Well-known Dubbo resident Jane Diffey said she would work hard to represent the ratepayers of Dubbo Regional Council is elected in September.
Ms Diffey said she was keen to talk to residents in the North Dubbo ward and find out what is important to them.
“It’s always something I’ve considered doing and I thought the timing was right, with the opportunity to be part of a fresh council,” she said.
Ms Diffey was born, raised and educated in Dubbo, growing up on a property between Dubbo and Wellington and said she was aware of the issues facing them.
She is the president of Orana Early Childhood Intervention, a community based not-for-profit service catering for children with disabilities and the president of Dubbo and District Preschool.
“It has been fantastic to give back to the community that has supported my family and I have very much enjoyed working with Orana Early Childhood Intervention and Dubbo and District Preschool,” Ms Diffey said.
She is perhaps best known for her role in setting up Clare’s Angels, an organisation that raises money for not-for-profits that benefit children with special needs.
Ms Diffey’s daughter Clare was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome as an 18-month-old and passed away in 2014, aged five.
With previous experience in real estate including strata management, Ms Diffey is now an electoral officer for the NSW Parliament for the Dubbo electorate.
Ms Diffey has been recognised for her services to the community with a Dubbo Day Award in 2015 and was the NSW government’s 2016 Dubbo Electorate Women of the Year Award recipient.
Standing in the North Ward was an easy choice, Ms Diffey said, because she lived there, and said she believed candidates should stand in the ward they live in.
“I believe in this community and made the decision to stand for council so I can work with my fellow ratepayers to make sure the prosperity currently being enjoyed by the region continues long into the future,” she said.