Danielle Wheeler, Greens candidate for Hawkesbury City Council 2016

 

I was elected to Hawkesbury City Council in 2016.  In my first term on Council, I’ve worked hard to prove myself as an ethical leader, driven by community concerns and an evidenced-based approach.  I am the current chair of the Heritage Advisory Committee.  I established and led the Wetlands Working Group, and the Town Centres Working Group that worked on revitalisation plans for Windsor, Richmond and South Windsor, business supports, and the stunning murals in Windsor Mall.  My work on Council has resulted in greater speaking rights for community members, support for marriage equality and transgender people, free rent for The Women’s Cottage, showers for homeless people, wetlands protections, 100% renewable power, 2030 zero emissions targets, urban tree planting projects, and a review of the Companion Animal Shelter that means that more than 97% of all dogs are now safely rehomed.

I want the Hawkesbury to continue to be a place of great natural beauty, heritage and agriculture, where we can comfortably raise our families and live good lives. I want our community to celebrate our diversity and face the future with resilience and hope.  We need to all work together to protect our environment and heritage from threats of overdevelopment, increasing heat, sand mining, and inappropriate and ill-thoughtout infrastructure projects.  I will continue to work to bring our town centres back to life, protect our wetlands, rivers and bushland, make Council more consultative, and deliver the infrastructure our community needs.

The Greens have big plans for the Hawkesbury: better active transport links; platypus-friendly planning; experts, First Nations, young people and community members on all Council committees; shaded parks; free vouchers to local pools; FOGO collection; zero waste events; urban heat mitigation; disaster preparedness; and genuine affordable housing targets.  I’ll continue to work hard to deliver all these and more.