Sam ‘understands council’
CLERMONT local Sam Faint wants to provide a strong voice for Division Six for Isaac Regional Council.
Sam, who runs a property on the outskirts of Clermont with her husband Ross, has lived in or close to Clermont for 30 years, having raised two sons, worked and volunteered in the community through the decades.
"I understand the inner workings of council, having worked professionally with and for it over the past 10 years, so there'd be little or no learning the ropes down time," she said.
Sam is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was also the community relations officer with Rio Tinto for six years.
During her time with Rio Tinto Sam managed a "multi-billion-dollar" community fund.
"I worked with council during that time on community projects and I also contracted to council for 12 months as a consultant," she said.
"I fully grasp the social and economic issues that people in the area face every day and I've been proactively involved with youth, workers, social groups and the elderly for the whole of my working life." Fluctuations in mining and agricultural industries and access to health care are some of the issues Sam said she understood on a personal level.
"We need to be buoyant during those peaks and troughs, and there are plenty of ways we can minimise the difficulties faced in gaining access to health care," she said.
On the council hopeful's list of priorities is maintaining the region's current facilities before looking to build new infrastructure.