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Ben Ramcharan

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve included a list of frequently asked questions below. I love hearing from my community so if you have any questions or comments or if you would like to discuss what matters to you, please get in touch. My contact details can be found at the top of this page.

What is Sugarloaf Ward?

Sugarloaf Ward is an electorate in Nillumbik Council. It covers Research, North Warrandyte, Kangaroo Ground, St Andrews, Smiths Gully, Christmas Hills, Bend of Islands and Watsons Creek and is named after Sugarloaf Reservoir in Christmas Hills. The voters of Sugarloaf elect one person to Nillumbik Council every four years.

Being a representative of Sugarloaf Ward means listening to voters in urban areas such as Research and North Warrandyte as well as rural voters in other townships. It requires a broad understanding of rural, urban and semi-urban living as well as a strong sense of what is needed and wanted in different areas.

Are you a member of a political party?

My first priority is to be a strong representative for my community. I am a member of the Greens and I choose to be open and transparent about this. Out of the seven current councillors, two are independent, two are Labor party members, two are Liberal party members and I am a member of the Greens.

While most councillors are members of a political party, we are committed to working together in the best interests of our community. A councillor is there to represent the community. This should always come first.

As a councillor, I will never use my position to unfairly benefit my party. I hope to demonstrate that when Greens are elected, they listen and they do good work for the community.

We all need to work together and as a councillor, I will work with all councillors and local MPs no matter which party they do or don’t belong to. It’s about working hard for the community and that’s what I plan to do.

What is your position on C101 and C81?

C101 and C81 were proposals put together by the previous Council in 2016. They are both gone and I will not bring them back. While both proposals contained some good policy including measures to discourage barbed wire fencing, they were poorly executed and the community was not properly consulted.