Who is Tony Briffa?
I am a third generation local resident who is extremely passionate about our community, environment, history and future. I care about the types of services and infrastructure we have in the local area and I am always prepared to strongly advocate for our community. Here are some details about me:
- Former Mayor (2011-12), Deputy Mayor (2009-10, 2010-11) and Councillor (2008-2014);
- Former Chair of various council committees including the Multicultural Committee, Disability Advisory Committee, Multifaith Committee, Urban Development Advisory Group, Police Community Consultative Committee and GLBTI Advisory Committee;
- Justice of the Peace;
- Bail Justice;
- Foster carer (1996-2010);
- Honorary Fellow, Victoria University;
- Current Working with Children Check;
- Former member of the Department of Defence and Australian Federal Police;
- Convenor, Hobsons Bay Residents Association;
- Former member of the Altona Lions and Hobsons Bay Art Society;
- Honorary Life Member, Hobsons Bay Maltese Association;
- Former President of various support groups for people with genetic variations;
- NOT a member or supported by a political party; and
- NOT being supported by developers or real estate agents.
My campaign is fully self funded.
I am seeking re-election to the Hobsons Bay City Council to continue my work as a passionate and capable advocate for our community. I have been able to achieve much in my years on the council by working with local residents, community groups, local businesses and other councillors, and it has been an honour serving our community as Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor.
I have always believed independent councillors who represent the community first and foremost best serve the local community, rather than councillors supported by political parties. As a REAL independent councillor, I have always acted in the best interests of our local community. That is why the candidates who are developers or who are supported by political parties list me last or close to last on their how to vote cards – they don’t want me on council because I oppose their inappropriate developments and speak out in support of the community.
We have lots to be proud of in Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn and Seaholme. We have a great natural environment, a diverse community, lots of active community groups and businesses, and a proud history. I am a fierce activist when it comes to protecing the health of our residents and environment and we need to do better!
I hope I have your support for another successful term on our council as your representative.
Achievements as your local representative
As your local representative on the council I was able to make a positive difference to our local area. These include:
- Upgrades to the Altona Beach and many local parks and playgrounds (e.g. Apex Park, Cherry Lake, Duane Reserve, Federation Trail, Frazer Reserve, Hosken Reserve, Paisley Park, Ransom Reserve, Altona Doggy Beach);
- Completion of the Altona North Community Library;
- Replacement of public toilets (eg Cherry Lake, Frazer Reserve, Fresno St and Apex Park);
- Upgrades to the Altona Boat Ramp (lighting, car parking, etc);
- Supported many local community groups and sporting clubs (arts & theatre groups, sporting clubs, service clubs, senior citizens, multicultural groups, historical society, Men’s Shed, friends groups, trader associations, etc);
- Developed a master plan for the entire Altona Sports Precinct (which includes the Altona Little Athletics, Altona Hockey Club. Altona Football Club, Altona City Soccer Club, Altona Tennis Club, and Altona Bowling Club);
- Lobbied the EPA to address air quality issues in Brooklyn and Altona North, and regularly advocated to ensure local industry cleaned up their act;
- Opposed a permanent toxic soil facility being located in Altona Successfully opposed inappropriate development (such as log fumigation facility in Altona, a 4 storey development on Queen Street);
- Innovative Mayoral Program that included free WiFi in Logan Reserve, a music program for local Primary Schools, Mayoral Environment Day, Health and Wellbeing forums and Disability Advocacy;
- Construction of new footpaths (Queen St, Civic Parade and Fresno St);
- Improved openness and transparency in the council by introducing podcasts of council meetings, regular and ongoing public declaration of councillor expenses on the council website, and policy that significantly reduced the amount of decisions council makes behind closed doors;
- Construction of car parks at reserves and community clubs (eg Altona Little Athletics, Altona Football Club, Altona Hockey Club, Maltese Association and Apex Park); and
- Human rights approach to community services, especially in the ares of services to people with disabilities.
Before you vote please ask yourself “which candidate will best represent me and get the results I want for our local area?” I am not about being in the media and having my photos taken. For me my focus has always been on getting results for the local community.
I was an extremely active local councillor and look forward to working to represent the community again after the 2016 council elections.