What made you choose to stand for election? Under my leadership, the council has laid solid foundations for the future of Hilltops. There is still much to be done and if I am elected I will continue to do my best and work every day to keep the Council’s promises to the community. There are many projects that I have been committed to that I would like to see realized, along with many more in the future. I am a strong leader with the best interests of the community at heart, and have the experience, knowledge, and commitment to ensure Hilltops Council continues to be viable and successful.
What would you like to change? The most necessary change that is required are the steps that need to be taken to ensure that Hilltops Council is financially sustainable now and in the future. For this to happen, the new council must focus on financial sustainability. There will be difficult decisions to be made, and the implementation of those decisions will require strong councilors who work closely with the general manager and the executive to enforce them.
What was your biggest challenge in life? I have had many challenges in my life and they have all taught me valuable lessons.As many residents know, I had some health problems last year that I have fortunately overcome.There were some tough days on the trip and they reminded me to cherish life and make the most of every opportunity.
How can we encourage more women to run for the council?
I actively encouraged anyone who felt they could contribute to our community and make a positive contribution to the council to nominate themselves, regardless of gender. I have to say that I was most disappointed with the lack of nominations for this election as I felt that there were many more people who could have made a positive contribution to our community than just those who nominated .
What needs to be done to get residents between the ages of 18 and 40 to stand? Again, I have encouraged people of all ages to run for the Council if they feel they can make a positive contribution. Unfortunately we only have one candidate in this age group this year, but the candidates chosen are chosen to represent the entire community, not just those of their age. The Hilltops Youth Action Group acts as an advisory body to the council, relaying the needs and wants of the youth demographic across the region to ensure they continue to be represented.
What are the benefits of being a local government representative? For me it means giving something back to the community and the feeling of pride and achievement when you see the difference you are making. During my time on the council, I have been involved in many community and infrastructure projects as well as road and bridge improvements, and I am very proud that these are being carried out for the community.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the next council? Without a doubt, and as mentioned above, the long term financial sustainability of the council will be the greatest challenge and top priority for the new council. The current Council has taken a number of decisions in this regard, which must be implemented in the framework of the new Council. There are still some decisions to be made that will not be easy, but if the right steps are taken, Hilltops Council can be very successful in the long run.