Jen Bray

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Candidate Statement

I love living in the Hepburn Shire and believe we all deserve a neighbourhood that is enriching and welcoming, with a healthy local economy and a sustainable footprint. We need a council that protects what makes our shire unique – its natural environment, indigenous and historical cultural heritage, strong farming traditions, arts, sports, local businesses and its vibrant and diverse social make-up.

While we currently face large challenges, such as the pandemic, local economy, bushfires and climate emergency, I will work collaboratively at a local level to find clever solutions by harnessing the knowledge and experience of experts and our talented community.

Since moving to Daylesford fifteen years ago I’ve been proactive in running community events such as Words in Winter, Family Day Children’s Festival, Daylesford Community Fair, and Daylesford Youth Theatre. As an engaged community member I have been active in Hepburn Shire’s community consultations over many years on issues of Youth, Arts, Sustainability, Community Plan and the Daylesford Skate Park Naturescape. I was one of several active parents who successfully lobbied the State Government for $10 million to rebuild Daylesford College. I’m a current member of Daylesford College school council and a Catherine King Citizenship Award recipient.

I have a B.Ed Secondary-Arts and my career as a theatre director, drama teacher and events manager spans twenty five years.  I was department manager and lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts and course co-ordinator at the National Institute of Circus Arts.

As your councillor, I will use my skills in management and communication, and my passion for engaging with the community to consult meaningfully with diverse groups across our Shire. I commit to working towards win-win solutions for Hepburn Shire rate-payers and all residents who are fortunate enough to call it home.

Authorised by J.Bray PO Box 282, Daylesford, 3460