Three professional local women are standing for election to Central Coast Council in the Gosford East Ward on a platform of governance, accountability and independence.
The group, calling itself Next Generation Independents, will be headed by business woman and gender advocate, Ms Claire Braund.
Supporting Ms Braund are Dr Diane Bull and Ms Danielle Habib.
Ms Braund co-founded the now international company, Women on Boards, from the Coast, in 2006.
She also serves on the board of Women on Boards UK, the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, and was founding President of the Gosford Waterfront Alliance.
Dr Diane Bull, a PhD qualified clinical and medical psychologist is one of Ms Brunad’s running mates.
Dr Bull has a 40 year history on the Central Coast and has served on boards, in Rotary and has worked for various charities.
She has founded comedy festival Comicon to fund Youth off the Streets.
Ms Danielle Habib is also running on the Next Generation Independents’ ticket in Gosford East.
Ms Habib is a Violence Prevention Officer at Uniting Care Burnside and is known for her work in community organisations including White Ribbon, the Central Coast Domestic Violence Committee and the Central Coast Women’s Health Centre.
She has been a member of the former Wyong Council’s multicultural advisory committee, and volunteers to assist migrants and refugees in settling into communities.
Ms Braund said the group was running on a platform of improving governance and accountability to ratepayers and residents, thereby setting up a solid framework for Council to take decisions and implement actions.
“Independent thought and a fresh approach are sorely needed on the Coast and our new mega-Council will need councillors with vision and expertise in these key governance roles,” she said.
Media release, Aug 8
Gosford East candidate