On Saturday May 4 2019, voters in the Legislative Council seat of Nelson will go to the polls to elect a new representative. As a local, independent candidate with a proven track record, Vica is seeking your support.

Vica’s vision for Nelson

 

“Nelson is a healthy, vibrant and connected community that makes a positive contribution to the continued success of Tasmania – our island celebrated for a genuine commitment to its people, culture, sustainability, lifestyle and good governance.”

To achieve this vision, Vica commits to:

  • being available and accessible to listen to your views

  • fostering collaboration and dialogue across the community

  • advocating strongly for the interests of Nelson and Tasmania

  • remaining 100% independent

  • being transparent and accountable

  • voting on legislation based on evidence, merit and principle.

Have your say

If you live in Nelson, what’s important to you?

Vica has published a survey and invites you to offer your thoughts on the place we live and the priorities for the future.

Complete the survey and highlight your hopes for the years ahead.

Vica acknowledges the Muwinina people as the original owners of all land in Nelson and pays respect to Tasmania’s palawa community and its elders past and present. Vica supports all actions that progress reconciliation, equality, land justice and the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

About Vica

Vica is 48 years old and a 6th generation Tasmanian who grew up in a hard-working sheep farming family at Sorell.

Vica lives in Taroona with his wife Stephenie and their two teenagers, Claudia and Jimmy. Vica and Steph have been living in the Nelson electorate for 19 years.

A trained teacher and property valuer, Vica has worked for the last 16 years as an advocate for a better Tasmania. He has helped the Wilderness Society campaign to safeguard wild places, standing up for proper process and public participation in the development decisions that affect local communities and the places we love.

This experience has led Vica into genuine engagement with all levels of Government, Commonwealth parliamentarians and international agencies such as the United Nations. Vica has worked and negotiated with business and industry, and consulted and collaborated with a wide cross-section of the community. He has made regular forays into the field to understand exactly what’s going on and what is at stake.

As an independent member for Nelson, Vica is ideally placed to use this experience and demonstrated commitment, to be an effective advocate for the interests of Nelson, its people and Tasmania as a whole.

More about Vica

After primary school at Sorell, Vica travelled daily to attend the Hutchins School, finishing in 1989. Holidays were spent working on the farm, in the shearing shed, in the paddocks and opening endless gates.

At 17, Vica moved to Melbourne and completed four years at RMIT, graduating in property valuation and returning to Tasmania to work as a government valuer for a year. Seeking to expand his skill set and follow in his grandfather’s footsteps (a veteran writer and photographer for the Mercury), he returned to Melbourne and studied photography at a time they were still teaching darkroom techniques in black and white film!

After a season working the rugged Tasmanian coast as a deckie on a cray fishing boat, he left Australia to explore and photograph the world. He volunteered with a charity in Guatemala, worked on boats in Alaska and Spain, explored remote corners of wilderness and eventually hitchhiked home from Perth to set up for a life in Tasmania as the world entered a new millennium.

Back home he completed a teaching degree and spent two years teaching art and outdoor education at Taroona High and New Town Primary Schools, volunteering as an AFL football coach and exploring the mountains, coast and underwater world that makes Tasmania so special.

An increasing awareness of our impact on the land and the injustice of government prioritising vested interests over the community led Vica to volunteer for the Wilderness Society. What started as organising slide shows at the University of Tasmania and guiding tours in the Styx Valley of the Giants, soon turned into a job. In 2009, Vica was appointed State Campaign Manager, overseeing all of the organisation’s activities in Tasmania.

As an advocate for the things he loves, some of Vica’s proudest professional achievements include:

  • Representing a diverse and passionate membership and volunteer community
  • Working with RACT to achieve a redevelopment of Freycinet Lodge that is widely supported
  • Negotiating the Tasmanian Forest Agreement to see special forests protected and people in a long-mismanaged industry supported through difficult global change
  • Expanding the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to include iconic areas like the Styx Valley, Mt Field and Great Western Tiers
  • Working with the Aboriginal community to build cross-cultural relationships, awareness and trust and help in the protection of important heritage sites
  • Holding the line against Gunns and complicit governments to protect the Tamar Valley and Tasmania from a gigantic pulp mill that would have locked in dependence on global commodity markets and rewarded bad governance and public process
  • Helping build an alliance of organisations working on local planning issues including protections for our lifestyle, amenity and place.

Vica’s personal values

Dialogue

Vica believes in the power of personal relationships and discussions to cultivate understanding, address conflict and build collaboration and cohesion in diverse communities. As the member for Nelson, Vica would be available and responsive to constituent contact and foster dialogue across the community – through personal engagement, public consultation and local discussion.

Family

Vica believes in love, sharing and all efforts to make the world a better place for our children. Caring for our families means looking after their interests now, and into the future, including effecting change to respond to today’s pressures, such as health, education, and collaborative planning for tomorrow, including action on climate change.

Compassion

Engaging with other people and living things in a way that is respectful, caring and humane is a priority. We are all different, live under different circumstances and believe in different things. Accepting and valuing others for who they are and listening to their views is the first step in breaking down barriers.

Integrity

Accountability and transparency in Government and politics is of the utmost importance. Trust, honesty and delivering on your commitments are important for Vica. In Parliament, this includes taking the time to properly understand all perspectives on the issues at hand and genuinely communicating an evidence-based position on those issues.  

Independence

As an advocate for Tasmania, Vica has long-worked for an a-political organisation and maintained his independence, demonstrating the ability to work with all sides of politics. As a place where legislation and government actions are scrutinised, an independent Upper House is an important check on the potential for Government to overstep its responsibilities

Equality

We are all equal as humans, and must be treated as such, despite our many differences. However, we do not all experience equality, and much needs to be done to level the ledger for disadvantaged communities.

Justice

A just society supports its vulnerable people, rewards hard work fairly and seeks to right past wrongs with meaningful actions that make a difference.

Generosity

As Tasmanians, we are some of the luckiest people on the planet and generosity of spirit is critical to a healthy, harmonious community. Volunteerism, sharing and caring for our colleagues and neighbours makes us better people, and Tasmania a better place.

 

Priorities

The role of the Legislative Council is different to that of the House of Assembly, where Government is formed and legislation introduced. Traditionally a ‘house of review’, the Upper House receives this legislation from the House of Assembly and scrutinises, debates, amends if necessary, and then comes to a vote.

The Upper House also scrutinises the workings of government, its agencies and businesses through formal hearings, and has the power to establish inquiries into issues of key concern to Tasmanians.

Vica would use his position as member for Nelson to fulfil these important roles AND advocate strongly for the things he believes in and the voters of Nelson desire.

Accountability and transparency

The business of government and politics in Tasmania have become increasingly secretive, cutting out public engagement and compromising Tasmania’s democracy.

 

Education

Education is the future of the state. As a trained teacher with experience working inside and outside of the school system, Vica knows how hard teachers work and the critical role they play in the current and future lives of our children.

Electoral donation reform

Tasmania has no electoral donation disclosure requirements of its own, relying on inadequate national legislation.

Housing, traffic and services

Being a beautiful place to live, Nelson includes some of the fastest growing suburbs in the state, placing pressure on infrastructure and services and impacting on our capacity to maintain community expectations around lifestyle, amenity and livability.

Arts and culture

A creative community and the work it produces stimulates community debate, broadens the mind and sustains the spirit in a world that is ever busier and at times, bland.

Protecting what makes Tasmania special

Tasmanians lead an enviable lifestyle and Nelson, with its parks, beaches, bushland and access to Hobart city is a prime example of the privilege we all share in living in Tasmania.

Climate change

We all know the climate is changing and regularly see or hear of the impacts on people’s lives, the shocks to our economy and scar on our environment.

Planning

Vica has been an active member of the Planning Matters Alliance of Tasmania a coalition of over 60 community-based advocacy, ratepayer and social justice organisations working to strengthen the planning system in Tasmania.

War on waste

Vica strongly supports a Tasmanian-based container deposit scheme.

Health and wellbeing

Tasmania’s health system is in crisis with regular evidence of dysfunction, inadequacy, maladministration. Worse, we as a society have failed to progress preventitive health and social wellbeing strategies that can make a difference to people’s lives before they develop a problem.

Accountability and transparency in Government and politics

The business of government and politics in Tasmania have become increasingly secretive, cutting out public engagement and compromising Tasmania’s democracy.

Some recent examples include:

  • the 11th hour leaking of the Hodgman Government’s policy to water down gun laws in Tasmania, revealed the day before the last state election;
  • Right to Information disclosure and delays described by experts as as an ‘absolute farce’;
  • Opaque Expressions of Interest processes like the one soliciting new, private commercial developments in publicly-owned parks and reserves;

Vica will work to promote increased accountability and transparency through:

  • supporting legislated reform that increases public knowledge of the operations of government and its departments;
  • being well informed on issues to maximise those opportunities for scrutiny that do exist, like Budget Estimates and Government Business Enterprise hearings;
  • participating in the public debate on key issues of community concern and Government secrecy.

Electoral donation reform

Tasmania has no electoral donation disclosure requirements of its own, relying on inadequate national legislation. This means we don’t know who’s donating what to political parties when we go to the polls. When disclosures do happen many months after the election, they ‘only tell part of the story’.

In February,  almost a year after the state election,  Tasmanians finally learned who donated, and how much, to the major political parties. Or did they? 77% of the total amount donated to the parties fell outside of disclosure limits, meaning that stays secret forever.

Vica will work to have rules for timely disclosure for all donations above an acceptable threshold introduced into the Electoral Act 2004. He will publicly advocate for greater transparency to ensure voters can access information about electoral donations and spending before casting their votes. 

Health and wellbeing

The health system in Tasmania is in crisis, with regular evidence of dysfunction, inadequacy, maladministration and a lack of resources – all impacting on the lives of people. More can be done to investigate and communicate the issues and advocate for genuine solutions. 

Strategies to progress preventative health and positive wellbeing inititives have been missed, the most glaring recent example being Government policy on pokies reform.   

Vica supports a well-funded, professionally administered state health system with future-focussed infrastructure development. He supports strong levels of empowerment in front line health professionals and their representatives. Fair pay for all state-service health professionals, including paramedics, should also be prioritised.

Key areas of need and interest include mental health support and treatment, preventative health programs and gender-specific programs targeting men’s and women’s health issues.

Vica strongly supports the campaign to remove addictive electronic gaming machines from pubs and clubs and would oppose moves to extend licences for pokies in suburban pubs and clubs.   

Education

Education is the key to the future of the state. As a trained teacher with experience working inside and outside of the school system, Vica knows how hard teachers work and the critical role they play in the current and future lives of our children.

With a child currently enrolled in each of the public and private system, Vica has the hands-on experience of a parent navigating both high school sectors, and strongly supports each of them and the role they play in our community.

Vica will advocate for funding and structural models in Tasmania’s education system including fair pay and conditions for teachers and support staff, investment in anti-bullying and other behavioural programs and strengthening the public college system and the programs it offers.

Climate change

We all know the climate is changing and regularly see or hear of the impacts on people’s lives, the shocks to our economy and the scar on our environment. More frequent and more severe bushfires; extreme storm and flood events; sea level rise and new species in our warmer oceans help confirm the consensus amongst scientists that human-induced climate change is upon us.

We need to act now.

In the Upper House, Vica will use every opportunity to scrutinise the Tasmanian Government’s approach to climate change, what actions are being taking to address the issue and measures being employed to mitigate its impacts and support people through change.

Vica will urge greater government action on dealing with climate change and its impacts, promote measures that help people adapt, and support programmes that support households to make their own contribution to what needs to be a global effort.

Planning

Vica has been an active member of the Planning Matters Alliance of Tasmania, a coalition of over 60 community-based advocacy, ratepayer and social justice organisations working to strengthen the planning system in Tasmania. Recent changes to create a single state-wide planning scheme saw a watering down of important protections for heritage, public amenity, environmental and other community values. In some areas, like development in National Parks, it has  weakened public engagement and third party rights of appeal.

Vica supports a strong planning system with robust protection for the things that make Tasmania special and mechanisms to facilitate public engagement in the planning decisions that affect local communities.

This issue is not about a single statewide planning scheme vs individual schemes for each council area, and Vica is not opposed to one statewide scheme. It’s about what is in the scheme, how it is applied and the community’s role in development decisions in their neighbourhood.

Vica is concerned about ‘Major Projects’ assessments, where Ministerial discretion would allow large projects, such as a cable car on kunanyi/Mt Wellington or high rise hotels in Hobart, to be excised from the normal planning process and approved via special assessments.

Housing, traffic and services

Being a beautiful place to live, Nelson includes some of the fastest growing suburbs in the state, placing pressure on infrastructure and services and impacting on our capacity to maintain community expectations around lifestyle, amenity and livability.

Vica will work with local councils and state government to respond to these pressures and plan for the future, so community-based services and infrastructure can be ahead of the curve of increasing population and resulting residential development.

Sustainable public transport options and collaborative transport models amongst private individuals form part of the solution to increasing traffic congestion on main roads into and through the City of Hobart. Vica will work with all stakeholders in transport solutions, to agree and implement innovative and effective strategies.

Protecting what makes Tasmania special

Most Tasmanians lead an enviable lifestyle and Nelson – with its parks, beaches, bushland and access to Hobart city – is a prime example of the privilege we all share in living on this island.

Protecting special places in Tasmania safeguards important natural and cultural heritage values and the experiences we all cherish.

In the Legislative Council, Vica can build on his record of effective advocacy for nature. Amongst other things, he will work to protect our city’s skyline, defend wilderness areas from privatisation, secure and properly fund our reserve system and maintain the health and amenity of our waterways as industry and government plan for unprecedented aquaculture expansion.

Tasmanians share a strong sense of place, a renewed pride in our island and deep attachment to the natural environment that we should build upon. Vica will continue to act as a reality check on growth, and Tasmania’s record of government bias towards the vested interests of the industries of the day.

War on waste

Vica strongly supports a Tasmanian-based container deposit scheme.

Recent imagery of a dead quoll with its head stuck in a plastic bottle shocked Tasmania and highlighted just one of the issues associated with public attitudes towards waste.

Tasmania is one of only two states in Australia that is yet to introduce a container deposit scheme, despite evidence of its success in reducing waste and protecting the environment, increasing recycling and delivering an income to charities.

Vica supports a 10c deposit on bottles and cans, and would advocate Tasmania joining an eastern seaboard Cash for Containers scheme, working with Victoria, NSW and Queensland to build on the benefits of a state container deposit scheme on the scale that comes with interstate collaboration.

Arts and culture

A creative community and the work it produces stimulates community debate, broadens the mind and sustains the spirit in a world that is ever busier and in need of inspiration.

Vica is a strong supporter of the arts and will work to increase funding and other support, promote education and increase opportunities for the public to engage in art and culture projects. He endorses support for the creative community and institutions. 

Few will deny Tasmania is experiencing a renaissance in the arts, with new facilities, festivals and opportunities to showcase the talent of our local artisans. This both enriches our local community and enhances our reputation and appeal to visitors. Empowering the arts is a win for our culture, economy and community well-being.

Testimonials

Geoffrey Garrott – founding director of the Beacon Foundation,  retired accountant – Sandy Bay

Vica is an outspoken advocate for our children and future generations, critically important in the face of climate change. As a truly independent member of the Legislative Council, he would be in a position to voice community hopes for genuine action and join with others in the Parliament to contribute to collaborative solutions and momentum on this vital issue.

Theresa and Rocky Sainty – Aboriginal Linguistic Worker and Aboriginal Heritage Consultant (respectively)

We’ve both known Vica for many years. Vica is a tireless campaigner for the environment and the protection of Aboriginal heritage. He stands up for Country with integrity, and speaks truth. Vica will be a valuable member of the Legislative Council.

Nel Smit -Environmental Educator – Taroona

 Vica Bayley has a proven track record of successful negotiation, advocacy and action. He is intelligent, listens and is a determined voice for Tasmania. As member for Nelson in the Upper House, I am confident he will provide positive leadership on the economic, social and natural values of our state.

 

Rocky and Vica at  the 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany

Able Smee – Landscape gardener – Kingston

Listening to Vica in the media over the last ten years, I’ve been very impressed by his ability to communicate clearly and articulately. He is a proven negotiator and works hard to find balanced solutions. Vica is a passionate Tasmanian with a clear vision for our state that is unimpeded by party politics or outdated conservative values. I believe a man of Vica’s integrity and intelligence would be a truly great asset to the Legislative Council in Tasmania.

Greg Irons – Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tarkine Trails

In the decades I’ve known Vica I have admired his professionalism and commitment to safeguarding special places in Tasmania and the creatures that call this island home. Tourism in Tasmania now relies on the places and brand that Vica has championed and he’d help to make Parliament a better place.

 

Chris Rae – Retired teacher and AFL coach – Sandy Bay

As a former secondary school teacher, administrator & coach of team sport, I have been privileged to share mutually-respected friendships with many former students. Vica has been one of those friends. From first meeting in the classroom, he has always been mindful of community and care for others, along with possessing a strong work ethic. He has excellent interpersonal skills, is a very good listener and emotionally controlled in discussions. He understands the increasingly important role of nature, where informed decision-making about matters related to the environment are concerned – and thereby ensuring a sustainable planet for our children and beyond. The knowledge and skills gained from his current position, coupled with his measured temperament, make him a worthy person to represent the people of the seat of Nelson.

 

Get Involved

Help get Vica  elected in Nelson

As a community-based candidate, Vica is seeking to build his existing team to work on this campaign.

If you can help, please call Vica on 0484 064 804 or join the mailing list below.

You can help by letter boxing, door-knocking, donating, hosting an event or hosting a ‘Vote 1 Vica’ poster.

Contact Vica at nelson@vicabayley.info or call him on 0484 064 804

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