Olivia Ball

Candidate for Melbourne City Council

Hi, I'm Olivia Ball

I'm a Greens councillor on Melbourne City Council and proud to be leading a team of great candidates contesting the Council election in October 2024. 

We need to come together, knowing that this is a moment we can change society for the better.

Melbourne is the most multicultural and progressive city in Australia, and also the biggest. We should lead Australia and the world in sustainability and liveability.

Local government has the power to drive changes we need for a safe climate. We need to lay down sustainable parameters for our city and support community action: whether it be reducing food waste, encouraging recycling, protecting native species, planting trees and veggies, walking, cycling, retrofitting buildings or supercharging renewable energy.

Local government also shares responsibility for complex social challenges. A people-focussed, compassionate Council will not rest til our public realm is accessible and everyone has a decent place to call home.

Your local Councillor since 2020, I have lived, worked and studied in the City of Melbourne for most of my life, having lived in Carlton and Flemington, worked in the CBD, West Melbourne, Carlton and Southbank, and studied at Melbourne Uni and RMIT.

As a human rights advocate with a Masters and PhD in human rights, I have worked in women’s, children’s, workers’, refugee and older people’s rights, and as an advisor on the impact of climate change on food security. I also have a science degree, giving me skills in assessing evidence and research.

I'm proud of all the Greens have achieved on Melbourne City Council since 1999, but there's so much more to be done, and urgently.

I now appreciate the huge amount there is to learn to be an effective Councillor – about local government and the City of Melbourne in particular – and the value of incumbents translating their experience into ever-more effective action. If re-elected, I will remain a steadfast advocate for the Greens' transformative vision for Melbourne.