Wendy Buck

Councillor

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What is your connection to Moira?

We bought the Gazebo Motor Inn Strathmerton and during the millennium drought, I networked with other tourism businesses to develop the Small Communities Great Treasures of the Moira Shire brochure through the Moira Shire leadership program, to promote tourism during the drought.

I have also previously developed the Moira Women brochure, which celebrated 100 years of women in local government and developed the brochure to acknowledge the women who served as councillors to the shire.

What do you think is the greatest strength of the Moira Community?

The resilience of the people in our community who endure, flood, fire, tornado’s, rural isolation, reduced services to health, education etc, and continue to thrive.

The community spirit which is the glue that holds us together and this was so evident when sandbagging in the recent flooding, the good old Australian bush spirit of our community, working together to get the job done.

What made you decide to run for council?

The realisation that if your not on the decision making table – your on the menu and that the people who turn up are the ones making the decisions.

I have been on Council 10 years, twice as Deputy Mayor. I was the ministerial appointment to the State Government, GV Waste and Resource Recovery Group for 7 years, I was the first ever women to be appointed chairman of the GV Waste and Resource Recovery Group, winning two Premiers Sustainability awards. I was Deputy Chair of the North East Australian Local Government Women’s Association and Chair of the GV Greenhouse Alliance.

What do you hope to achieve in your term as a Moira Shire Councillor?

As a graduate of the Australian Company Institute of Company Directors, I hope to bring governance experience to the role as well as my policy review and development experience from both State Government and Local Government where I was involved the developing and reviewing of state-wide and regional policies.

I hope to support my community, fellow Councillors and the organisation to work together for what time we have together for the good of the Shire.

What is your favourite thing about Moira?

From the diversity of our lake, to our rivers and rural landscape, makes Moira the ultimate Road Trip. From its plethora of small communities and rural towns, the silo art, there is certainly lots to do in Moira. Our solar farms boast more sunny days than Queensland, it’s the perfect place to be, friendly people along the way who are always up for a chat or a helping hand. Not to forget the bakeries and food and wine experience. What’s not to love!?