Candidate driven to do something good for the community
DRIVING around Stanthorpe, Janice Mau has increasingly had the urge to do something for the community.
New Zealand-born, Mrs Mau immigrated to Australia in 1982, becoming an Australian citizen in 1986.
She and her husband moved to the region five years ago.
"As we've been embedding ourselves in the community, more and more I've wanted to step up to represent our community and be a voice for them," she said.
Mrs Mau has decided to run for council.
"I'd like to be visible and available," she said.
"I would envisage being a full-time councillor based in town in order to be available to the community. I believe a councillor should be continually out and about in the community to stay informed and up-to-date."
In preparation, she has been attending open council meetings throughout 2015, spending many hours studying via council and government websites.
Regarding the local economy, Mrs Mau believes that something more needs to be done.
"I want a thriving, prosperous town that offers the community great retail shopping and top service," she said.
"Empty shops make visitors wonder if the town is going backwards.
"I am all for encouraging and supporting the small business owner rather than have large retail organisations taking over."
Mrs Mau believes she could be a person for the people.
"I believe in people," she said.
"I don't think anyone's perfect."
In a change of direction from other candidates, Mrs Mau said with government funding being cut in some areas and population increases, community services should be increased.
"Instead of pulling services, I think we need to be supporting them, building them up and developing, even expanding them," she said. "People are very important to me. I just want to serve our community."