Young Livingstone candidate has high aspirations
HANNAH Colley gave her first interview as an aspiring politician on Thursday.
At 21, she handled herself with assured professionalism as she prepared to campaign for election to a new Livingstone Shire Council.
If elected, Ms Colley doesn't plan to just make up the numbers around the table or accept token acknowledgment of the value of young people in government.
"I'm not intimidated by the political process," she said. "I probably should be, but I know I'm here for the right reasons… I know I'm here for the greater good and that drives me."
Ms Colley is driven partly by a desire to encourage the younger generation to vote and make their voices heard.
Like many young Australians, she learnt little about the political process in school.
"When I left school, for some reason I had this huge fascination with politics.
"I was so excited when I had my first chance to vote in 2010 … I'd just finished school," she said.
Ms Colley is running as an independent in the upcoming election.
"I don't want to align with any political party until I know the direction I want to go in," she said.
She has worked for Rockhampton Regional Council for four years, across all departments, and is halfway through a Bachelor of Business degree.
Her particular interest is in planning and development and she has an impressive understanding of legislation.
With a passion for renewable energy, sustainable housing and sensible development, Ms Colley said finding the balance was difficult, but possible.
"We're a little bit away from that, but I think we could transform this area."
Ms Colley also has bigger personal goals.
"I'd love to be prime minister one day," she said.