Local, Independant and Effective

Volunteer - Kristy Howard

Posted December 01, 2015

 

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Kristy volunteered in Cathy's office in Canberra for the November 23-26th sitting. Here's her thoughts on the exciting experience.

1. Tell us about yourself. What’s your background?

"I have been a resident of Indi for the last 18 years and live in Beechworth with my husband and 3 school aged children on 81 acres of bush just outside of town. I have a long history in Australia’s Agricultural sector as a researcher and consultant, mainly in the sheep industries. I am passionate about working with rural and regional Australian’s, especially farmers and rural women and have my own business Inspiring Excellence. In this work I get to travel all over Australia but especially in the NE where I work with several farming groups. In my spare time I like to play netball, walk, garden, read and enjoy the pleasures of the Indi region!"

2. Why did you volunteer?

"I volunteered to learn more about how our political system works and how people like myself can work with it to advocate for the issues we believe in."

3. What surprised you during your time in Parliament House?

"How friendly everyone is – even the MP’s and staff from opposing parties. I was also surprised at the amount of activity and events that go on outside of the Senate and House of Reps during the sitting of parliament."

4. What would you say about the Indi Way?

"I love that I now understand more about how politics works on a local level – the Indi way has made me care about politics whereas before I was cynical about how anyone could have an influence on a local level in federal politics."