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Sunday Herald Sun - - The Interview -

SALLY Capp started her foot­ball ca­reer in the ruck af­ter an early growth spurt. Since she has been on the board of Colling­wood, and was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-Gen­eral for Vic­to­ria in the UK, Europe and Is­rael. She’s been the CEO for the Com­mit­tee for Melbourne, and COO of the Vic­to­rian Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try. Her ca­reer be­gan in the law and now she wants to be lord mayor of Melbourne. We spoke about why, mu­sic, films, Colling­wood, re­grets and al­ways for­get­ting the punch­line. SC: You should put your hand up, Hamish — the process is quite sim­ple. You put in an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to be­come a can­di­date, and pro­vided you are el­i­gi­ble to stand, you pay a fee of $250 and away you go. SC: I want the job be­cause I love the city and care about the com­mu­nity and our fu­ture. In life the opportunity to do some­thing with pur­pose only comes along ev­ery so of­ten — and when it does, I think you have to grab it. If you do this role well, you can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence. I had a num­ber of peo­ple call me and give me advice that I should throw my hat into the ring. In the end, I’m Melbourne through and through — and I’ve sold our city to the world as Agent-Gen­eral in Lon­don. It is a se­ri­ous job, and I think I would do it well. SC: I think so. I tend to take crit­i­cism as con­struc­tive feed­back in most cir­cum­stances. That sort of feed­back, pro­vided it is open hon­est and fo­cused on the is­sue, is al­ways wel­come be­cause dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives help us pro­duce bet­ter ideas and out­comes. SC: I un­der­stand that. We see so many per­sonal at­tacks in pub­lic life, and sadly we see it in so many as­pects of our pri­vate lives too. I think be­cause I be­lieve in the se­ri­ous­ness of the role of lord mayor, and the im­pact the role can have on our won­der­ful city, I feel it’s a price I’m will­ing to pay. SC: I would say … en­er­gis­ing. There’s a great sense of com­mu­nity across cen­tral Melbourne and you get a real sense of the pas­sion the peo­ple have for their city. Melbourne is noth­ing with­out the peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions that are deeply in­volved in con­tribut­ing to our com­mu­nity. To lis­ten to their frus­tra­tions and ideas, and to be able to get ex­cited about the pos­si­bil­i­ties and plans for the fu­ture of our city, is such a priv­i­lege. SC: Of course … I’m slightly ashamed to say I don’t drink cof­fee! And I’m a proud Colling­wood sup­porter. I think most peo­ple are al­ready aware of these skele­tons, though. SC: I’m al­ways the first per­son on to the dance­floor at wed­dings. My kids find it very em­bar­rass­ing.

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