Cr Samantha Ratnam - South Ward

South Ward MapMayor Samantha Ratnam

Mobile: 0433 275 434
Phone: 9018 5324
Fax: 8672 6479
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Elected to Council
October 2012

Mayor of Moreland
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Councillor responsible for
Social diversity, multiculturalism and reconciliation

Member of the Urban Planning Committee
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Cr Samantha Ratnam

What community activities in Moreland have you been involved in?

I have been an active member of the Moreland Greens since 2009 and have volunteered in the inner city area through the Collingwood Soup Van, Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria and Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project.

What are some of your favourite things about Moreland?

I love living in Moreland. I am especially drawn to the vibrant active neighourhood, the openness and warmth of the people and the strong social conscience of the community.

Work experience, career, job?

I am a social worker and have worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, mental health, international development and migrant settlement services. I completed a PhD in youth sociology that focuses on how young people participate in their communities as citizens.

Best time, day or method for contact?

Monday to Friday.

Email Samantha Ratnam or phone 0433 275 434.

Why did you run for council?

I love working with people and am passionate about helping to build stronger and more sustainable communities. I think that Council plays a vital role in creating good neighbourhoods, representing the voices of residents, and supporting the community to plan for the future. I wanted to contribute to building a more sustainable and connected Moreland

Hobbies and Interests

Music, dance, art, sport and yoga.

Local issues you are especially interested in?

  • community health and well being
  • supporting young people to participate in community life
  • sustainable transport
  • community safety
  • creating environmentally sustainable and liveable neighbourhoods

Three things you want this council to achieve in the next four years?

  • Improve options for sustainable and active forms of transport e.g. walking, cycling and public transport.
  • Help residents feel heard and represented in urban planning matters.
  • Setting the goal and beginning work towards making Moreland City Carbon neutral.

Vision for moreland?

  • A sustainable and liveable community that residents take pride in.
  • A city that cares for all residents especially those experiencing disadvantage and hardship.
  • A city that is leader in sustainability policy and practice.

Top 5 issues facing Council over the next 5 years?

  • Ensuring that social and transport infrastructure can support the pace and scale of new urban development.
  • Ensuring that the city addresses climate change and reduces carbon emissions.
  • Urban development that can address population increases, while keeping resident voices at the centre of planning decisions.
  • Providing more affordable housing options.
  • Ensuring residents have enough open space.