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Briars Ward
Bruce Ranken

BIO


Briars Ward needs an experienced and motivated person that has the knowledge to get things done locally. As a past Councilor I have the knowledge and experience to keep rates low, preferably with a zero-rate increase, without reducing services, but by managing budgets, building more community hubs, not just for sport, but also for senior groups and broader community use. I will focus on the essentials, road maintenance, footpaths, waste management and our parks.
I will advocate for Solar Farms (To be delivered on our tip sites) and to maintain our Green Wedge with a focus on excellence in Strategic Planning which is the key to stopping over development.
I understand that to build trust with our Ratepayers we need excellence in community consultation and transparency. I delivered these outcomes in the past as a Councilor at another Green Wedge Shire, Nillumbik. 

I will advocate hard for the extension of the Bay Trail, road safety, particularly the Forest Rd & Nepean Hwy / Uralla Rd & Nepean Hwy intersections more community support programs. I have had my own successful businesses, appointed to national boards and worked with many different organizations achieving successful, positive outcomes for our community. I grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, attended Kunyung PS, Flinders College and Mount Eliza High School.
I enjoy giving back to the community, and look forward to working with Mornington Peninsula community leaders in this diverse role as Councilor. Previous Council roles I have been appointed to include Chair of Finance and Governance we reduced Council’s debt by half, delivered 2 years of zero rate increases 2 years below rate cap. Chair of Social infrastructure, built 9 new pavilions and appointed to Councils Audit and Risk committee.


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