I’d be a lord mayor for every­one … even Carlton sup­port­ers

Sunday Herald Sun - - The Interview -

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...

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