Richmond Valley Council, Sandra Humphrys, Casino, Independent
Tell us about where you live and your family.
In 1982 my husband Stephen and I drove up from Sydney one weekend in my electric blue coloured VW to have a look at a small block with an old farm-house on it.
We bought it, and my parents George and Bette lived with us and were amazing grandparents to our two girl, Rhylea and Brettney. Now empty nesters we are still in the same location at North Casino.
If you’ve been a councillor – what are you most proud of in your previous term?
I am enormously proud to have been a part of the determined push to keep the Drill Hall site in the hands of our community.
The precinct is developing into a special place and when the final stage is complete it will be the most perfect place to spend time, pay tribute and to reflect.
I remain a strong supporter of the Northern River’s Rail Trail.
I am eager for the completion of the Casino to Bentley section.
I can’t wait to enjoy the experience as a cyclist and to welcome visitors to our valley.
What do you bring to the role of councillor this election?
I am a positive person, definitely a glass brimming to the top kinda girl. I find myself energised by new ideas and embrace the chance to go after projects and programs that will enhance our way of life in the Richmond Valley. I can’t see myself changing anytime soon.
If I have doubts about a project, I research until I feel confident in making an informed decision.
For example, riding the Otago Rail Trail as a visitor experience. Also, visiting the National Museum in Albany, WA for ideas for the Casino Drill Hall Precinct.
What brings you joy in life?
Time with family, especially at the moment when we get invited by our grandkids – Rhett, Jethro and Rocky – for sleep overs, presenting on COW107.9FM, singing, bike riding, adventure trekking, and my latest passion – I’ve been sucked in by succulents.
What difficulties does your community face?
Perhaps all of us connecting with each other again within the community after months of restrictions.
Securing our region a reliable long-term water sources and finding scientific solutions for disposal of waste, affordable housing
What is your job? What do you like/dislike about it?
Following employment with several local businesses I am now semi-retired. I continue to offer my services as a marriage and funeral celebrant. It is never an easy time, but it was made even tougher during the pandemic to farewell a loved one and friend.
It had to be heartbreaking for those families who needed to make up guest lists in keeping with restrictions. My heart goes out to those families as I myself felt a deeper sense of sadness during those times.
Dare to dream – what is your vision for your region?
To attract more domestic and international visitors to the region, I believe possible through the completion of the Casino to Murwillumbah Rail Trail especially that Casino is the beginning and end of the trail. Targeting long-stay tourists to visit all the wonders within the Richmond Valley.
That Casino’s status as a Regional Job Precinct attracts industry to create more jobs for our youth, and if they leave the valley, they’ll have opportunities on their return.
That the leisurely and relaxed lifestyle of the valley is maintained.