I love Bayside and am passionate about making it even better. My track record shows I will get things done for the community whilst a councillor.
Heidi Lee Douglas and her children at Brighton Le Sands as featured in the Sydney Morning Herald for Peaceful Bayside
As the founder of Peaceful Bayside, a community action group, I have been working hard to propel Council and police to deal with and respond more effectively to our local hooning and dangerous driving issues across all of Bayside. We have had great results already, but it’s not enough. I will be able to bring about real change now that I've been elected to Council.
Peaceful Bayside is a grass-roots, democratic group of people who have come together because we love this community. I have a deep understanding of our Ward 5 community – who we are and what people want to see done. I am a solutions-based person, who understands what a big impact a good local council can have on our everyday lives. Sadly, residents and businesses feel ignored by our council and many councillors.
On Council, I will help Bayside businesses be more prosperous, through initiatives like Renew Bayside, a program which would see empty shop fronts rented to new and creative business owners, to support our creative community and reinvigorate our shopping areas. Supporting more large-scale community and cultural events in Bayside will also help our economy and bring together our neighbouring communities.
As Secretary of The Bay Community Garden and being responsible for my son’s school garden club, I see the joy and the benefits a community garden brings to all ages. Once elected I will help all our suburbs and schools to secure their own community garden. I will also fight to protect our precious green spaces and ensure they are managed more appropriately.
The Bay Community Garden Members, as featured in
The Daily Telegraph
After discovering that we have a high incidence of domestic violence in the area, I co-founded Bayside Women as a group to support women in Bayside. On Council I will be a strong voice for empowering local women.
I am also concerned about the mental health of boys and men, and on Council I will help ensure there are local leadership programs for our boys to grow into happy, healthy men.
We need to grow Council support for activities for all ages, including seniors, by ensuring initiatives like Men's Sheds, Women's Sheds, and Marine Sheds like the one at Muddy Creek continue to be supported. We need to ensure that new community activities for seniors are established.
My children attend school in Kyeemagh, and I am an active P&C member of Kyeemagh Public School and the North Brighton Preschool community, where I have championed sustainability, inclusivity and road safety initiatives. On Council I will help roll out these initiatives to all our local schools and preschools.
Professionally, I lead a national campaign called Solar Our Schools for not-for-profit Australian Parents for Climate Action. This not-for-profit campaign is successfully pushing both state and federal governments to support solar panels and batteries in all schools and early childhood centres around Australia, thus creating local jobs in renewable energy, more teaching jobs through money saved on power bills, and saving carbon emissions.
As your Councillor, I will push Bayside Council to be embrace sustainability and reduce carbon emissions.
I am a deep listener, a skill I have acquired as an award-winning film director with twenty years' experience working in social change documentary. Since 2008 I have run screen production company Dark Lake Productions, specialising in storytelling that empowers the community and creates positive change.
Bayside Women Founders: Heidi Lee Douglas and Carmela Savoca, as featured in The Leader
Heidi Lee Douglas shooting a documentary