Rural Independents complete ticket

28 Jan, 2013 01:00 AM
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 Lindsay Tuckwell, Kondinin, will fill the last remaining spot on the Upper House ticket for Rural Independents.
Lindsay Tuckwell, Kondinin, will fill the last remaining spot on the Upper House ticket for Rural Independents.

THE Rural Independents have completed their ticket for the upcoming State election.

Kondinin shire councillor Lindsay Tuckwell will join Max Trenorden, Philip Gardiner, Bill Cowan and Robert Kestel on the ticket for the Upper House.

Mr Trenorden also announced at a meeting in Northam, that the group would be called, Rural Independents.

Ms Tuckwell is the final person to be placed on the ticket - a spokesperson for the group said the a potential candidate for the seat of Central Wheatbelt had fallen through.

Mr Trenorden said Ms Tuckwell was a tremendous addition to the team.

"She is a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, hard-working farmer, compassionate councillor and tireless community worker," Mr Trenorden said.

"She has a multitude of life experiences from shop assistant, as her first job, dental assistant and now assists in the running of a 3700 hectare farm with husband Grant."

Mr Trenorden said during harvest Ms Tuckwell carts grain and is heavily involved in the seeding program.

"She administers the farm business and is an integral part of the grain marketing," he said.

"She has completed a BA in Psychology and has been employed as a counsellor in the Narrogin Women's Refuge, holds a marriage celebrant's license and runs her own celebrant business.

In 2011, Ms Tuckwell was awarded the Casella Wines Rural Women's Award.

The award recognises the endeavours of women who have helped to support and nurture their communities.

"The team were thrilled when Lindsay accepted our invitation to join the ticket," he said.

Fellow Upper House candidate Bill Cowan said Ms Tuckwell epitomised the character of people in the Wheatbelt.

"Like so many she has experienced and overcome personal tragedy," Mr Cowan said.

"Yet her commitment to the local community has never waned.

"She has been involved in drought relief program and she has had a keen interest in local government and community for many years.

"She was elected to the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes in the late 1980s and is currently a Shire of Kondinin councillor.

"In this role she is a member of Roe Tourism, the Central Wheatbelt Visitor's Centre and is on the board of the Wheatbelt Business Network.

"Her commitment to helping and encouraging others has extended to the local Aboriginal community.

"She was part of the inaugural healing bush camp to support descendants of the stolen generation within the Kondinin community."

Ms Tuckwell is also a volunteer ambulance officer and is on the Growers Advisory Council of CBH.

"She is a person who can relate to the people of the Wheatbelt," Mr Cowan said.

"She faces the problems we all face.

"She knows drought, she knows debt, she knows what our community needs and is striving in a hands-on manner, to make the Wheatbelt a better place."

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