10 years on Image

10 years on

World change starts at Docklands

Away from the desk Image

Away from the desk

The little bent tree

Chamber update Image

Chamber update

Visit Docklands – our brand-new website

Docklander Image


Your new life starts now

Docklands Secrets Image

Docklands Secrets

Politician disrespects us

Fashion Image


Top five street style trends

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Lifestyle focus – Importance of sleep

Letters Image


Letters to the Editor

New Businesses Image

New Businesses

NeoLemonade and Melbourne Cellar Door

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

OCs will be forced to fix the dodgy cladding

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Cyberbuns in Docklands

Street Art Image

Street Art

Docklands is becoming cool

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Government ignores Airbnb stabbing death

What Women Want - With Abby Crawford Image

What Women Want - With Abby Crawford

Some things just sure are meant to be

City of Melbourne councillor first-term report card

04 Oct 2017

City of Melbourne councillor first-term report card Image

This month the Melbourne City Council will be one year into its four-year term. Docklands News gives councillors a report card on their performance to date.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle

Staked his lord mayoralty on tackling rough sleeping and succeeding with the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment.

Started the year with a clumsy attempt to modify a local law to tackle rough sleeping which provoked universal outrage. Set aside 28 days for public consultation in February. Proposal has only just resurfaced, with Cr Doyle managing to save face with support from police and state government.

Also doing better now on QVM. Has all but one councillor on-side and, more crucially, has the support of Premier Andrews. Should achieve this.

If he can stay healthy, should have a successful term.

Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood

An ascending star. Thriving in the role and growing in confidence. Would be a different story if Team Doyle did not command a majority in the chamber, as he’s not prone to subtle persuasion or diplomacy. Critics say he’s too stretched with a young family and a business to put in the required time. Should be well positioned to make a call on potential future political roles by the end of the term.

Cr Susan Riley

The former deputy was a late inclusion, being called out of (forced) retirement by VCAT president Justice Greg Garde at the conclusion of the (former councillor) Brook Wandin saga. Working hard as usual representing the council at functions (one of the few!). More independent in thought this time around. Loving the opportunity to extend her career.

Cr Kevin Louey

Another long-term player, Cr Louey continues to quietly work in the shadows for constituents. Not to be underestimated.

Cr Nicholas Reece

Getting the hang of it. Has come a long way since being thrown in the deep end as chair of planning. Skilled at getting by at a highest level, but not putting in the required time to truly master the portfolio. Still to reveal why he bothered becoming a councillor.

Cr Tessa Sullivan

Yet to make a contribution – unless you count the $50,000 she donated to Team Doyle at the beginning. This number jumps to $130,000 if you join the dots between Cr Sullivan and her Linlithgow Rd, Toorak neighbour Ting Li, who stumped up $80,000 for the campaign.

Cr Philip Le Liu

Another newcomer finding his way, Cr Le Liu is making slow but steady progress. Naturally cautious, he is not yet comfortable in the spotlight. As the former Liberal candidate for Melbourne, at least he is upfront about his motivation.

Cr Nicholas Francis Gilley

An accidental councillor, he’s a fast learner. Wears his heart on his sleeve and will make plenty of friends when articulating the injustice of any number of social causes. Seems determined to stay above the detail and trust the officers implicitly. Along for the ride.

Cr Rohan Leppert

The brightest and hardest working. Disciplined and focused, Cr Leppert continues to impress. The master of detail advances his Greens manifesto by sheer weight of intellect. Principled, rather than populist, Cr Leppert often finds himself explaining unpopular planning decisions to angry residents. Here for the long haul.

Cr Cathy Oke

A three-term veteran, Cr Oke maintains her cheerfulness and never misses an opportunity to advocate for the environment. Steady and reliable.

Cr Jackie Watts

Cr Watts often finds herself in the “naughty corner”. Bereft of allies, she tries hard but has limited capacity to be effective. Makes it look hard.


Share on Facebook

Stay in touch with Docklands. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Docklands News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.

Docklands is Beautiful