Cr Helen Durant

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Telephone
0427 115 783

Alternate Phone
03 5593 7100

Email
helen.durant@corangamite.vic.gov.au

Helen lives in Noorat with her husband Rob. They have two adult daughters, Katherine and Stephanie (who is a town planner at Corangamite Shire). Prior to retiring in 2015, Helen worked for 22 years at Corangamite Shire, mostly as Manager of Community Services. Since retiring Helen has become more involved in her local community.

What inspired you to run for Council?

I started seriously considering to nominate after former Cr Chris O’Connor encouraged me. I wanted to ensure that services provided to the community were accessible, affordable and delivered locally, and that opportunities for our communities to be involved in planning and delivering on local projects continued.

What are your first impressions of being a Councillor?

It is a big commitment and there is a lot to learn. Fortunately we have plenty of support from the CEO and senior staff to help us understand the complexities of our role. I have also received very positive feedback from my local community.

What do you believe some of the challenges will be for Council?

Ensuring Council’s financial sustainability whilst meeting the community’s needs and expectations for services, well maintained roads and other infrastructure. We need to get new people to come and live in our Shire, attract investment, encourage the development of new and existing businesses and ensure our agricultural sector is fully supported.

If there is one thing (or project) you want to see happen in your time as Councillor - what would it be?

I would like to see Glenormiston College once again become a vibrant education and training institution, providing local employment and strong links into the community. This has huge potential for our local economy and I am very excited about the future of this development.