CAPE Paterson resident Leticia Laing has announced she will be running as a candidate for the Bunurong Ward in the Bass Coast Shire Council election in October.
In a statement, Ms Laing said she is an active member of the Nature Adventures Playgroup, Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club, Wonthaggi Primary School and the Bass Coast Climate Action Network.
She said she sees running for council as the next step in being able to advocate for better long-term solutions to meet the needs of the community.
“This means having the best facilities and services for our growing shire and families while enhancing community safety during these trying times,” Leticia said.
“Women represent about half the population yet only two out of the nine councillors in the Bass Coast are women. This is a chance to offer a different perspective that needs a stronger voice.
“The current council has done some great work in the past four years. I want to be able to build on that in the Bunurong ward.”
COVID restrictions in Victoria will pose unique challenges to candidates trying to break new ground, she said.
“Leading up to the election there are pressures facing all of us. Especially now we are in Stage 3 restrictions in the regions, but we’ve done it before and we can do it again,” Leticia said.
“I’m looking forward to connecting with residents while ensuring it is in a safe way.
“I have launched a Facebook Page with regular updates and announcements at ‘Leticia4bccouncil’ or anyone can call me directly on 0475 757 953.”
Originally from Melbourne, Ms Laing finished a law/arts double degree before moving to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to work as a journalist there for six years. She has lived in Cape Paterson with her husband for more than four years raising their three young kids along with a pet dog and six chickens.