Candidate for Brownbill Ward City of Greater Geelong
I really believe Geelong has the best of both worlds – it’s close to a capital city but also is on the fringe of beautiful country areas including the Great Ocean Road, great beaches and the fantastic You Yangs and Brisbane and Otway ranges. There is always somewhere to go and sightsee and enjoy, including fantastic wineries and great places to eat and treat yourself. And there is also the amazing Geelong Football Club. The City of Greater Geelong has all the best aspects of a large city with great places for eating and shopping, arts and culture and fantastic amenities, with the welcoming community vibe of a country town.
For all that is great about Geelong, there are also things that can be improved to make this a better city for all. Being elected as Councillor would enable me to play a proactive and pivotal role in making those improvements.
A recent report from the RSPCA labelled Geelong as the area of Victoria with the highest number of animal cruelty complaints. This report highlights how much work there is to be done in Geelong to protect animals. The Council currently pulls in millions of dollars in animal registration fees each year, yet the funds go into general revenue with very little being returned to improve the lives of animals. This situation needs to be rectified. We have greyhound breeders and trainers, sheep, goat and cattle farmers, breeders of dogs and cats as well as pet shops who sell domestic animals. Thousands of households across Geelong are homes to chickens, dogs, cats, mice, rats, fish and so many other species. I want to see Geelong as a place where all who live in it can live in comfort and safety. More needs to be done to educate those who own and are involved in the handling of animals to ensure that compliance with animal welfare standards is maintained, and where appropriate that standards are improved.
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