Here are the commitments made by Tony Athanasopolous’ for the 2016 elections in his candidate statement:

I believe in a council where your rates are low and you get proper service for your money. Cleaner streets. Well maintained footpaths and trees. And better local roads. I want our council to stand up for you to stop overdevelopment You deserve active representation. Your Councillor should be open and someone who fights for your equal share of our resources. I live in Carnegie and proudly run a family business, Liana James Hair & Beauty on Koornang Road. We have been in business in Glen Eira for 16 years. I am the Chairperson of the Carnegie Traders Association, I’ve worked closely with the Murrumbeena Scope House (disability support) and I’m currently the President of the Chrisalis Foundation helping people living with a disability. I’m passionate about our community and helping others. I will: fight to keep your rates low; stop over development; ensure maintenance of skyrail; provide more local parking; clean up shopping areas and be your strong voice on council. I would be honoured if you voted 1 for me and after that, consider two other outstanding candidates Jane Karslake and David Box.

Residents will need to decide how well these ‘promises’ have been carried out!

In the four years he has been on council, our reckoning is that he has missed at least 11 council meetings – that is almost a year’s worth of formal council meetings. Hence close to a 25% absentee rate. More importantly, he has voted in favour of the officer recommendations for all of the following contentious planning issues – many in the face of a huge community outcry (ie Elsternwick Structure Plan in particular):

Bentleigh structure plan

Carnegie structure plan

Elsternwick structure plan

Quality Design guidelines

Glen Huntly Structure Plan (both versions)

Parking Policy

East Village Structure Plan

Inkerman Road Bike Path

On individual planning applications, he has either moved or seconded the approval for permits on the following: (the dates indicate the respective council meetings)

1110-1112 Dandenong Road, CarnegiePart three and part four storey building comprising of 38 dwellings above two levels of basement car parking (20/12/2016)

153 Poath Road, MurrumbeenaFour storey building comprising a shop and 10 dwellings above basement car parking (20/12/2016)

360 Neerim Road, CarnegieFour storey building comprising ground floor shop and 16 dwellings (28/2/2017)

1254-1258 Glen Huntly Road, Carnegie A 6 storey building comprising a shop, cafe and 79 dwellings above a basement car park. Resolution was for 5 storeys. (21/3/2017)

248 Jasper Road, McKinnon – Four storey building comprising a food and drink premise, four (4) dwellings and the waiver of the car parking requirement for the food and drink premise. (12/4/2017)

102 & 102A Balaclava Road, Caulfield North Three storey building comprising 8 dwellings above basement car parking. (23/5/2017)

532 North Road, Ormond – Five storey building comprising a retail premises and six dwellings. (23/5/2017)

1A Kokaribb Road, Carnegie – Six storey building comprising a shop and 12 dwellings above basement. (23/5/2017)

16-18 Hamilton Street, Bentleigh 4 storey. 29 dwellings (13/6/2017)

219 Tucker Road, McKinnon – Construction of a four (4) storey building comprising of five dwellings, a shop and basement carpark; reduction of visitor and shop car parking requirements. Permit for 3 storeys. 5/9/2017

48 Thomas Street, Brighton East – 2 double storeys. 17/10/2017

27 Draper Street, McKinnon 3 double storeys 6/2/2018

11 Perth Street, Murrumbeena Construction of five (5) triple storey dwellings above a basement car park. 27/2/2018

279-281 Jasper Road, McKinnon – child care centre. 20/3/2018

45-47 KANGAROO ROAD & 33 HOWE STREET MURRUMBEENA Demolition of the existing three dwellings A total of fifteen (15) dwellings proposed including 10x three storey and 5x two storey attached townhouses   (22/5/2018)

1207 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly – Construction of a part three (3), part four (4) storey building comprising a shop, office and dwelling (26/9/2018)

749-753 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield Demolition of the existing building and construction of a 4 storey building on land within the Heritage Overlay, use of the land for the purpose of dwellings and reduction of the car parking requirement for a shop. (27/11/2018)

846-848 North Road, Bentleigh EastConstruction of fourteen (14) townhouses and alteration to a Road in Road Zone Category 1 (30/4/2019)

317 Neerim Road, Carnegie Construction of a five storey building comprising offices and dwellings and associated car parking. (13/8/2019)

456 Glen Eira road, Caulfield – 5 dwellings in NRZ (16/10/2019)

1 Foster Street, ElsternwickTo consider an application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of six double storey dwellings above basement carparking (12 OBJECTIONS) (9/6/2020)