Kris Stevens to stand for Central ward in the 2017 Dubbo Regional Council Local Government Election

Kris Stevens has announced she will run for a seat on the Dubbo Regional Council in the September 9 elections. She will run in the Central ward. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Kris Stevens has announced she will run for a seat on the Dubbo Regional Council in the September 9 elections. She will run in the Central ward. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Kris Stevens is the latest Dubbo resident to put her hand up for the 2017 Local Government elections and will stand for the Central ward on September 9. 

Ms Stevens said she was running because she sees Dubbo as a city that has a lot of potential. 

“I would like to see it grow and prosper, but I would like to see everyone that lives in the community benefit from Dubbo's prosperity. But I also see that we have to make Dubbo a sustainable city and I want to ensure what we do and the way that we move forward in Dubbo ensures that our future generations get to reap the benefits of the ground work that we lay." 

"This has to be about the community, not about politics and political parties,” she said. 

Ms Stevens said she had always taken an interest in federal, state and local politics and always has an opinion. 

“I recognise to stand up and put your hand up and get a seat at the table and have a voice takes a lot of courage and it's very easy to sit back and criticise, and I thought this was my opportunity to step up and have a go.” 

One of her priorities was for the region and Dubbo city to become more safer and pedestrian friendly. 

“I would like to see better pedestrian access in town with better and safer roads and better traffic flows which could also mean a bypass for heavy traffic and vehicles. 

“While the additional bridge will go someway to relieving heavy traffic, we should make a bypass a priority because I would hate to be a mother with a pram, or a disabled person or an elderly person, trying to cross Cobora Street  or Whylandra Street. There is very limited opportunities for pedestrians, they are few and far between.”

Ms Stevens said she was also passionate about supporting local business and the local industry and wanted to see Macquarie Street and the CBD become vibrant and diverse. 

"Also passionate about supporting local business and the local industry. Go out of my way to make sure I support all the local people who are in business for themselves. It is in everyone's interest to keep [local businesses] viable so that we all benefit from their presence. "

She said she would like to see a diverse group of people come together on council to reflect the diversity of the community. 

“If we can all come together without having blocks of people that are like-minded, rather have a council that represents all the different opinions and viewpoints because if we can all bounce off one another it's gotta be better.

“The end result will be better, it won’t just be one person’s vision representing a small group of people it will be something for the good of all.”