VOICE FOR CHANGE: One of first Aboriginal women to run in council elections

ABOVE: Robyn Kapeen by the river at Coraki. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Susanna Freymark

Bundjalung woman Robyn Kapeen wants to be a voice for change.
The 51-year-old from Coraki is running for a councillor position in the Richmond Valley local government elections.
“It was my big goal three years ago,” she said.

Robyn is determined to make a difference.

“I bring change. New voice, new change,” she said.
The most important thing will be to listen, Robyn said.
The mother of six and grandmother of 10, was born and bred in Coraki and like many, played hockey.
“Coraki is a lovely little town,” she said.
Robyn raised her children in Casino where they went to school.
Robyn works as an Aboriginal counsellor, does suicide prevention work and advocates on behalf of Grandmothers Against Removals, a grassroots group fighting against the forced removal of First Nation children from their families.
“I’m a people person,” she said.
She is ready to learn about being a councillor and with 18 nominations for the six Richmond Valley councillor positions, she was heading home to make up her posters for the campaign.
“You can’t fix the world. But we can work together,” she said.
Robyn is one of the first Aboriginal women to run for local government elections in Richmond Valley. Aboriginal woman Portia Walker is also running in the same elections.
Voting in local government elections is on December 4.

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