Councillor Richard Lawrence

Ward: Buckley (representing Aberfeldie, Essendon Fields, Essendon North, Strathmore, most of Essendon and Strathmore Heights, and parts of Moonee Ponds and Essendon West)

Portfolio: Business Promotion

Phone: 0418 369 290

Email: richardlawrence@mvcc.vic.gov.au

June/July update

After six months of discussion and consultation our Council Plan has finally come together.

A great deal of forward planning has gone into the plan, which covers everything that we will undertake in our city over the next four years. You will be able to read it at Council libraries and on Council’s website. Many thanks to the Council Officers for their efforts in bringing the diverse range of views and opinions together into a usable document.

The Buckley Street level crossing continues to cause local residents and Rose Street traders many concerns as the State Government continues to force the view that Essendon, Aberfeldie and Moonee Ponds residents will have to suffer the road-under-rail option, which I have been fighting. The result will be blocked streets to schools, rat runs through side streets and an obstructing three metre concrete wall down Buckley Street. Rail-under-road is the best outcome for ratepayers for the next 100 years! The State Government wants a cheap, disastrous knee jerk fix. Say No to road-under-rail. Visit me on Facebook at fb.com/Richard.lawrence4MVCC

About Cr Lawrence

Tell us about yourself

I am born and raised in Moonee Ponds and have lived in Essendon for the rest of my married life. I run a small engineering company that exports Australian made aviation refueling equipment to South East Asia as well as imports small solar lighting from China. I enjoy playing tennis and good food with good wine. I am married with two adult children.

What five words best describe you?

  1. Determined
  2. Helpful
  3. Honest
  4. Loyal
  5. Fair

What do you hope to achieve in your term as Councillor?

I will aim to follow in all Council voting to: 

  • have no rate rises for two years
  • ensure Council takes back control of our city planning developments
  • provide resources for our libraries and meals of wheels services
  • not support any new speed humps or roundabouts
  • keep the Christmas tree as part of Moonee Ponds Junction Christmas decorations
  • obtain a grade separation of the train/road at Buckley Street, Essendon Station     

What do you think are Moonee Valley's greatest strengths?

With so many different sporting clubs, interest clubs, service clubs and recreational clubs we are spoilt for choice in Moonee Valley as to what leisure interests we may want to pursue. And in so many of these interests we have an incredible amount of volunteer hours from the amazing people who live within Moonee Valley.

With the large number of great schools, churches, clubs and leisure centers its no wonder more and more people want to come to Moonee Valley to live.

Throw in our fantastic streetscapes, our mixture of local restaurants and bars, the shopping strips and the feel and amenity of our city is sensational.

The Maribyrnong River running in the south, Steels Creek to the west and the Moonee Ponds Creek to our east mean Moonee Valley’s waterways are able to add so much to the life of our local area. Walking paths along the creeks and river and through our parklands are wonderful spaces that most inner urban councils just don’t have. These strengths are but some of the attractions that make Moonee Valley the city that’s full of life, energy and beauty. This is a great city to live in.

Last updated: Monday, 29 May 2017, 1:38 AM