Emma weaves this small town’s weft

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EMMA Wil­liams was born in the United King­dom. Her par­ents moved to Mel­bourne when she was very young, and her fam­ily came to Chiltern nine years ago. What’s your job? My hus­band, Matt, and I own the Chiltern Post Of­fice. We also op­er­ate The Lines­man’s Cot­tage – self-con­tained hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion. What brought you to this role? Matt and I both had very busy jobs in Mel­bourne. Matt was a teacher and I was a char­tered ac­coun­tant. The balance be­tween work (and crazy com­mutes) and a young fam­ily was be­com­ing very one-sided. We de­cided we needed a change of scenery and pace and the abil­ity to pri­ori­tise fam­ily. What do you love about your job? What I love most about run­ning the Post Of­fice is be­ing an in­te­gral part of the Chiltern com­mu­nity. It is great to be able to get to know peo­ple and pro­vide the ever-in­creas­ing ser­vices of Aus­tralia Post. They are not so ex­cited about the bills we de­liver, how­ever. What do you do in the com­mu­nity? I am heav­ily in­volved with the Chiltern Ten­nis Club and more re­cently, Plas­ticWise – a com­mu­nity group aimed at re­duc­ing our re­liance on sin­gle-use plas­tic and to oth­er­wise re­cy­cle it. There are many small, easy choices that ev­ery­one can adopt which, in to­tal, make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to the en­vi­ron­ment. We have been for­tu­nate enough to part­ner with RedCy­cle and are able to of­fer a soft plas­tic re­cy­cling ser­vice, so this plas­tic doesn’t go to land­fill.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent com­mu­nity is­sue for you?

The most im­por­tant is­sue in Chiltern at the mo­ment is the lack of a med­i­cal prac­tice. Chiltern is a grow­ing com­mu­nity – with a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of el­derly res­i­dents and young chil­dren. A gen­eral prac­ti­tioner based in the town is es­sen­tial to sup­port the com­mu­nity. What would you do to solve, change or im­prove that sit­u­a­tion?

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent world is­sue for you?

I be­lieve one of the most im­por­tant world is­sues is the hu­man im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. I am pas­sion­ate that if ev­ery­one makes small changes to the choices they make then the pos­i­tive im­pact can be enor­mous.

If the per­son you’d most like to meet came to Indigo, or was al­ready here, who would that be and what would you show them?

I would most like to show our se­nior politi­cians our amaz­ing town, in par­tic­u­lar, to high­light the im­por­tance of small, vi­brant, con­nected com­mu­ni­ties. The cur­rent fo­cus in pol­i­tics is that “big is bet­ter” – big­ger cities with more peo­ple. Life in smaller com­mu­ni­ties is much more fo­cused on the sense of com­mu­nity – which I think is lost in big­ger cities. Why would you show them those el­e­ments? I would show them all our amaz­ing vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions – CFA, SES, CERT, sport­ing clubs, Athenaeum, Men’s Shed, Lions’ Club – and how so many peo­ple are vol­un­teer­ing their time to im­prove the com­mu­nity they live in. What book are you read­ing? I am about to start the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Fred Hol­lows. As part of a team, I un­der­took the Coas­trek Walk ear­lier this year to raise funds for his foun­da­tion which con­tin­ues to do amaz­ing work giv­ing sight back to blind peo­ple all around the world.

COM­MU­NITY: Chiltern’s Emma Wil­liams is pas­sion­ate about the fab­ric of small com­mu­ni­ties and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

Rais­ing aware­ness of the is­sue and keep­ing it at the fore­front of rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

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