Dorothy’s research work reducing agricultural greenhouse emissions helps her understand both rural and urban issues. Her focus on council is to ensure wise use of community resources and to give ratepayers value for money.

Dorthy believes that council needs to take advantage of the $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund and other opportunities to create a healthy, sustainable environment and reduce the 3-year gap in life expectancy between Sydney and our region. She believes that her task as councillor for the Greens is working to ensure that economic and population growth are sustainable and healthy. This means supporting initiatives like passive solar energy-efficient buildings and locating major developments close to employment areas and safe routes to schools to encourage walking and cycling.

She is convinced that the Armidale region can become a model for regional Australia, building on strengths like excellent communications, educational facilities, local expertise, affordable land for new businesses, short commuting distances and safe cycling facilities, and is working hard to make this happen.