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.