I'm Qiqi Chen and I’m standing for election because I think Boroondara Council should reflect our diverse community. We need more young people from Asian backgrounds on council.
I am a postgraduate student, with a background in medical science and I have degrees in arts and science. As a first-generation Chinese-Australian, I hope to encourage my peers, and others in my community, to work together to tackle climate change. My generation is facing a crisis. We need to be a part of the solution. During the pandemic, we’ve seen the benefits of having fewer cars on the roads and an increase in cycling. As an avid cyclist, I want to make Boroondara more bicycle friendly with dedicated on road bike lanes and better connected off road paths.
My five main priorities are to:
- Make Boroondara Council a leader in the use of renewable technology, including moving to an electric fleet and improving infrastructure for electric vehicles.
- Advocate for increased spending on pedestrian and cycling infrastructure including the overdue Walmer St Bridge upgrade.
- Examine the exorbitant North-East Link project. We need to manage the increased noise and pollution which Studley Ward residents will experience. There will be a massive increase in (heavy) vehicles travelling through Denmark St and Kew Junction. This will create noise and pollution especially around areas like Kellett Grove and Willsmere Road.
- Investigate the planned spending of $128m on the Customer First Program and redirect this huge allocation of funds to more urgent areas.
- Increase support during the pandemic, and ensure all programs are appropriate for our diverse community.
Vote  Qiqi Chen, your Greens endorsed candidate for a more diverse, future focused council with the energy to tackle the difficult issues.