For 8 years I’ve been living in a dream. Every day I get up and I make a difference in my community.

Sometimes it’s small things, sometimes it’s big things, and most of the time the difference I’m making is positive.

But I’m writing this to say I’ve reached the end of the road, at least for now. I’m hanging up my iPad, putting down my mobile phone and I’m going back to Alice 1.0.

Serving the community of Brunswick has been an absolute privilege, and to say this has been a hard decision is like saying Miranda Kerr looks nice.

For 8 years, I’ve plugged away on the Brunswick Baths, kinders, the Brunswick Structure Plan, carbon neutrality, heritage, improved recycling collection, performing arts, libraries, maternal and child health care, economic development, the youth facility & so much more.

To those Councillors that I have served with for 8 years, thank you for putting in the hard yards with me; thanks for the disagreements, agreements, hugs, laughs and all round greatness.

To the hard working administration at Moreland, a simple thank you. You do amazing work.

To the residents of Moreland and Brunswick, my gratitude. Every week I meet passionate people, who work away to make change in our world. Keep up the good fight, and perhaps consider standing for Council yourself!

To my friends: yes, I am free for dinner/trivia/dancing/fun.

To my family, and especially my husband, Mike. You’ve put up with 8 years of the most boring dinner conversations (try me, I’m well versed in an assortment of ‘only interesting to those involved’ topics), 8 years of public events I’ve dragged you to, and frankly 8 years of barely seeing me at all.

And lastly, to my little Charlie. Snuggles make me happy too.

I’m very sad to be retiring but I look at the gorgeous face of my two year old and I know I’ve made the right call.

Thank you.

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11 thoughts on “Farewell

  1. Judith Cooke says:

    It’s going to be a huge change in your life and you will miss the action, but your boys will be very pleased to have you around and I will too! love Nutty Mum


  2. Shannon says:

    Fantastically written and very honest article Alice. And the slideshow looks great! You should be proud of all your hard work, and even prouder of making the tough decision to leave to spend time with your boys x


  3. Marita says:

    Congratulations on your eight years of terrific service Alice! I’m guessing you won’t be twiddling your thumbs that much in your already full life, but having more breathing space will be vey welcome to you and your loed ones Trying to get the balance of everything that is important in one’s life needs regular tweaking. A great piece on this decision. We look forward to future blogs on your new adventures in you “down time”.


  4. John Englart says:

    Thanks Alice for being an active progressive voice on Moreland Council for the last 8 years. The last couple must have been very hectic juggling time with family and commitment to Council and the ratepayers of Moreland. I am sure you’ll continue to find ways to contribute to our community. See you round.


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