Richmond Valley candidate Michele Yates, Evans Head, Labor
Tell us about where you live and your family.
I live in Evans Head and have been here 48 out of 56 years.
My Dad Harold Yates retired off a dairy farm at Shannonbrook to fish ‑ and fish he did. After being heavily involved Papua New Guinea in the second World War as a young man we all figured he deserved to retire and rest.
I went to Evans Public School and Woodburn Central. I’m a single mum of three and grandma of four.
Living in the Richmond Valley I am very mindful of the future and the next generation and leaving it in good nick for them.
Michele has not been a councillor before.
What do you bring to the role of councillor this election?
Honesty, integrity, questioning what’s best for our most vulnerable members of society.
I believe we can be the best society we can by bringing everyone along with us. No one need not feel that they don’t belong or can’t afford to live in the best place on the planet.
What brings you joy in life?
My joy comes from feeling like I can bring community together and encourage a sense of pride and belonging. I also feel my family and the next generations need to focus on achieving climate change zero emissions in our everyday life and affordable housing for all eliminating the growing housing insecurity that currently plagued so many.