Kyogle Council, Janet Wilson, Geneva, Independent
Tell us about where you live and your family
I stand for council because I believe in local government as an important instrument in our system of government. I also believe in acting for the common good and the best way to do this is through making oneself available for public office.
This has been a value in my family for many generations.
If you’ve been a councillor – what are you most proud of in your previous term?
The previous council delivered the biggest budget ever to the LGA and the audit process identified that there are no issues to be addressed in accountability for money being allocated and spent on the objectives set out in the community strategic plan, the Local Strategic Planning statement, the budget and the long term financial plan.
What do you bring to the role of councillor this election?
My experience is extensive in public and private sectors across several countries including education, community services, local government, ethnic community and settlement services, immigration, aged care, children’s services, the rebirth of Aboriginal fibre work with Aunty Patsy and the Australian National Museum and I am micro business owner.
What difficulties does your community face?
The Community strategic plan drives all of council’s work. This plan must be reviewed in 2022 and all strategic documents will be adjusted to meet community expectations. Engaging residents in the conversations around what they believe will be very important for council to address will be the first biggest challenge.
I expect people to raise the following:
Care of the environment and habitat retention and development for threatened species.
The transition to new ways of living and working as a result of climate change impacts.
Providing accessible and safe CBD environments in response to climate change impact such as flood, fire, pandemic which will encourage and support improved profitability for local businesses.
The availability of accommodation and housing that people can afford as a result of population growth and gentrification.
Gentrification resulting on pressures in housing, health, education and transport , including roads and public assets
The ageing of our volunteer sector which supports extensive community and cultural activities.
Dare to dream – what is your vision for your region?
This council term is only for two years due to interruptions caused by the pandemic. The next two years provides ample time for people to learn about how Local Government works, to be part of the community strategic planning process and to think carefully about how they can make a difference to community life.