Australian Reform Society
PO Box 64
Mandurang 3551

Secretary:  email 

"Accountable Representation for the People"


Australian Reform Society In. ON A00546153X

ARP PO Box 64 Mandurang Vic 3551



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Welcome to the Society Web Site.

 Ian Dean, our Secretary, is standing for council in the

 Lockwood Ward in the City of Greater Bendigo Local Council Elections.

The following is a brief statement as to what he believes in:-


Local Council Statement (12 Sept 2016)

1. When elected I want no rate increase above CPI and reduce in real terms. We must get funding from State and Federal Governments who collect 97% of all taxes and stop State Government cost shifting on to rate payers.

2. Reduce petty local laws and give responsibility back to property owners as it should be under Fee Simple Property rights. If a property request is ok with your neighbours council should not interfere. Reduce Red Tape around Planning matters.

3. Get away from poorly thought out expensive ideas that benefit no one. Eg the tram proposal around Lake Weeroona & the Hargreaves Mall big screens.

4. Fully Support the Golden Square Pool. Run by volunteers is the most cost effective pool in Bendigo and is in the “10 minute Walk Bendigo” for most local residents

5. I will vote to maintain our magnificent Wellsford Forest .It is so magnificent  because it is a well-managed  forest. The use restrictions put on National Parks encourage the breeding of vermin (Foxes and cats) that devastate our native wildlife.

6.  And what are Fee Simple property Rights?  -“the right to do what you wish, within reason, on your own property”

7.      Google      Ian Dean Bendigo or Facebook Ian Dean Bendigo

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 Also see News and Opinions and Committee Notes

(Left hand Column).


News Flash. Australia has one of the few Constitutions in the world that can

 only be changed by the people and it is binding.


Even the United States constitution can be changed by Congress (Politicians).

Be very careful when Politicians want to change the Constitution, it is for their benefit and NOT necessarily for the benefit of the People









Dear Fellow Members,


Stan has passed the President's baton over to me and has stayed on as Vice-President.

 May I take this opportunity to thank both Stan and Steve Parker for the extraordinary amount of time, energy and personal anguish they went through to rescue the Party in the dark past. The fact that we are still here today is a tribute to them.


ABOUT ME: Born and raised, fishing and hunting, in a small (pop. 400) central Victorian town. 30 years a banker in Vic and the NT Top End, followed by 8 years running my own business. Now happily retired. Managed to land and release a black marlin off WA in September and can die happy.


 Citizens’ Rights.

       For citizens to reclaim the right to have a say in this country's future. The right of peaceful, honest, law-abiding citizens to go about their business and leisure, without some parasitic bureaucrat or politician telling them they can't do it. Those bureaucrats don't own this country, we the people, do.

ABOUT THE FUTURE: Firstly, to all our members, from one side of the country to the other, who have stayed loyal and true, your committee thanks you

 We all lead busy lives and have our own priorities, but I think if each of us could just convince one more person that what we are on about is in their own best interests, we can start to make a difference. It's called People Power. I urge each of you to help spread the word. Sign up new members if you can. It is $20 ($10 concession) annual membership fee.


 Let's make a difference.


Regards,         COL DRURY


President      Ph 03 9561 4208


The venue for the meeting is The Brewery Tap Hotel Warrenheip, Ballarat (3rd Sunday 11.00am, Feb, May. Aug/agm and Nov). Everyone is welcome to attend.


DUTSON DOWNS and Toxic dump debate

The following letter recently appeared in the Gippsland Times.  The letter was also sent to The Age and The Herald Sun who, as yet, not publish the same letter.

 An open letter to the Ministers for major projects and for Planning.

 Dear Ministers

 Whilst considering the proposal for a soil recycling facility (or stage 2 or 3 storage) at Dutson Downs, are you aware that water sampling within the proposed extension of the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park and adjacent to the Dutson Downs facility has revealed significant levels of heavy metal contamination, specifically (as Mg per L): arsenic 0.91, Chromium 1.54, copper 0.36, nickel 0.23, lead 1.41, zinc 0.46 and mercury 0.0030.

Can we be assured that this is not leeching or seeping out of the existing Dutson Downs facility and if not from there, where is it coming from?  What action is being taken to rectify the present contamination prior to considering putting further pressure on this sensitive area?

Colin Drury 


 Ph 03 9561 4208




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