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Padma Chaplin, Candidate for Valleys Ward, Adelaide Hills Council

With many recent changes in the way we live and pressure upon our fertile lands to be converted into housing sprawl, I am running for council to protect what we love about living in the Adelaide Hills – forests, farms and village style communities that promote wholesome family lives.

We are a wonderful community who come together quickly in times of crises. I worked with a fellow artist after the 2019 Cudlee Creek fire to put together three fundraising concerts that saw us donate a substantial amount to recovery groups and volunteer firefighters through the CFS Foundation.

I currently volunteer at an animal sanctuary and at hills community radio station Lofty 88.9, bringing the stories of the hills to the air waves.

The Adelaide Hills enjoys a high happiness index from residents who love living amongst nature, work the land, and operate local businesses in our regional home. We need to stay passionately protective of what we have.

That means supportive measures for small businesses, farming families and respect and care for our unique flora and fauna – many species are now critically endangered.

We are incredibly lucky to have our food grown right here. Channels opening where our growers can maximise opportunities to sell directly to all of us, will not only give them the best price for produce but will unite us with our growing community.

Sustainability is the key to future success. Expanding our ability to recycle and compost is vitally important.

I am keen to see long standing dirt roads sealed, arts and culture thriving and continued safety for all families. 

Voting in your council election plays an important role in protecting and shaping your local community. 

Council elections are postal voting only. Your ballot paper will be mailed to you. Your vote must be received between Friday 14 October 2022 and 5pm Thursday 10 November 2022 - I recommend posting it by Thursday 3 November to ensure it’s received in time.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or would like to share your thoughts and concerns of local issues.

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