Jillian Lye, an architect perhaps better known for her work with Save Boomerang Park Action Group, has declared she will seek election to Port Stephens Council in September.
A resident of Port Stephens for 23 years Ms Lye chaired the group that opposed development of the Raymond Terrace park.
The Men’s Shed has since been constructed on the grounds but she’s determined to drive change for the future.
“I was hit right in the face with all the things wrong with this council,” she said.
“I became intensely involved in this one issue and because of that I became aware of a lot of other things.
“Basically, it comes down to representation and I don’t believe we were represented in our battle.”
Out of her trademark green shirt Ms Lye was eager to break out of the park’s pigeon hole. Her supporters encouraged her decision but she said her skills truly lent themselves to the role.
“In my work as an architect I deal with council planners all the time from across the Hunter and I know how the system works,” she said.
“I’m not doing this for me I’m doing it for the community. People need to know there’s an alternative so they can make an informed choice.”
Ms Lye will run for one of the three positions in the west ward – positions presently held by Crs Ken Jordan, Peter Kafer and Paul Le Mottee – as an independent who is “non-party aligned”.
“I will promote smart, low impact sustainable developments that respect the environment, are energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions,” she said.
“I will also support the conservation of critical habitats, for koalas and our other vulnerable and endangered biodiversity. Our natural resources are finite, and positive action now will shape a brighter and sustainable future for a stronger Port”.
People will also form part of her platform.
“I will also reinforce a sense of place and well-being through the promotion of the creative arts and culture, bringing our people and talents together, participating locally for an enriched healthy lifestyle and a strong sense of community.”