I grew up in the country and have spent my time employed in many various and diverse occupations.
When I finished High School, I worked locally picking potatoes in the frost and mud, I’ve done my time in the shearing sheds for several years as a roustabout primarily in the NSW Southern Tablelands and Wagga Wagga districts and a few sheds out West.
Other employment since then includes general farm work, fencing , window cleaning on high rise buildings in Melbourne, cutting broccoli in the veggie paddocks out at Lindenow, packing pies at Patties for 6 years and now after returning to study a 12-year career in community services as a youth worker and Family Violence and Child FIRST outreach worker.
I have learnt the value of hard work and reputation early on in life there is no standing around with hands in pockets when there is a job to be done.
My work in social services has given me a unique insight into the challenges within our community and the barriers we face.
We need to do more to support vulnerable members of our community with a focus on the homeless, disengaged young people and a greater focus, understanding and development of Men’s health in the region.
Every day I turn up, every day I work hard, advocate, assess, empower and support decision making of others. I will be putting my community first while working closely with them to grow our region on the back of the natural assets that exist across East Gippsland.
I’m standing to provide a positive, environmentally sustainable and inclusive voice.
I believe we can do more to engage with the community and other levels of government to deliver for the people of East Gippsland.
We need a progressive council making real and positive change that shows a responsibility towards our environment, local communities and future generations in East Gippsland.