in the story.

Jane Touzeau- No

Peter de Groot – Yes Compliance to SEPP-N2 is the main issue. The problem of alchol-fuelled violence is also an issue to be addressed. This has led to strict restrictions on licensed venues. The State government should target it's liquor licensing restrictions at the type of venues that cause problems and recognise that well run venues make a positive contribution to liverability.

Lee Turner – Yes

Bernadene Voss – Yes. Noise restrictions, zoning for residential only

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Ann Birrell – Continue to support the local working group  Encourage local venues and artists  Use of local facilities  Help promote through Council   Encourage buskers  Investigate other Councils initiatives for incentive to pubs to switch from gambling to live music

Chris Spillane – Small amphitheatres e.g. at the Triangle Site that incorporate provision for temporary structures, power etc. 'Opera In the Park' is a hit in Stonnington.

Tim Baxter – A review and decision on the future of the St. Kilda festival and the implications for live music in the area.

Gerry McLoughlin – (a) Review of planning requirements relating to live music    (b) Council assistance with negotiations with neighbours    (c) Financial assistance for venue costs and renovations to meet requirements    (d) Smaller more intimate festivals/events to show case local artists

Vanessa Huxley – unChain has got a wide range of policies regarding live music. See www.unchain.org.au.   Live Music  • The Importance of Live Music  • Live Music Working Group  • Planning and Licensing Restrictions  • Accords between venues and residents  • Enforcement Policy  Some of the ideas are:  • supporting a 'help desk' for live music that would provide specialist  advice on planning matters, particularly for new live music operators  • Reviewing Council's local laws and Council's processes for  managing noise and amenity complaints and providing a more  transparent process.  • Developing a code of conduct for the live music industry and  seeking commitment from experienced operators to train new and  inexperienced operators.  • Considering 'safe' locations for venues and the provision of loading  zones for musicians close to live music venues.  • Council to facilitate mentorship between older and younger musicians or players.

Katie Blakey – I believe that some of the money that has previously been spent on St Kilda festival should go towards incentives to those venues which support Live Music, and showcase local acts. Along with incentives, venues should also be assisted in sound proofing their venues, as policies change which hinder the venues sustainability. I am not saying that St Kilda festival should go, as I do strongly support the festival, yet the current costings are soaring to extreme highs. I believe my role as Catani councillor (should I be elected) would be to source appropriate sponsorship to maintain and sustain the festival.

Jason Evans – If elected I propose to set up a proper St Kilda Music Festival.  Similar to the Melbourne Music Festival and the soon to be launched City of Yarra Festival.    This Festival would highlight the City Of Port Phillips Venues and its loval musical community.  This also would be presented to indigenous and other ethnic communities to participate.  All time of music and all ages would be represented.    This Festival would historical look at St Kilda's music culture and what celebrate what it has offered.

Cr Serge Thomann – unChain has got a wide range of policies regarding live music. See www.unchain.org.au.   Live Music  • The Importance of Live Music  • Live Music Working Group  • Planning and Licensing Restrictions  • Accords between venues and residents  • Enforcement Policy  Some of the ideas are:  • supporting a 'help desk' for live music that would provide specialist  advice on planning matters, particularly for new live music operators  • Reviewing Council's local laws and Council's processes for  managing noise and amenity complaints and providing a more  transparent process.  • Developing a code of conduct for the live music industry and  seeking commitment from experienced operators to train new and  inexperienced operators.  • Considering 'safe' locations for venues and the provision of loading  zones for musicians close to live music venues.  • Council to facilitate mentorship between older and younger musicians or players

Anita Horvath – 1) Smaller events across the City of Port Phillip at which local artists can perform. 2) Looking at Council's live music planning requirements  3) Council providing some funds to assist with the cost of venues & their renovation to meet planning requirements  4) Negotiations with neighbours

James Griffith – Pave the way for more underage music events in the area

Mary Galic – I would support The St Kilda Live Music Community  I would support the recently established Live Music Working Group  and any other community initiatives !!!

Wayne Mouse Thompson – When new residents move in to the area make sure real estates inform them they are moving into entertainment zone and they have no complaint grounds.

Dick Gross – There are positive and regulatory policies to consider.  The positive issues relate to adequate community grants for cultural groups.  This grants program was initiated when I was on Council and is an important part of the cultural program.  Saving the St Kilda Festival is a vital priority.  Sponsorship is a must.    The regulatory ideas might include the following:   •            Information available on a website for local business operators, incorporating best practice;   •        Implementation of a Late night traders accord (amalgamated into the existing liquor licensing accord);  •            Clear late night and live music statements included in the council strategic plan;  •           Whilst understanding the lawful requirement to enforce the law, we need to recognise the diversity of needs and approaches on the ‘amenity’ issue;   • Adapt the Fortitude Valley model where possible to examine its role in Port Phillip.  •         support an ongoing community consultation process (including all stakeholders both resident, local live music industry and visitors i.e. Tourism Vic)

Jane Touzeau- There are many families with young children in my particular area and I would encourage any initiatives for pre-school music and music opportunities for families.

Peter de Groot – unChain has got a wide range of policies regarding live music. see www.unchain.org.au   * The Importance of Live Music  * Live Musice Working Group  * Planning and Licensing Restrictions  * Accords between venues and residents  * Enforcement Policy   Some of the ideas are:  * supporting a 'help desk' for live music that would provide specialist advice on planning matters, particular for new music operators  * reviewing Council's local laws and Council's processes for managing noise and amenity complaints and providing a more transparent process  * developing a code of conduct for the live music industry and seeking commitment from experienced operators.  * consider 'safe' locations for venues and the provision of loading zones for musicians close to live music venues.  * council to facilitate mentorship between older and younger musicians or players

Lee Turner – Development of a Council / Music strategy

Bernadene Voss – See my comment on the St Kilda Festival above at point 5

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Ann Birrell – No, Probably not.

Chris Spillane – Yes, Higher levels of government help here, e.g. Arts Victoria. A good product usually funds itself.

Tim Baxter –No

Gerry McLoughlin – Don’t know. this is a difficult question given the budget overruns on the St Kilda Festival   I think money is spend on probably the wrong things and in the end live music at a local level suffers.

Vanessa Huxley – No

Katie Blakey – No

Jason Evans – No. IN 20 years the Community Cup has never recieved one dollar from the City of Port Phillip.  The answer to question 9 would be a great way to balance up these events and community events.  Far too much is spent on the St Kilda Festival.

Cr Serge Thomann –No. There is never enough funding, this is why I am suggesting to establish a Port Phillip Cultural Fund to be able to do more with the involvement of our residents and businesses.

Anita Horvath –Don’t Know. As you would know, CoPP spends a lot of money on live music. Approx $1.2 mil was spent on the St Kilda festival, mostly on one day: Festival Sunday. That was mainly to cover outlays required for : fencing, security, the cost of emergency services and cleaning.  Council needs to review how ratepayers money can be allocated to support local live music in locations across the municipality for the community at smaller events. Changes need to be carefully considered in full consultation with musicians and  other stakeholders.

James Griffith – The present council is considering downgrading the 2013 St Kilda Festival due to a lack of funds

Mary Galic – The " No " applies to my ward (Junction) in particular which has very little going on in terms of music and community events... and I am beginning to gather interested community members together to change this.

Andrew Bond – Yes

Wayne Mouse Thompson – No

Dick Gross – Don’t Know. The question of funding depends on obtaining sponsorship for the St Kilda Festival. The current council have been hopeless.  Imagine being unable to sell sponsorship to the largest open air festival in the southern hemisphere!  So whilst there is inadequate funding at present, I believe there is an answer to the sponsorship issue and the current community grants program (which I help found whilst I was on council) should be strengthened.

Jane Touzeau-.Yes. Of course there could be more, but City of Port Phillip is conscious of the value of music and the arts, and goes to great lengths as a local government to support community initiatives in the arts

Peter de Groot – No. There is never enough funding, this is why I am suggesting to establish a Port Phillip Cultural Fund to be able to do more with the involovement of our residents and businesses

Lee Turner – Don’t know. Currently the Council spends approx $800K annually supporting Live Music

Bernadene Voss – No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Ann Birrell – Yes

Chris Spillane – Yes. However be wary of favouring one group of residents over others. Preference given to locals.

Tim Baxter – No

Gerry McLoughlin – Yes

Vanessa Huxley – Yes

Katie Blakey – Yes

Jason Evans – Yes. I propose that the community rooms at the Peanut Farm in St Kilda be upgraded for the local teams there, but also there should a community musical hub that may include a shared rehearsal room.  The town halls in the city should also be made available to any promoters or community groups that want to present underage or all age shows.

Cr Serge Thomann –Yes. We already do, but we can always do more.

Anita Horvath – Yes

James Griffith – Yes

Mary Galic – Yes

Andrew Bond – Yes. Tentative yes with conditions.

Wayne Mouse Thompson – Yes

Dick Gross – Yes

Jane Touzeau-  Don’t Know. Many of these activities already take place (perhaps with the exception of recording) and our many community facilities are well used.  If there is unmet demand from the community, council would be pleased to hear about it.

Peter de Groot –Yes. The council already does but more can always be done

Lee Turner – Yes. Great idea!

Bernadene Voss – Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Ann Birrell – I was at the February 2010 demonstration and listening to 'Long way to the top' and Brian Nankervis riding up Collins St was fantastic - keep up the good work!

Chris Spillane – Landlords have the biggest say in provision of venues. If they see a bigger return from closing the venue and turning it into a boutique hotel they will do so.

Jason Evans – This is my 3 run at local government.  IN 2000 the Espy was an issue. In 2004 I ran to support bands pole postering.  This time I run for other issues, however St Kilda has a great live scene.  Several venues with great pa's, that do live music several days of the week.  Several bars in the area support artists , as many do duo and solo gigs.  Were the issues have been in the past, Music Victoria is leading the way to position policy for the greater good, this is to applauded.  Local music issues in my view arnt really that major.  We have a thriving culture music community, policy does not make this happen, people do .

Cr Serge Thomann – The St Kilda Festival, which is run and produced by the City of Port Phillip, is a great opportunity for live and local music. A new round of consultation about The big Sunday Festival which attracts up to 400,000 people will be taken place involving all stakeholders, including musicians, music lovers, traders, tourism association, residents and will bring a fantastic opportunity to do it better. The St Kilda Live Music Group which is doing great work in our city will of course be part of the discussions.  Having photographed many concerts over the past 35 years, I have a bit of experience in that field!

Anita Horvath – Thanks for the survey. As I door knock Sth Melbourne - Emerald Hill, I've had feedback from families with younger kids that they would like to see more small,safe, daytime festivals, with musicians, which they all could enjoy..

James Griffith –I support the Rowland S. Howard Laneway Project.

Mary Galic –Amongst many many possibilities...  The  provision of  more rehearsal and  performance spaces .  The promotion of live music and  mentoring young musicians to help them get a start in the industry.   An extra 3 community music/ arts festivals annually , instead of just The St Kilda Festival, with a focus on  local (City of Port Phillip) music makers/ artists and community participation in music making .   A City of Port Phillip music website/ data base -  a "one stop shop", including all types of COPP music performers, recording facilities & etc. , including all music venues in the COPP.

Wayne Mouse Thompson – I support live Music on my Youtube channel with over 500,000 views  http://www.youtube.com/user/mightymouseaustralia

Dick Gross – I claim to be the only council candidate in the state who was ejected last time for supporting live venues. I supported a redevelopment of the Palais area and this was unpopular. One of the main criticisms was by a group known as UnChain who (amongst other things) lamented the live music venues as sources of unruly behaviour.  I am a candidate who is consistent in trying to promote venues in St Kilda even when that promotion led to my political (albeit temporary) demise. It is now hypocritical for some candidates to pretend they are champions of live music when we know that for opportunistic reasons they will betray live music.  Dick

Jane Touzeau- I have participated in singing groups for many years and would encourage people to enhance their appreciation of music by making it as well as listening to it.

Peter de Groot –I am a broadcaster on Joy 94.9 that presents a show called The Cabaret Room that regularly broadcast's live music.

Lee Turner –Thank you for the opportunity to respond I believe Live Music contributes to the diversity and well being of Port Phillip residents. It also provides a economic contribution to the area.

 

Pyrenees Shire Council

Pyrenees Shire Council

Pyrenees Shire Council 2012

 

Avoca Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr EASON, Ron

Did Not Respond

Mr MOORE, Gary

Did Not Respond

 

 

Beaufort Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr O'CONNOR, Michael

Did Not Respond

Miss KENDALL, Julie Elizabeth F.

See Response Below

 

 

De Cameron Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

STEVENS, Wendy

Did Not Respond

Mr VANCE, Robert J.

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Ercildoune Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms SHARAM, Max

See Response Below

Mr CLARK, David

Did Not Respond

 

 

Mount Emu Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs KEHOE, Tanya

See Response Below

Mr CARSON, Alec

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Pyrenees Shire Council 2012: 10

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Julie Kendall – A lack of venues

Max Sharam – Being paid and promotion / attendance.

Tanya Kehoe – Funding for community music events.  Connections and communications with other musicians in the area.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Julie Kendall – Yes

Max Sharam – Yes

Tanya Kehoe – Yes

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Julie Kendall – Yes

Max Sharam – Don’t know

Tanya Kehoe – Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Julie Kendall – Yes

Max Sharam – Yes

Tanya Kehoe – Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Julie Kendall – Yes. Bylaws

Max Sharam – Don’t know

Tanya Kehoe – No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Julie Kendall – Work with musicians with event mangement plans

Max Sharam – We don't have performance space. There is talk of converting a shed...I would like to see this project completed.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Julie Kendall – Yes        

Max Sharam – Don’t know         

Tanya Kehoe – No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Julie Kendall – Yes

Max Sharam – Yes

Tanya Kehoe – Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Max Sharam – Good on you for taking action.

 

South Gippsland Shire Council

South Gippsland Shire Council

South Gippsland Shire Council 2012

 

Coastal-Promontory Ward (3 vacancies, 4 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mrs DAVIES, Mohya

Did Not Respond

Mr BEATSON, Bruce

See Response Below

Mrs HARDING, Jeanette

No Email Address Provided

Mr. KENNEDY, Kieran

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Strzelecki Ward (3 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr AMOR, David John

Did Not Respond

Mr McEWEN, Andrew

See Response Below

Mrs BRUNT, Lorraine

Did Not Respond

Mr NICHOLAS, Ian

Did Not Respond

Mr HIRST, Frank

Did Not Respond

Mr. NEWTON, Bob

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Tarwin Valley Ward (3 vacancies, 3 candidates)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr HUTCHINSON-BROOKS, Nigel

See Response Below

Mr HILL, Don

Did Not Respond

Mr FAWCETT, James David

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for South Gippsland Shire Council 2012: 13

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Bruce Beatson – Distance from Melbourne

Andrew McEwen – The music scene is vibrant and the Lyrebird Arts group has extensive programs locally as does the local youth council

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks - Transport for teenagers to attend at night.  Funding generally.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Bruce Beatson – Yes

Andrew McEwen –Yes. My policy is to develop a local arts and cultural strategy

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks – Yes. We already have one

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Bruce Beatson – Yes

Andrew McEwen – No

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Bruce Beatson –Yes

Andrew McEwen – Yes

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks – Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Bruce Beatson –No

Andrew McEwen – No

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks – No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Bruce Beatson – Improved facilities at Mossvale Park and Meeniyan Hall

Andrew McEwen – Council is limited in its means. We have a youth council that has promoted young peoples music. The proposed arts and cultural strategy should address pathways for young people into careers in music, arts and cultrue


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Bruce Beatson –Don’t know

Andrew McEwen – Yes

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks – No. Needs State Government funding.  Ratepayers cant afford any more.

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Bruce Beatson –Yes

Andrew McEwen – Yes

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks – Yes. The South Gippsland Brass Band manages the Leongatha Court House, on behalf of Council, as its practice rooms and provides free lessons on brass instruments.  The facility is available to any other musicians who would like to use it.

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Bruce Beatson – I have never been on council before and it is there fore quite difficult to be definitive with some of the answers. We have a very good outdoor venue at Mossvale Park which is enjoyed by thousands through the summer months, I assume it gets good funding from Council but if elected I would take great interest in it's continued development.

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks - It seems to me that your organisation is too Melbourne centric.  Maybe you are active in major regional centres, but clearly not in a rural Shire like South Gippsland. I have been very active in the South Gippsland music scene for 10 years and have not heard of Music Victoria!  Is noise from over-amplified rock venues your only focus?  Why only contemporary music and not all forms of music?  This survey gives that impression.  There are many other issues for a Council to give time and money to in the music and arts area.

 

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Southern Grampians Shire Council 2012

 

Southern Grampians Shire Council (7 vacancies, 10 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr PENNY, Bob

See Response Below

Dr RAINSFORD, Katrina

See Response Below

Mr CALVANO, Albert

See Response Below

Mr COLLITON, Bruach

See Response Below

Mr MAYLOR, Leigh

No Email Address Provided

Mrs ARMSTRONG, Cathy

No Email Address Provided

Mr DARK, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr DAWSON, Dennis

Did Not Respond

Mr BATTISTA, Paul

See Response Below

Mr PARKER, James

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Southern Grampians Shire Council 2012: 10

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Katrina Rainsford – Population and therefore attendance levels is probably the biggest limiting factor to a vibrant diverse live muisc scene in Hamilton which is the centre of Southern Grampians Shire. Catch 22. We have good pubs and music bars which provide young and local musicians opportunities to perform. There is a Hamilton community Orchestra of talented mixed age incredibley professional performers and four community based choirs, one which is starting and student section. We have two excellent performing Arts Centres, the recently opened Hamilton and Alexandra College Kantor Family Music Performing Arts Centre is an amazing, state of the art facility with several music student rooms, electronic room, and orchestra pit. Instructors fly in fly out to Hamilton providing tuition . Orchestra Victoria visit annually and workshop with students from all schools and Hamilton acts a regional hub, Hamilton Eisteddfod is huge over two weeks including dance. Two local dance schools , one providing performers for this years Sheepvention Young Wool Designers Fashion Parades. We have an annual Promenade of Scared Music, highly recognized and utilising churches, shopping centres, open spaces, halls and performing art centres. We have a Hamilton Brass  Band formed about 150 years ago and Tarrington Brass Band. Battle of the Bands in its second year at Monivae College which is great. Young people tell me we need more regular live music events for the young people. High profile performers, and the young would come. Our four children must have been to every Falls or Big Day Out etc everywhere but here! We are celebrating 30 years of seniors week which includes live performance, which I attended and realised that we don't have the same for the young contemporary genre musicians. Personally  I have joined one of the local choirs, performed Footprints the Musical and worn very high heels  and false eyelashes for the first time! Limiting factor there was courage. There is interest in developing a local under used central building as a community art music space and seed funding with Shire advice support could help this project which is close to Hamilton Art Precinct. Encouraging people away from the flat screens is the big issue!

Bob Penny – Total exposure to all the community and the difficulty to satisfy all needs. Sometimes lack of advertising.

Paul Battista – Lack of choice ! Noise problems

Albert Calvano – Not enough venues to play music at

James Parker – Distance from Melbourne

Bruach COLLITON - Distance from big city. Lack of quality venues. Culture

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Katrina Rainsford – Yes . It must be the only one our progressively planning Shire has not done.  But considering we do not have a formal music strategy, we are doing pretty well in Hamilton in Southern Grampians.

Bob Penny – Yes.

Paul Battista – Yes

Albert Calvano – Yes

James Parker – Maybe

Bruach COLLITON - Yes

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Katrina Rainsford – No

Bob Penny – Yes

Paul Battista – Yes

Albert Calvano – Yes

James Parker – No

Bruach COLLITON - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Katrina Rainsford – Yes. seems to fit into planning where council is the mediator to protect the existing landholders as new developments occur be it smell, dust, water run off ,noise, parking, all ability access etc

Bob Penny – Yes

Paul Battista – Yes

Albert Calvano – Yes

James Parker – Don’t know

Bruach COLLITON - Yes

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Katrina Rainsford – Yes. Music venues are often associated with licensed alcohol venues and permits control these including hours of operation

Bob Penny – Yes. Conditions imposed on licensed liquor outlets liquor licences i.e hotels re loud music.

Paul Battista – No

Albert Calvano – No

James Parker – No

Bruach COLLITON - No

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Katrina Rainsford – Recognition of the social and economic value, a strategy where we do have gaps, and seed funding from the different levels of government.  Asking the musicians. Surveyring audiences.

Bob Penny – Council support.  Support of service clubs, youth groups.  Suitable venues.

Paul Battista – More open air concerts , and more investment in live venues.

Albert Calvano – I would support music festivals, open mic sesssions and battle of the bands

Bruach COLLITON - A live music network

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Katrina Rainsford – Yes. ouncils hire out facilties for use. For community events councils often  respond to applications for a community grant which ofsets the cost of advertising or hiring of council facilities. Practice time is not allowed for which would be a great idea.

Bob Penny – Yes

Paul Battista – Yes. Especially Blue Light Disco's.

Albert Calvano – Yes

James Parker –Yes. Not so sure about the under age though.

Bruach COLLITON - Yes

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Katrina Rainsford – Yes. Councils hire out facilties for use. For community events councils often  respond to applications for a community grant which ofsets the cost of advertising or hiring of council facilities. Practice time is not allowed for which would be a great idea.

Bob Penny –Yes. Especially Blue Light Disco's.

Paul Battista –Yes.

Albert Calvano – Yes.

James Parker – Yes. Not so sure about the under age though.

Bruach COLLITON –Yes.

 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Paul Battista – Live venues add to a robust good culture in our community , venues do need to be run well though.

James Parker – Id Like to see a folk festival or something of the sort in more rural areas

 

Stonnington City Council

Stonnington City Council

Stonnington City Council 2012

 

East Ward (3 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr STUBBS, Adrian

See Response Below

KNIGHT, Mathew

Did Not Respond

DAVIE, Erin

Did Not Respond

Mr ATHANASOPOULOS, Jimi

See Response Below

Mr LIU, Philip

See Response Below

JOHNSTON, Gwen

Did Not Respond

Mr OSBOLDSTONE, Glenn

See Response Below

McMORROW, John

See Response Below

 

 

North Ward (3 vacancies, 15 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

CHANDLER, John

No Email Address Provided

Dr COOKE, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr HARRISON, James

Did Not Respond

ATHANASOPOULOS, Tas

See Response Below

Mr KATSAVOS, Evri

Did Not Respond

Mr KOCE, Matthew

Did Not Respond

NICOLAOU, Sophie

No Email Address Provided

AYDOGAN, Hilmi

No Email Address Provided

Ms GRIFFIN, Marcia

See Response Below

FABBRI, Nick

Did Not Respond

Mr NEOPHYTOU, George

Did Not Respond

Mr FARRINGTON, David

Did Not Respond

Mr MENZIES, Dean

Did Not Respond

FATOUROS, Ivy

Did Not Respond

Miss KLISARIS, Jami

Did Not Respond

 

 

South Ward (3 vacancies, 13 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

DAVISON, Ron

No Email Address Provided

ATHANASOPOULOS, Tini

See Response Below

Ms SEHR, Melina

Did Not Respond

PATISTEAS, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mr STEFANOPOULOS, Steve

Did Not Respond

HIBBINS, Sam

Did Not Respond

CHAPMAN-ADAMS, Jessica

Did Not Respond

Ms COOPER, Gemma-Jane

Did Not Respond

Mr KOZAREVSKI, George

No Email Address Provided

Mr FOSTER, Jake

Did Not Respond

ELMAS, Fahrettin

No Email Address Provided

Ms CHERRY, Anna

No Email Address Provided

Mr ULLIN, Claude

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Stonnington City Council 2012: 36

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Philip Liu – Alcohol license and security / safety

Glenn Osboldstone – Agent of change and neighbours' complaints. Lack of venues in my ward.

Adrian Stubbs – Issues would in all probability be along the lines of venue noise versus resident concerns about such noise and the possible inappropriate behaviour of patrons of the music venue, on entering or leaving the venue

Jimi Athanasopoulos – Licensing of venues and the difficulties associated with getting permits for various needs. Lack of sufficient venues which cater for live music could be a concern. Noise management issues. Cost of attendance and running the event may be an issue.

John McMorrow – The ability to continue and sustain a balanced and interesting music program that caters to all the needs and wants of the community. Live music venues could be more diverse and varied in the city.

Marcia Griffin – I am not really sure what these issues are but am keen to hear.

Tas Athanasopoulos – Council doesn't encourage enough live music. Music it does encourage is limited to particular venues. We don't do enough outdoor music events , however we do have lots of public open spaces that are underutilised  in relation to live music . No city square for the use of live music and events , for an example Cato car park would be a good location for events.

Claude Ullin – Noise is the biggest issue particularly when live bands are performing at late night venues.

Tini Athanasopoulos - Space and sound management. Acquiring permits and insurances for public liability.


Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Philip Liu – Maybe. I like the sound of it and would like to know what it would involve.

Glenn Osboldstone – Yes

Adrian Stubbs – Yes. I see no problem in Council having such a strategy - venue operators and residents would then have a strategy and planning framework to work to

Jimi Athanasopoulos – Yes. Stonnington Council have shown to be strong supporters of council run live music and cultural events eg, Jazz Festival, Carols at the Park and Symphony under the Stars etc.     Yes, the idea of a council music strategy would be beneficial for both the community and musicians.

John McMorrow – Yes. I believe the council has a varied and interesting outdoor music venue program but I feel this could be balanced by a more comprehensive indoor venue program

Marcia Griffin – Yes. If elected i would be really interested to hear from your group

Tas Athanasopoulos – Yes. Council needs to engage themselves  with local musicians.

Claude Ullin – Yes. In Stonnington we already have a Music Strategy where we support Stonnington Symphony, Stonnington Jazz and many musical events and free concerts throughout the year.

Tini Athanasopoulos - Yes


Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Philip Liu – Yes

Glenn Osboldstone – Yes

Adrian Stubbs – Yes

Jimi Athanasopoulos – Yes

John McMorrow – Yes

Marcia Griffin –

Tas Athanasopoulos – Yes

Claude Ullin – Yes

Tini Athanasopoulos -  Yes


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Philip Liu –  Don’t know

Glenn Osboldstone – Yes. I am a member of Music Victoria

Adrian Stubbs – Don’t know. I cant definitively say yes or no. if I do then I would have to stand aside from any formal discussions by Council on the matter and would not be able to vote. I would naturally seek resident and stake holder input to assist me in my decision making.

Jimi Athanasopoulos – Yes

John McMorrow – Yes. In a similar manner to other aspects of community living. It should be about mutual respect and collaboration.

Marcia Griffin – Yes

Tas Athanasopoulos – Yes. Im happy to work together to come up with mutual initiatives for the benefit of all involved

Claude Ullin – Yes

Tini Athanasopoulos -  Yes


Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Philip Liu – Don’t know

Glenn Osboldstone – Yes. Planning and "agent of change" is the big one. But liquor licensing, noise and parking laws have also proven to be problematic for venue owners, licensees and the bands themselves. For example, dedicated load-in/load-out zones out the front of venues would help bands, while Council grants to help sound-proof venues would assist venue owners.

Adrian Stubbs –Don’t know. Stonnington already has an Arts and Cultural Strategy 2011-2012 and a Youth Strategy 2010-2014. These are available on the Stonnington web site. There is also a policy on Busking. I am also aware that there are laws about amplified noise. I'm not is a position to say if these may "hinder" a live music event.

Jimi Athanasopoulos – Yes. There are various regulations with respect to the use of alcohol, crowd control, security related matters, age appropriateness, insurance cover, public liability and acquiring the necessary permits.

John McMorrow – Don’t know. This is an area I need to become more familiar with and no doubt as an elected councillor I will be more than happy to learn about other regulatory issues that may hinder live music.

Marcia Griffin – No

Tas Athanasopoulos – Yes. Restaurants and cafes don't have the permits for anything other than background music , a bit of live music would be beneficial , such as vocal and cultural music.

Claude Ullin – Yes. Resident opposition; owners who do not comply with their permits.

Tini Athanasopoulos – Yes, parking restrictions


Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Philip Liu – Linking up with local schools and clubs to get more young people into music. This might be playing an instrument or being part of a group.

Glenn Osboldstone – As well as addressing the issues set out in item 8, I would ensure an examination of the Stonnington Jazz Festival. It has been successful but it is very safe and not particularly progressive. I would like to see the type of bands playing in that festival expanded, eg more experimental, boundary-pushing stuff. I would also advocate for a Stonnington Rock Festival and a Stonnington Music Week Conference with sessions to help bands just starting out, as occurs in the Cty of Melbourne. Encouraging more music venues in East Ward (East Malvern and areas of Malvern and Glen Iris) would be a priority as would supporting more underage shows and live outside broadcasts from 3RRR and 3PBS, etc, etc.

Adrian Stubbs – Council already provides a number of free music events.  Naturally new events can be considered provided they were relevant to the Arts and Cultural Strategy.

Jimi Athanasopoulos – Initiatives similar to that of the Stonnington Youth Strategy, where young individuals organise live and cultural music events throughout the city of Stonnington.

John McMorrow – I represent East Ward and will commit to listen to all stakeholders that influence and enhance the city music program to ensure a vibrant music culture that is sustainable. I would welcome the opportunity to connect and engage with various music communities, young and old to ensure their needs are met.

Marcia Griffin –

Tas Athanasopoulos – Working with local musicians and the local community to achieve benefit

Claude Ullin – We already have a large number of events including our Jazz series in summer in our parks and the Jazz Festival plus Opera in the Park, Musical Melodies, Stonnington Symphony under the Stars and a couple of children’s events.  In addition, we are about to launch a new concert which will feature Big Bands, initiated by myself.

Tini Athanasopoulos - Collaborative initiatives that would benefit the local musicians and community


Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Philip Liu – Yes

Glenn Osboldstone – No

Adrian Stubbs – Yes. Council spends in the order of $290,000 pa under its Arts and Cultural Strategy

Jimi Athanasopoulos – Don’t know. There are certain funds and grants available subject to the conditions of the application.

John McMorrow – No. Not very clear in the budget I feel.

Marcia Griffin – Don’t know

Tas Athanasopoulos – No. Council needs to open up more to different types of music  in relations to outdoor events and live events.

Claude Ullin – No. There is never enough funding; while City of Stonnington supports a large range of events we would do more should there be more money available.  As it is, since I have been on Council I have been able to increase our expenditure from $0.5m to over $3m on various events and sponsorship

Tini Athanasopoulos – No.


Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Philip Liu – Yes

Glenn Osboldstone – Yes

Adrian Stubbs – Don’t know. This needs more information. Council facilities are always in great demand and the "event?" must suit the facility.

Jimi Athanasopoulos – Yes

John McMorrow – Yes. I am sure we have many facilities that can be better utilised for music programs

Marcia Griffin – Yes.

Tas Athanasopoulos –Yes.  Given that there are certain safety and security regulations in place for local residents

Claude Ullin –Yes

Tini Athanasopoulos -  Don’t know. I would have to investigate the current use of council owned facilities


Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Philip Liu – Bring back crowded house!

Glenn Osboldstone – I would also encourage everyone to get out and see more live music as well as subscribing to community radio (eg, 3RRR, 3PBS and 3CR)  :)

Adrian Stubbs – I wish you success in your endeavours.

Jimi Athanasopoulos – I have a deep appreciation for the benefits of music, as it is a way one expresses themselves. I believe musical events, if managed and controlled well and in collaboration with members of the local community would create pleasurable experiences for all involved both performers and onlookers.

John McMorrow – The City of Stonnington has a wonderful array of music programs such as Symphony Under The Stars, Musical Melodies In The Park, many of them free events and family focused. I would like to see more attention given to the youth in our city for their own music interests

Marcia Griffin –

Tas Athanasopoulos – I enjoy listening to music and see the value of having musical events in Stonnington.

Claude Ullin –

Tini Athanasopoulos - I enjoy listening to live music, but everything needs to be managed accordingly.

 

Strathbogie Shire Council

Strathbogie Shire Council

Strathbogie Shire Council 2012

 

Honeysuckle Creek Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr STORER, Patrick

Did Not Respond

Mr MAHER, Tom

Did Not Respond

 

 

Hughes Creek Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr LITTLE, Malcolm

Did Not Respond

 

 

Lake Nagambie Ward (2 vacancies, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs SWAN, Debra Elaine

Did Not Respond

Mr DAWN, David

Did Not Respond

Mr PURBRICK, Timothy

No Email Address Provided

Mr PURBRICK, Alister John

Did Not Respond

 

 

Mount Wombat Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WEATHERALD, Robin Hull

Did Not Respond

Mr MURRAY, Neil

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Seven Creeks Ward (2 vacancies, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MULLEY, Greg

Did Not Respond

Mrs FURLANETTO, Colleen

See Response Below

CARLSON, Gregory

Did Not Respond

Mr WOODHOUSE, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mr WILLIAMS, Graeme Mick

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Strathbogie Shire Council 2012: 14



Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Colleen Furlanetto - Resource, equipment and support to build on music programs for all ages and styles

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Colleen Furlanetto, yes. We have like many small rurals musician giving so much of their time and equipment for free this cannot be sustained. For better health and well being we all appreciate the value of music from children to palliative care

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Colleen Furlanetto - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Colleen Furlanetto – Don’t know

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Colleen Furlanetto – Yes - After 11 pm in built up areas?

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Colleen Furlanetto - Support in development of a community sound shell to be used by many varied ways.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Colleen Furlanetto – No Council has such limited resource little or no money is allocated to support music per say

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Colleen Furlanetto – yes. Where, when who's insurance?

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Colleen Furlanetto - Music talent and benefit is very underestimated by our current council

 

Surf Coast Shire Council

Surf Coast Shire Council

Surf Coast Shire Council 2012

 

Anglesea Ward (2 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

LOWDON, Tabitha

No Email Address Provided

Ms COKER, Libby

Did Not Respond

Ms FORDHAM, Raylene

Did Not Respond

Mr KERR, Garry

No Email Address Provided

SMITH, Margot Ann

See Response Below

Mr TRUMAN, David

Did Not Respond

 

 

Lorne Ward (1 vacancy, 1 candidate)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr GOLDSWORTHY, Clive

See Response Below

 

 

Torquay Ward (4 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms FISHER, Eve

See Response Below

Mrs WAKE, Merrin

See Response Below

Mr WEBSTER, Dean

Did Not Respond

STOCKTON, Graeme

No Email Address Provided

McKITERICK, Brian

Did Not Respond

Mrs HODGE, Rose

See Response Below

Mr BELL, David K.

See Response Below

Mr DUNNE, Gary John

Did Not Respond

Dr REMENYI, Joe

See Response Below

Mr DUKE, Martin

See Response Below

COLE, Maurice

Did Not Respond

 

 

Winchelsea Ward (2 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

DANS, Jeff

Declined to Participate 

HUMPHREY, Ron

See Response Below

Mrs McGREGOR, Carol

Did Not Respond

Mr GROSSMAN, Keith

Did Not Respond

Mr NOCKLES, Rod

Did Not Respond

Dr WELLINGTON, Heather

Did Not Respond

McINTYRE, James Edward

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Surf Coast Shire Council 2012: 25

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Margot Smith – Being able to get a crowd during the winter months.

Eve Fisher – There are no decent live music venues. We need one not only for musicians but for performers in general.

Joe Remenyi – Need for a community 'space' for musical events.    There has been a suggestion that the community needs a 'Sound Shell', along the lines of the Myer Music Bowl

Rose Hodge – In 8 years I have not been lobbied with any complaints. Perhaps the closing time of some of the local buildings that may be used such as if at the football or cricket clubs

Merrin Wake – A space to act as a central point for music and the arts.

Martin Duke – Lack of facilities and places for locals to listen and play particularly if a young group.

David K Bell – Lack of venues for performance of all forms of music. There is no dedicated performance space in any of the population centers of the Shire.

Ron Humphrey – We need more venues and honest venue managers

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Margot Smith – Maybe, We do have Music Festivals in many of the communities in the Shire and I believe these are probably part of an overall event strategy.

Clive Goldsworthy –Maybe

Eve Fisher – Yes

Joe Remenyi – Maybe. Needs to b e part of an Arts and Culture Strategy

Rose Hodge – Maybe. Would like to know what is involved and what is expected of Local Councils

Merrin Wake –Yes

Martin Duke – Yes

David K Bell – Yes

Ron Humphrey - Yes

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Margot Smith – Yes

Clive Goldsworthy – No

Eve Fisher – No

Joe Remenyi – Yes

Rose Hodge – No

Merrin Wake –

Martin Duke – No

David K Bell – Yes

Ron Humphrey – Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Margot Smith – Don’t know. I am not aware of locations in our Ward and Shire where this is an issue.  I would certainly be interested in reviewing the situation for any venues where we have this issue.

Clive Goldsworthy – Yes

Eve Fisher – Yes

Joe Remenyi – Don’t know. What evidence does Music Victoria have that this is an issue in the Surf Coast?

Rose Hodge –Don’t know. If is was pertinent to our ward in shire would loook at.

Merrin Wake – Don’t know. Would like to know more about it before making a decision.

Martin Duke –Yes

David K Bell – Yes. I have seen what has happened in the inner suburbs of Melbourne as they become gentrified and the new residents have little appreciation of the role that venues play in community life.

Ron Humphrey –Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Margot Smith –No

Clive Goldsworthy –No

Eve Fisher – Don’t know

Joe Remenyi – Yes. Greater clarity is needed on busking policy

Rose Hodge –.No

Merrin Wake – Don’t know. I am not sure at present but again would want to know more about it.

Martin Duke –No

David K Bell – Don’t know

Ron Humphrey –Yes. Noise under the health and wellbeing act

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Margot Smith – I would like to see some of the public spaces used as music venues on an ad hoc basis.  Particularly over the summer months for short evening entertainment.

Clive Goldsworthy –

Eve Fisher –Anything that promotes local artists. Festivals, open mic nights, fundraisers, colaborative work.

Joe Remenyi –Support local initiatives like the 'Love Lorne' program

Rose Hodge –Freeza concerts for our up and coming local musicians are great and very well patronised in this are. Winners on produced DVD  Could consider exempt hours on municipal buildings (if used) for a special musical event.

Merrin Wake –I would like to see a central arts and cultural precinct to be a priority for the new council as well as a music policy led by the arts/music community.

Martin Duke –The use of public space and p[aces for music.

David K Bell –Provision of a regulatory regime that encourages venues. The construction of performance spaces.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Margot Smith – Don’t know.  I Don’t know the figures

Clive Goldsworthy – Don’t know

Eve Fisher – No

Joe Remenyi –No. Always room for more but cannot put this cost onto ratepayers

Rose Hodge – Don’t know. Happy to listen but as I said over 8 years haven't heard of real concerns.

Merrin Wake – Don’t know. I don't think there is but need to investigate further.

Martin Duke – No

David K Bell – Yes

Ron Humphrey – No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Margot Smith – Yes. Provided it wasn't a burden on ratepayers.

Clive Goldsworthy – Yes

Eve Fisher – Yes

Joe Remenyi – Yes. There is a need for a mechanism to subsidise young users that is not a burden on ratepayers

Rose Hodge – Yes. Possibly like to see any proposals before promising any changes.

Merrin Wake – Yes. I would support this but the exact details would need to be worked out once a music policy is set by council.

Martin Duke – Yes

David K Bell – Yes

Ron Humphrey – Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Margot Smith –I am a Patron of Opera Australia so I support the music industry personally.

Rose Hodge – Surfcoast has many events and markets which can aid the local musicians. Hoping to re-vamp an area which could include a arts/musicain area, they will be asked to fee in when a feasability study is done.

Merrin Wake – Thank you for your interest in my opinions and I look forward to music and the arts being a priority of the new surf coast shire council. Please feel free to contact me for any further discussions at merrinwake@gmail.com. Thank you.

David K Bell – Keep up the good work that you are doing.

Ron Humphrey – good luck

 

Swan Hill Rural City Council

Swan Hill Rural City Council

Swan Hill Rural City Council 2012

 

Central Ward (4 vacancies, 10 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MOAR, Bill

Did Not Respond

Mr CROWE, Jim

Did Not Respond

Mrs JENNINGS, Yvonne

Did Not Respond

Mr CRUICKSHANK, Greg

Did Not Respond

Mr CROFT, Bill

Did Not Respond

Ms SALATHIEL, Donna

See Response Below

Mr ADAMSON, Michael

Did Not Respond

Mr ROGERS, Lindsay

Did Not Respond

Mr MOSER, Lawrence

No Email Address Provided

Mrs KILEY, Jessie

See Response Below

 

 

Lakes Ward (1 vacancy, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr LAHY, Chris

Did Not Respond

Mr FOX, Gregory

No Email Address Provided

Mr McPHEE, Les

No Email Address Provided

Mr RIDGEWAY, Allen

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Murray-Mallee Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr NORTON, Gary W.

No Email Address Provided

Mr BONNEY, Leigh

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Robinvale Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr WILLIAMS, Tim

Did Not Respond

Mr KATIS, John Nicholas

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Swan Hill Rural City Council 2012: 18

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Jessie Kiley - Lack of support in terms of utilising musicians as a resource as a form of entertainment and to attract tourism.

Donna Salathiel – Venue cost

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Jessie Kiley - Yes

Donna Salathiel – Yes

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Jessie Kiley – No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Jessie Kiley - Yes

Donna Salathiel – Don’t know

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your el ectorate?

 Jessie Kiley -  No. There is not much live music available, therefore the issues are minimal.

Donna Salathiel – Don’t know

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Jessie Kiley - As an overall comment, I think council should be promoting events which attract musicians to showcase their talent.

Donna Salathiel – Would need more info

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Jessie Kiley - No

Donna Salathiel – Don’t know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Jessie Kiley –Yes. Absolutely, why not. Anything that can be done to encourage the development of talented musicians should surely be facilitated.

Donna Salathiel – Yes

 

Towong Shire Council

Towong Shire Council

Towong Shire Council 2012

 

Towong Shire Council (5 vacancies, 12 candidates) 

 

Candidates

No Email Address Provided

Mrs GADD, Debi

Did Not Respond

Mr SCALES, Aaron I.

Did Not Respond

Mr JOYCE, Peter Anthony

Did Not Respond

Mr COYSH, Phillip

No Email Address Provided

Mr JONES, Mark Joseph

See Response Below

Mr GEIER, Philip

Did Not Respond

Ms MILLER, Julie

Did Not Respond

Mr HUBBARD, Richard

Did Not Respond

Mr McCARTNEY, Rex

Did Not Respond

Mr WORTMANN, David John

Did Not Respond

Mr BURGESS, Scott

Did Not Respond

Mrs FRASER, Mary

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Towong Shire Council 2012: 12 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Mark Joseph Jones - Venues and access to training.

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Mark Joseph Jones - Maybe

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Mark Joseph Jones - No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Mark Joseph Jones -  Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Mark Joseph Jones - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Mark Joseph Jones - Support of youth initiatives to gain greater access to equipment and training

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Mark Joseph Jones - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Mark Joseph Jones - Yes

 

Wangaratta Rural City Council

Wangaratta Rural City Council

Wangaratta Rural City Council 2012

 

Wangaratta Rural City Council (7 vacancies, 19 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr CHAMBERS, Kerrin

Did Not Respond

WRIGHT, Neville

See Response Below

Mr AMERY, Noel

Did Not Respond

Mr McCLOUNAN, Colin Gerard

Did Not Respond

Mr McPHIE, Doug

No Email Address Provided

Mr PAINO, Roberto

Did Not Respond

Mrs McMONIGLE, Leeanne

Did Not Respond

Ms McINERNEY, Lisa

Did Not Respond

Mr WEBB, Ron

Did Not Respond

Mr O'BRIEN, Paul

No Email Address Provided

Ms ATKINS, Tammy

Did Not Respond

Mrs McCULLY, Lauren

Did Not Respond

Mr GRIFFITHS, Anthony

Did Not Respond

Mrs PARISOTTO, Rozi

No Email Address Provided

Dr FIDGE, Julian

Did Not Respond

SEYMOUR, Peter James

No Email Address Provided

Mr CURRIE, Mark

Did Not Respond

Mr JOYCE, Don

Did Not Respond

VANCE, John

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Wangaratta Rural City Council 2012: 19

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Neville Wright - For open air concerts we have sanitary and catering issues but we have a good performing arts centre with everything.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Neville Wright – Maybe. How are you going to fund it.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Neville Wright – No

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Neville Wright - No

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Neville Wright – Don’t know

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Neville Wright - Open air concerts on football grounds or recreation reserves as long as they abide by Council regulations.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Neville Wright - Yes

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Neville Wright – Yes, At no cost to council, user pay system.

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Neville Wright - I do not consider that music is core business of local government.

 

Warrnambool City Council

Warrnambool City Council

Warrnambool City Council 2012

 

Warrnambool City Council (7 vacancies, 12 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Ms ERMACORA, Jacinta

Did Not Respond

Mr NEOH, Michael

No Email Address Provided

Mr KELSON, Brian

Did Not Respond

Ms GASTON, Kylie

No Email Address Provided

Mr SYCOPOULIS, Peter

Did Not Respond

Mr HULIN, Peter

No Email Address Provided

Mr RYAN, Graham Anthoney

Did Not Respond

Mr JACOBS, Adrian

No Email Address Provided

Mr ECCLES, Percy

Did Not Respond

Mrs LOWE, Jennifer

Did Not Respond

HARRIS, John Joseph

Did Not Respond

Mr ASKEW, Robert

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Warrnambool City Council 2012: 12



 No responses received for this council. 

Wellington Shire Council

Wellington Shire Council

Wellington Shire Council 2012

 

Wellington Shire Council (9 vacancies, 14 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Mr BOYCE, Steven

See Response Below

Mr ROSSETTI, Scott Andrew

Did Not Respond

Mr WENGER, Bob

Did Not Respond

HOLE, Malcolm

No Email Address Provided

Mr COOK, Gregg

See Response Below

Mr STRAUSS, David

See Response Below

Mr AMOS, Jeff

Did Not Respond

Mr McCUBBIN, Darren

See Response Below

Mr McIVOR, Patrick

Did Not Respond

Mrs HILDEBRANT, Jane

See Response Below

Ms CROSSLEY, Carolyn

See Response Below

Mr CLEARY, Peter John

Did Not Respond

Mrs DAVINE, Emilie

No Email Address Provided

Mr DUNCAN, John F.

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Wellington Shire Council 2012: 14

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Carolyn Crossley – I have spoken to the local music shop and some of the local musicians but have not been able to identify a single biggest issue. All performers would like greater access to an appreciative crowd that is willing to pay for the experience. This is always difficult.

Steven Boyce – Lack of suitable venues. This includes size, location and number and price of venues.

Jeff Amos – We are a large municipality with considerable distances between some areas. My part of the shire is almost devoid of live music venues with probably just 2 occasional venues operating. Therefore, I admit to having something of a lack of knowledge in this area. I can imagine that government restrictions on performance hours and changes to noise restrictions on already existing premises would be a problem.

Jane Hildebrant – I think there are ample opportunities for musicians and music venues.

Gregg Cook – We don't have a huge auditorium for large concerts.  Our very good auditorium the john Leslie theatre has a seating capacity of about 400 and doesn't lend itself to large concerts

David Strauss – Not aware of any significant issues affecting musicians and live music venues.

Darren McCubbin - Getting enough patronage to be properly paid for their efforts.

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Carolyn Crossley –No, I believe this should be part of the council cultural plan/strategy not as a stand alone item.

Steven Boyce – Yes

Jeff Amos – Maybe. Would need to see detail before I could commit fully to such a proposal, but offer in-principle support.

Jane Hildebrant –Yes. Wellington SC does have an Arts and Cultural policy and is very supportive of all the arts, including music. There are some fantastic musicians in our area.

Gregg Cook – Yes

David Strauss – Yes

Darren McCubbin - Yes

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Carolyn Crossley – Yes

Steven Boyce – No

Jeff Amos –Yes

Jane Hildebrant –Yes

Gregg Cook – No

David Strauss –

Darren McCubbin - No

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Carolyn Crossley – Yes. This issue seems to be more applicable to the city and bigger centres.  In the country most if not all the live music venues are in the main commercial strip and the encroaching gentrification that occurs in the city does not apply in Wellington. The conflict of new residents surrounding the venue does not occur.

Steven Boyce – Yes

Jeff Amos – Yes. Offering in-principle support. Further support would depend upon the exact nature of the lobbying.

Jane Hildebrant – Yes, But would need to know more about this.

Gregg Cook – Yes

David Strauss – Dpnt know. Would need more information before I lobbied State Government

Darren McCubbin - Yes

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Carolyn Crossley – No

Steven Boyce – No

Jeff Amos – No

Jane Hildebrant – No

Gregg Cook – Yes - often concerts are held in State forests and there is a permitting process that looks at waste management and toilet management and possible noise issues

David Strauss – No

Darren McCubbin - No

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Carolyn Crossley – I have made a commitment to meet with local musicians, the youth council and interested groups to see if there are initiatives that would assist and support local musicians and the presentation of live music.

Steven Boyce – Better engaemnet with stakeholders to develop a better understanding of the exact issues faced and develop a plan to tackle the issues raised.

Jeff Amos – We already support planning requests for outdoor concerts and I'm willing to support any worthwhile proposal. We also offer grants which can be applied for by music related programs, groups etc.  Difficult to answer without a concrete proposal being provided.

Gregg Cook – I want more modern and contempory musicians to consider touring the area and would support any options for enhancing this.

David Strauss – Having local musicians support Community days along the lines of Australia day and Council run Community events.

Darren McCubbin - Funding for local musicians through festivals and events, support for artists collectives that encourage mutual support, cheaper rates for Council venues for local musicians

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Carolyn Crossley –Yes, The shire funds the performance space that has an extensive program of live music events.

Steven Boyce – No

Jeff Amos – Yes, Whilst I think we have a reasonable level of funding for community grants, we perhaps should look at music specific events separately.

Jane Hildebrant – Yes. Wellington SC provides music groups and bands a number of community grants over the years.

Gregg Cook –Yes

David Strauss – Don’t know

Darren McCubbin - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Carolyn Crossley – Yes. The shire currently support such activity through its grants program supporting youth events and the city brass band.

Steven Boyce –  Yes

Jeff Amos – No. Difficult to answer as we probably don't have appropriate spaces apart from our commercial spaces.

Jane Hildebrant – Yes

Gregg Cook – Yes

David Strauss – Yes. Under age events I would to see supported by the Police along the lines of Blue Light functions.

Darren McCubbin - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Carolyn Crossley – I personally run an independent art space, The Cowwarr Art Space that presents live music events and has done so for a number of years. Offering opportunities for young and emerging artists as well touring product from other regions.  We have a residency program that is open and has included musicians, composers and songwriters as well as other artists.

Jeff Amos – Thank you for the questions. You have made me aware that we need to do some more research to become better informed in this area.

Jane Hildebrant – I play clarinet and piano but I am not in a band.

 

West Wimmera Shire Council

West Wimmera Shire Council

West Wimmera Shire Council 2012

 

West Wimmera Shire Council (5 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

Candidates

 

Ms JONES, Annette

Did Not Respond

Mr KLEMM, Brian

No Email Address Provided

Mr HAWKINS, Ron

Did Not Respond

Mr FORSTER, Neville

No Email Address Provided

Mr TUNCKS, Robert

No Email Address Provided

Mr WAIT, Richard

Did Not Respond

Mr WAIT, Warren

No Email Address Provided

Mr MEYER, Bruce

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for West Wimmera Shire Council 2012: 8


 No responses received for this council.

Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse City Council 2012

 

Central Ward (2 vacancies, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs MASSOUD, Denise

Did Not Respond

Mr WHITE, David

No Email Address Provided

Mr EWENS, David Mark

See Response Below

Mr MUNROE, Andrew

See Response Below

Mr PEMBERTON, Bill

See Response Below

 

 

Elgar Ward (2 vacancies, 4 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms HARRIS, Helen

Did Not Respond

Mrs FYFIELD, Susan Joy

Did Not Respond

Mr CORRY, Conrad John

See Response Below

Mr CHONG, Robert

Did Not Respond

 

 

Morack Ward (2 vacancies, 5 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr RASKOVY, Stephen Istvan

No Email Address Provided

Mrs CARR, Raylene

Did Not Respond

Mr BENNETT, Bill

Did Not Respond

Mr PALMER, Graham

Did Not Respond

Mr LANE, Mark

Did Not Respond

 

 

Riversdale Ward (2 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr DAVENPORT, Andrew

Did Not Respond

Ms SOFOS, Tina

Did Not Respond

Mr PRESLEY, John

See Response Below

Mr TOLLIDAY, Bob

Did Not Respond

Mr KOUTRAS, John

See Response Below

Ms ELLIS, Sharon

Did Not Respond

Mr JULEFF, Dan

See Response Below

Mr SOLLY, David

See Response Below

 

 

Springfield Ward (2 vacancies, 8 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs EDWARDS, Jill

Did Not Respond

Mr DAW, Philip

Did Not Respond

Mrs DOBBY, Karen

See Response Below

Mrs PARTRIDGE, Sharon-Lee

See Response Below

Mr STENNETT, Ben

Did Not Respond

Mr SLAWINSKI, John P.

Did Not Respond

Mr NAISMITH, James

See Response Below

Mr BAIRD, Niall

See Response Below

 

 

Total candidates for Whitehorse City Council 2012: 30

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Andrew Munroe – In terms of public venues, Council does provide a range of options.  In terms of Comercial I suspect that availability/acess is a key challenge.

Bill Pemberton – Venues

David Ewens – There is an argument that music should be compulsory in schools.

Conrad John Corry – I think a big issue is a lack of advertising of musical events and opportunities. Council could play a bigger role promoting recitals and the promotion of music groups in the community. Also the fact Elgar Ward is in a 'dry area’ limits the amount of live music venues available - though that sort of venue attracts a specific style of live music

David Solly – Insufficient number of live music venues, especially for new comers.

John Koutras – lack of live venues and opportunities to perform

John Presley – Access and security

Dan Juleff – Given the nature of Riversdale and surrounding suburbs, there hasn't been much call for live music venues. The City of Whitehorse could easily support a dedicated music venue in a location such as Box Hill.

James Naismith – The lack of opportunities and facilities for young musicians to come together and on a regular basis, to showcase their talents and skills.

Karen Dobby – Competition with other musos, appropriate space to rehearse, limited funding to adequately cover rehearsal time as well as gigs, noise restrictions in residential areas

Niall Baird – Lack of venues

Sharon Partridge – Residents are cash strapped at the present time and bills take priority for most, making it difficult for them to attend. Low audiences discourage promoters from funding new events/concerts.

Matthew Clarke – No suitable events to showcase the musical talent we have in this country.

 

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Andrew Munroe – Maybe. Whitehorse has a number of strategies.  We have world music supported through the Box Hill Arts Centre, a range of music festivals and an active program at the Whitehorse Centre (Theatre).

Bill Pemberton –Yes

David Ewens – Yes. I am a pianist myself and love music.  As a father of three also - I welcolme any initiatives that positively promote music.

Conrad John Corry –Yes. As someone who started learning piano at 3yrs of age and has played drums since grade 4, I believe in cultivating musical talent as a positive way for the development of young people. Council should of course play an important role developing such cultural diversity in the community.

David Solly – Maybe. This is a State level issue rather than Local, as planning laws need to be reviewed.

John Koutras – Yes

John Presley – Maybe

Dan Juleff – Yes

James Naismith – Yes. Music is a very important part of our communitiy and it should be celebrated and encouraged for people of all ages.

Karen Dobby – Maybe. I do not feel comfortable to commit to supporting a music strategy until I am better informed of what it entails

Niall Baird –Yes

Sharon Partridge –Yes

Matthew Clarke –Yes

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Andrew Munroe – No

Bill Pemberton – Yes

David Ewens – Yes

Conrad John Corry – Yes

David Solly – Yes

John Koutras – Yes

John Presley – Yes

Dan Juleff – Yes

James Naismith – Yes

Karen Dobby – Yes

Niall Baird – Yes

Sharon Partridge – No

Matthew Clarke – Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Andrew Munroe –  Don’t know

Bill Pemberton – Yes. If we had venues. Need more

David Ewens – Yes.

Conrad John Corry – Yes. Elgar Ward has a specific character that doesn't encompass many live music venues. I am all about supporting the use of available infrastructure to cultivate musical talent in the community where appropriate, and I support live music venues, but there generally aren’t any in Elgar Ward.

David Solly – Yes. I'm sick of live venues closing down because people move in to the area then complain about the noise.

John Koutras –Yes

John Presley – Yes

Dan Juleff – Yes. If a municipality is known for its night life and live music, that history should be considered when making decision regarding venues.

James Naismith – Don’t know. Without knowing all the possible scenarios that could transpire, I would not be comfortable saying emphatically yes. However on the face value of the initiative I would support the implementation of the Agent of Change.

Karen Dobby –Don’t know. I would if the live music venues are not within close proximity of residential homes.  There would need to be exemptions.

Niall Baird –Don’t know. The information that I currently have to hand does not let me form an opinion

Sharon Partridge – Don’t know. I enjoy live music and I want artists to be able to play gigs in the City of Whitehorse because they enhance the life of the city but residents also need to be considered.

Matthew Clarke –Yes. Music is an important element for most people, and its broadcasting should be promoted.

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Andrew Munroe – Yes, The prevelance of poker machines suplanting live music.

Bill Pemberton –No

David Ewens –No

Conrad John Corry – Yes. The 'Dry Area' throughout Elgar means there are few venues in Elgar where certain live music genres may work. However, the decision to remain a dry area is a decision made by the residents of the area and should be respected until a time as the people of Elgar and the greater area decide otherwise. I personally think the dry area is a positive condition of our area, and other forms of live music can still exist without the presence of pubs and night-clubs in the immediate area.

David Solly –Don’t know

John Koutras – Don’t know

John Presley – No

Dan Juleff – Yes. The western end of Whitehorse is still covered by the final remaining dry area in the state, meaning that live music venues might not fit the characte rof the area. However, there is obviously room for development of music programs and venues within the Box hill city centre.

James Naismith –No

Karen Dobby – Don’t know

Niall Baird – No

Sharon Partridge –Yes. Local governances regarding noise control.

Matthew Clarke – Don’t know

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Andrew Munroe – Open to suggestions.  Not in favour of poker machines.

Bill Pemberton – Provide support to young local musicians and encourage cages and bowling clubs to become venues

David Ewens – More accessibility to venues for school and community musicians.

Conrad John Corry – I would be interested in working towards getting some comprehensive music Eisteddfods set-up in Whitehorse. These programs would really work towards cultivating the already vibrant musical talent in our suburbs and attract extra business to the area. Engaging youth through band competitions sponsored by council can raise awareness of important social issues and deliver quality prizes to encourage participation in the community by young talent - this is something I am very interested in working towards if elected as a representative of Elgar Ward

David Solly – More under-age events

John Koutras – any initiatives as our city is starved of any real live events

John Presley – community consultation

Dan Juleff – I see a great opportunity for Whitehorse to support youth music programs in the area, alongside possible involvement in band competitions.    Additionally, refurbishment of the Box Hill mall area could include a regular program of live music on the weekends.    In the long term, I would happily support any music related inititiative that met the character of the local area and helped improve the liveability of Whitehorse.

James Naismith – I would support programs which would give young musicians the chance to perform in public area's.   I would support more programs which encourages venues to provide  safe, under-age environments.

Karen Dobby – Greater opportunity for performance.  Particularly for children and young people who commit to regularly practicing their instrument/vocals.  Practicing year in, year out without opportunity to improve their performing skills is a concern.

Niall Baird – More involvement with youth - find out what the youth of the area are looking for, and providing an encouraging environment for musical expression.

Sharon Partridge – The re-introduction of a music concert for youth at an affordable price for under 18s.(no drugs, no alcohol, with adequate security). Whitehorse had such events in the past at the local Walker Park oval.    We host four  'Summer Music in the Parks' per year, and a jazz/bluegrass concert at Buckanbe Park in March.

Matthew Clarke – I would like to see events planned for each year to showcase local talent in the area, as well as encourage the next generation of possible musicians to see what they can strive for.

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Andrew Munroe – Don’t know. While we fund a range of initiatives, do not have any benchmarking against other municipalities.

Bill Pemberton –Yes

David Ewens – Don’t know

Conrad John Corry – Just with a small injection of funds into the cultivation of young musical talent, we could seriously improve youth engagement and the opportunities available to young people living in Whitehorse. It wouldn’t take much to fund, but what funds were allowed for such could go a very long way to improving the community.

David Solly – Yes

John Koutras – No

John Presley – Yes

Dan Juleff – Yes. The council has previously funded community music events, and if demand were to increase, I could happily support greater funding.

James Naismith – Don’t know. Im unsure of the total allocated budget

Karen Dobby – Don’t know. At this stage I am uninformed and therefore unable to comment.

Niall Baird – Don’t know. As a prospective councillor, I do not have the financial position of Council, therefore cannot make an informed decision.

Sharon Partridge – Yes

Matthew Clarke – Don’t know

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Andrew Munroe – Yes

Bill Pemberton – Yes

David Ewens – Yes

Conrad John Corry – Yes. I absolutely support the use of council infrastructure and public buildings for community benefit. Public buildings should be there to cultivate and enhance the community in all areas, especially arts and culture. Developing underage events to help foster creativity and responsibility in youth is something I would be happy to work on as a councillor.

David Solly –Yes

John Koutras – Yes

John Presley – Don’t know

Dan Juleff – Yes

James Naismith – Yes. I believe we should be providing more opportunities to under-aged people.

Karen Dobby – Yes. However, a small fee would be required (user pay system) to protect Council's assets from possibly being abused/destroyed.

Niall Baird – Yes

Sharon Partridge – Yes

Matthew Clarke – Yes. As a DJ myself and a rusty Piano player, I believe it is important to provide facilities for the local community, especially in an area with so many young families, they need a venue or function that they can safely enjoy music.

 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Conrad John Corry – As a person who enjoys playing music and listening to music, especially the live arts, the development of Arts and Culture initiatives and programs across the City of Whitehorse (especially Elgar Ward) is something I am very passionate about. I believe musical tuition and learning helps develop young people both mentally and physically making them more competitive and improving their overall learning outcomes. Such engagement in the arts should be nourished where possible, especially by Local Council.

James Naismith –  Thank you for the opportunity to share my views

Karen Dobby – As a new candidate, I treat this as a living document/questionnaire and one that requires further communication to understand the needs of Music Victoria.  If elected, I would seek to increase my understanding about current issues for musicians.

Niall Baird – Unfortunately, I do not have enough information to hand about Council's financial position, and what grants are currently available.   I would definately support more involvement of youth in music, both through making council facilities available, and providing an encouraging environment towards musicians.

Matthew Clarke – Music is important and should be promoted where possible in a safe and appropriate environment. Thank you for the opportunity to express my thoughts on the matter.

 

Whittlesea City Council

Whittlesea City Council

Whittlesea City Council 2012

 

North Ward (3 vacancies, 11 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SMITH, Stephen

No Email Address Provided

Mr CANN, Allan Albert

No Email Address Provided

Mr NACKOVSKI, Sasha

Did Not Respond

Mr KIRKHAM, Ricky

Did Not Respond

Mrs DAVIS, Nicola

Did Not Respond

Ms STOW, Christine

Did Not Respond

Mr CLARKE, Matthew

See Response Below

Mr FRY, John

Did Not Respond

Mr SINGH, Sukhdip

Did Not Respond

Mr GRIFFIN, Rex

Did Not Respond

Ms McLEOD, Pam

Did Not Respond

 

 

South East Ward (4 vacancies, 22 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr JOSEVSKI, Zac

Did Not Respond

Mrs McCALL, Rachel

Did Not Respond

Mr LOWRY, Rodney

Did Not Respond

Mrs STEFANILE, Kylie

Did Not Respond

Mr WARAICH, Randeep Singh

Did Not Respond

Mrs GUY, Pam

Did Not Respond

Mrs JAYAKODY, Pushpa

No Email Address Provided

Mr SU, Li Shee

See Response Below

Mr KELLY, Norm

Did Not Respond

Mr MANN, Gursharan

Did Not Respond

KEMP, Cassandra

Did Not Respond

Miss DESIATO, Alahna

Did Not Respond

Mr VARUGHESE, George

Did Not Respond

Ms LALIOS, Mary

Did Not Respond

Mr HARRIS, Ken

No Email Address Provided

Mr FARALLA, John

No Email Address Provided

PETKOVSKI, Goce-George

Did Not Respond

Miss HARFOUCHE, Stephanie

Did Not Respond

Mrs KOTANIDIS, Sofia

Did Not Respond

Miss ABDALLAH, Jessica

No Email Address Provided

Mr LING, Thomas

Did Not Respond

Mr ALESSI, Sam

Did Not Respond

 

 

South West Ward (4 vacancies, 15 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SINCLAIR, Darryl

Did Not Respond

Mr DERALAS, Bill

Did Not Respond

Mr GREWAL, Amandeep Singh

Did Not Respond

KOZMEVSKI, Stevan

Did Not Respond

Ms SAYAR, Nessie

Did Not Respond

Mr STAVRESKI, Nikola

Did Not Respond

Mrs BLAND, Luz

Did Not Respond

Mrs OULD EL MEHDI, Raja

Did Not Respond

Mrs KARUNASENA, Himalee

See Response Below

Ms PAVLIDIS, Kris

Did Not Respond

Mr HARVEY, Robert

Did Not Respond

Mr FABIANI, Alex

No Email Address Provided

Mrs PICCIANI, Carol

Did Not Respond

Mr DELINAOUM, Tony

See Response Below

Mr SPINELLI, Adrian

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Whittlesea City Council 2012: 48

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Matthew Clarke - No suitable events to showcase the musical talent we have in this country.

Li Shee Su – a) Cost and lack of suitable venues for specific music genres and their target audience on an ongoing basis.   b) Residents may also be indifferent, time poor or have other preferred entertainment pursuits.

Himalee Karunasena – Higher cost of Hiring venues  Not many community events to perform

Tony Delinaoum - Lack of venues in which to play at. Only a few pubs and clubs in the local areas. We need more regulated clubs providing a guideline on how to manage and promote these clubs.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Matthew Clarke – Yes

Li Shee Su – Yes. I believe the council has most of this in place.   eg. the council has the Plenty Ranges Arts Centre for performing arts and live theatre entertainment for the local community.  More info can be viewed at http://www.plentyrangestheatre.com.au/

Himalee Karunasena – Yes

Tony Delinaoum – Yes. We need more entertainment venues and better promoted concerts for local talent to shine. Also we should have more open air concerts in parks being organised on a monthly basis. We need to get people out of their houses, away from their TV and play stations & Xboxes  and to start socialising with other groups in  our community.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Matthew Clarke -  

Li Shee Su – Yes

Himalee Karunasena – Yes

Tony Delinaoum - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Matthew Clarke – Yes. Music is an important element for most people, and its broadcasting should be promoted.

Li Shee Su – Yes. As a first-time candidate and not having been in office previously, I support this in principle as I believe this requires the support of the council as a whole before we can lobby the state govt.

Himalee Karunasena – Yes.

Tony Delinaoum – Yes. As long as music venues are regulated, so the drunks don't  ruin it for everyone else

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Matthew Clarke – Don’t know

Li Shee Su – No

Himalee Karunasena – Don’t know

Tony Delinaoum - No

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Matthew Clarke -  I would like to see events planned for each year to showcase local talent in the area, as well as encourage the next generation of possible musicians to see what they can strive for.

Li Shee Su – I would expect Music Victoria to propose the appropriate initiatives, following which I (and other council members) would consider each initiative on its own merits and balance them with the needs and concerns of the community plus the available funding, if applicable.

Himalee Karunasena – More ooportunties for local artists to perform.  Workshops, organisations support through more funding  Discounted rates of council facilities for not for profit events  Festivals

Tony Delinaoum - Having monthly live open air concerts  that can be attended to by young and old people alike.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Matthew Clarke – Don’t know

Li Shee Su – Don’t know. I am unable to comment as I am not privy to such information at this time.

Himalee Karunasena – No

Tony Delinaoum - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Matthew Clarke – Yes. As a DJ myself and a rusty Piano player, I believe it is important to provide facilities for the local community, especially in an area with so many young families, they need a venue or function that they can safely enjoy music.

Li Shee Su – Yes. I support this in principle if it makes sense on a case by case basis. Their availability, administration, upkeep and security etc has to be aligned with competing uses, needs and concerns of the community.

Himalee Karunasena – Yes

Tony Delinaoum - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Matthew Clarke – Music is important and should be promoted where possible in a safe and appropriate environment. Thank you for the opportunity to express my thoughts on the matter.

Li Shee Su – If elected, my mission is to make Whittlesea the Most Liveable Municipality in Victoria by improving our quality of life and prosperity. This includes recreation, the arts and employment opportunities which align with your aims. More information can be viewed in a Facebook page which everyone is welcome to view.  www/facebook.com/LiSheeSu4WhittleseaCouncil

Himalee Karunasena – I am a honarary Auditor for music group.

 

Wodonga City Council

Wodonga City Council

Wodonga City Council 2012

 

Wodonga City Council (7 vacancies, 13 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr FOULSTON, Edward Thomas

See Response Below

Mr WATSON, John K. D.

Did Not Respond

MAHOOD, Lisa

Did Not Respond

Mr BYATT, Mark Anthony

No Email Address Provided

Mr WANGMAN, Rodney

Did Not Respond

Ms COLLINS, Angela Cyrilla

No Email Address Provided

Mrs ROSA TAYLOR, Maria

Did Not Respond

Mr KERR, Eric

See Response Below

Ms SPEEDIE, Anna

Did Not Respond

Mr FRASER, Michael John

Did Not Respond

Mr CARSON, Shane

Did Not Respond

Ms CRISP, Marg

Did Not Respond

Dr BLACK, Dennis

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Wodonga City Council 2012: 13

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Eric Kerr – We currently have a fantastic music scene in the Wodonga area. Our brand new entertainment centre 'The Cube' is opening up doors for new an innovative gigs. However I would love to see more festivals developed to celebrate Wodonga's musicians.

Ed Foulston - Insurance and security has always been an issue. City of Wodonga has just built a magnificent new venue with all necessary infrastructure for live music performance.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Eric Kerr – Music helps to create a vibrant and inclusive community. Music is one thing we all relate to in all different cultures. It encourages diversity and has many benefits. As a method of engaging citizens in the community it is under utilised .

Ed Foulston - Wodonga already has a start on such a policy as part of our youth strategy, we have a program called Freeza which encourages young musicians.

 

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Eric Kerr – No

Ed Foulston - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Eric Kerr – Yes. I would love to learn a lot more on this issue, and I hope Music Victoria puts the information out into the community for others to learn about and to increase lobbying numbers.

Ed Foulston - Yes

 

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Eric Kerr – No. Saying that, it's only my view. I always encourage consultancy with ratepayers who hold the true community collective intelligence. They may see things differently.

Ed Foulston - No

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Eric Kerr – Creating a body who represent the local music scene and meeting on a regular basis with them.

Ed Foulston - As stated earlier, we already have several programs to support music and performing arts in Wodonga.

 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Eric Kerr – Yes

Ed Foulston – Yes

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Eric Kerr – Yes

Ed Foulston – Yes, We already do.

 

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Eric Kerr – Thank you for taking positive action in creating this survey.   Many potential candidates would overlook music in their community and it is a true shame.

 

Wyndham City Council

Wyndham City Council

Wyndham City Council 2012

 

Chaffey Ward (4 vacancies, 19 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Dr SHEFFIELD-BROTHERTON, Bro

Did Not Respond

Mr GUPTA, Gautam

Did Not Respond

Mr BOURKE, Shane Peter

Did Not Respond

Mrs BROWN, Deborah

Did Not Respond

Ms MAGRO, Jeanette

Did Not Respond

Mr ANGELOWITSCH, Nicholas Eden

Did Not Respond

Mr SINGH, Nirmaljit

Did Not Respond

Miss GIORDIMAINA, Lyndell

Did Not Respond

Mrs BRITTAN, Marie

Did Not Respond

Ms McALINEY, Kim

See Response Below

Mr VILLAGONZALO, Walter

See Response Below

Ms WHARRIE, Michele

Did Not Respond

Mr SYED, Abdul Mujeeb

See Response Below

Mr ANDERSON, Neil

Did Not Respond

Ms LOCKWOOD ROURKE, Faye

See Response Below

Mr MAHFOUD, Marcel

Did Not Respond

Mr FENTON, Ron

Did Not Respond

Mr GIBBONS, John

No Email Address Provided

Mr TOMKINS, George

See Response Below

 

 

Harrison Ward (4 vacancies, 18 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr ISAH, Mohammed

Did Not Respond

Mr KHAN, Intaj

Did Not Respond

Mr THURLING, Stephen

Did Not Respond

Mr REILLY, Bernard Francis

No Email Address Provided

Mrs HEGEDICH, Adele

No Email Address Provided

Mrs BEREDED-SAMUEL, Elleni

See Response Below

Mr GOURISETTY, Dinesh

Did Not Respond

Mr RYAN, Leigh

Did Not Respond

Ms HINDLEY, Elizabeth

No Email Address Provided

Dr CHOI, C. H.

Did Not Respond

Mr BAUCH, Joh

Did Not Respond

Mr SINGH, Tarun

Did Not Respond

Dr FAIRCLOUGH, Bob

Did Not Respond

Ms SHAIKH, Shaheedabanu

Did Not Respond

Mr GOODFELLOW, Glenn

See Response Below

Miss MULQUINEY, Joanne

Did Not Respond

Miss SAWEQA, Freshta

No Email Address Provided

Mr SINGH, Gurpreet

Did Not Respond

 

 

Iramoo Ward (3 vacancies, 9 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr SINGH, Ramandeep

Did Not Respond

Mr GIBBONS, Peter

Did Not Respond

Miss COWIE, Kylie

Did Not Respond

Mr MAYNARD, Peter John

Did Not Respond

Mr CAHILL, Anthony John

Did Not Respond

Ms MANSON, Cynthia

See Response Below

Mr TAVENDALE, Nathan

No Email Address Provided

Ms HUGHES, Eilis

See Response Below

Ms MARCUS, Heather

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Wyndham City Council 2012: 46



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Faye Lockwood-Rourke – Being a performer and married to a musician for the last 23yrs this area struggles alot and most of it is funding and support. Places to perform are few and expensive to hire.  We have started our own theatre here to give our talented locals an outlet to perform and we have our own entertainment business which donates its time to local community events

Walter Villagonzalo – Lack of venues and opportunities to perform

George Tomkins – A lack of suitable venues is an issue, although we do have a number of outdoor events each year that are very popular and successful, utilising the grounds of Werribee Park Mansion.

Kim McAliney – Large audiences could attract  road network congestion issues getting to venues such as the Werribee Mansion. However with proper traffic management plan this can be aleviated or reduced. We welcome events as it brings tourism and other positives to the city.

Abdul Mujeeb syed – My biggest concern would be that the local musicians are unable to show their talent locally due to lack of support from councils to acknowledge them and promote them in local venues. Some have to travel to UK or USA to get famous.

Glenn Goodfellow – The lack of good venues and council investment into the arts

Elleni Bereded-Samuel – The biggest issues facing musicians is a. recognition  b. Access to venues and cost for hiring venues  c. Funding

Eilis Hughes – Musicians don't have many venues to perform at in Wyndham.

Cr Cynthia Manson - Access, Funding, Transportation, Financing, Knowledge, Management Support, Funding Application Support, Marketing amongst others

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Faye Lockwood-Rourke –Yes

Walter Villagonzalo – Yes

George Tomkins – Maybe. I am aware that there is a major events department with in Council at the moment, who are actively involved in attracting local and internation artists to our region. Not fully aware of the size/extent of its work as yet.

Kim McAliney – Maybe

Abdul Mujeeb syed – Yes

Glenn Goodfellow – yes

Elleni Bereded-Samuel – Yes. The council music strategy should be developed in consultation with the local community.

Eilis Hughes –Maybe. I would support a music strategy as part of a comprehensive arts strategy as I think there are some commonalities between the issues facing artists in a range of art forms in Wyndham.

Cr Cynthia Manson – Yes. We are currently undertaking an Arts Strategy that includes music. See Wyndham Councils website for more details.

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Faye Lockwood-Rourke –Yes

Walter Villagonzalo –Yes

George Tomkins –No

Kim McAliney – No

Abdul Mujeeb syed –

Glenn Goodfellow – No

Elleni Bereded-Samuel – Yes

Eilis Hughes – Yes

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Faye Lockwood-Rourke – Yes

Walter Villagonzalo – Yes

George Tomkins – Don’t know. Would have to have an in depth look at specifics of the Agent of Change issue before deciding. not sure I fully understand how it would work. I would obviously be on the side of residents if it came to an excessive noise issue.

Kim McAliney – Don’t know. I would need to look at all information provided by parties  before making a decision. However open to listening to new ideas.

Abdul Mujeeb syed – Yes

Glenn Goodfellow – Yes

Elleni Bereded-Samuel – Yes

Eilis Hughes – Don’t know. I would like to speak to local musicians and venues more before committing to any policy.

Cr Cynthia Manson – Don’t know. I will research this, please send more information to cynthiamanson@live.com

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Faye Lockwood-Rourke – Don’t know

Walter Villagonzalo – Don’t know

George Tomkins – As stated, not aware of the Agentyof Change issue or whether there is anything already in place.

Kim McAliney –Yes. Some issues

Abdul Mujeeb syed – Don’t  know

Glenn Goodfellow – Don’t know

Elleni Bereded-Samuel – Don’t know

Eilis Hughes – No

Cr Cynthia Manson –Don’t know

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Faye Lockwood-Rourke – Networking of all artists on a bigger scale is what i am currently working and seeking funding to expand.

Walter Villagonzalo – The Migrant HUB of which I had been president for 3 years, organised House Concerts to promote local talents and bring community together. I will be promoting further.

George Tomkins – Suitable venues and events on a regular basis would be a bonus to any region, obviously the type of event and the demographic of attendees may alter perception of some.  Unfortuneately some high profile events involving younger people have gotten out of hand and has done the efforts of so many no good at all. Strong security/Police presence is not always a good thing and does affect the perception of such events in the eyes of many..

Abdul Mujeeb syed – To organize music events in shopping centers, parks and other public places to promote talented artists, which will boost their confidence for a long way.

Elleni Bereded-Samuel – I will consider project opportunities for young people from different walks of life develop music performances  Knowledge exchange between communities

Eilis Hughes – I am supportive of "battle of the bands" style competitions to showcase local emerging musicians, to give them experience and an audience. I have noticed our local festivals offer these opportunities and I would continue to support these.

Cr Cynthia Manson - Council funded music 'in the park; programs  Subsidised practice / recording studios  Facilitation of local forums

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Faye Lockwood-Rourke –Yes

Walter Villagonzalo – Yes

George Tomkins – No. There are basically none. Sport gets most of it.

Kim McAliney – Yes We have strategies and various grants for many projects

Abdul Mujeeb syed –Don’t know

Glenn Goodfellow – No

Elleni Bereded-Samuel – No

Eilis Hughes – Don’t know

Cr Cynthia Manson - No

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Faye Lockwood-Rourke –Yes

Walter Villagonzalo – Yes

George Tomkins – Don’t know. Again, it would depend on type of event and timing.a

Kim McAliney –Don’t know. Our Youth resource centre has facilities and regularly young  musicians use them. They also have events for young people including live music.

Abdul Mujeeb syed – Yes

Glenn Goodfellow – Yes

Elleni Bereded-Samuel – Yes

Eilis Hughes – Yes. The Youth Resource Centre is a great venue for this, but there are other venues that could also be used.

Cr Cynthia Manson -   Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

George Tomkins – having not been on Council before I am not fully conversant with a number of issues, your cause amongst them.  Hopefully my comments were of assistance.

Abdul Mujeeb syed – Please vote 1 for Abdul Mujeeb syed in Chaffy ward Wyndham council

Eilis Hughes – I think there are opportunities in the redevelopment of Werribee CBD to think about the types of public and private venues available for music and other performance arts. In planning for Werribee we need to think not just about the built form, but about the type of atmosphere we want to generate in our town.

Cr Cynthia Manson - Had I not been elected to Council 10 years ago at the age fo 26, I was going to join a band :)

 

Yarra City Council

Yarra City Council 

Yarra City Council 2012

 

Langridge Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms STONE, Amanda

See Response Below

Ms GREGSON, Mel

See Response Below 

Mr JOLLY, Stephen

See Response Below 

Mr BARBOUR, Geoff

See Response Below

Ms MILLS, Lindy

Did Not Respond

Dr COX, John

Did Not Respond

Miss SMIETANKA, Anastasia

See Response Below

 

 

Melba Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HUGGINS, Simon

See Response Below

Ms COLEMAN, Misha

Did Not Respond

Mr MAIN, Anthony

See Response Below

Ms CLARKE, Alison

See Response Below

Mr SMEDLEY, Dale

Did Not Respond

Mr PSALTOPOULOS, Nikos

Did Not Respond

Mr VLAHOGIANNIS, Phillip

Did Not Respond

 

 

Nicholls Ward (3 vacancies, 7 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms CHIONH, Claudine

Did Not Respond

Mr COLANZI, Roberto

Did Not Respond

Mr ELLIOTT, David

See Response Below 

Mr GAYLARD, Sam

See Response Below

Mr DITE, Chris

See Response Below 

Mr FERGUSON, Peter

See Response Below

Ms FRISTACKY, Jackie

Did Not Respond

 

 

Total candidates for Yarra City Council 2012: 21

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Amanda Stone - Yarra is an increasingly dense and urban environment with land values rapidly rising. Pubs and venues which have hosted live music for decades are either finding they are surrounded by residential apartments and changed resident expectations. Or they are closing under the pressure of converting valuable real estate to housing. Live music is under threat from lack of traditional and affordable venues in inner Melbourne, the limited range of venues for diverse forms of live music and pressures from new residents to constrain noise.

Geoff Barbour - Lack of work generally, also arts organisations and venues facing higher rents, etc, which tends to make them have to move from the municipality.

Anastasia Smietanka - The biggest issues facing musicians and live venues in Yarra include:  - Planning and development and how this impacts on the number of venues and suitable venues  - Planning principles  - State government requirements for expensive

Anthony Main - One of the biggest issues facing musicians is the low pay they generally receive.  Perhaps the biggest issue facing venues is the potential for conflict with new developments.

Alison Clarke - One key issue is that we have more and more apartments being built near existing live music venues, and once the residents move in they often start complaining about noise, and this can threaten the viability of live music venues, even ones of very long standing. For musicians, getting paid for the work they do and finding affordable venues to rehearse and perform are also key issues. Venues face difficulties with parking and traffic, inadequate late-night public transport, alcohol-related amenity issues and if they want to expand, objections from neighbours.

Sam Gaylard - The disappearance of venues for live music, partly because of clashes with resident amenity, usually noise. Local Government needs to encourage live music by overcoming planning barriers to a sustainable industry and venue owners need to continue developing responsible management which encourages sustainability of live music. Emerging artists need greater support and music diversity needs to be fostered.  There needs to be strategies to counter increasing land values resulting in closure of venues.

Peter Ferguson - Yarra Council has a Live Music Action Plan which was developed by a Live Music Working Group, consisting of industry representatives, residents, councillors and officers and endorsed in 2011. Many of the actions require cooperation from the state government.  See: http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Your-Council/Consultative-Committees/Live-Music-Working-Group/  The Greens initiated a Live Music Forum which led to the Live Music Working Group.

Stephen Jolly - The biggest issue facing live music is being swamped by over-the-top development. If Council doesn’t take a stand against these developers we will continue to lose the arts and live music that make Yarra great. I was involved in the campaign to save the Tote and will continue to stand up for live music in Yarra.

Mel Gregson - Over-development in arts/music precincts. Venues that have been in operation for decades are under threat from noise complaints from new apartment blocks being built right next to these venues. I have campaigned over the last 10 years to preserve the live music scene in Yarra. The council needs to do more to protect our arts & culture against inappropriate development.

Chris Dite - Many artists and musicians have been forced to migrate north due to lack of affordable space in Yarra. Introducing differential rates will provide the opportunity to give relief to artists and musicians contributing to Yarra vibrant culture. I want to turn the Council’s under-utilised building into arts hubs, and use the vast town halls to host all-ages gigs in Yarra.

David Elliott - The biggest issue is a lack of focus on live music and the arts in Yarra. After the council got rid of the Brunswick Street Festival, and venues have closed, Yarra’s music scene has suffered. I want to ensure adequate funding is put towards arts and music in Yarra.

 Simon Huggins - The biggest issue facing musicians in the City of Yarra is access to resources and affordable space, as the median house price grows and rents increase it is increasingly difficult for musicians to live and work in the municipality. The biggest issue facing live music venues is inappropriate development which then leads to noise complaints in areas that have previously operated without issue.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Amanda Stone – Yes. Yarra Council developed and endorsed a Live Music Action Plan in 2011. The plan was developed by a Live Music Working Group made up of industry reps, residents, councillors including myself and officers. We are now working through the implementation, much of which will involve lobbying the state government. The action plan includes recognition of the agent of change principle.

Geoff Barbour - Yes.

Anastasia Smietanka – Yes. Yarra Council has a Live Music Action Plan which was developed by a Live Music Working Group, consisting of industry representatives, residents, councillors and officers and endorsed in 2011. Many of the actions require cooperation from the state government.  See: http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Your-Council/Consultative-Committees/Live-Music-Working-Group/  The Greens initiated a Live Music Forum which led to the Live Music Working Group.

Anthony Main – Yes. I have previously been a member of Yarra's live music working group

Alison Clarke – Yes. I did support the formation of a Live Music Working Group in 2010, and we are still working through its recommendations.

Sam Gaylard – Yes. Yarra Council already  has a comprehensive Live Music Action Plan

Peter Ferguson – Yes. The Live Music Action Plan recognises the Agent of Change principle.

Stephen Jolly – Yes. While on council I fought to bring back a live music festival in Yarra

Mel Gregson – Yes. Absolutely!

Chris Dite – Yes

David Elliott – Yes 

Simon Huggins -   Yes, I do and the City of Yarra has already worked hard to develop a Council strategy over the past four years, this of course needs to have recurrent checks on its effectiveness over time.  

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Amanda Stone - Yes

Geoff Barbour - Yes.

Anastasia Smietanka - Yes

Anthony Main - Yes

Alison Clarke – Yes.

Sam Gaylard - Yes

Peter Ferguson - Yes

Stephen Jolly – Yes

Mel Gregson - Yes

Chris Dite – Yes

David Elliott – Yes

 Simon Huggins -   Yes  


Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Amanda Stone – Yes. Local governments have limited capacity to enforce this principle without changes to the state planning principles. It's essential that this is universally recognised, applied and enforced statewide.

Geoff Barbour - Yes.

Anastasia Smietanka – Yes. The only way to ensure the Agent of Change principle is applied consistently to new developments is for the state government to include it in the state planning scheme.

Anthony Main - Yes

Alison Clarke – Yes. Of course. We have talked a lot about this but we need stronger tools and clearer rules to make sure the vibrant venues that were part of what attracted people to inner-city living aren't then killed off by people complaining about them

Sam Gaylard – Yes. This principle is embedded in our Live Music Action Plan

Peter Ferguson – Yes. The only way to ensure the Agent of Change principle is applied consistently to new developments is for the state government to include it in the state planning scheme.

Stephen Jolly – Yes

Mel Gregson – Yes. Definitely!

Chris Dite – Yes

David Elliott – Yes

  Simon Huggins -   Yes I would, this is one of the most important changes we need to make to planning laws statewide and one I will continually lobby for.   

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Amanda Stone – Yes. Difficulties with parking, loading and unloading.  Imposition of onerous security requirements by state authority (should these return.)  Difficulties with acoustic treatments on heritage buildings.

Geoff Barbour - No

Anastasia Smietanka – Yes. There are a number of regulatory issues that may hinder live music and venues in our electorate including:  - Planning principles which would allow incompatible uses near music venues or recording studios;   - State government requirements for expensive security for small venues;   - Difficulties for venues with funding on street space for loading and unloading equipment

Anthony Main - Yes

Alison Clarke – Yes. Liquor licensing is always a contentious issue, as is alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour and associated policing. In general I've found that residents living near our entertainment strips would like to see a reduction in the density of alcohol outlets, with a focus on getting rid of stand-around-drinking-till-you-drop beer barns while protecting the well-run venues with live music that often helped attract them to the area, and at which many local residents are regular customers.

Sam Gaylard – Yes. Hindrances: Planning principles which would allow incompatible uses near music venues or recording studios (eg a hospital or aged care facility); state government requirements for expensive security for small venues; difficulties for venues with funding on street space for loading and unloading equipment; Planning policy statements which don't recognise the importance of diversity, culture and the arts in certain precincts.  Help: Identifying areas where clusters of live music venues can be established with a different expectation of local amenity ( ie special zones);  continued cooperation between Council and the industry to address emerging issues.

Peter Ferguson – Yes. Hindrances: Planning principles which would allow incompatible uses near music venues or recording studios (eg a hospital or aged care facility); state government requirements for expensive security for small venues; difficulties for venues with funding on street space for loading and unloading equipment  Help: Identifying areas where clusters of live music venues can be established with a different expectation of local amenity ( ie special zones)

Stephen Jolly – Yes. Loading zone issues and extreme security requirements are also issues

Mel Gregson – Yes. There are many, but development is the main one. Council needs to find ways to enforce adequate sound-proofing of new developments near music venues.

Chris Dite – Yes. Council rates should be regulated to reduce the burden on non-profit and community arts and music organisations

David Elliott – Yes. The liquor licensing system favours the bigger venues while causes problems for others. The system needs to be reformed.

 Simon Huggins -  Yes, there are quite a few. Liquor licensing regulation has had a big impact on live music venues, particularly security expensive when it isn't needed, I don't think I've seen a fight at a live show ever.  Planning regulation continues to provide issues for venues and bands in the City of Yarra, we need to ensure that new developments are sympathetic to areas that they are built in, they need to contribute to the local amenity and community rather than hinder it. Parking and loading are a continual hindrance to bands - we've all lugged amps 3 blocks to get to shows and it's something i'll be looking to tackle if I'm elected. 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Amanda Stone - I have been actively pursuing opportunities to use disused council buildings for arts purposes (including music) and will continue to do so.  I would also like to explore planning strategies which would identify precincts where live music is to be expected and tolerated, such as in Brisbane, but tailored to Yarra's unique conditions.

Geoff Barbour - We are supporting a new festival from 2013, and I have sponsored a new foundation for creative spaces, to provide financial backing to arts and arts-related organisations in Yarra.

Anastasia Smietanka - The Greens in Yarra strongly the local live music industry through the promotion of festivals and venues. Yarra is holding a live music festival next year.

Anthony Main - The Socialist Party has already led the push for a new live music festival in Yarra. This will kick off in 2013.  Further to that we have supported buskers int he area and we are in favour of the Town Halls being used to host all ages gigs.

Alison Clarke - We have recently agreed to run a winter, venue-based live music festival in Yarra, which we hope will help attract and support musicians and venues and maintain our strong live music culture. We also need to continue to follow through on the recommendations of our Live Music Working Group, details of which you can find on the Council website.  http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Your-Council/Consultative-Committees/Live-Music-Working-Group/  Ongoing advocacy with the state government, directly and via organisations like the MAV, is also needed till we do get the strong tools and clear rules we need to protect our live music industry.

Sam Gaylard - Ensuring our Action Plan is implemented and reviewed for additional strategies. Increasing the budget of our community arts and festival grants. Fostering the development of our new  Live Music Festival which needs to organically grow and be inclusive of divergent music types and emerging musicians, including school and ethnic groups. Ensuring that Council support, in whatever form, reflects a gender balance.

Peter Ferguson - Yarra is holding a Live Music Festival next year. We Greens strongly support community music and other performing and visual arts initiatives

Simon Huggins -   I'll be a big supporter of a City of Yarra music festival and will hopefully be able to guide it with my previous experience in the industry.  I think another important way council can lead in this area is to open up council owned space to new creative businesses including labels, music publishing companies, bands and publicity companies. The more affordable we can make it to run a small creative business in the City of Yarra the better for the diversity of our local economy. 

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Amanda Stone – No. Yarra's Community Grants prgramme is already one of the largest in Victoria with the Arts/Culture stream comprising a large proportion of the funding. We are hosting a Live Music Festival in 2013.  However there are other opportunities to source funding specifically for music, especially a wider range of live music than is currently available in Yarra.

Geoff Barbour – No. Our community grants program and festival support is among the largest in Victoria.

Anastasia Smietanka – Yes. Yarra’s Community Grants Programme is well over $1 million annually and one of the biggest in the state. A large amount of this is for arts and cultural events including festivals.

Anthony Main - No

Alison Clarke – Yes. We give out more money in community grants than almost any local government, and get huge benefits from this. So I suppose there is always a case to be made for more funds, but at this stage I think we're doing comparatively well

Sam Gaylard – No. Yarra’s Community Grants Programme is well over $1 million annually and one of the biggest in the state. A large amount of this is for arts and cultural events including festivals. However, this does not mean that our  spending priorities are necessarily balanced, as I believe more is spent on organised sport in the municipality. Traditionally, arts and culture lose out in budget allocations. However, allocating more is often difficult due to competing demands and estimations of community benefits.  As such we should not see the arts and community budget as closed,  but open to review and expansion when possible against other competing demands on the budget. We need good policy statements on the community benefits - social and economic - gained by having a vibrant, diverse  and growing arts and culture industry in Yarra.

Peter Ferguson – No. Yarra’s Community Grants Programme is well over $1 million annually and one of the biggest in the state. A large amount of this is for arts and cultural events including festivals. Nonetheless, more funding would always be welcome.

Stephen Jolly – No

Mel Gregson – No. Correcting this will be one of my top priotities if elected.

Chris Dite – No

David Elliott – No

 Simon Huggins -   Actually Yarra has one of the biggest community arts funding programs in the state and it's something to be proud of. The program will however need recurrent checks to make sure it is effectively supporting local organisations and businesses.  

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Amanda Stone – Yes. I have actively pursued the use of council-owned buildings for arts purposes as a councillor, and will continue to do so.

Geoff Barbour – Yes. Yarra already does this to a significant degree.

Anastasia Smietanka – Yes. The Greens requested a review of all council-owned buildings and what would be required to make them useable for arts purposes. We do support the use of council-owned buildings for music and arts uses - a large budget is required to bring many of these buildings up to standard so it may take time.

Anthony Main - Yes

Alison Clarke – Yes. It would be great to maximise the use of Council venues, and not have any of them empty/unused, since they are really a resource for the whole community.

Sam Gaylard – Yes. The Greens requested a review of all council-owned buildings and what would be required to make them useable for arts purposes. We do support the use of council-owned buildings for music and arts uses- a large budget is required to bring many of these buildings up to standard so it may take time.

Peter Ferguson – Yes. The Greens requested a review of all council-owned buildings and what would be required to make them useable for arts purposes. We do support the use of council-owned buildings for music and arts uses- a large budget is required to bring many of these buildings up to standard so it may take time.

Stephen Jolly – Yes. This is something I have already been campaigning for, and will continue to do so

Mel Gregson – Yes. This could be implemented almost immediately if the political will existed on Council. I will fight for this if elected.

Chris Dite – Yes

David Elliott – Yes

 Simon Huggins -   Yes, this is a wonderful idea - these spaces are meant to be used by the community, so let's open up the doors!  

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Amanda Stone - The performance and enjoyment of live music is broadly supported by the community and transcends all social and cultural differences. Music Victoria has a vital role to play in advocating for conditions which will enable live music of all kinds to flourish in our city. I will support and enhance those efforts as a councillor in Yarra.

Geoff Barbour - Yarra has a vibrant arts scene and I support it. Conflict between live music venues and residents can and must be managed so as to allow continued operation of venues while providing reasonable residential amenity. This is not impossible and I am committed to working towards that goal.

Alison Clarke - We Greens Councillors have worked closely with the Greens state MPs to defend live music (see http://vicmps.greens.org.au/category/free-tagging/live-music) and of course we intend to continue to do so.

Simon Huggins -   The fundamental change that needs to occur in relation to live music policy is one of attitude. The live music industry contributed over half a billion dollars to the Victorian economy last year, which is wonderful in itself, the question for all levels of government now is how do we harness that, how to we help it grow and how do we acknowledge its importance during the fundamental shift from a resource and manufacturing based economy to one where a highly educated and creative workforce is attracting investment to this State's economy.  

 

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Yarra Ranges Shire Council 2012

 

Billanook Ward (1 vacancy, 10 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MOBSBY, Lawrence Irwin

No Email Address Provided

BRASIER, Peter

See Response Below

Mr Di BATTISTA, Don

Did Not Respond

Mrs McCARTHY, Maria

Did Not Respond

Miss TESORIERO, Louise

See Response Below

Mr CARRICK, Greg

See Response Below

Mr LARKMAN, Clive

See Response Below

Mr DIXON, Brendan

No Email Address Provided

Mr HEENAN, Tim

Did Not Respond

Mr PHILLIPS, Brian

Did Not Respond

 

 

Chandler Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr NIEMAN, John

Did Not Respond

Mr CALLANAN, Jason

No Email Address Provided

Ms McMURDIE, Sue

See Response Below

 

 

Chirnside Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr HIGGINS, Richard

See Response Below

Mr WITLOX, Andy

Did Not Respond

 

 

Lyster Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr COUTINHO-HOGAN, Alan

Did Not Respond

Ms DUNN, Samantha

See Response Below

 

 

Melba Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr OSBORN, Alister

See Response Below

Mrs BUTLER, Catherine

No Email Address Provided

Mr AVERY, Terry

Did Not Respond

 

 

O'Shannassy Ward (1 vacancy, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CHILD, Jim

Did Not Respond

Mrs FUHRMANN, Kim

Did Not Respond

Mr HAY, Robert

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Ryrie Ward (1 vacancy, 12 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr MATTHEWS, Michael

See Response Below

Mr HILL, David

Did Not Respond

Ms BLAIR, Margaret

Did Not Respond

Mr KING, Les

Did Not Respond

Mr ECCLES, Toby

Did Not Respond

Mr CURTIS, Bob

Did Not Respond

Ms McALLISTER, Fiona

Did Not Respond

JUDD, Jane M.

See Response Below

Mr WHELAN, Brett

Did Not Respond

Ms AULDIST, Merryn

No Email Address Provided

Ms LEACH, Lorraine

Did Not Respond

Ms MOORE, Di

Did Not Respond

 

 

Streeton Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr CLIFF, Noel

No Email Address Provided

Mr CLARKE, Mike

Did Not Respond

 

 

Walling Ward (1 vacancy, 2 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mrs Di BATTISTA, Lisa

Did Not Respond

Mr COX, Len

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Yarra Ranges Shire Council 2012: 39



 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Louise Tesoriero - A lack of opportunity to play live music.

Peter Brasier - Having played in Rock Bands in the 1970's and 1980's and still pumping out a mean blues guitar I am well aware that venues are the oxygen on which we thrive. As always the greatest difficulty remains in securing a living with a sense of security and I would like to see Yarra Ranges Council actively promoting young local musicans and incorporating an annual music festival as a feature.

Greg Carrick - We have many smaller venues for live music, but need a bigger festival where many acts can come together and play to a larger audience.

Clive Larkman - The lack of live venues

Sue McMurdie - Cost...to patrons and to musicians

Richard Higgins - Lack of venues to display their talents

Samantha Dunn - Available space to play, managing licensing provisions, managing amenity impacts

Alister Osborn - Planning approvals

Jane Judd - A. Number and size of venues available for live performances.  B. Limited capacity to generate enough income from music to survive economically  C  Therefore music performance limited to a passionate hobby.  D Work related costs- Insurance costs- in transit and performance at venues  E Limited production and commercial outlets for recording and distribution of CD's etc to compliment performance payments or door entry charges

Michael Matthews - A lack of venues - however the new Memorial Hall Development will help alleviate that.

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Louise Tesoriero - Yes

Peter Brasier – Yes. Council has a responsibilty to promote The Arts, in this context local musicians. It is good business and we be an adjunct to Yarra Ranges Tourism

Greg Carrick – Maybe. As part of an overall arts strategy, yes.

Clive Larkman – Yes. Music is a great attraction to people and often will turn a venue or event into a success.

Sue McMurdie - Yes

Richard Higgins - Yes

Samantha Dunn – Yes. I have long been a supporter of live music, Yarra Ranges is a very creative place with a large number of musicians (among many artists who draw their inspiration from the region)

Alister Osborn - Maybe

Jane Judd – Yes. The more live entertainment the better.  I attend live entertainment regularly,locally. Frequency is almost weekly and I enjoy a range and diversity of venues from large scale Rochford Day on the Green to local cafes (M&L) and local Grand hotels and wineries.

Michael Matthews - Yes

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Louise Tesoriero - No

Peter Brasier - Yes

Greg Carrick -

Clive Larkman - Yes

Sue McMurdie - No

Richard Higgins - Yes

Samantha Dunn - Yes

Alister Osborn - Yes

Jane Judd -

Michael Matthews - Yes

 

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Louise Tesoriero – Yes. Going by the short explanation given of the this issue, I would support it.

Peter Brasier - Yes

Greg Carrick – Don’t know. Apart from local zoning laws, the council doesn't have a lot of say over the way private enterprises are run.

Clive Larkman – Yes. If a venue has a live music reputation the starting point should always respect that current use and they should have the right to continue unless it becomes a major issue.  Similary if a hospitality venue (restaurant, pub etc)wants to have live music the onus should be to prove it is a problem not the other way around.

Sue McMurdie – Don’t know. I would like to be more informed on the issue

Richard Higgins – Don’t know

Samantha Dunn – Yes. Live music is an important part of hills culture, at the moment residential amenity and live music venues exist in harmony and that's great.

Alister Osborn – Yes.

Jane Judd – Yes. I have observed how one complaint can close down a venue enjoyed by 100's and seen this happen on a sunday afternoon at 4pm.Legislatively, the acceptable noise level needs to be agreed and an agreed mechanism developed to ensure compliance.  I have heard one solution discussed  which loosely was measurement of decibels with a graduated  lights system providing the band with feedback re noise levels. Of course there needs to be consideration of the surrounding residents in evenings if residences are in close proximity to residential high density areas,  I

Michael Matthews - Yes

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Louise Tesoriero – Don’t know

Peter Brasier – Don’t know

Greg Carrick – Don’t know

Clive Larkman – Yes. Planning policies and people that just don't like anything with a commercial interest.

Sue McMurdie - No

Richard Higgins - No

Samantha Dunn - No

Alister Osborn - Yes

Jane Judd - No

Michael Matthews - No

 

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Louise Tesoriero - Creating a music festival.  This is something I have always wanted to do!  Providing grants to local venues to employ locals to play live music.  Possibly encouraging busking

 Peter Brasier - As aforementioned my big ticket item would be an annual music festival with the emphasis being on local musicians and technicians. This would be promoted bey Council and I would think that given Yarra Ranges Tourism such a festival would soon be self-funded.

Greg Carrick - Developing a festival that gave platform for a number of local acts to play to a larger audience.

Clive Larkman - Any initiative that allowed regular live music in more venues is a positive.

Sue McMurdie - The use of council owned venues at a subsidised rate

Samantha Dunn - - I actively support community music festivals to ensure ongoing access to live and local musicians.

Jane Judd - Greater promotion of groups for community events etc

Michael Matthews - Music is and should be part of the experience we offer to our visitors. Having been involved putting on Jazz in the Vines in the Yarra Valley and part of a sponsorship of the Victorian Ballet I appreciate music and the arts in general and what they give to our communities.

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Louise Tesoriero – Don’t know. Probably not, the arts are often forgotten in politics :(

 

Peter Brasier – No. I believe that council can do far more to promote local talent and community grants could assist in this and deserve consideration.

 

Greg Carrick – Don’t know. I would have to look at the current expenditure.

 

Clive Larkman – No

 

Sue McMurdie – Don’t know

 

Richard Higgins - Yes

 

Samantha Dunn – Yes

 

Alister Osborn – Don’t know

 

Jane Judd – No

 

Michael Matthews - No

 

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Louise Tesoriero - Yes

Peter Brasier – Yes. Very much so, rehearsal space is often at a premium and recording costs preclude many young Artists from displaying their talents to the full.

Greg Carrick - Yes

Clive Larkman - Yes

Sue McMurdie - Yes

Richard Higgins – Yes.

Samantha Dunn – Yes. Yarra Ranges Council currently supports under age events through it's youth services area.

Alister Osborn - Yes

Jane Judd - Yes

Michael Matthews - Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Louise Tesoriero - Thanks for contacting me, its nice to be asked about issues other than development!

Greg Carrick - I am the host of two radio shows on our local community radio station, Yarra Valley FM 99.1 where we regularly have local musicians in to play live and chat about their music, recordings and upcoming gigs.You can check out many of them here: http://gcarrick.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/now-on-youtube.html

Clive Larkman - Music is a positive influence on the community.  Those who enjoy listening to those who enjoy performing all benefit. It seems that any one attending a live music venue seems to enjoy the experience.

Jane Judd - Would be interested in learning  more abut the legislative frameworks which impeded performances

 

Yarriambiack Shire Council

Yarriambiack Shire Council

Yarriambiack Shire Council 2012

 

Dunmunkle Ward (2 vacancies, 3 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Mr KINGSTON, Raymond John

Did Not Respond

Mr GRANGE, Terry

Did Not Respond

Mr SCATES, Robert Geoffrey

See Response Below

 

 

Hopetoun Ward (2 vacancies, 2 candidates)  **UNCONTESTED**

Candidates

 

Mr McLEAN, Andrew Robert

Did Not Respond

Mrs BALLENTINE, Helen

Did Not Respond

 

 

Warracknabeal Ward (3 vacancies, 6 candidates) 

 

Candidates

 

Ms WISE, Jean Margaret

Did Not Respond

Mr WOODS, Malcolm

Did Not Respond

Mrs ZANKER, Kylie Louise

Did Not Respond

Mr MASSEY, W. Graeme

Did Not Respond

Mr FORSSMAN, Jim

No Email Address Provided

Mrs WOODS, Lisa Maree

No Email Address Provided

 

 

Total candidates for Yarriambiack Shire Council 2012: 11

 

 

Q1: What do you consider to be the biggest issues facing musicians and live music venues in your municipality?

Bob Scates - We need more publicity when bands and singers are in town

Q2: Would you support the development of a council music strategy?

Bob Scates - Maybe

Q3: Are you aware of the 'Agent of Change' issue and how it applies to live music venues?
(The agent of change principle determines responsibility for noise management. That is, where changed conditions are introduced into an environment, (for example through a new use, or changed operating conditions), the reasonable expectations of the existing land users should be respected.)

Bob Scates – don’t know

Q4: Would you support Music Victoria and its thousands of subscribers in lobbying the state government for the implementation of the Agent of Change to protect live music venues in your area?

Bob Scates – Don’t know

Q5: Are you aware of any other regulatory issues that may hinder live music and live music venues in your electorate?

Bob Scates – Don’t know

Q6: What initiatives would you consider to support music in your area?

Bob Scates - Tell people about our Big Weekend in October. Music is important

Q7: Do you think there is adequate funding for music events and community grants in your municipality?

Bob Scates – Don’t know

Q8: Would you support the increased use of council-owned facilities and buildings for musicians to rehearse, record and hold under-age events in?

Bob Scates – Yes

Q9: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

Bob Scates - Sorry if it is rushed

 

 

 


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