Richmond Valley Council, Louise Wicks, Woodburn, Independent
Tell us about where you live and your family.
I have lived in the Richmond Valley for most of my life. My family moved to Evans Head when I was six months old. I grew up in Evans Head and attended Evans Head Public School and then Evans River K-12 School when the school transitioned. I moved away for a few years when I finished school, started a family and then bought a house in Woodburn in 2015 and have been here ever since.
My two children both attend the local primary and high school.
Both my children and I participate in a range of local community sport and I am also a heavily involved committee member for the Woodburn Wolves Football Club.
Louise hasn’t been a councillor before.
What do you bring to the role of councillor this election?
I would bring a new perspective from a previously unrepresented integral part of the community. Being a young mother that grew up in the local area and now raising my own children here there are a lot of things that could be improved in the area for the large population of families that live here.
What brings you joy in life?
Very cliché, but obviously my children and family. Getting to spend as much time with them as possible and doing all the things we enjoy together, like playing sport, bush walking, going to the beach, the usual good stuff. Also, good food and naps.
What difficulties does your community face?
The most obvious answer here is housing and housing affordability. This beautiful area that we call home is very quickly becoming a pipe dream for a lot of people.
What is your job? What do you like/dislike about it?
I am the national buy and procurement manager for an industrial roofing company. I buy steel roofing componentry in bulk for our franchise group. I have been in this job for seven years and I love it. No two days are the same, there are always new challenges to sort out and overcome and products to develop and improve on.
I am not a fan of being bored and there is never a dull moment in my role.
But the thing I like most about my job, is the people I work with, working with good people is the only way to do it and my colleagues are simply the best.
Dare to dream – What is your vision for your region?
I would like to see the towns and villages in our area improve and progress while retaining the close-knit local community they’ve always had.