MANY LIFE LESSONS: Retired Stanthorpe school teacher Judy Lee is running as a councillor candidate at the March election.
MANY LIFE LESSONS: Retired Stanthorpe school teacher Judy Lee is running as a councillor candidate at the March election. Contributed

Retired teacher steps up to school the council

INTEGRITY, justice and equality are three things that resonate most with councillor candidate Judy Lee.

The retired school teacher, born and raised in Stanthorpe, is one of 36 candidates in next month’s council elections.

Mrs Lee said she believed it was time for change in the Southern Downs Regional Council.

“Time is right for our region to have change – an injection of new people to introduce new leadership, new ideas and new local government,” she said.

“We live in a beautiful region with much to offer – let us all face the future with confidence that our region will be in the best hands of government to make that a reality.”

The councillor candidate has called on Southern Downs residents to move past the resentment of amalgamation.

“I believe all residents need a positive approach to what we have today to work together with what we have to achieve and what we want to achieve,” she said.

“There are some issues that have been constantly raised – no one person can promise compromise but cost saving in some areas will help with the areas of most concern – better budgetary management.”

She also called on residents to have a positive approach, focus on what’s important and work through the negatives.

Instead of making promises, Mrs Lee has made just to one vow – to be a voice that resonates integrity, justice and equality. Educated discussion, informed decision making and effective communication are all part of what she said she believed in.

“I espouse strong Christian values and will bring three themes to my service with the Southern Downs Regional Council – act with integrity, serve with love and work for peace,” she said.

Having lived in Stanthorpe her whole life, Mrs Lee said she believed she had good knowledge of the region.

For decades she taught home economics at St Joseph’s School in Stanthorpe and prior to that taught at Stanthorpe State High School.

“My strong connection to St. Joseph’s has remained – I have many firm friends and a great rapport with teachers and students –past and present,” she said.

“I am serving currently as St. Joseph’s Alumni President.”

Community service runs in Mrs Lee’s family with her grandfather Les Atkins serving as Deputy Chairman of the Stanthorpe Shire Council, while her uncle Bob Atkins was a Stanthorpe Shire councillor.

Along with her husband David, Mrs Lee has been involved with the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe.

Last year she was awarded with a Rotary International Award for her humanitarian service with the club.

“ I would deem it a great honour, if given that opportunity, to serve as councillor for the Southern Downs Regional Council in representing not only the local Stanthorpe residents but all residents in our region,” she said.



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