MidCoast Council election 2017 candidates – Group F

Karen Hutchinson.

Karen Hutchinson.

Karen Hutchinson Group– Group F

Experience, leadership and MidCoast synergy is the driving force behind the independent Karen Hutchinson Group (Group F), which is passionate about representing all MidCoast locals.

Team leaders Karen Hutchinson and Tony Summers boast more than 16 years of local government expertise between them.    

Karen Hutchinson, from Booral, is an egg farmer, qualified chef and operates a retail patchwork and haberdashery shop in Stroud. Involved in her community for more than 20 years she has been deputy chair of the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park, Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel, AGL CCC, GRL CCC, Duralie CCC, is patron of the Stroud Men’s Shed and president of the Stroud Brick Throwing Committee. As member of the Australian Institute of Tourism Officers, she sees tourism as paramount to economic development. She wants to alleviate some of the hurdles and red tape for business and tourism opportunities and work closely with community groups to access grants.

A Forster resident for over 45 years, Tony Summers has been self-employed in addition to owning and operating indoor cricket centres at Taree, Maitland and Forster. From 2006 to 2012 he was property and legal manager at MidCoast Water. He has held leading positions with Cape Hawke SLSC, Surf Life Saving LNC Branch, Forster Neighbourhood Centre, Great Lakes FM Radio and Forster Tuncurry Golf Club. He is life member of Cape Hawke SLSC and Surf Life Saving LNC and previously played rugby league for the Hawks and cricket for Forster. He wants to ensure the delivery of community services and developing projects for major infrastructure to provide an economically sustainable future.

Monique Cahill from Taree is involved with the TasteFest Committee, Valley Industries AutoFest, Daffodil Day and Old Bar Kombi Fest. She also manages the Taree-based, Valley Industries Coffee Shop.

Ian McClennan has been a Forster resident since 2003 with 40+ years of working as an engineer in local councils across NSW.  

A lifetime of calling Booral home and spending every opportunity on her family’s property over the past 45 years provides Christine Stani with a deep connection with the area. 

Chloe Dalrymple-Hutchinson was raised in Booral on the family farm where she still resides 20 years later. She attended Hunter Valley and Newcastle Grammar and now is studying a double degree in Agriculture Business.

This story MidCoast Council candidates – Group F first appeared on Manning River Times.