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About Kellie Darley
Why is Kellie running to become a Councillor?
Over the last seven years, Kellie has run a number of community initiatives (including ParraParents, Parramatta District Mums, Little Green Fingers Garden Club, Parramatta Little Bushwalkers, community litter clean ups and playgroups). In doing this, it’s become increasingly obvious to Kellie that there’s a gap between what the community wants and what Council is providing. While she’s been successful in advocating for a number of positive changes when it comes to Council’s strategy and services, these have really been just tweaking at the edge. What is needed is a stronger champion for families and the community on Council to influence key Council decisions.
Unfortunately when she looked around, Kellie didn’t see any community leaders strongly representing families on Council. So she’s standing up for our community and running to become a Councillor in the upcoming local council elections on 4th September for the City of Parramatta, in the Dundas Ward. This is a completely foreign world to Kellie, and not what she thought she’d end up doing when she moved to the area 7years ago.
But Kellie absolutely believes our community deserves better. She wants the City of Parramatta to be a place all residents are proud to call home and where we love raising our kids. And for this to happen we need a strong, truly independent voice on Council, from someone who is deeply connected with our community, passionate about making our neighbourhoods better places to live and has a proven track record for listening, caring and delivering.
How long has Kellie lived in the Dundas Ward?
Kellie has lived in the Dundas Ward for over seven years. Kellie moved to the City of Parramatta in 2014, when she was heavily pregnant with her second child, to be closer to her support network as she prepared to have two children under 18months of age. Kellie and her family first lived in Dundas Valley and then moved to Rydalmere in 2017.
What are Kellie’s hobbies and interests?
It’s easy to tell what Kellie likes to do by how she spends her time and what she posts about on ParraParents. Kellie loves spending time with her family, being out in nature, growing food, going on adventures, building communities of support around shared interests, cooking, swimming and reading.
What is Kellie’s work experience?
Kellie has worked both in for purpose and for profit organisations across marketing, IT, research, communications and program delivery. Her specialties include managing and engaging diverse people, designing solutions, strategic planning, leading complex projects, problem solving, utilising technology, data analysis and streamlining processes.
What is Kellie’s education?
Kellie loves learning and has spent a good part of her life studying. She has a Masters of Public Health (with credit) from University of Sydney, a Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology and Development Studies from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University.
About the 2021 Local Government Elections
When is the Local Government Election?
4th September 2021, from 8am to 6pm
When can I vote in the 2021 Local Government Election?
If you would like to vote in person, but you are unable to get to a voting centre or polling place on election day, you may be eligible to vote early at a pre-poll centre. Pre-poll opens on Monday 23rd August at 8am and closes on 3rd September at 5pm. Otherwise you need to vote on 4th September at a polling centre in the City of Parramatta.
How do I find out if I’m enrolled to vote?
You can check your enrolment details by visiting the Australian Electoral Commission website.
Is voting compulsory?
Yes, fines apply for people who do not vote.
How many Councillors will be elected to the City of Parramatta?
City of Parramatta has 15 elected Councillors, across five wards with three Councillors per ward.
What Wards are there in the City of Parramatta?
City of Parramatta contains five electoral areas known as Wards:
- North Rocks
You can see an interactive map with the different Ward boundaries on the City of Parramatta Council website.
About the Dundas Ward
Which suburbs make up the Dundas Ward?
Dundas Ward encompasses the suburbs of Dundas, Oatlands and Telopea, and parts of the suburbs of Carlingford, Dundas Valley, Ermington, North Parramatta, Parramatta and Rydalmere.
How many people live in the Dundas Ward?
The 2020 Estimated Resident Population for Dundas Ward is 44,895, with a population density of 36.36 persons per hectare. There are about 27,000 people enrolled to vote in the Dundas Ward.