Camberwell council election, 1988

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The 1988 Camberwell council election was held in August 1988. The election received statewide media coverage due to the domination of the controversial Podgor Development of the campaign.

Wards and results

Ward Pre-1988 Swing Electoral results Post-1988
Party Councillor Margin[1] Margin Councillor Party
Centre Unknown L. Wegener Unknown Unknown Results 11.15 M. Jacombs Camberwell-Hawthorn Planning Watch[2]
North East Unknown Jim Rumpf Unknown Unknown Results 3.48 J. Harrison Camberwell-Hawthorn Planning Watch[2]
North West Unknown Wayne Bunte Unknown Unknown Results 1.65 E. Tucker Camberwell-Hawthorn Planning Watch[2]
South Unknown M. Anderson Unknown Unknown Results 7.66 J. Jenner Camberwell-Hawthorn Planning Watch[2]

† - election not held ‡ - incumbent councillor did not nominate for re-election


The election was dominated by the approval of the controversial Podgor Development in Camberwell in May. A local residents group, Camberwell-Hawthorn Planning Watch, ran candidates in all four positions up for election and successfully ousted all councillors with their terms expiring who had voted in favour of the lease agreement.


As a result of this election, a majority of councillors opposed the Podgor Development. This eventually resulted in the Council cancelling its deals and almost being driven to bankruptcy.


  1. The Age. Council results. 8 August 1988. Melbourne.,5206340, accessed: 6 March 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 McAsey, Jennifer. Podgor plan in doubt. 8 August 1988. The Age: Melbourne.,5206340, accessed: 4 March 2017

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