Caitlin Spiller, 2021 Greens candidate for Port Stephens

Combining my passion for justice and advocacy experience, I will listen to the community and stand for a life sustaining environment and a safe supportive community in which to live. 

Having lived in beautiful Port Stephens for 13 years I love and appreciate the unique coastal environment, the community and its rich Indigenous heritage. 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, am a small business owner and live in Lemon Tree Passage.

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), RFS, EcoNetwork Port Stephens, and Tilligerry Habitat. 

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.