The Bendigo Vibe is the all encompassing term I am using to describe the brilliant uniqueness that is Greater Bendigo. It is our arts, our food, innovation, high quality recreational facilities, access to services, parkland, bushland, bike trails, the architecture, the sense of community, our history - altogether it is the Bendigo Vibe!
However, it is also very clear that a lot of this Vibe is generated in the centre of town, and that the level of disparity increases as you move away from the city centre.
I am really passionate about advocating for a more equitable distribution of resources across our very large city ensuring that the vibrancy radiated in the centre of Greater Bendigo extends from the city, through our urban hubs, and out to our smaller townships like Elmore and Raywood.
The importance of this has never been greater given our current COVID-19 experience.
There are significant improvements that can be made when consulting and communicating during decision making.
Plus, there are a plethora of strategies and initiatives that Council has developed – many which have great intent, many overlap, and many are incomplete or coming to the end of their time-frame - now it is time to engage with the community, establish key priorities and deliver outcomes.
I will always be a strong voice in support of sustainable practices that will lead to the long-term health and prosperity of all. I am passionate about the delivery of projects that will create positive environmental change and support communities and individuals to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Attracting innovative business investment into the use of renewables will support our economy and lead the transition to a lower carbon society. Embracing a "living local" lifestyle, reducing fueled travel and getting more active will improve our overall wellbeing.
Altogether this is critical for the next generation so as we maintain our diverse employment sector, protect our environment, and retain a high standard of living.
Some of my running mates are pretty unclear about what they stand for, and their values.
I cannot, in good conscience, run my campaign like that.
You need to know me, what drives me, and why I am taking this next step in our community and running for council.
But to be clear, living by my values doesn't mean I've already made up my mind without having all the information - on the contrary.
I love to hear what people think, suggestions for new things, and changes that could be made.
I know I don't have all the answers and amazing ideas - but I am good at making things happen.
I am naturally a problem solver, I make decisions based on analyses of information from a range of sources, not hasty conclusions.
In my professional life am a project manager within State Government, with a Degree in Science and Diploma of Business, and previous experience in retail and administration. This has given me lots of practice bringing pieces of a puzzle together to get an outcome.
I’m also not one to just go with the status quo and do things the usual way. I always speak up and ask questions to challenge assumptions, to ensure the process is efficient and the outcome will truly meet our needs.