Sean Kearns, Mel Moss and Clare Walch
Are you part or have you been part of a political party? If so, which one?
Nope, 100% independent
Tell us a bit about you and your team? What’s your day job?
I am the statistical representation of Ryde – a 37 year old woman with 1.7 children. I have lived in the East Ward for 8 years. I love this place, and the people are a huge part of that – it’s a real village. I’m what you call a chronic volunteer, always getting involved. I hold positions in a couple sports club committees, I sit on the City of Ryde access committee, and I volunteer at both of my kids schools. I’ve been involved in some big events in our area, that’s what I do for fun – get in, get my hands dirty, have fun with like minded people. Sport is a big part of our household. I still play netty (badly) at ELS Hall and at RALC. It gives me a good appreciation for the quality of service in the community. It’s my day job that has lead me to run for council. I run a charity that builds inclusive playgrounds in communities all over Australia. We believe that every child needs to access play, it’s as important as oxygen. A few years ago, we partnered with City of Ryde to deliver Livvi’s Place, off Quarry Rd. I’m really passionate about access to our communities for people with disabilities. Most people don’t know that 20% of Australians have a disability, and they’re often shut out. To create places where everyone has equity is one of my biggest goals. And I’m really lucky I get to do this as my day job.
Sean Kearn’s my number 2. He’s been a public servant and a paramedic for 20 years, and is really passionate about doing the right thing. I met Sean when our kids were at school together at Boronia Park, and recently spent election night in the US with him and his wife- we have really bonded over common sense politics. Sean brings so much to our community, and would be the best councillor for City of Ryde.
Mel wrote her own story for you because she’s great like that!
Hi guys, Mel Moss here. I like Bec am a local mum (of three). We moved into the area three years ago from the inner west and feel like we found our pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We wanted space, a central location and a sense of multicultural community for our kids to grow up with. I made the decision before my husband and I had kids that I would be a SAHM and any work I did would be volunteer. I’ve always had very strong views about my role in society. The idea that we must always look for the helpers. And I wanted to be one of those helpers. Not only for my kids and husband but for anyone without a voice. I just want to help. We have a lot less money to show for it but a great deal of happiness. I’ve worked on many large fundraisers for my kids schools, helped out on social media campaigns for charity organisations and am always on the lookout for something bigger. I’ve spent my entire life wanting to believe in someone who would make the world a better place. As I’ve gotten older I realise that I can be that person. I am so proud to be standing with these three people who want to make their corner of the world brighter and I am excited to see what we can do!
Clare is a long time mate, she has always been in the Ryde community, went to Boronia Park herself and then Riverside. She’s raising her kids locally and runs a really successful conveyancing business in Ryde, because she loves it that much. Clare’s all about common sense and a fair go. She’s calm, patient, incredibly organised and efficient, and has a great sense of fun.
What are some things you love about living in the area?
It’s the location, to everything. We are so close to the lights of the city, you can smell the innovation coming out of Mac Park, we are surrounded by beautiful bushland, and then there’s the river. But most of all, it’s the people. It really does take a village, and I’m so grateful for the villages around Ryde, the passionate volunteers and the people who GSD
What do you believe to be the 3 main issues affecting our community?
We’ve got some ideas of the issues, but we’ve also taken the time to actually survey the community. Here’s the link for anyone who wants to add their feedback. People choose to live here and because of that they want to be involved in the betterment of their city. They expect more from their council, they want to have their say and see results.
We believe this hasn’t been a priority of previous councils and we intend for that to change. Independent Ryde are there purely for the community to have loud voices, for good governance and to get stuff done.
The big issues we are hearing major concern about are:
- Overdevelopment of the area and whether the infrastructure that is currently in place can support it. Are enough development dollars being put back into the community and not just the developments themselves?
- There is worry about schools and whether there is enough room for our growing population. We know this is a state issue but it’s what we are hearing. We hope to be able to work with the state to get some resolve.
- We love our green spaces in Ryde and we want to see them protected and increased wherever possible. We are absolutely committed to opening up the river area and making it accessible to the community as a place of abundance. For all of us to enjoy.
What are the 3 key things you plan to achieve?
- We want to protect, preserve and activate the open spaces. Our team has some fantastic ideas around this.
- We want to bring our community together. We love our multicultural connection and heritage and want an absolutely inclusive Ryde.
- We want the area to be accessible to all. We want young families to be able to live here and enjoy their life. Our survey had a number of responses about the cost of parking in the area particularly when accessing the local parks.
What about your long term vision for the area?
We want Ryde to maintain its cultural diversity. We want to measure and increase liveability. We want Ryde to be accessible and inclusive to people with disabilities. We want to expand on our bushland, playgrounds, recreation and open spaces, and get people even more active and outdoors. We want Ryde to be governed by people who have a vested interest in the future of our beautiful city, and we want to make sure the people of Ryde are represented by people who care.
How do you plan to influence state policy that impacts on our community?
Collective governance. We can not work alone, we need to work with the local state MPs to get the best outcomes for our community. We’ll be working hard to establish great working relationships with all of the councillors, to create the best outcomes for Ryde. Sean and I in particular have long standing relationships with members of the state government through our jobs and time spent working as volunteers in the community that we can now harness for the good of Ryde
Email Bec at: email@example.com
Call Bec: 0414 506 606