From Cr Kate Driver

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - #SNAPPERTH -

I am hon­oured to be a newly elected coun­cil­lor in the Shire of Mun­dar­ing. The trust placed in me to bring your views to Coun­cil and to im­ple­ment pos­i­tive change is hum­bling.

The Perth eastern hills are a won­der­ful place to live. We have an ex­cel­lent arts cen­tre, a great va­ri­ety of sports clubs, her­itage trails, qual­ity arts and crafts mak­ers, small farms and lo­cal pro­duc­ers, vil­lage shops, unique flora and fauna, all in a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment that is pro­tected by ded­i­cated vol­un­teer fire­fight­ing teams.

I am ex­cited about the en­tre­pre­neur­ial po­ten­tial of our district, es­pe­cially when new ini­tia­tives are driven by com­pas­sion. There are al­ready many in­spir­ing blue­prints for this type of growth. Com­mu­nity gar­dens gen­er­ate at­trac­tive spa­ces and bring peo­ple to­gether. Com­mu­nity-owned re­new­able en­ergy projects cre­ate so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and tech­no­log­i­cal ben­e­fits. In­ven­tive uses for re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, such as build­ing houses with tyres, also of­fer great ad­van­tages.

In­creas­ing tourism with a strat­egy that aims to show­case lo­cal busi­nesses, crafts­peo­ple and pro­duce, while im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and re­tain­ing the var­i­ous towns’ distinc­tive charms, is pos­si­ble.

Peo­ple who dream big, col­lab­o­rate, get in there and give it a go, are run­ning lo­cal busi­ness and vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions. These peo­ple cre­ate our com­mu­nity, our place. I am keen to learn how the Shire can help ini­ti­ate and main­tain these ac­tiv­i­ties.

Lis­ten­ing to the di­ver­sity of voices in the district, shar­ing in­for­ma­tion and fairly rep­re­sent­ing you is my pri­mary goal. Get­ting out to com­mu­nity events and groups is one way I will be do­ing this; I wel­come all in­vi­ta­tions and am ea­ger to en­gage. I have also started speak­ing with the lo­cal ratepay­ers groups and progress as­so­ci­a­tions, and will be at­tend­ing meet­ings as much as pos­si­ble. I en­cour­age you to get in­volved in your lo­cal group and have your say!

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