Latrobe City councillor Christine Sindt has announced her intention to run for an upper house seat in the Eastern Victoria Region in the upcoming state election.
Running on a platform of removing a water tax, improving education and boosting employment, Dr Sindt said she saw the election as providing a greater opportunity to implement her goals for the region.
Dr Sindt said an upper house seat put her in a better position to act on issues such as improving the TAFE system and removing Department of Environment and Primary Industries’ Environmental Contribution Levy.
The small business owner said she had strong connections to Morwell, but felt she could represent the broader region well with platforms to address issues, such as education, that affected the whole community.
“When you’ve got an educated society everything else will follow,” Dr Sindt said.
“Everybody should have the opportunity to pursue what makes them happy with the support of a good education.”
She said without a major party backing her she was free from their influences.
“It’s about standing up for the region and not accepting people who have been put in from Melbourne,” Dr Sindt said.
Dr Sindt said she thought she was better suited to the upper house than the lower house, because of her keen eye for detail and experience in reading complex documents.
If elected, Dr Sindt would have to resign from her position as Central Ward councillor – a possibility she said she was prepared for.
Meanwhile, Dr Sindt said her campaign office on Commercial Road, Morwell meant she was keeping up with all her council commitments.