Damian Giri is a candidate for Strand Ward at the upcoming Hobsons Bay City Council elections in October. He is a resident of Newport, a proud member of the LGBTIQ community and Liberal party member who is committed to voicing the concerns of the community and ensuring all residents are heard..

    But what makes someone want to run for council?

    “We need a change and I am the candidate that will represent everyone in Strand Ward.”

    Damian moved here from Kew last year to live with his partner Jon who has lived in Newport for 8 years. Since moving here, he has enjoyed the Hobsons Bay way of life and community feel – including our great parks, open spaces and fantastic beaches.

    “I have a 6 month old lab, Lenny, who loves getting out in our dog friendly parks. What we need to change though is ensuring these parks and open spaces are across all of our suburbs and everyone has ample green space.”

    Damian has only been in the west a short time, but long enough to see changes that he feels should be addressed.

    “Traffic and waste management have changed to the detriment of the community. There are more speed humps to reduce speeds in back streets and, whilst these are important, the bigger question is: why are so many people needing to take the back streets? In addition, whilst our waste management has improved – we now have 4 bins – we need to encourage the right behaviour. My plan is to ensure everyone has the right sized bins that they need, with no fees for upgrading the sizes, regardless of your household size.”

    For small joys, Damian likes getting out with Lenny for their hour each day daily.

    “Walking and exercise is certainly helpful to help drop a couple of these COVID kgs I’ve picked up! Hopefully when it warms up, we can go for a big walk along the great paths on the shore of Williamstown beach.”

    Sebastian’s on Williamstown Beach is one of Damian’s favourite hangouts in better times.

    “It’s an absolute slice of heaven. I’m also a bit of a sweet and pastry tooth and love trying out all the bakeries in Hobsons Bay, like Candied in Spotswood or Oddspot Cafe in Newport.

    So what are Damian’s hopes for the future here?

    “Well, to ensure our village feel and community is protected from over-development and traffic. We need to be planning and developing for the future now – not when it arrives in a few years. I think the time is right for some fresh ideas and a real passion for our community back on the agenda.”

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