I am a small business owner and run a town planning consultancy in Clunes. I have a lot of experience with council processes through my work and can bring this experience to a role as councillor.
I’ve lived in Clunes for 9 years and have been involved in many community groups. My proudest achievement is starting the Open House Dinners which I ran for 18 months before handing over the reins to the Clunes Neighbourhood House. I am a proud Clunes & District Agricultural Society Committee Member and President of Chillout Daylesford. Previous roles include Vice President of the Clunes Farmers Market, Founder of the Clunes Makers Market as well as running other small wellbeing groups and events.
My priorities if elected will be: Community consultation, transparency and communication. Protection of our heritage and rural life through careful strategic planning. Community engagement. Building resilient and sustainable communities. Community health & wellbeing.
As councillor I will listen to all of my constituents and seek feedback on issues at hand. I will make time to be available to listen to ideas and concerns and follow through, providing assistance and feedback. I will focus on communication, community consultation and transparency to ensure all my constituents feel informed and valued.
I am passionate about my community and making a real difference. I would be honoured to be chosen to represent you. Hepburn Shire is already an amazing place to live, imagine what it will be like with a council that is working with you not against you. I am committed to listening to you, asking questions and always striving for what is best for our community. With your vote you have a chance to change the culture of our council. We can restore it to one of community service, democracy, transparency and respect.
Authorised by T.Halliday PO Box 88 Clunes 3370
I am standing for election in Cameron Ward with the aim of making a productive contribution on multiple issues facing the council and our rural communities.
With a diverse background encompassing the arts, professional sport, and community engagement dealing with multiple levels of government, I currently live just outside Smeaton operating a small part-time farming enterprise. I am passionate about the rural character and farming landscapes of our Shire, and I would work hard to ensure that these are protected. I would intend to provide a strong voice on behalf of the many agricultural businesses, landowners, and the wider community within the Shire to ensure that they are consulted on any proposals which may affect them, such as the Significant Landscape Overlay which could potentially impact landowners livelihoods, amenity or their right to farm.
Specifically, I am standing for election to provide a strong voice in Council on the proposed Western Victoria transmission Network, which could result see towers up to 80 metre tall crossing some of the most productive and aesthetically significant farming land in the Shire and indeed the State, with serious impacts for landowners and communities. With a strong interest in community development and improving infrastructure in the regions, I am also committed to ensuring that the council works to improve and maintain existing roads, cultural and sporting facilities within the community, whilst pursuing opportunities to expand affordable housing to enable balanced growth.
I would also hope to bring the experience gained through my previous involvement in the arts to contribute to our thriving local cultural scene. Post Covid 19, Council will need to engage with the Arts community to reinvigorate and support the many festivals, concerts, and exhibitions which contribute to our cultural heritage and quality of life within Hepburn Shire.