Local Enabling Group

Burnie Works Local Enabling Group (LEG)

Artwork Credit: Jason Ball

Sarah Steele

  • What do you bring to Burnie Works?

A cautious attitude to risk; an enthusiastic attitude to idea and projects; experience with people and committees; reliability.

  • My favourite place or memory in Burnie?

Choosing one favourite place in Burnie is quite difficult. I love Fern Glade and always take guests there to see the platypus. The rhododendron garden is also a really special place, because of its beauty and also because it is a living testament to the energy, creativity and generosity of volunteers. Delish Café and Secret Budda Café’s would also be near the top of that list. I’m so impressed with the quality of the food and service and marvel at the entrepreneurial spirit that inspires small business owners to take a risk and invest in an idea. I also enjoy walking along the port road to see what is being loaded onto the Toll ship. When it is sunny in Burnie everywhere is glorious. 

  • Who have been your strongest influences in life ?

For the past 19 years, the strongest influence in my life has been my husband. I always ask for his opinion because he has consistently displayed good judgement, kindness and intelligence. Prior to meeting Anthony I was influenced by my family. I was (and am) very keen for them to be proud of me. 

  • What are your greatest passions?

The things that really get me fired up fall into one pretty broad category that could be described as sensible fairness. I get really wild when I see situations where people don’t consider how their behaviour, policy, practices affect others in society or the environment. This can be from something as simple as people throwing rubbish out of their car door to governments approving mining in ecologically or culturally sensitive locations. 

  • What got me through COVID 19…

Space, lots and lots of space. I am extremely fortunate to be the custodian of some land that I can tramp about on, grow vegies in and have some chooks. I was also lucky that I continued work throughout the whole period of the social disruption. 

  • Please complete the following sentence:  Burnie Works when people respect and care for each other. 

(e.g.  Burnie Works when we care for each other).

Artwork Credit: Jason Ball

Jodie Stokes

  • What do you bring to Burnie Works?  Over 30 years of working in Community Services as a Manager and over 20 years of providing various programs in the Burnie area including Childcare, AOD programs, Child, Family & Youth programs, Employment Services, Mental Health Programs, Community Development initiatives and Financial Counselling Services.

My favourite place or memory in Burnie? There are lots of memories but my most memorable one is sitting in Burnie Park with my 3 children a long time ago watching Bananas in Pyjama’s concert! Burnie is such a family friendly city and my children still talk about this experience and many others. And now I participate in various events with my 2 grandchildren

  • Who have been your strongest influences in life? My family and people who advocate on behalf of and empower others.

  • What are your greatest passions? Volunteering in the Community, Community Development, Touch Football and creative projects.

What got me through COVID 19? Everyone’s resilience and support for others!

    • Burnie works when… we all work together towards a common goal. 
Artwork Credit: Jason Ball

Chris Lynch

    • What do you bring to Burnie Works?  I want my city to be full of people who feel that they belong, who feel connected and feel empowered to create their own path.

    My favourite place or memory in Burnie? Oldaker Falls

    Who have been your strongest influences in life? My parents

    What are your greatest passions? Music, theatre, the pursuit of knowledge.

    What got me through COVID 19? Good IT and the internet

    Burnie works when… no-one is left behind. 

Jacqueline de Jonge

What do you bring to Burnie Works?  I’d like to hope that I bring energy and enthusiasm for tackling the big issues, an ability to think strategically but also creatively and flexibly… a poikte and respectful approach to challenging the status quo.

My favourite place or memory in Burnie? So many memories!  What do they all have in common? Burnie as a meeting point- whether at the theatre, at one of the cafes or restaurants, down at the surf club, or walking at the boardwalk, I have so many happy memories with family and friends as a result of community infrastructure and culture of Burnie.

Who have been your strongest influences in life? I so firmly believe that different people come into our lives for different reasons at different times, so I’ve not got an easily identifiale list of individuals.  Apart from my parents, the strongest influences in my life have been the students tha I have taught, colleagues I’ve worked alongside, friends who’ve come and stayed or gone, bosses who’ve led well and not well, and my children.

What are your greatest passions? Where’s my soapbox? Of all the different topics and issues that I get passionate about, the common theme and my greatest passion is education, education of self and of others.  Lifelong learning that includes learning about and from as many people as possible.  When I’m not being busy being a nerd, I also get pretty fired up about my family, swimming and being of service to my community.

What got me through COVID 19? A sense of adventure and a sense of humour, shared with my husband and our children.  We had lots of fun!

Burnie works when… we really, truly listen to one another… when all voices are heard and valued as equal… when we’re all working together towards a shared vision.

 

Dr Tracy Edington- Mackay

What do you bring to Burnie Works?  A strong commitment, skillset and the energy to work towards a fairer and more compassionate society.  I believe that every person has a right to a good life.

My favourite place or memory in Burnie? Shorewell Park where the locals have allowed me to be part of their neighbourhood

Who have been your strongest influences in life? Karl Marx, Gough Whitlam, Susan Brownmiller, Kev Carmody and Hugh Mackay

What are your greatest passions? Travel, people, conversations, lifelong learning and an absolute faith in the collective good of humanity

What got me through COVID 19? Compassion both ways, good food, sunglasses and laughter

  • Burnie works when… we share resources with our community to advance positive futures for all.

Ros Atkinson

  • What do you bring to Burnie Works?  Experience in Governance; Excellent knowledge of community services in the Burnie area; imagination, energy and a sense of humour
  • My favourite place or memory in Burnie? My grandparents home on the hill – which had a vast veggie and fruit garden
  • Who have been your strongest influences in life? My family; my Grade 3 and Grade 10 teachers; my employers and colleagues

What are your greatest passions? Travel, camping, bushwalking – and my 2 year old groodle!

  • What got me through COVID 19? My daughter returning home to live during COVID; Being responsible for, and caring for, others
  • Burnie works when… We all work together 

 

Sarah Jones

  • What do you bring to Burnie Works? ? A genuine passion for making a difference – particularly for our young people – opportunity, choice and linked with that options are so important, plus respecting all the different elements that make a community unique and special.

My favourite place or memory in Burnie? ? My favourite ‘thing’ about Burnie as a place is its ‘contrasts’ from its heavy industrial ‘tradition’ to its emerging identify linked to art and creativity

Who have been your strongest influences in life? To a large extent my family – my parents who instilled my values and my children who ‘keep me real’ and grounded on a daily basis.

  • What are your greatest passions? I have a love of food and cooking as well as time spent with my family. 
  • What got me through COVID 19? People – genuine care to ensure everyone was ok, and pitching in as a team to get through.
  • Burnie works when… we all work together and support each other – reserve judgement and respect differences.

Sarah Steele

  • What do you bring to Burnie Works?

A cautious attitude to risk; an enthusiastic attitude to idea and projects; experience with people and committees; reliability.

  • My favourite place or memory in Burnie?

Choosing one favourite place in Burnie is quite difficult. I love Fern Glade and always take guests there to see the platypus. The rhododendron garden is also a really special place, because of its beauty and also because it is a living testament to the energy, creativity and generosity of volunteers. Delish Café and Secret Budda Café’s would also be near the top of that list. I’m so impressed with the quality of the food and service and marvel at the entrepreneurial spirit that inspires small business owners to take a risk and invest in an idea. I also enjoy walking along the port road to see what is being loaded onto the Toll ship. When it is sunny in Burnie everywhere is glorious. 

  • Who have been your strongest influences in life ?

For the past 19 years, the strongest influence in my life has been my husband. I always ask for his opinion because he has consistently displayed good judgement, kindness and intelligence. Prior to meeting Anthony I was influenced by my family. I was (and am) very keen for them to be proud of me. 

  • What are your greatest passions?

The things that really get me fired up fall into one pretty broad category that could be described as sensible fairness. I get really wild when I see situations where people don’t consider how their behaviour, policy, practices affect others in society or the environment. This can be from something as simple as people throwing rubbish out of their car door to governments approving mining in ecologically or culturally sensitive locations. 

  • What got me through COVID 19…

Space, lots and lots of space. I am an extremely fortunate to be the custodian of some land that I can tramp about on, grow vegies in and have some chooks. I was also lucky that I continued work throughout the whole period of the social disruption. 

  • Please complete the following sentence:  Burnie Works when people respect and care for each other. 

(e.g.  Burnie Works when we care for each other).