Caitlin Spiller

candidate for Port Stephens Council

Caitlin Spiller

Caitlin Spiller, 2021 Greens candidate for Port Stephens

Having lived in the beautiful Lemon Tree Passage for 13 years I love and appreciate the areas unique coastal environment and its people. It would be an enormous privilege to represent the communities that make up Central Ward. My vision for Port Stephens is a safe and caring community that values our precious environment.

I have dedicated my working life to my passions – social justice (domestic violence and mental health) and conserving the environment (environmental technician), and hold qualifications in Social Services, Natural Resource Management and Management. Working within the legal system, applying laws and regulations, has been a theme throughout my career. I currently work in the disability sector and am a small business owner.

I have always balanced work and family life with voluntary contributions such as wildlife rescue and care for 30 years and with numerous environmental organisations and committees. My current memberships include Wildlife In Need of Care (WINC), Climate Action Port Stephens, Tilligerry RFS, EcoNetwork Port Stephens, and Tilligerry Habitat.

Combining my passion for justice and advocacy experience,  I will listen to the community, stand for a healthy environment and a safe community and advocate for the voiceless.

Once elected my initial goals will include:

  • increasing the annual council spending on roads and footpaths and seek further grant funding to prioritise these works for community safety,
  • a programme to line the streets of Central ward with carefully chosen shade trees,
  • an urgent review and update of Port Stephens’ Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPoM) and protection of wildlife habitat,
  • better planning and compliance to protect the character of our communities and the environment,
  • seek, listen to and represent the community voice in all areas of local govt decision making. 

Our vision for Port Stephens

Our vision for Port Stephens is a progressive, safe and caring community that protects our precious environment against the pressures of over development and climate change.  We will listen to the community, value the natural environment and advocate for the voiceless.

As we emerge from the COVID19 pandemic crisis, a recession, with the effects of climate change at our door, we need to improve resilience, plan smarter growth and support social networks in our communities. Port Stephens can be a pioneer in creating an innovative alternative future where everyone and our environment is valued. 

Homelessness and Affordable Housing Strategy

Homelessness and Affordable Housing Strategy

Port Stephens is not immune from the widespread affordable housing and homelessness crisis. These issues used to be more of a Council responsibility which over time moved to the State. However the State has been divesting its social housing stock and homelessness...

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Community Survey

Community Survey

I'd love to hear from residents of the towns that make up Central Ward in Port Stephens LGA. What can our Council do better? How important are some of these issues to you? And you have the option of receiving updates on my campaign and getting in touch....

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How much can a koala bear?

How much can a koala bear?

Not much more. Land clearing across NSW has increased by 1300% in the last 3 years alone. Clearly our wildlife can not survive that. If we don’t stop, Koalas will only exist in zoos, alongside the threatened Powerful owl, Sea-eagle, numerous migratory species and many...

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Greening and cooling our streets

Greening and cooling our streets

The urban areas of Anna Bay, Tilligerry and Medowie are increasingly devoid of trees. Trees provide shade, habitat and food for fauna and oxygen as well as beauty and pride. They cool their surrounds and store carbon. When elected I will initiate a programme to line...

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Safe roads and footpaths

Safe roads and footpaths

The rate payers and residents of our area, from Boat Harbour to Karuah, deserve driveable roads, kerbs and guttering and better footpaths. Band-aiding potholes is ineffective and costly and the lack of kerb and guttering causes road and verge erosion. The number of...

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A voice for all

A voice for all

I will answer your questions, listen to your concerns and return your phone calls and emails. I will actively seek community opinion on major issues under consideration and listen to everyone - not just to the loudest or most powerful voices.  Bringing my passion for...

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