Susanne Newton

Darebin City Council, La Trobe Ward

As a former Darebin librarian, I know and love our community. I want to contribute to a Council where the community is heard and represented; development is for people, not developers; and make Darebin livable and sustainable for all residents now and into the future

Susanne is passionate about a fair go for all. With extensive experience working in local government in Darebin and Boroondara, and global experience as an aid worker with the United Nations in Kenya and Uganda, Susanne is committed to serving La Trobe Ward and the Darebin community and creating a more livable, sustainable city.

Committed to fairness and equality, Susanne is passionate about worker's rights and women's leadership. She has fought for her colleague's rights and conditions as a union delegate with the ASU and runs a group for young women leaders called Women's Melbourne Network.

Susanne started her career at Darebin Libraries before moving into communications and international development, working in Samoa, Japan, Kenya and Uganda. As an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Samoa, Susanne helped the local community rebuild after the tsunami in 2009. She currently works as a Communications Adviser in the water industry.

Susanne studied Political Science and English Literature at the University of Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, as well as a Masters of Business IT with Distinction from RMIT University. Now a resident, homeowner and community member of Darebin, she also brings a global consciousness to the role through an understanding of the challenges facing the developing world.

Susanne loves working closely with her community to protect the interests of local residents and business owners. Susanne is committed to protecting the diversity and culture of Darebin. She cares about a consultative approach to governance to ensure a sustainable and transparent planning and development process.

Susanne has chosen to stand with The Greens due to a shared vision of a society that cares about people and the environment. She believes her experience and knowledge will allow her to stand for decisions that have positive impacts for the area and its people, as opposed to individual councillors, developers and corporations.