Hope for a better future for Port Phillip and frustration with politics as usual led to the formation of Progressive Port Phillip in 2020. A series of discussions reinforced a belief that Port Phillip must be a place for all not just for some.
To help achieve that, we need a bold, responsive and efficient Council that works in all our interests. But we can’t just wait for Council. Progressive Port Phillip will campaign to get things done through working with the community, bringing people together, encouraging robust dialogue, advocating and agitating for the common good.
We are a movement of local people from all walks of life, including many with experience in childcare, the environment, housing, heritage, planning, transport, women’s rights, LGBTIQ rights, education and more. We also have extensive policy, management and business experience. Our personal stories reflect the hard work, disadvantage, creativity, migration and aspiration emblematic of Port Phillip.
We promote progressive policies to all and raise awareness of issues and analyse alternative approaches. We are non-partisan and did not stand candidates in the 2020 Council election, nor did we endorse political parties. In 2020 we assessed candidate profiles, policy intentions and shared this information to inform voters.
Progressive Port Phillip emerged from discussions across civil society in Port Phillip which involved people active in the local arts sector, community services, local businesses and much more. Discussions included people involved in the Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP); the Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN); The Greens; and Labor. We cannot and do not speak for any organisation. We have our own voice.