Shoalhaven City Council

Our Candidates and Our Plan for Shoalhaven City Council

Amanda Findley

I’ve lived on the NSW South Coast for 17 years and have been representing the Greens on the Shoalhaven City Council for the past 8 years. My working life has been diverse – I’ve operated a family business, had a career in banking and now own and operate a cattle farm in the Milton area.

I’m a big believer in community consultation, which is why I chose to be part of a party that’s all about grassroots involvement. During my time on Council I’ve witnessed how important community involvement is to local projects and I’m convinced that local knowledge is an essential ingredient for finding solutions to local problems.

I also believe passionately in good land use planning, an issue that is highly contested in regional NSW. Very little protection is given to productive agricultural land and The Greens are the only party that have delivered a comprehensive plan for Australia’s food security, one that protects farms and waterways. The ‘old’ political parties have failed regional Australia by refusing to recognise the value of food production land.

As a beef cattle farmer, I understand the challenges facing many businesses in regional areas around the country, with difficult access to markets and reliance on road freight. I want to provide a voice for regional Australian farmers and business owners, to make sure that the issues that matter to us find a forum in the Australian parliament.

I’ve also seen how regional communities are affected by high unemployment, especially among young people. We need to provide services or those affected by underemployment and socio-economic disadvantage. And we need to give our young people reason to stay in regional areas, by providing work and education opportunities. The Greens are calling for investment in food production and in renewable energies, two industries that can provide jobs and training in regional areas for many years to come.

The Greens are a party that understand regional Australia and appreciate the essential role played by our regional and rural communities. We want to protect the well-being of those communities by providing health, education and cultural services as well as long term job opportunities and prospects for business. A vote for The Greens is a vote for the future of regional Australia.

Moo D’Ath

 

I’ve been a resident of the Shoalhaven for 24 years. I arrived as a single party girl, became a single mother on Centrelink, and am now a mother of adult children. 

Through these stages of life, I have accessed many of our area’s pools, sports fields, skate parks, libraries and community centres. I’ve also been heavily involved at committee level in many sporting groups including Little Athletics, Ulladulla Dockers, Frogs Hola Management Committee, West Ulladulla Sport Complex and the Ulladulla Skatepark. Currently, I volunteer with several organisations, including helping with bushfire recovery and assisting the homelessness in our community. 

I have a passion for our youth and for our environment. I want to ensure young people in the Shoalhaven have access to mental and physical health services, affordable housing, employment opportunities, and most importantly, adequate schooling. I also want to see responsible bushfire management and regeneration of our flora and fauna to preserve our environment for generations to come. 

Through my professional life, I have taught yoga, breathing, meditation, fitness, circus and mental health workshops. I was also previously employed by TAFE NSW in their At Risk Youth Program.  

My top priorities for a better future Shoalhaven are affordable housing, mental health services, youth issues, employment, education and training funding and upgrading our sports grounds, parks and outdoor areas for all. 

Amanda Findley – Mayor

Amanda Findley – Mayor

I’ve lived on the NSW South Coast for 17 years and have been representing the Greens on the Shoalhaven City Council for the past 8 years. My working life has been diverse – I’ve operated a family business, had a career in banking and now own and operate a cattle farm in the Milton area.

I’m a big believer in community consultation, which is why I chose to be part of a party that’s all about grassroots involvement. During my time on Council I’ve witnessed how important community involvement is to local projects and I’m convinced that local knowledge is an essential ingredient for finding solutions to local problems.
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John Levett – Ward 2

John Levett – Ward 2

John spent the first 57 years of his life in the Sutherland Shire where he and his wife raised three children and ran successful businesses in both the printing and real estate industries. In 2003 the family bought land at Tomerong as a holiday destination and moved there permanently in 2007. John’s history of community activism goes back to the 1970’s. read more…

Kaye Gartner – Ward 3

Kaye Gartner – Ward 3

Kaye and her husband bought their first home in the Shoalhaven in 1999. Kaye chose the Shoalhaven for the unspoilt beaches, the bushland and the holiday memories from her childhood.

Kaye has been a community campaigner all her life. She has organised grass roots responses to everything from destructive waste products to the destruction of local foreshores. She worked in women’s employment projects for many years, then retrained as a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A long career in private practice, developing a successful small business, followed.

Kaye will campaign for quality, local, family-friendly services, and family-friendly local development.