Lo­cal woman be­lieves she has what it takes for the top job

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

NEXT year’s coun­cil elec­tions are spurring on lo­cal res­i­dents to step up and have a go.

Childers has a sec­ond can­di­date for the po­si­tion of mayor, Elise Cot­tam.

Mrs Cot­tam says she is will­ing to do what it takes for the res­i­dents of the Bund­aberg re­gion.

“I be­lieve I have what it takes to do the job,” Mrs Cot­tam said.

As a past mort­gage bro­ker, Mrs Cot­tam has used her knowl­edge and skill to help out other lo­cals in need.

A fam­ily from Ap­ple Tree Creek were at the point of los­ing their fam­ily home but with the right guidance, Mrs Cot­tam made a dif­fer­ence to the en­tire fam­ily and they got to keep their home.

“I can re­late to ev­ery­one. I’m a wife, mother, a grand­mother, a busi­ness owner and I had strug­gles and I work hard as an SES vol­un­teer,” Mrs Cot­tam said.

As the wear and tear on lo­cal roads seems to be get­ting worse, Mrs Cot­tam said the re­gion needed up­grades and im­prove­ments to in­fra­struc­ture and she felt she could cre­ate change.

Her pas­sion for the re­gion and her com­mu­nity is worth cel­e­brat­ing, as she works tire­lessly as a trainer to in­form and ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity on safety and preparing for storms.

Ear­lier this year, Mrs Cot­tam took time out to help some­one in des­per­ate need get work by teach­ing Trevor Lewis the cor­rect pro­ce­dure to use and op­er­ate chain­saws.

In turn, it helped him ac­quire a job, and he now sup­ports his fam­ily.

Over a pe­riod of seven months, she cam­paigned for Camp Qual­ity to raise $15,000 for char­ity, all in her own time.

“I want to show my chil­dren, you can do any­thing if you try,” she said.

The proud mum said it was im­por­tant to set a good ex­am­ple for young women, and en­cour­ages her girls to aim high.

“I be­lieve I am a good role model and I am al­ways will­ing to help in any way I can,” she said.

Mrs Cot­tam was in car accident and broke her arm. She still made the ef­fort and showed up to help out on a coun­cil clean-up day.

“It was only a mi­nor break – that wasn’t go­ing to stop me,” she said.

She be­lieves she has what it takes and is look­ing to the com­mu­nity of Childers for sup­port.

Her strong pas­sions prompt her to get the emer­gency ser­vices up and run­ning again af­ter it was closed down by for­mer Premier Camp­bell New­man years be­fore.

The PCYC con­tacted Mrs Cot­tam to as­sist it with re­in­stat­ing the cadets pro­gram. It worked and now the chil­dren have the op­por­tu­nity to be ac­tive.

“If I get the po­si­tion of mayor, I am not go­ing to ac­cept the $186,000 in­come,” she said.

Elise Cot­tam I be­lieve I am a good role model and I am al­ways will­ing to help in any way I can.


MAY­ORAL CAN­DI­DATE: Elise Cot­tam is throw­ing her hat in the ring for next year’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

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