The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

DER­WENT Val­ley res­i­dent and lo­cal busi­ness owner Rachel Power has de­clared she will chal­lenge for deputy mayor in the Septem­ber Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil elec­tion, a week af­ter Mayor Martyn Evans an­nounced he would run for the po­si­tion.

Mrs Power, owner of Mt Field’s Wa­ter­falls Cafe and founder of the Great Ocean Road Trip, told Der­went Val­ley res­i­dents last week at a com­mu­nity meet­ing ad­dress­ing in­ter­net cov­er­age in the Val­ley, of her de­ci­sion to run for coun­cil and deputy mayor.

The mother of three said she wanted to im­prove the Der­went Val­ley by en­cour­ag­ing tourism num­bers in the re­gion.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to strengthen the fu­ture of our Val­ley through the op­por­tu­nity tourism rep­re­sents,” Mrs Power said.

“My goal is to cre­ate the tourism en­trepreneurs of the fu­ture through train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and creat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Mrs Power said her ac­tion-fo­cused ap­proach to busi­ness would be an as­set to the coun­cil.

“I work cre­atively, I get things done and I’m look­ing for­ward to bring­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence and pas­sion to coun­cil,” she said.

“I am ded­i­cated to driv­ing pos­i­tive change and have the track record to prove it.”

Mrs Power’s an­nounce­ment to run for coun­cil comes a week af­ter Val­ley res­i­dents Jes­sica Cos­grove, Natasha Woods and Wayne Shoo­bridge de­clared they would run.

New Nor­folk youth worker Matt Hill also an­nounced he would run.

“I’m in­vested in this com­mu­nity and want to work with the rest of the elected coun­cil mem­bers to ad­dress key com­mu­nity is­sues,” Mr Hill said.

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