Trent on Council

I’m into my third term on Darebin Council representing Rucker Ward, which covers Northcote and parts of Fairfield, Alphington and Thornbury.

For nine years I’ve been standing up for our community, finding smart and efficient ways of making our rates work for us.

Development

  • Stronger planning controls and maximum height limits
  • Fighting to protect our neighbourhoods from overdevelopment
  • Campaigning to ban developer donations to councillors
  • Stronger rights for residents, and greater openness and accountability

Aboriginal and Islander people

  • Working with Aboriginal leaders to tackle racism
  • Pushing for the federal seat of Batman and Batman Park to be renamed
  • Aboriginal traineeships with council

Climate change

  • A zero carbon emissions target for the Darebin community by 2020
  • Rooftop solar scheme for low-income households at no upfront cost
  • Energy-efficient street lighting
  • Subsidised solar hot water scheme

Arts

  • Protection for live music venues and artists’ studios
  • Making Northcote Town Hall a hub for the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Midsumma Festival

Environment

  • Clean-up program for Merri and Darebin creeks
  • Funding the plan to protect our bushland and waterways
  • Safeguarding our open space
  • Standing up for the Alphington station railway reserve

Business and employment

  • Opening up vacant shopfronts for local artists – a national award-winner
  • Green business strategy and green-collar jobs

Diversity and inclusion

  • Adding sexuality and gender to council’s diversity and inclusion policy
  • Identifying and eliminating discrimination in council services
  • Working in partnership with LGBTI groups such as Rainbow Families Network

Safer streets

  • Pushed for 40km limit on sidestreets – now being considered by VicRoads
  • Backing residents to get trucks and rat-runners off their streets
  • New pedestrian crossings and school crossing supervisors

Health and wellbeing

  • Support for community groups to prevent violence towards women
  • Backing for a 24hr community medical centre
  • Creating community gardens at Northcote Library and All Nations Park
  • Support for vulnerable residents during heatwaves

Cycling

  • Building more cycle paths and dedicated lanes
  • Tripling council’s cycling budget

Animals

  • Greater protection for native wildlife
  • Commitment to Darebin becoming a “no-kill” municipality
  • Working with animal rescue groups to establish a community-run shelter