Candidates Announced, Ballot Drawn, Postal Voting Opens, Pre-Poll Starts For By-Election …
Residents of Division 1 are set to vote in the By-Election on Saturday 15 April 2023 to elect their new councillor. Candidates are as below in order of Ballot Draw:
Hi, I’m Kerri, a ‘fresh-faced’ candidate for the Division 1 By-Election! Moving to Queensland some 30 years ago, I have been immersing myself, with my family, within the mountain community ever since! My ongoing, keen interest in the community has led to creation of local publication the Tamborine Bulletin.
Over the years, I have undertaken many supportive roles for local committees, and also hold a Degree in Business – graduating with a Distinction, and Highest Achievement Awards.
I appreciate the people of our community and while being ‘out and about’ involved in the community for the past four and a half years with the newspaper, I have gained much experience listening and talking to residents about their concerns for their living and working lifestyles. So much so, I knew I wanted to do more to help and support.
And so, with good management skills, great experience gained from working in the community with the newspaper, an approachable yet professional manner, all important integrity – and a real ear for listening – cannot wait for the journey to begin!
Looking forward to a positive outcome with great communication and working relationships for us all!
Having lived on Tamborine Mountain for more than 10 years and been actively involved in community activities and associations including the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club (former Treasurer), “Springtime on the Mountain”) joint convenor 2019 and 2020), and current Secretary of the Tamborine Mountain Progress Association Inc, I am across local issues.
I am passionate about our local community and advocacy for residents and ratepayers and feel that
I would provide a capable and informed voice in Council to ensure the Mountain’s best interests are protected. I am self-funded, independent and, most importantly, local.
My background enables me to comprehend the Corporate Plan, the Community Plan, the Code of Conduct and, importantly, the current Planning Scheme. I have made submissions to the Electoral Commission Divisional Boundary Review, the SRRC Draft 2019/2020 Planning Scheme and the Gallery Walk upgrade proposal.
On every local government issue, you can rely on me to vigorously stand up for the best interests of our wonderful mountain community and residents and ratepayers across the Scenic Rim.
Jennifer has completed 4.5 years as a Director of Brighter Super from July 2018 to December 2022. This included 1 year on the Audit and Risk and finance committees. Prior to that, she spent 8 years on the Beaucare Board – 4 as President and Chair. Currently, Jennifer works fulltime as a claims manager for an insurance company, dealing with home claims.
Jennifer was an elected Councillor at Scenic Rim Regional Council from 2012 to 2016 and Chair of the Planning and Development Committee for the same period.
Jennifer is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Development Processing, LGAQ Diploma of Local Government (Planning), RG146 General Advice in Superannuation, and a Diploma of Project Management.
Jennifer is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Jennifer won the Queensland Government’s inaugural Women in Local Government bursary in 2009, and was winner of the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program scholarship 2014.
Nicole Thompson (The Greens)
I have lived on Tamborine Mountain for 15 years. Like many of you, I moved up here for the quiet, caring village lifestyle and to live amongst the rainforest and bush. If I become the councillor for Tamborine Mountain, Division 1, this is what I would like to protect. And whoever would be better than a Greens person to do this!
My background is small business owner, nurse and midwife. As an entrepreneur I realise how important tourism is up here. I would support tourism but lead with an environmental and arts focus. There is plenty of scope to make Tamborine Mountain a centre of environmental education for visiting tourists. Where tourists can go on to be immersed in our three beautiful national parks. We have a vibrant arts community up here. I would like to showcase what they have to offer whether it be sculpture, art or theatre.
I have the time and gumption to be the councillor for Tamborine Mountain. I would be a strong voice for our local community. I look forward to working with the other councillors so we can make the best decisions for our beautiful Scenic Rim and its communities.