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Rod Nockles

Winchelsea Ward

Rod Nockles

I am running as a candidate for the Winchelsea Ward for the Surf Coast Shire. I am doing this because I believe we need strong local representation. I am a long term resident of the Ward and I want to work with the local community to improve services and better support local community organisations. My wife Zara and I love living in this area and raising our three children here and I want to play an active role in ensuring strong local representation that listens and responds to the community.

I own and operate a small business and I believe in adopting a can do practical approach to local government. Cost of living pressures are impacting our community and it is vital that local government keep rates as low as possible.

I am active in the community and was a foundation member of the Gherang Community and Environment Group; a grass-roots organisation that mobilised community engagement and communication around the Greenearth Energy Geothermal project. I am the current President of DoCare and have been on its board for six years. Docare is a local not for profit organisation that supports older members of the community living independently. I am also a local Community Fireguard coordinator and active in local sporting and community groups.

The Winchelsea Ward and upcoming council elections
The Surf Coast Shire has introduced wards. This change provides an important opportunity to ensure we have local representation in the hinterland and rural areas of the shire. The Winchelsea Ward includes towns like Moriac and Winchelsea and smaller population centres like Bellbrae, Gherang, and Bambra. It is important that councillors undertake to represent all parts of the Ward and take a whole of Shire perspective. If I am elected I will do this.
Voting for the next election will be by postal ballot. Ballot papers will be mailed to registered voters between 9 and 11 October. Completed ballot papers need to be returned to the VEC by 6pm on Friday 26 October. For further information please refer to the Surf Coast Shire web page

Moriac and Winchelsea

The significant development outlined in the structure plans for Winchelsea and Moriac will need to be carefully managed to ensure that growth in these central townships occurs with a clear vision and the involvement of the community. If I am elected I will work with local residents to facilitate their input.

Bellbrae and Spring Creek

Residents of Bellbrae and Spring Creek need certainty with respect to the land west of the 1km west boundary from Duffields road. If elected I will work to provide this certainty and protect the area from development.

Princes Highway
The Princes Highway duplication is a significant project across the Ward and will be a major boost to tourism and provide other opportunities. However, it is vital that local communities, especially in Winchelsea, have their say. If I am elected I will work directly with key stakeholders, including Vic Roads to make sure local residents are consulted in a timely way and have a genuine input.

Mount Moriac Reserve

Mount Moriac Reserve is the home of the Modewarre football and Netball club and the Barwon Valley Pony club. The Reserve Master plan is long overdue for support from State and local government. If I am elected I will work at all levels of Government to make sure the plan is funded and implemented.

Community Houses, Men’s Sheds and Local Halls
Community Houses, Men’s Sheds and local Halls are all important centres of community networking and involvement. They provide residents with places to meet and exchange information. The Modewarre Hall became the focal point for the community to organise and respond to the Greenearth Energy Geothermal project. The Winchelsea Men’s Shed and Winchelsea Community House are also examples of the role these facilities play in supporting a sense of community. If elected I will work with communities across the Ward to maintain and grow these important assets.