Amanda McCasker offers rural voice for Livingstone council
SHE is a country girl living at Nankin who has successfully owned and operated a number of businesses and has many years' experience working with people with special needs.
And now Amanda McCasker is embarking on a new role.
Ms McCasker has nominated to be elected as a councillor for Livingstone Shire Council.
Having spent her entire life living in rural areas, Ms McCasker wants to be a voice for the rural community.
"My family is very much a part of the Livingstone region and we want to see a community-focused 'fair go' for all residents living in the Livingstone Shire Council area," Ms McCasker said.
"If elected, I will work to an achievable budget with no unnecessary spending and ensure all constituents get equal benefits.
"First and foremost, we need to get back to attending to the area's basic needs and services.
"All roads need to be getting regular maintenance, including grading and slashing to improve driver vision and safety in the case of fires."
Ms McCasker said she had raised her children in the area only to see them move away and she wants that to change.
"We need to encourage businesses to invest in our region to boost our economic growth and increase job opportunities for our young people," she said.
"I own property here and have long-term plans for the future."
Ms McCasker has lived in the region for 10 years.
She loves gardening, horses, art and photography and is an avid supporter of multiple sporting and community groups through her business Kanga Bins, which she has owned for the past eight years.