Since being elected in 2008, Trent has campaigned against inappropriate development and in favour of sustainable, well-designed housing for a diverse community, including an increase in social housing options. As a result, Darebin has recently adopted strict environmentally sustainable design controls for all new buildings.
Despite being Darebin’s only Greens Councillor, Trent has won support for community food initiatives like the Fruit Squad, protection of green open spaces like Mayer Park, and recognition of Darebin’s precious biodiversity and remnant bushland, particularly at Alphington Station and along Merri and Darebin Creeks.
Trent has also secured Darebin’s first trial of non-toxic weed management in parks, playgrounds and other public spaces.
Trent has advocated for strong action on climate change, Council divestment from fossil fuels and a major expansion of the award-winning Solar $avers program, which has assisted hundreds of pensioners to switch to solar without the upfront costs.