TOORA’S Sue Plowright has announced her intention to throw her hat in the ring for the Coastal Promontory Ward in the South Gippsland Shire Council elections later this year.

A former lecturer and teacher with more than 35 years’ experience in the education sector, Dr Plowright has been volunteering at Welshpool and District and Toora Primary Schools since 2017 to run a weekly oral language, citizenship and ethical thinking program each year.

Dr Plowright said she decided to throw her hat in the ring to ensure the future of South Gippsland Shire was secured with a strong footing in climate action and building trust with the community.

“South Gippsland is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and we need to keep it that way for now and for future generations,” she said.

“The new council must step up for South Gippsland families, farmers, fishers, flora and fauna in the face of climate change.

“Other jurisdictions around the world, including our neighbours in the Bass Coast Shire, are taking rapid, decisive action to achieve a fair shift to a zero-carbon community and economy by 2030 so that the needs of future generations are protected.”

Dr Plowright, who completed her PhD thesis on democracy, governance and education, said she was equipped to support the community’s needs in council by working as a team with integrity, transparency and dedication.

In May, she was instrumental in hosting a Women’s Forum attended by 70 people, which engaged with Member for Monash Russell Broadbent to have the women’s key messages from the forum tabled in parliament in Canberra earlier this year.

“A diverse community needs a diverse council and that’s why we need more women to run and get elected. I know it’s a challenge, but I encourage other women to run so we have this diversity,” she said.

“We have an opportunity to do democracy better.

“If elected, I will work hard to always keep the communication lines open, be accessible and transparent.

“If you have any questions, please get in touch with me.”

Dr Plowright will be running weekly Zoom sessions at midday and 8pm on Mondays leading up to the election and will be available to meet in-person.

Dr Plowright can be contacted on 0413 085 736 or visit sueplowrightcandidate.net.