How to Vote – Parramatta Council, Dundas Ward

Kellie Darley for City of Parramatta

Make Your Vote Count!

Every day the decisions and actions of Local Council affect our lives. From the quality of our recreation spaces and how we dispose of our rubbish, to the connectedness of our neighbourhoods and heat in our suburbs. This is why it’s so important we elect Councillors who understand our hopes and concerns!

Kellie Darley is giving you the choice to elect a truly independent, trusted community champion to bring a fresh, new perspective and effective voice to Parramatta Council.

Why Vote for Kellie Darley?

  • Fresh, new perspective, with a professional, evidence-based approach
  • Truly independent – 1st time candidate, with no affiliation to any political party or developers
  • Local mum and respected community leader, who runs the popular ParraParents – an online community and guide used by 500,000 people a year. Kellie has been awarded Parramatta Woman of the Year in 2020 and City of Parramatta Volunteer of the Year, Australia Day Awards, in 2019
  • Knows our community, with an extensive lived experience of playing at every playground, borrowing from every library branch, walking along all the bush tracks and attending all of Council’s different community events as well as receiving thousands of pieces of feedback via ParraParents.
  • Determined to make our suburbs healthier, safer and more vibrant, and has no association with developers
  • Focused on keeping you informed and involved in shaping our city, with a proven track record of listening, caring and taking action
  • Will bring greater transparency, leadership and a strong community voice to Council
  • Better representation for families, women and our community

What Kellie Will Focus on When Elected

  • Making our neighbourhoods more loveable, limiting excessive development and matching growth with community infrastructure
  • Turning outdoor spaces into a network of fun, shared backyards for all ages
  • Making our streets cleaner, safer to walk and improve parking around schools
  • Creating vibrant town centres that serve as community hubs
  • Cool down our suburbs and reduce the financial and health impacts of our changing climate
  • Improving communication with residents and involving you in shaping our city

About Kellie Darley

Kellie is a respected community leader who runs ParraParents, an online community and guide for families living, working and playing in the greater Parramatta area, which is used by over 500,000 each year. She has over 20 years’ leadership experience in public health and community development, plus a Bachelor of Economics, Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology and Masters of Public Health. She lives in Rydalmere with her husband and two young children.

Since moving to the Dundas Ward to raise her family over seven years ago, Kellie has enjoyed helping thousands of families create fond memories, supporting local businesses, championing for improvements to community facilities, guiding hundreds of people on bushwalks, growing award-winning community gardens, removing tonnes of rubbish from our waterways, organising playgroups and more.

Her life motto for as long as she can remember has been…

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

~ Gandhi

You can learn more about Kellie by reading her reasons for running as a candidatewhat she’s done for the community so far and fun facts.

About Maryanne Thompson

Maryanne is a mum to four children, and she’s lived in the Parramatta LGA for over 12 years. She has seen many things that she wants to help improve for our community.

Maryanne has been a leader in her children’s school community for over 10 years, including P&C President at Rydalmere Public School, running the uniform shop, coordinating the canteen and being Treasurer. She’s an active volunteer at a number of local sporting clubs and has raised over $100,000 in grants for community sport and school items. Maryanne regularly helps to organise litter clean ups and during the day she enjoys helping students as a teachers aide.

Maryanne has a passion for helping make our community a better place, and she feels that if we want people to connect and take action, we need to lead by example.

About Natalie Ng

Natalie is a local mum of 3 boys, who has lived in the Parramatta LGA for 15 years. She’s seen the struggles of our area has and knows we need a strong, local independent voice to bring change to our Council.

She’s volunteered at the national and local level for the Australian Multiple Birth Association over the last 8 years, providing support and advocacy – and running many a Bunnings BBQ.

Natalie is also a leader within her children’s school community, working hard to secure a much-needed upgrade and redesign of the surrounding parking to make it safer for all students.

Professionally, Natalie has worn many hats, including qualifications and decades of experience in adult learning, change management, process improvement and leadership coaching.

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