Cr Steven Hughes

Councillor Steven Hughes

North-West Ward

Includes Seaford, Karingal, and also includes parts of Frankston, Frankston Central Activity Area, and Frankston North.

Phone: 0402 729 150

What inspired you to run for Council?

Initially it was the Frankston Freeway overpass on Beach St. After decades of driving under the bridge and seeing how degraded it had become I said to myself, “I have to do something about this.”

Although it may seem insignificant, it’s symptomatic of how I believe Frankston overlooks the important details that impact residents’ daily lives.

As a city we have so much potential, with our award-winning beaches, growing arts and culture scene, and our incredible community events.

As a Frankston City Councillor, I’ll dedicate my term to helping Frankston reach its potential, addressing the important details, and providing exceptional service to our residents.

What are you four areas of focus for the next four years?

Reviewing rates: These are uncertain and challenging times for our residents and businesses. I’ll explore all options to reduce rates by ensuring that we are operating within our means. I will do all that I can to help ease the burden on our ratepayers.

City revitalisation and supporting business: Local businesses were already struggling prior to COVID-19 and now many are facing decimation. We need to be bold, creative and work collaboratively with businesses if we are to bring business life back to our great city.

Events and activities:In my view, Council’s core function is to provide exceptional service, which includes creating enjoyable recreation activities for residents and visitors all year round. Now more than ever we need to be bringing our community together, while this needs to be done in a COVID-safe way, there’s plenty we could be doing to enhance community celebrations and connections. 

Supporting community groups: Our community is full of local heroes who work tirelessly to make life better for those in need. While we do some great work in this area, I believe there’s more we can do to both support and acknowledge these individuals and groups.   

What do you believe are your strongest qualities?

As a practicing accountant I understand the fine balance between providing great service and being financially responsible. Also, as a father of three I understand what families need to flourish within their community.

What do I love most about the local area?

Frankston is its own little biosphere, with everything you need including shops, beaches, pools, walking trails, and public transport. Frankston is a great place, full of great people who are there to support each other and always up for a chat.