Get to know your Councillors - Cr Margaret Giudice
This month we speak to Taylors Ward Councillor, Margaret Giudice. Councillor Giudice has a strong interest in cultural diversity and social justice and is passionate about meeting members of the local community and understanding their needs. You can contact Cr Giudice at CrGiudice@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0428 846 647.
“I consider myself a true local as I was born, have raised my family, and run a small business all within Brimbank.
“I lead a very full life and have a number of broad interests and am an active member of several community groups.
“I’m also very family oriented and love spending time together, and being involved in the lives of my grandchildren.
“I’m particularly interested in multiculturalism and enjoy delving into the layers of other cultures. I believe the greatest strength of the Brimbank community is its rich diversity.
“As a Councillor and as a long-term resident, I’d say we celebrate diversity very well in Brimbank – it speaks of our acceptance, our desire for peace and harmony, and our willingness to give everyone a fair go.
“One of my favourite roles as a Councillor is getting the opportunity to meet and work with members of the local community across all ages and stages of life.
“Recently I attended a series of Council programs in local schools called the Dynamic Young Citizens of Brimbank project, which provides a fantastic opportunity for students to enrich their learning and get an opportunity to raise community issues that affect them.
“It’s a program about civic citizenship and includes an overview on what Council does, the way it works, and includes a hands-on session where the students conduct a mock Council Meeting.
“I also enjoy visiting schools and recently was invited to speak to Grade 4-5 students at Sacred Heart Primary School in St Albans to talk about my role as a Councillor. I find these experiences very rewarding and am interested to hear what’s on the minds of the students and to answer their questions.
“I also regularly visit seniors groups, and also attend Brimbank Council Citizenship Ceremonies where candidates for Australian citizenship and their family and friends attend a ceremony to celebrate these momentous and very special occasions.
“Among other activities, over the past couple of months I’ve attended a broad range of community events including the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Open Day at Sunshine Hospital, a Neighbourhood House Open Day, a national road safety launch at Brimbank Bicycle Education Centre, the Black Powder Mill Open Day in Cairnlea, the Brimbank Volunteer Week Showcase at Delahey Community Centre and several park openings.
“I also serve on a number of committees including the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Brimbank Community Fund Committee, Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters Committee, Collective Action Committee, Municipal Emergency Management Plan Committee and the Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering Committee.”