I have always seen myself as a homemaker, wife, mother, professional and a contributing member of the community. The last two years have put it to the test. With one son preparing for HSC next year and another in Year One, I have my hands full, both as a teacher and a mother.
Parenting in COVID has been an educational experience for me. It has changed me from a captain of a smooth sailing ship to a fighter pilot dodging surprise attacks from all sides. I am not the only one to go through this transformation, all parents have been juggling with work from home, displaying their culinary skills, cooking up a storm, cleaning and keeping their lives as close to normal with a big smile. The number of WhatsApp groups, FB chats to encourage and support each other is phenomenal. I say thank you!
As a high school teacher I’m passionate about education and understand the challenges faced by families moving into new release areas before schools have been planned. I will continue to advocate for new schools to be planned and built in the Hills as our population continues to grow. Stay connected with me.
Small business owners treat their staff as extended families, making sure all members have food on their table and stay employed. As an owner of a business in The Hills I understand the challenges, pain and struggle experienced by them. Businesses have been hard hit by COVID-19, and we are mindful of how restrictions are impacting business in the Hills. Please take advantage of the assistance provided by various levels of government during the pandemic. A number of useful links can be found on Council’s website by searching for ‘business support’. We are all looking forward to better days ahead as restrictions ease. When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
The current term of Council is coming to an end and it’s been an interesting, rewarding and challenging time. I’m very proud of the things our Council has achieved for the community, despite having to be agile and change the way we work during the pandemic. Work is continuing on Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre, which is on track to open in 2022. The new centre will provide exceptional fitness, exercise and recreation opportunities including a state-of-the-art gymnasium, learn-to-swim classes and water play fun for families. My sons are equally excited and look forward to the opening of Waves pool. It has been wonderful to see this new community asset taking shape.
COVID restrictions have taught me to take control of my health as a bigger priority than ever before. I have been a long-time advocate for open spaces in our suburbs for people to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. We are working to deliver new parks and playing fields across the Hills, including Kellyville Memorial Park and Balmoral Road Reserve. Parks and open spaces have been so important for exercise during COVID-19 and we are planning more recreation opportunities, including preparing a draft masterplan for more fields at the very popular Caddies Creek Sports Complex.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support of our work as Councillors and remind you to check that you’re enrolled to vote in the Local Government Elections that have been moved to 4 December 2021.