We asked Councillor Wendy Buck the following:
1. What is your connection to Moira?
I am a country girl at heart and have volunteered in many areas of our community, from a foster parent, to helping at refuges, to volunteering at the Olympics. So, it was only natural when I first moved to Moira I jumped in head first, I was the inaugural editor of the Strathmerton Standard, a small publication that kept the small community up to date.
I soon became involved with Council when I completed their leadership program and created a 'Small communities, great treasures' brochure where locals and tourists could follow the maps to follow the maps to find food and wine treasures in our community, similar to today's Farm Gate Trail.
2. What do you think is the greatest strength of the Moira Community?
We are so fortunate to live in the country and have country values instilled in our blood. We all enjoy getting in and helping our community. We live in an area that has a clean and green environment, from our water ways and state parks, renewable energy projects and our community's dedication to our organic waste initiative see Moira as leaders across the country, I was honoured to be the champion of this project.
3. What made you decide to run for Council?
I am a strong advocate for a range of issues particularly for women. This was one of my main reasons for running for Council, when I ran it was 100 years for women in local government. I championed a booklet as a celebration on all the women councillors who have represented their community. I am also very passionate about playgrounds particularly those for all abilities and providing exercise equipment along our walking paths, our open space amenities are a hub for families, our community and our visitors. My next project on my campaign list is to see our town signage updated across the shire.
4. What do you hope to achieve in your term as a Moira Shire Councillor?
I will continue to advocate and mentor women throughout l shire. l would really love to see more women stand at the next election in 2020.
I will also be lobbying for our local farmers to support them through tough times on the land.
I would also love to see more public art across our shire and in our settlements, l love working with our communities to showcase their towns.
I would love to see the organic waste rolled out into our smaller towns, this will save so much waste going to landfill. This project was how l got my name ‘green bin lady’.
I love projects that help the environment such as the Watts Working Better Program, this was a retrofit program for energy efficient street lighting. Council was awarded the Victorian Premiers Sustainability Award for this incredible project.
5. What is your favourite thing to do in Moira?
Where do I start, I love visiting our local public art installations and creating art from recycled materials. I enjoy relaxing on our local beaches and walking in our state parks watching our koala's and other native wildlife. I also enjoy planting and being involved for our local Landcare groups. Also, when I can I enjoy playing lawn bowls.