MOAMA candidate, newcomer Nikki Cohen, can’t promise the world ahead of the Murray River Council election next month.
What the 46-year-old will do is listen to what you have to say and do everything she can to make your concerns heard.
‘‘I’m not bringing any grand plans,’’ she said.
‘‘I can’t promise grand infrastructure but what I can promise is ... getting your point of view across and working collaboratively.’’
At the end of her first term on local government, if she is successfully elected next month, Nikki wants the community to be ‘‘proud’’ of their council.
‘‘I want people to feel that their council has been working for them and that’s what I will be there for,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m the same as every other person. I’m just a ratepayer, I am nothing special. I’m just someone that wants to contribute more.’’
Nikki thinks the biggest issue Murray River Council faces is the ability to work in harmony.
‘‘We need experience, we can’t have a totally new council, but I think we have to have some new faces or else we are going to end up with an insane, ugly predicament,’’ Nikki said.
Originally from Melbourne, Nikki is the pastry chef at Rich River Golf Club, and says she has always had an interest in politics and local government.
‘‘I’ve been volunteering from the time I was 15 when I was a volunteer at RSPCA and I’ve always tried to volunteer any spare time I’ve had,’’ she said.
‘‘I like to contribute back to where I belong.’’
So that’s what Nikki has been doing.
She’s volunteered heavily at Echuca-Moama Little Athletics including stints as secretary and vice president. Nikki was also the secretary of the northern country region in little athletics and was the secretary of Echuca Masters Football Club.
Nikki was also the Sportstar Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and a finalist in the Australia Day volunteer awards too.
‘‘I’ve had a year off from volunteering, which has been kind of nice, but I do feel a bit guilty,’’ she said.
‘‘Then this came up and I thought because it’s new council it’s the perfect opportunity especially with all of the things that have happened in the past.
‘‘I pulled out at one stage because I thought I couldn’t afford the time because some weeks I can work up to 70 hours at Rich River.
‘‘But then this woman rang me up and gave me a bit of a pep talk and said we really need good, honest people. She told me to think of it as the next stage of volunteering.’’
So Nikki said ‘yes’ and decided to give it a crack. Time will tell if she’s successful or not. The election is on September 9.