Maribyrnong

Victorian Socialists is standing candidates in all three wards for the Maribyrnong Council. We want to provide a stronger voice for working class people in our area - one that defends public services, stands up to racism and that puts the interests of the community over the profits of private developers. The COVID crisis is upending the lives of many - we will fight for jobs, pandemic leave, rent reductions & greater social support for all. We will defend public housing residents. Our candidates are trade unionists, refugee rights campaigners, climate activists & all are active in our proudly working class and multicultural community.

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Maribyrnong Council Platform

A stronger voice for working class people

  • Build affordable rentals & public housing
  • Provide real rate relief for households in financial stress
  • Reverse privatisation of council aged care & child care services
  • Stop overdevelopment - Protect green space

Community need not developer greed

  • Mandate affordable housing in all new major developments (inclusionary zoning)
  • Real rate relief for households in financial stress; increase pensioner rebates
  • Raise rates on investors with vacant properties
  • Stop overdevelopment with stronger planning controls; protect & expand parkland
  • Protect Footscray Market from profit-seeking developers
  • Expand safe cycling paths


Defend workers rights and public services

  • Investigate privatised aged care in Maribyrnong to crack down on cost-cutting, insecure work & profiteering
  • Support the ASU claim for secure jobs & paid pandemic leave for all council workers
  • Provide more council-run affordable childcare
  • Expand council emergency food, clothing, accommodation & mental health services


Clean up the local environment

  • Implement the recommendations of “Air Pollution in Melbourne’s Inner West” report
  • Get trucks off residential roads.
  • Create low emissions zones around schools, child care & kindergartens
  • Protect our waterways from industrial waste dumping


Real action to address climate emergency

  • Green jobs: new developments must be energy efficient & use renewable energy
  • Support the global student strike for climate movement & climate justice campaigns


Let’s make Maribyrnong a “Community Solidarity City”

  • Support the Black Lives Matter movement, oppose racist policing in our community
  • Increase council support for refugees & temporary visa holders in financial hardship
  • Develop action plans to address LGBTIQA+ inequality & discrimination in our community


Fund and protect the local arts community & community sport

  • Create a permanent arts precinct around Footscray Community Arts Centre
  • Provide affordable council space for grassroots arts organisations & artists throughout the electorate, north and south.
  • Increase council support for community sporting clubs