I’ve lived in Lindisfarne most of my life, with brief stints in Burnie, Bracknell (UK) and Howrah.
It was a joy to send my boys to the same schools I went to; Lindisfarne North, Rose Bay High and Rosny College (actually I went to the now defunct Geilston Bay High, but my sister went to Rose Bay).
My mother still lives in the house I grew up in.
Eastern Shore people may remember me as Beth Short.
I’ve worked as a teacher, software engineer, trainer, business analyst, project manager, director of communications, adviser to the Minister of Corrections and Consumer Affairs, and I’m currently the Assistant Director of Policy and Projects in the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services division of the Department of Justice.
The common threads in this wide range of roles have been the ability to quickly get to grips with new things, and then be able to explain them in plain English to other people.
I’ve been working in senior leadership roles in government for the last 16 years, and private industry before that. I know how local government and state government work, I love a good strategic planning session, and I’ve been working with building and planning legislation and local councils around the state for the last four years.
I have the right skills and experience to lead the Clarence City Council for the next four years.
In my spare time, I sing with the TSO Chorus, I write, I’m a board member of the Story Island Project, and I’m a passionate and active member of the Tasmanian and Australian Greens, because I believe we can provide a decent life for everyone and protect our special, unique places at the same time.