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 […]

How safe Gellibrand got its first candidates’ forum, thanks to a citizen journo

  By Grant Philpots September 3, 2013 Gellibrand being the safest ALP seat in Australia, all we voters usually get is some articles in the local paper like this. It’s standard stuff: make a phone call and knock the photos off candidates’ websites. But I had seen a report on nofibs.com.au about a forum in Wentworth, so I got to thinking, if they can have one in a safe Liberal seat, why not here? And why can’t I organise it? I’ve organised many events and know they all basically run to the same model: Get venue, Promote, Undertake. I contacted both our local councils about getting a room. One said they […]

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 […]