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.