Tom is married and has lived in Banyule for 35 years, raising four adult children in East Rosanna, while being involved in several local sporting clubs and community organisations. This local involvement has enabled him to understand the many issues facing families and Council’s role in developing services that assist residents of all ages.
Tom is committed to a financially secure Council, with strategies driving long-term efficiencies to give residents the best value services for the lowest possible rates.
He also wants to work with state and federal governments to develop long-term solutions to the "nightmare on many of our main roads" that are impacting on many people’s safety and lifestyle.
In line with relieving transport congestion, Tom is advocating improvements to public transport, completion of the area's on-road and off-road bike paths and a funded plan to complete the ring-road.
"All planning decisions need to strike the right balance between preserving neighbourhood character and meeting current and future needs as our population continues to grow and change," Tom said. “The planning process is very complex and we need to have better controls to ensure that every development is built to a standard that complements the area and is not just designed to maximise profits at the expense of good design.”
"It is critical that we establish an independent, united and hard-working Council, which is a forum for open, constructive debate. Being politically independent allows me to solely focus on how every decision will affect residents and that is always my only consideration," Tom said.
You're welcome to give Cr Melican a call on 0413 043 015 or email Tom.Melican@banyule.vic.gov.au
If you'd prefer to forward him mail, post it to:
PO Box 94
Greensborough VIC 3088