Jacqui and her family have lived in Point Lonsdale for over 20 years, where she has combined raising her two children, running her own business and extensive community service throughout that time.
In her professional life Jacqui provides consultancy in the disability sector. Her work is centred on advocating to improve the lives and support for people with disability. With tertiary qualifications in Education, Disability, Public Policy and Management, Jacqui’s career has included the responsibility of being a Ministerial appointee on various regional councils.
"My career has given me great experience with complex projects and initiatives, advising policy, developing strategy and lobbying at all levels of government. Human rights and social justice underpin everything I do." says Jacqui, who has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
Jacqui is currently the Chair of Bellarine Community Health’s Community Advisory Group, and she has been an active volunteer on the Committees of many other local organisations, including: Point Lonsdale Playgroup, Queenscliffe Toy Library, Queenscliff Kindergarten and Point Lonsdale Civic Association. She has also been a long-standing School Councillor and President of both the School and College Council’s at Point Lonsdale Primary School and Bellarine Secondary College, which her daughters attended.
"I am standing for Council because I am passionate about our community. It’s an amazing place where we live and it’s a wonderful community. To serve you is my pleasure and privilege. I know I can help make a real difference by taking local action in response to local, national and global issues,’ says Jacqui.
"As an independent candidate, my campaign is centred on three platforms: integrity, inclusion and innovation in local government.
"Campaigning for public office during a global pandemic and whilst we have various COVID 19 restrictions in place in Victoria is certainly going to be a challenge’ says Jacqui. ‘
"My preference would be to come and sit and talk with you personally, and to meet with your community groups, to further develop my understanding of your ideas, needs and issues.
"In the current circumstances we have to do things differently. I really do welcome the opportunity to have those conversations with you and your group via phone or video and encourage you to make contact’."
My husband Woody and I have decided to raise our family in the Borough of Queenscliffe, because my connection to this place runs deep -- I am a direct descendant of Henry Charles Dod, who established the first post office and bank in Queenscliff, and I attended Queenscliff kindergarten as a child. My family and I have been community members for more than 30 years.
We live here because we love this place. We want our children to enjoy what we have - the waves crashing along the Point Lonsdale esplanade; the warbling magpies (who have a knack for remembering human faces, so be sure to keep them on side); a glittering Queenscliff harbour.
In loving this place, we also embrace its stories. I have worked as a journalist for over 10 years, including overseas in Jakarta and Copenhagen, and know the immense power of stories. They are great equalisers, for everyone has a story, and it is through stories that we learn about far away places, long buried secrets, and we come to understand each other and what makes us collectively human.
But COVID threatens our humanity, and all that makes this community great. Yet now is no time for isolationism or silence. The pandemic has reinforced that local people, places and stories are everything. Through them, we remain resilient to this great challenge of our time.
In October, I will run as a candidate in the Borough of Queenscliffe local government elections to represent this historic community and be a strong advocate for community consultation. I will listen, and I will act on the stories of this community.
Stories - even those we discover late or don’t want to hear - are our identity. They can preserve history, upend and correct it, and inform the future. Stories are what make this community great, and the stories we tell each other, our children and those that visit this beautiful Borough, will help us survive COVID and beyond.
Offer your story up, and open your ears to the stories of others. You will be amazed at what you find.
COVID19 is dominating our lives, and climate change looms large. The current challenge is to stay healthy and solvent as we navigate these issues so we continue to enjoy Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff. We can meet these challenges if we work together, and I believe I can facilitate that. So I am a new candidate at the next local election, and I am standing for our community and the environment:
- Maintaining a financially viable independent Borough. We have a small rate base supplemented with government grants and caravan park revenue, but we have relatively few roads and infrastructure to maintain. We are viable when we keep rate increases low, improve our planning and resourcing, involve our community more effectively, manage assets and debt frugally and minimize spending on consultants.
- Uniting the community and Council to act on climate change. We should embrace renewable energy, be more energy efficient, mitigate erosion and storm damage, plant more, manage bush fire risk, better process waste and water, and switch to electric vehicles.
- Supporting businesses create a diverse and prosperous local economy. We should shop locally, and creatively promote our natural/heritage/hospitality assets, and our cultural events. We can improve collaboration with our region and the telecommunications that enable more of us to develop business.
- Better protecting our wonderful environment. We can do better maintaining our diverse coastal landscapes, parks and streetscapes through better education, management and resourcing.
- Caring for our community wellbeing. Provide support programs for those who need it most, in particular older people, those with disabilities and the very young. Continue to deliver effective support to our community organizations including sporting groups, art groups, older citizens, the young and neighbourhood house.
- Protecting and promoting our diverse cultural and built heritage. Let’s celebrate the Aboriginal heritage of our area. We also have a valuable legacy of architecture to look after, including two lighthouse areas. I support new development that complements the characters of Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff.
I have been a permanent resident of Queenscliff for six years but have been coming down to stay in both Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff for around 30 years.
My background is in public relations, marketing and communication and I have a qualification in business administration.
Since living here I have become concerned at the Council’s lack of relevant community consultation. I do not believe residents issues have been listened to or addressed well.
For example, over the last few years Council has undertaken numerous costly and repetitive surveys (eg improvements to Hesse Street) to gain insight into residents and visitors thoughts on the Borough. These surveys don’t seem to have led to relevant changes or improvements – there is a lack of follow through action by Council and they are a waste of ratepayer money.
As a result I believe many residents have become disillusioned with the Council and Councillors – the Borough has stagnated. Residents require action, not just talk.
There are some very serious challenges ahead of us, which Council needs to address.
It’s time for Council to look to the future, address these challenges (such as climate change, beach erosion, financial management, state of dune and foreshore management) and put in place measures to make the Borough a safe, viable and vibrant place.
It’s time for a change!
WHAT I STAND FOR:"
"I want to see:
- A Council that is efficiently and cost effectively run;
- A Council that listens and acts more with the community on issues;
- A Council and Councillors who communicate well and regularly with the community;
- Our rates used on things that are relevant to our community’s requirements;
- The ability for residents to discuss issues at Council Meetings.
I am standing again for Councillor to continue the recent important progress taking place. I am a Borough resident and have been a Councillor for the last nine months after winning the seat vacated by Cr Francis.
The appointment of the new CEO has seen real change in the way Council deals with community consultation in the Borough. I actively support the “get it done” agenda of 2020 and beyond.
I stand in support of a financially strong and independent Borough and a consultative Council focused on residents and supporting local business
We have progressed the Climate Emergency Response Plan and the Avenue of Honour action plan to replant this important memorial. The Hub, a substantial project which will improve resident and visitor experience in Hesse Street is progressing without cost or timing issues.
I have advocated for years, as a member and president of the PLCA, for weed reduction on Ocean Road and improvements at The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve (PLLHR). Real action is finally underway.
I believe our caravan parks need amenities upgraded. The income is important for Council and our businesses need these visitors now more than ever.