How I reported Gellibrand for @NoFibs, by citizen journo @Dusty_1

By Grant Philpots 24 October, 2013 Margo: The highlight for me of my return to journalism so far has been @NoFibs Twitter-based citizen journo seat reports for the 2013 federal election, and a couple of our contributors want to keep keep reporting on the seat where they live. In this post Grant reflects on his journey in Labor’s safest seat, Gellibrand in preparation for the next phase of his reporting adventure. I had time on my hands when I saw a tweet re-tweeted by someone that said that Margo Kingston was looking for citizen journalists to cover their local electorates. I tweeted her that I’d do Gellibrand, and after no […]

Gellibrand, I’ve had a blast: @Dusty_1 wrap

[clear] By Grant Philpots 7 September, 2013 So it’s come to this. My first foray into citizen journalism done. I’m not expecting any changes here in Gellibrand.  Labor’s Tim Watts will be elected as the new member. He’ll have the job for as long as he wants it. Tim is frontbench material and has the right backing factionally to become a minister one day. The big hope is that he will actually become a good local member. This term is thrown around a bit, but it is a safe seat and could easily be taken for granted. I indicated early in my nofibs journey (to invoke MasterChef), that I thought […]

My day on Gellibrand’s campaign trail, by @Dusty_1

  By Grant Philpots  @Dusty_1 25 August 2013 For some time I”ve wanted to get out on the trail with the Gellibrand candidates to experience some colour and movement on the election.  I’ve been a booth captain and have handed out campaign material at several elections, but never an observer. There is a $4b major railway project underway here (and in neighbouring electorates) called Regional Rail Link, which is a project to separate country trains from metropolitan trains.  Currently both travel on the same tracks, leading to delays and congestion.  Freeing up tracks will increase frequency and also mean more services. It was a policy of the previous Victorian ALP, and […]

Democracy in Gellibrand gets a nudge from No Fibs’ citizen journo @Dusty_1

by Grant Philpots August 20, 2013 After seeing a No Fibs report about last week’s candidates’ forum in Wentworth, I decided to see about organising one here in Gellibrand. So far, events have been held on specific issues such as public transport, but as far as I’m aware there has been no occasion where the community could observe and ask questions of the candidates who want their vote. I made a couple of calls, including one to Hobson’s Bay Council where I left a message for the facilities officer to call back (I’m still waiting five business days later). I managed to secure an excellent venue for the event at […]

Gellibrand, Labor’s safest ALP: @Dusty_1 reports

View Larger Map Gellibrand Seat Profile By Grant Philpots  @Dusty_1 12 August 2013 Gellibrand is the safest ALP seat in Australia, if another party wants to win it, they would need a swing of about 24 per cent to do so. Gellibrand covers mostly the inner west of Melbourne as well as some suburbs to the northwest.  The electorate is quite mixed with new homeowners attracted by price and the proximity to the CBD who have been priced out of other areas, first, second and third generation migrants and a mix of light and heavy industrial areas, such as the Toyota car manufacturing plant. The AEC indicates that those suburbs include:  […]