12 years as a union organiser, Jan comes out fighting
FOR the past 12 years Jan Kelly has worked as a regional organiser for the Australian Services Union, with 27 councils pre-amalgamation and seven councils after amalgamation.
Now Ms Kelly is ready to step up as she joins the campaign trail to be elected as a councillor for Livingstone Shire Council.
With a vast resume of experience working with mayors, councillors, CEOs and managers to achieve the best outcomes for workers and councils during restructures, Ms Kelly said she was ready to fight for the region.
"I represent people when they need someone to fight for them, I fight for fairness and justice for all," Ms Kelly said.
"I have never been one to sit on the sidelines; I have strong yet balanced convictions and I want to make a difference.
"If it needs to be said, I say it, if questions need to be asked, I ask them and if it needs to be done, I work to get it done.
"I understand what is needed to re-establish Livingstone Shire Council and I believe I have the necessary skills, ability, enthusiasm and experience to fight for a strong and balanced council.
"I will work as an independent voice to ensure our shire reaches its full potential and also delivered the services our ratepayers require.
"I will be an independent voice because we cannot afford to lose the experienced staff that delivers services to the community and I will ensure accountability to the people of Livingstone Shire."
Ms Kelly said there was a need to recognise Livingstone Shire as a diverse and progressive region with each facet and community equally important to the whole.
"Our new council will need a positive approach to ensure the costs of de-amalgamation are covered without cutting our service delivery."