A letter to the residents of Murrumbidgee

Kambah — Molonglo Valley — Weston Creek — Woden

On Saturday 15 October 2016 you will have an important decision to make. You will be voting for candidates to represent you in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

I am standing as a candidate for the Community Alliance Party, Canberra’s fourth oldest political party. I want to represent you in the new Electorate of Murrumbidgee. If I am elected, my pledge is to ensure:

  • the ACT government is accountable to you;
  • your rates, taxes and charges are not wasted on fanciful undertakings;
  • political stability by allowing the government to pass its budget following a community consultation processes; and
  • support more community participation in the decision making on matters of public importance.

I have a strong record of positive community involvement for over 25 years. I have led many local non-profit community groups, sporting and small business. I am trusted and respected. I deliver tangible outcomes for my community. My community achievements include introducing Canberra’s first Community Bank branches at Calwell and Wanniassa and laid the foundations to include Curtin. This community driven commercial initiative:

  • created local employment opportunities with salaries in excess of $500,000 remaining in the community; * re-introduced of face-to-face and over-the-counter customer services;
    personalised branch manager services;
    returned school banking and passbook accounts; and
  • increased business activity and growth/investment at suburban hubs.

I also chaired a community group alliance – the Tuggeranong Community Council, Valley FM, the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Lake Tuggeranong College, The Vikings Group, and Communities@Work – to persuade the ACT and Federal governments to design, fund and construct an outdoor performing stage in Tuggeranong Town Park.

As the immediate past President of Tuggeranong Festival (serving a record ten years), I led it through a growth period of increasing community group participation levels from 30 to over 65 groups, stallholder participation from 12 to over 95 and sponsors from 15 to over 30. The Festival is a respected annual free-to-the community family event which carries the motto of bringing the community together.

As Convener of Brindabella Residents’ Group, I have made submissions to the ACT Land Development Agency on the future planning of the Woden Town Centre to make it a vibrant and revitalised town centre with adequate facilities and services, eg. an art gallery.

The ACT election in October 2016 is all about you and your needs and expectations of your elected representatives. Please, let me be part of making where we choose to live a better and more enriched, informed and empowered community.

Vote 1 Michael Lindfield – for accountable, stable and progressive representation.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Lindfield

0401 253 782