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Current Advocacy Campaigns


Council advocacy topics

Council is currently campaigning on a number of issues/topics. Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017 (PDF - 4.78MB)

Advocacy Items


Further Information

40 km/Hour Zone along Menzies Avenue, Dandenong North

Due to concerns by residents regarding pedestrian safety on Menzies Avenue near the shops, it was resolved that Council would advocate for a 40 km/hr speed limit from O’Malley Crescent to Hughes Crescent.

Read Council Minutes, 9 May 2016

Abbotts Road/Remington Drive grade separation project

Due to fatalities at the Abbots Rd level crossing, Council is advocating for a grade separation at Abbotts Rd which will be created as part of the Level Crossing project.  

Download Level Crossing Removal Authority infromation

Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Council is focussed on harm minimisation techniques, and seeks collaboration across all levels of government to identify, monitor and manage alcohol related harms; and seeks funding for initiatives to address the impacts of alcohol. 

Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017

Asylum Seeker and Refugees

Council supports and advocates on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers to help achieve a healthy, active and safe life in this community through the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Statement, the Joint Statement on Asylum Seekers Living in the Community, the formation of the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Advisory Committee and development of the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Action Plan.

Read Joint Statement on Asylum Seekers Living in the Community

Read Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Greater Dandenong's Role


Business manufacturing and the auto industry

Funding for further pilot programs to assist ‘financially distressed’ companies facing closure as a result of the auto industry demise.

Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017

Dandenong South Inland Port

Council is supporting the seeking of funding for this project which will connect to the Port of Melbourne, reducing travelling distances, fuel use, carbon emissions and creating local jobs.

Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017

Education and employment – improving outcomes for young people

The need to address opportunities for young people in CGD, via improved pathways, new local jobs, VET funding, and social enterprise initiatives.

Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017

Family violence  

Greater Dandenong Council seeks to raise the profile of family violence and gender equity, support community-based initiatives, advocate for further resources to address these issues and provide direct support to local families, women and young people at risk of violence.

Read Family Violence Support Services and Organisations

Gambling reform

The City of Greater Dandenong has the second highest concentration of gaming machines in metropolitan Melbourne, and annual losses are near the top for the state. Council is seeking the introduction of $1 bet limits on all EGMs; the prohibition of EFTPOS facilities in gaming venues; the introduction of compulsory pre-commitment; increased financial support for programs that prevent harms associated with problem gambling; and a better mechanism for planning decisions on EGMs that allows for community input.

Read Gambling information

Letter to State Government: Proposal to consider the introduction of 'cashless gambling' to Victoria

Letter to State Government: Gambling Regulation Amendment Bill 2017

Grant funding to local government

The City of Greater Dandenong seeks the re-instatement of indexation of the Federal Government financial assistance grants and removal of the three year freeze on grants.

Download Federal Election Advocacy Issues 2016

Increased police resources 

Council has called on the State Government to provide increased police resources to the City of Greater Dandenong Police Service Area to help combat increasing crime rates, including resources to address the rising problems of drug crime, addiction and access to rehabilitation beds for ice addicts.

Read Council Minutes 12 December 2016

Internet and Mobile Telecommunications Issues

At the 12 September 2016 meeting Council resolved to advocate for improved internet choice and performance as well as mobile reception, particularly in the new estates within Dandenong and Keysborough. Council is seeking support from local members of Parliament, relevant telecommunications authorities and providers asking for support to improve internet choice and performance.

Read Council Minutes, 12 September 2016

Residents who wish to complain about the lack of performance with their internet may contact:

Telecommunications providers:
Telstra, Ph.1800 499 458
Optus, Ph. 1800 780 219

Members of Parliament:
Julian Hill, Member for Bruce, 
Ph. 9547 1444

Anthony Byrne, Member for Holt,  Ph. 9796 7533

Clare O’Neil, Member for Hotham, 
Ph. 9545 6211

Keysborough South Prep-12/Secondary School

Consultation with Keysborough South residents identified the need for a new primary and secondary (P-12) school, possibly to be co-located with a new community hub Council is planning for. Extensive advocacy with the local community is ongoing.

Read Advocacy: P-12/Secondary School in Keysborough South

Lyndhurst Landfill

For many years Council has been advocating for the earliest possible closure of the Lyndhurst Landfill. These efforts are ongoing.

Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017

Maralinga Primary School 

Council has asked the State Government to retain the site of the former Maralinga Primary School for future education needs in the area in the absence of any clear strategic intentions for the site. The community also has an online petition to retain the school. 

Sign Maralinga Primary School online petition

Material aid for the community's most vulnerable 

The City of Greater Dandenong is one of the most disadvantaged municipalities in Victoria, so ongoing efforts are focussed on additional resources for local services, material aid and support for volunteer services. 

Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017

Public transport 

Ongoing improvements throughout Greater Dandenong, in particular increased bus services to Keysborough South and Dandenong South’s industrial area.

Sustainability and Environment - Public Transport

View YouTube video of Cr Roz Blades on efforts to lobby for better public transport in Dandenong South

Rate capping 

Council continues to advocate for a fair rate capping system, imposed by the State Government at 2.5% in 2016-17. 

Read Council Minutes, 24 August 2015 on Council's Submission on Rate Capping and Variation Framework

Read Understanding your Rates


Regulation of shisha under the Tobacco Act 

Council does not yet have a formal advocacy platform on this issue. A Mayoral Forum is to be held late 2016. Following this Forum, it’s possible that Council will formally advocate for regulation of shisha under the Tobacco Act. 

Read Council Minutes, 25 May 2015 

Rubbish dumping 

Seeking a statewide approach to tackling this issue through a media advertising campaign; establishment of local transfer stations; and introducing harsher penalties to deter rubbish dumping.  

Read Council Minutes, 23 May 2016

Read Littering and Illegal Rubbish Dumping


Social Cohesion and Radicalisation

 Violent extremism, youth radicalization and racism jeopardise community harmony and social cohesion and we are seeking an increase in police levels, funding for infrastructure and prevention programs.

Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017

Support for the Racial Discrimination Act 

The Greater Dandenong Mayor has written to all local Federal MPs and the Parliamentary enquiry to advise them of Council’s position with regard to acknowledgement of the importance of protections afforded by the Australian Racial Discrimination Act.

Read Council Minutes 23 January 2017

 Team 11

The Cities of Greater Dandenong, Casey and the Shire of Cardinia have taken a lead in harnessing the interest in the south east of Melbourne for an A-League / W-League football (soccer) team.

Download Key Advocacy Issues 2017



Federal and State Election Advocacy Documents

Download Federal Election advocacy issues 2016 (PDF - 5.04MB)

Download State Election advocacy issues 2014 (PDF - 3.19MB)