I was born here and I grew up here. I have held a number of jobs over the years and probably few of them could be considered mainstream. I was a professional soccer player in Europe, a teacher of physical education and languages in numerous prestigious, private schools, advanced soccer coach, an exercise physiologist, I’ve worked in an aged care facility, been a fantastic waitress and most recently I’ve been a flower grower. I have sat back and observed the shire for the last few years and my observations show that now I must get involved and give back some of what it has given to me. Like many people I was very disappointed when the forced amalgamation was put upon us. Now we have been lucky enough to be given a second chance at governing ourselves and this time I want to be part of that because too much is at stake. We have an incredible shire, rich in so many resources, culture and beauty, I would like to help advance the assets that we have and help to improve our deficiencies. I am of the right age, attitude and enthusiasm to do the job as it needs to be done and my motives are pure, it’s for the advancement and love of the shire, that is why I want to join the council. The overall priority is to create a financially viable council, this goes without saying and will probably be said ad infinitum by all the prospective candidates. This can be achieved if care and respect is taken to run the council as any good business should be run. My personal priority is to improve the conditions surrounding our youth and our aged in the shire. I believe we should be aiming to bring back the uniqueness to the area. People love the area because it is unlike anything they have seen or experienced before. Bring back that uniqueness and along with that comes pride, determination and a great community spirit, something that seems to have been declining for a while in the shire I am sad to say.