150 Word Statement

I am a resident of West Ward with 30 years business experience and for most of my adult life I have been active in arts and community groups. Family is very important to me. I have been married to Sue for 24 years and we have two lovely children Mikhaela and Declan who attend the Candlebark School in Romsey. I have a 30 year old son Rudi who is a musician and computer programmer.

Sue and I see the Macedon Ranges as a wonderful community to raise our two young children. We like the sense of community. We like the way people band together to get things done.

In my experience strong communities are built on important social connections. Working on the Woodend Children's Park initiative has again shown me that a strong community with a vibrant culture benefits everyone.

This park will provide a safe, supportive environment where children, parents and grandparents can enjoy themselves away from their duties in their home environment building valuable community connections by supporting one another.

The Children's Park has helped create connections that are uniting sporting, cultural and community organisations because people are excited about how the park will provide our children with a sense of freedom and imagination, allowing them to explore the natural world and connect them with their environment.

The park will be a place to climb trees, roll down hills, scramble up rocks, make mud pies, pick flowers, and jump in the leaves, this will be a place for our children, but also where we may observe and share in their wonder.

I started in business in 1985 and quickly learnt that engaging people was the key to getting things done. It was the innovations in team structures and approaches to leadership more than our technology that achieved our success. It was our innovations in self managed teams and staff development that was recognised when the business won the top 10 Best Australian Employer award from the Australian Financial Review and Australian Graduate School of Management.

My experience in the arts and community sector also highlighted the importance of engaging people. As Chair of St Martins the Victorian Youth Arts Centre I learnt the importance of providing young people with a safe yet challenging environment. Later I worked on the Board of The Push apply these lessons providing alcohol free entertainment for young people.

In 1995 I was fortunate and privileged to be selected to participate in the Williamson Community Leadership Programme. This year long experience with 31 other emerging leaders and their fellowship ever since has helped me learn how to work with others to get things done.

All these experiences have helped me to work effectively with people.

email rmyardley@bigpond.com

Authorised by John Connor 19 Wood Street Woodend 3442