I seek your first preference at the Council election to re-elect me as your independent representative.

The Covid-19 emergency financial fallout demands a sensitive and flexible approach by council to relieve the hurt to our community. With 6 of the 11 councillors retiring at this election – continuity, experience, ability and a clear understanding of council operations and the community’s needs are essential requirements for your councillor.

These are the skills I will continue to bring to Council.


Working closely with the community, councillors and council management, I have brought an unprecedented 4 years of capital works to Nepean Ward, heritage control to Sorrento and height planning control to Rye.

  • Shire-wide debt has been reduced to a $12.5 million record low at 30 June 2019.
  • $35.8 million contracted Yawa Aqua􀆟c Centre, Rosebud enabled by record low debt.
  • $6.5m to rejuvenate Rye township, foreshore landscaping and camping relocation.
  • $5m for Sorrento’s new ferry terminal traffic management.
  • $1.8m earmarked for additional Sorrento car parking.
  • $1.85 George Street, Sorrento tourism facilities, toilets and street mall.
  • $1.5m Dorothy Houghton Walk at the Eastern Sister, Sullivan Bay.
  • $3m Point Nepean Road Blairgowrie/Rye footpath and St Johns Wood Road intersection.
  • $850,000 Wilkinson and Carmichael Streets Tootgarook drainage and Romney Park.
  • $1m Portsea Surf Life Saving Club new clubrooms contribution.

    Into the future, there are major issues to be addressed –

  • Keep our residents covid-safe and help our businesses restart.
  • Rates and fees emergency relief and expand outdoor cafe dining.
  • Peninsula produce farm gate sales.
  • Keep up Council capital works spending ($25m at 30 June ‘locked down’ by State Government).
  • Climate change mitigation with practical projects and divert waste from Rye landfill to organics.
  • New Heritage Rate at 65% discount.
  • Cut the number of councillors from 11 to 9 and have three in each of three wards.
  • And stop the State Government sandbagging our Portsea beach.

I am a barrister by profession, member of Victorian Legal Services Board and its Finance and Investment Committee 2007–10, elected to Council 2012, re-elected 2016, member of Council’s Audit and Risk Committee 2012–19. Council delegate to Friends of Lospalos, Timor-Leste, and member of Point Nepean Parks Victoria Advisory Committee. Chairperson Nepean Ward Community Coalition since 2016. I live in Rye.
I can be readily contacted by email or mobile 0418 379 335 and you can follow my work on Council and in the community at

Written and authorised by Hugh Fraser, 12 Michael Street, Rye 3941