A "fresh new change" may be on the horizon.
Labor's candidates for the Wingecaribee Shire Council election have been announced for 2021, and they've got something in common that the present council lacks.
Jo-Ann Davidson, a former Labor candidate for Wollondilly in the 2019 state election, has announced her candidacy alongside a proposed ticket that consists of five women.
"We will have a proper launch just before the election, but in the lead up to election, we will be out and about in all the different Wingecarribee Shire villages and listening to peoples' issues," Ms Davidson said.
With Wingecarribee Shire Council currently featuring no women at all, the Labor election ticket is making a point.
"Labor will be sending a strong message through these candidates," Ms Davidson said.
"We have a team of strong women, with a wealth of knowledge and from diverse backgrounds.
"It's necessary for council to be renewed. A fresh new change is needed.
"It's symbolic, but these women bring their own skills and experience in their own right."
The team consists of:
Jo-Ann Davidson: Acabin crew member of 40 years and lifelong advocate for safety and women in the aviation industry through her membership and work in her union the Flight Attendants' Association of Australia.
She served as the National Secretary of the FAAA from 2007-2016 and led negotiation and campaigns within Australia's largest aviation organisations. She has also served on the Unions NSW Women's Committee, the ACTU Executive Committee Representing Small Unions, and the Transport Women Australia Committee.
Madeline Baker: A solicitor of 30 years and former Judicial Member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, as well as former member of the NSW Consumer, Trader, and Tenancy Tribunal.
Linda McLaughlin: Alifelong educator with a masters in education. Linda is an experienced NSW Public school educator, and former principal of schools in Mittagong, Campbelltown, and Wollongong.
Michele Graham: Awell-known winemaker within the Highlands, Michele started the Bou-Saada Vineyard and Wines in Mittagong in 1997. She was involved in the early development of the Southern Highlands Cool Climate Wines industry and was involved in advocating equal rights for female aircrew through the Overseas Flight Hostess' Association.
Margaret Higgins: has had a long career in office management and bookkeeping specialising in insolvency. Following this, Margaret worked within the disability sector and as a carer.
With current Labor-backed Councillor Graham McLaughlin electing not to return, this opens the door for new change.
"Graham McLaughlin won't be re-running and this is an excellent opportunity for women's voices to be heard on council," Ms Davidson said.
"We will be looking to collaborate rather than having confrontations.
"There will always be differences in opinion, but decisions need to be made for the best of the Wingecaribee Shire community.
"We will continue the legacy of Graham McLaughlin and Phil Yeo.
"They had great improvements in grants and funding for the arts under Phil. We will continue that."
The team's policies will be announced closer to election time, but for now it's all about hearing the Southern Highland voices.
"This announcement is all about saying "here we are," Ms Davidson said.
"We want to spent the next several months talking with people and listening to their issues, rather than talking at them.
"The five women will bring their own unique experiences, but the most important thing is to listen to what the people in the community want from their council."
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