The 2016 Melbourne City Council election will be by postal ballot, between 4 and 22 October. All voters on the roll will receive two ballots. The Greens are fielding candidates on both the Leadership (Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor) and Councillor ballots. All seven Greens candidates live inside the City of Melbourne.

Dr Olivia Ball

For Melbourne Lord Mayor

Dr Olivia Ball is a highly qualified human rights advocate with expertise in human rights reporting and teaching, policy, research and campaigning, refugee trauma counselling and rights-based development, gained in diverse international roles in academia and the NGO sector. She lives in Carlton and works in the CBD.

As Lord Mayor she would bring vigour to implementing the Greens’ alternative vision for Melbourne, emphasising the urgent demands of climate change and sustainability, social equity, democracy and human rights.

Roxane Ingleton

For Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor

Roxane Ingleton is a midwife, who is proud to have called Melbourne home for the past 20 years. She currently lives in North Melbourne.

With a particular passion for public health, Roxane has also campaigned for fossil fuel divestment and human rights. She is an active union member and workplace representative, consistently fighting for fair work conditions for her fellow nurses and midwives in the public health sector.

Cr Rohan Leppert

First Councillor candidate

Cr Leppert has been a City of Melbourne Councillor since 2012. On Council, Rohan is Chair of the Arts and Culture portfolio and Deputy Chair of the Planning portfolio. His focus on Council this term has been in planning sustainable and liveable communities in our fast-growing municipality.

Rohan is a musician and teacher, and an experienced community and political campaigner and consultant. He managed the campaign to elect Adam Bandt to the House of Representatives in 2010. Rohan has lived in the City of Melbourne since 2003 and currently lives in Kensington.

Cr Cathy Oke

Second Councillor Candidate

First elected to the Melbourne City Council in 2008, Dr Cathy Oke has over 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector. Cr Oke currently works at the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Research Hub, based at the University of Melbourne. She has lived in North Melbourne most of her life, and currently lives in Kensington.

At the City of Melbourne, Cr Oke is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Transport) Committee, Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Environment) Committee and represents Council on the Regional and Global committees of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

Apsara Sabaratnam

Third Councillor Candidate

Apsara is a Melbourne local who holds degrees in Marketing, Human Resources and Sport Management. She has extensive experience working with young, disadvantaged and adult learners and is vocal about providing more opportunities for young people through education. A regular user of active methods of transport such as walking and cycling, she is committed to alleviating Melbourne’s congestion issues through creating more options for diverse transport to flourish.

Apsara has lived in Melbourne’s CBD for 15 years.

Jenny Pitts

Fourth Councillor Candidate

Jenny Pitts has called the City of Melbourne home for over 20 years, during which she has been actively involved in her local community. Her background in law, business, cross-cultural work and mediation have strengthened her resolve to ensure democratic representation. As a single parent, Jenny appreciates the diverse needs of our community.

Jenny lives in Kensington.

Ben Curnow

Fifth Councillor Candidate

Ben Curnow is an economist and zoologist who has been running a consulting company for over ten years, helping other businesses operate efficiently and get the most from their investment in technology.

Ben has a long history of activism and community work, having been involved in many social and environmental campaigns over the past thirty years. He has recently been the Secretary of the Carlton Residents Association and now lives in North Melbourne.