SALE mother of three Emilie Davine has announced her intention to stand at the upcoming Wellington Shire Council election.
Mrs Davine and her husband Dan have lived and worked in Sale, London and Sydney but some years ago chose to return to Sale to raise their young family and contribute to the local community.
Mrs Davine’s background is in human resources and has held positions in this field at Wellington Shire Council, Central Gippsland Health Service and various organisations in London and Sydney.
Mrs Davine’s decision to throw her hat into the ring for local government stemmed from her passion for the opportunities available to families living in Wellington and her desire to ensure a bright future for local children.
“After getting married and travelling, the decision to move back to Sale to raise our children was an easy one because I knew how fantastic a regional lifestyle was and what Wellington has to offer,” she said.
“Within our family life we utilise the playgrounds and parks, pools, art gallery, entertainment centre, library, including the toy library, of which I am treasurer, and the wonderful tourist attractions within the shire.
“The importance of these facilities and services cannot be underestimated and we need our decision makers to be reflective of the diverse users of these facilities and services rather than just observers.
“I will be a voice for the users and ensure concerns are heard.”
Providing the best educational outcomes in Wellington is also an area of interest for Mrs Davine. She hoped through a role on council she could work to secure future educational and employment opportunities for the region.
“Being aware of how quickly my children are growing up, I can’t help but think about what the future holds for them,” Mrs Davine said.
“I want the children of Wellington to have access to top class educational opportunities.
“The Port of Sale education hub, if funded, will be an excellent initiative that will facilitate further education opportunities within the community we live in.
“Rather than losing our young talent pool, if we start planning now and ensure our education and public transport issues are given a voice, we will at least have a chance of keeping our precious future workforce within our community. However, to fully realise this we need to generate employment.
“We need our education and business sectors to collaborate. Council must support local industries and focus on economic development this will give our children jobs for the future and ensure the long term viability of our unique region.”