MY VISION

Overview

I’m a local mum and high school teacher, and I’m currently the P&C President at Oatley PS. I work, live and play in the St George area and I want to be an advocate for the community in which we live.

Georges River is a new Council, and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve on a foundation council with likeminded community people, and to continue the great work that the Administrator has done to clean up Council and make it more transparent and responsive to the local community. Local government issues impact us on a daily basis, so we need to elect good, honest people who truly listen and support policies in the interests of the local community. I have been a strong representative of the Oatley school community since 2010, and I believe I would be a good advocate to represent the wider Blakehurst ward with honesty, integrity and the independence to work with both sides of politics. I’m more interested in delivering good policies and outcomes for the community than in playing politics.

This election is crucial. Georges River is a brand new Council, and as a community we face an important decision about the future direction of our area. We need to ensure that good, community people are elected who will govern in the interests of local residents.

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What I Will Bring to Council

Independence

I’m running for Council as an Independent because I feel that I can do a better job if I’m not aligned to a party. Instead of being loyal to a political party, I will be loyal to residents. I also want the independence and flexibility to support policies that will be good for our community, regardless of whether they are Liberal or Labor proposals. Partisanship gets us nowhere in local issues – I believe we all need to work together in the interests of the local community, not in the interests of major parties.

Local

I live, work and play in the local area. I’ve lived in the St George area for the past 20 years, my kids play sports locally, and I work locally too. As a family, we’re frequent users of Council facilities whether it be through swimming at Sans Souci Pool, playing footy and oztag on local parks such as Renown Park and Gannons Park, to leisure activities such as exploring local parks and waterways.
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Integrity/Community

I’ve been involved in the P&C at Oatley PS since my oldest child started there in 2010. I’ve worked hard to raise money for school improvements, and through my contacts with people in the school community, as well as the business and larger Oatley community, I’m known as a person of integrity and good character . I enjoy working in and being a part of our local community, and running for Council is an extension of this.

Experience

I was on Hurstville Council from 2004 – 2008, and am familiar with how Council runs (or should run). I decided not to run for re-election in 2008, as I had a young family, and I had ethical concerns about the conduct of some Councillors, as well as the overall direction of the Council. With the amalgamation of Kogarah and Hurstville Councils, a lot of great work has been done to clean things up, and I’m excited about the prospect of representing a brand new Council with people who are motivated to serve our local community with integrity and honesty.


Resume

  • I was born in the US, but came to Sydney in 1995 to study government at the University of Sydney. I fell in love with the country and my husband, and moved back in 1997. I became an Australian citizen in 2003
  • I have an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University (USA) in Foreign Policy, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching from Charles Sturt University.
  • I’ve had a varied and interesting work career. I’ve been a policy adviser for Lucy Turnbull when she was Deputy Mayor of Sydney, and for Carl Scully as the Minister for Transport. After having kids, I made the decision to work locally, and worked in the electorate offices of the Federal Member for Barton, the Hon Robert McClelland, and then the State Member for Lakemba, Robert Furolo.
  • In 2015, I completed my teaching degree and have been working as a casual teacher at Tempe HS and more recently, Peakhurst HS.
  • I also facilitate programs with the Australian Business Community Network, a non-profit which pairs corporate mentors with high school students from disadvantaged areas. Some of the programs include fostering female leadership (my favourite program!), encouraging students into STEM, and giving students practical interviewing skills.
  • I have 3 children who attend local public schools and are all involved in local sports
  • Hobbies include: swimming, reading & travelling
  • I’ve really enjoyed my career change to teaching, and while working with high school students has been incredibly rewarding, I’ve found that I’ve missed politics, in particular the capacity to work with the community and to help people. Serving on Council gives me the opportunity to continue my day job as a teacher, as well as assisting residents with local matters.

Volunteer Positions

  • P&C President at Oatley PS (2016 – present), formerly Vice President in charge of Fundraising (2012 – 2015)
  • Member of the Oatley PS Advisory Group (2016 – present)
  • Vice President of Port Hacking HS P&C (2017 – present)
  • Vice President of Sans Souci Swim Club (2017 – present)
  • Ethics Coordinator of Oatley PS (2011 – present) and ethics teacher (2016 – present)
  • Renown Park Redevelopment Committee (2016 – present), Renown United JRLFC
  • Squad Leader, North Cronulla Nippers (2012 – 2016)
  • Foundation Member and Patron of Hurstville Community Garden (2006 – present)

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