Joy to uplift community confidence
THE council has "lost its relationship with the community".
That's why Joy de Roos is throwing her hat in the ring for the September local government elections.
"Two years ago, I remember a couple of mums at the preschool complaining about an issue," Mrs de Roos said.
"They were really annoyed there had been no community consultation on something and I put my two bobs in and they said, 'why don't you run for council?'
"I'm a very community-based sort of person."
Mrs de Roos works in aged care, is president of the preschool in Maclean and the director of the Services Club.
She was born in Grafton, grew up in Tyndale and now lives just outside of Maclean.
While she thinks it is right the Valley is going through changes, Mrs de Roos believes the community isn't being brought along on the journey.
"Change management is horrible because it's such hard work and I thought, okay, this is my opportunity to give the community something back."
Nominations for the September 8 election will close on August 8 and a number of present and would-be councillors have already stuck their hands up.
The Daily Examiner is still working on plans for its meet-the-candidate forums and is looking at an August 20 meeting in the Lower Clarence and an August 22 forum here in Grafton.
Anyone nominating should phone us on 6643 581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates so far
- Richie Williamson
- Craig Howe
- Sue Hughes
- Margaret McKenna
- Jim Simmons
- Ian Tiley
- Karen Toms
- Andrew Baker
- Rod Morrison
- Ursula Tunks
- Jason Kingsley
- Michael McIvor
- Jeremy Challacombe
- Greg Clancy
- Paul Parkinson
- Joy de Roos