It’s been a few weeks now since the Victorian Local Government elections for all the Councils (excluding Greater Geelong) occured.
The results have been finalised for the ward where I ran (Solway Ward) within the City of Boroondara.
The system used is a preferential system, this means that the preferences are distributed from those who recieve the least amount of votes (where there are more than two candidates).
After preferences were distributed I recieved 41.82% of the final votes and my main opponent; 58.18%. As there is only one Councillor elected per ward, they were elected.
The overall experience was at times fun, a great learning experience and at other times stressful, especially when trying to juggle full time study and work at the same time.
I would very much encourage anybody who is considering running in the future to do so.
The amount of work you put in, how you campaign and the amount you are willing to spend is all at your own discretion.
I am very happy with the results, especially because I had never run before.
Thank you again to all my supporters.
Thank you to everybody that voted for myself or provided support for the Solway Ward elections of The City of Boroondara.
We could have not achieved such a successful campaign without the letterboxing, sign posting and promotion to friends that everybody did.
Counting is now underway for the final tally with 68.28% of the votes having been counted when this was posted.
There will very likely be a distribution of preferences from one other candidates received votes, which could potentially change the gap between the current distribution of votes.
Results should be finalised between Friday the 28th of October and Monday the 31st of October. You can see the full current count here.
30.60% of the ballot papers counted so far, chose to vote independent this election.
Thank you again to everybody, it’s been a great experience for myself and I hope for you too.
You can still contact myself here if you have any further enquiries or input for myself.
The Boroondara Youth Foundation is one site that is part of the larger ‘Youth Foundation Victoria‘ network, there are 19 sites in total.
It was established by a joint partnership between the Victorian Government’s Office for Youth and the “CASH” (Canterbury, Ashburton and Surrey Hills- and now Balwyn) arm of Bendigo Community Bank in 2009.
Originally the Boroondara Youth Foundation was known as “YAAC” (Youth of Ashburton, Ashwood and Chadstone).
This name later changed to better align with a larger area, that being Boroondara.
Whilst Ashwood and Chadstone aren’t part of Boroondara, the foundation continues to recogonise this historical connection to those suburbs by continuing to award grants in those suburbs.
The foundation gives grants to organisations or individuals who are auspiced the opportunity to run a project that will benefit youth aged 12-25.
These grants are generally ‘always open’ with the ability to apply for a grant directly through the website at any time.
All grants are reviewed by the youth committee members themselves with support from a facilitator.
Other events such as fundraising, ‘presentation nights’ and other promotional events are heavily run by the committee members themselves, including formal presentations that are given.
If you’re somebody who could do with a grant to benefit youth in Boroondara you can check out the website here.
The foundation is also always looking for more members to join their committee.