I’d be a lord mayor for everyone … even Carlton supporters
SC: I hope there’d be more than three, but if I could only achieve three, the first would be safety. I hope I could help create a safe city that welcomes and cares about people at all hours of the day. Secondly, if we could become known as a city of opportunity for growing businesses and creating jobs. We generate lots of valuable research and ideas in Melbourne, we need to harness those into jobs for our kids and businesses that will grow our economy. The third would be better public infrastructure. We have more people coming to live and work in Melbourne so we need more open spaces and better infrastructure to ensure that as our density increases, our quality of life improves, too. SC: You have to have big ideas and then the commitment to see them through. The Melbourne Highline idea I announced recently, which would see new parkland created above the rail lines that run along the Yarra, is a great example. It will require the buy-in of the state government, private sector and broader community. But the resources are definitely there — you just have to unlock them by selling people on the vision. SC: I was a really good kid — a classic oldest child. Butter wouldn’t melt in my mouth. SC: In and around Hawthorn, Carlton and North Melbourne. SC: Do Saturday afternoons at Victoria Park count? The footy was a big part of my childhood. I also have fond memories of coming into the city for a family meal — that was a treat for us all. I thought everything was so bright and busy. SC: Dad was a one-eyed Collingwood supporter. Then I married into a Pies family so I’m well and truly steeped in all things Collingwood now. SC: Ummmmm … interesting. What about “what is the most dangerous thing you have attempted?” SC: Swimming across a dangerous stretch of water, called the Rip, which runs from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale. It was in rough weather and against the tide for a lot of the time, largely because I was so slow. SC: I assume there were a few in the ’hood, but I didn’t meet any personally. SC: I managed to finish and set the record slowest time ever of three hours and one minute. Stopping in the middle of the Rip with the shipping channels lined up was terrifying, so I didn’t stop for long! SC: Chained to the Wheel — the Black Sorrows.
HM: From experience, it isn’t always constructive, and it can be very personal. HM: Everyone seems to know everything about everyone these days — are there any skeletons in the closet you’re worried about coming out?
HM: They shouldn’t be if you have some moves. If elected, what are the three things you hope you can say you have achieved when you are done? HM: How do you ensure the last happens? Where do you get the funding for projects and ideas? HM: It’s a big...