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Altona North, newport, south kingsville, spotswood, strand ward, Williamstown

Frequently Asked Questions – What does Independent Candidate Pamela Sutton-Legaud stand for?



I’ve had some very insightful emails from residents of Strand Ward so I’m sharing my responses to their questions here.

Question: Are you or have you ever been affiliated with a political party? Answer: No. I am standing as an independent candidate and have never been affiliated with a political party.

Question: How long have you lived in Strand Ward? Answer: I have lived in Strand Ward for nearly 20 years. I bought my first house in Clark St Williamstown in 2001 and have stayed ever since.

Question: What is your position on upgrading playgrounds in Strand Ward particularly for younger children? Answer: I support the upgrade and introduction of more accessible and updated children’s playgrounds. Some playgrounds will be upgraded as part of council’s current plans and I will encourage this work to be rolled out quickly. If I’m elected I will be happy to talk with residents and community groups about what we can do to improve them further.  

Question: What will you do to assist the local business recovery in 2021? Answer: With my business background, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and experience on several boards, I will look for ways to reduce business costs, help to cut red tape and encourage more customers into Strand Ward. I will support business grants and tools to help businesses become more sustainable. I will bring a new level of governance skill to Hobsons Bay Council which we will need more than ever over the next four years.

Question: What will you do to ensure that businesses do not cause environmental disasters, and add financial impact to the local rate payers and the local area? Answer: I will support all efforts to minimise the impact of pollution across all of Hobsons Bay. I will advocate for the clean up of any existing toxic sites working with state and federal government entities.

Question: What is your position on public transport and traffic management in developing areas (eg near Point Gellibrand)? Answer: I encourage use of public transport as well as the introduction of new bike paths that connect to existing bike paths as well as to public transport hubs. I support traffic management and will advocate for an early focus on and investment in the Hobsons Bay Integrated Transport Strategy with an update to the bike strategy.

Question: The roundabouts within the area have become an embarrassment. What will you do to ensure that this issue is resolved? Answer: I understand the roundabouts are managed by VicRoads and local council and are managed under the council’s Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP). I would work to understand what the issues are and if appropriate, I would encourage the involvement of volunteer gardening groups to maintain the vegetation working in collaboration with council and VicRoads.

Question: Why can’t adult exercise equipment be installed at Edwards reserve when numerous other parks have it?  Other things  such as outdoor chess/backgammon park tables and chairs would make it more pleasant for passive recreation and see the park utilised more. Answer: This sounds like a good idea which I support. The council has already committed to:

  • new perimeter fencing around Edwards Reserve 
  • replacing the timber boardwalk with a new timber structure with extended play opportunities
  • a sprinkler style water feature to tie in with the trickle stream
  • a new drink fountain with a bottle filling station
  • planting of an advanced tree to improve natural shade in the play space
  • restoration works to existing timber sculptures

Question: What is your view on the fortnightly collection of landfill rubbish? Answer: I know that some residents are concerned about the way the waste management system was introduced after the recycling crisis. I will encourage an early review of the waste management strategy. I believe in increased recycling and reducing the amount of single use plastic in circulation. I support whatever we can do to reduce landfill and pollution of our streams, rivers and the bay with plastic and other litter.

Question: Port of Melbourne is allegedly planning for further extension. What is your view on expanding the port, its current operations and its negative impact on the western suburbs generally in terms of noise, pollution and traffic? Answer: While the Port itself is not a local council issue, I will advocate with state and federal entities to understand the issues of the port and how they impact local residents. I do not agree with extension of the port if it has a negative impact on our residents and Hobsons Bay or the view of the city from Williamstown. I believe the view of the Melbourne CBD from Williamstown is unique and iconic and should be protected if at all possible.

Questions from BikeWest:

Question: How will you encourage the people of Hobsons Bay to take more trips by bike? Answer: I support an integrated transportation plan approach with equitable land use and connected transportation systems as put forward in the Hobsons Bay council’s Integrated Transport Plan 2017–30. The commencement of the tunnel project, the railway crossing projects and other infrastructure projects across Hobsons Bay, offer opportunities to reclaim space for cycling and pedestrian enjoyment.  If elected, I will work to investigate the best ways to maximise these opportunities. 

Question: What is your single highest priority active transport project in your area? Answer: As part of my candidacy, I commit to pushing for early focus in the council planning process to review the Hobsons Bay Strategic Bicycle Plan 2013–17 to clarify how bikes fit into the integrated transportation plan. Bike and cycling infrastructure is a high priority:  Clear lane markings, repair stations (I support a bike hub like the Footscray Bike Hub by Inner West Community Enterprises* and Rotary Footscray in Williamstown or Newport which was funded by the ‘Pickmyproject’ state government funding), inter-connectedness with bike paths and transport hubs as well as bicycle parking, storage, shower facilities and lockers. 

Question: What do you think can be done to increase the number of children cycling to school? Answer: Improve the perception of safe riding.  Parents are concerned about their children’s safety either because of traffic or other potential threats.  Adult riders demonstrating safe rider behaviour is one of the best ways to encourage younger riders. Also a reduction in traffic will help keep all riders safe.

Thanks for all of your questions! Please keep them coming! You can also visit my Facebook Candidate Page www.facebook.com/pslegaudforstrandward 

 * I serve as a volunteer director on the board of Inner West Community Enterprises/Seddon Community Bank. I also serve on committees with BirdLife Australia, Hobsons Bay Community Fund and Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre.



Australia, birds, Birdwatching, Uncategorized, Victoria, Williamstown, Williamstown

Wild Williamstown

Happy New Year! I hope like me you had a chance to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors over the holidays. As Christmas falls at the start of summer in Australia, we have no excuse (apart from current unseasonably cool weather) to stay indoors.

We have a wonderful nature reserve not far from our our home in Victoria, Australia and we walk there regularly. So I thought I’d share with you some of the wonderful wildlife that lives at the Jawbone Reserve.  It used to be a rifle range… glad it has been saved for other purposes now! I’m a keen birdwatcher (if you haven’t noticed already!) and so I’ll share with you some of our fabulous feathered friends. Some you may be familiar with but others may be new and exciting:

IMGP3648Sooty Oystercatcher: an amazing looking coal-black bird with bright red eyes as well as legs and beak so it really stands out! Occasionally we see its cousin, the Pied Oystercatcher (Black and white rather than all black) and it’s just as stunning to see.

pelican pelicansAustralian Pelican The Australian Pelican is a large waterbird of the family Pelecanidae, widespread on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as a vagrant to New Zealand.Wikipedia I love watching them land … those big feet come down and you wonder if they’ll crash land but they never do. Flying over you in formation, they are like bomber squadrons 🙂


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Little Pied Cormorant – or Little Shag… whence comes the term, “like a Shag on a rock” (which means when you are left on your own to fend for yourself)

DSCF5354The Little Pied Cormorant’s cousin, The Little BlackCormorant drying his wings in the sun after a morning dip

little honeyeaterOne of my favourites, Little Wattlebird also known as the Brush Wattlebird is a honeyeater; a cousin of the Red Wattle Bird below

Red WattlebirdRed Wattlebird – these are big honeyeaters which regularly visit my garden and surrounding area; they are territorial and fantastic aerial hunters – watching them chase after and almost always catch a fast moving moth or bug is a sight to behold as they turn almost 360 degrees in mid flight. I’ve never managed to catch it on video… I’ll keep trying. They are particularly active at dusk when their aerial displays can keep me amused for a long time.

white fronted chatWhite-fronted Chat – I rarely see these cheeky little guys possibly as they feed on the ground chasing insects though I often hear them. I managed to get just some blurry photos of them recently so this pic was sourced from BirdLife Australia.

crested tern

Crested Terns are sea birds with attitude. Check out that hair (well, feathers but you get the idea). They will fly over the sea, looking around for a tasty fish and then dive into the water at break-neck speed. It’s amazing to watch. Here’s a short Youtube clip as an example from RedJered.


These little seabirds are difficult to identify … so many different breeds look similar! So after some research, I’m suggesting that this is a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. If you know better, please let me know!

IMGP3663Around at the same time is this little guy (in fact there were quite a few of these and a large group of Sandpipers). I’ve identified them as Red-Necked Stints (non breeding colours).  They are smaller than the Sandpipers with all white breasts and shorter bills.  Again, if you can enlighten me happy to hear from you 🙂

I hope you’ve been inspired to visit a local shoreline, park or patch of green somewhere near you. You never know what you might see.  Happy 2014. May your skies be full of happy (rather than Angry) birds …