What suburb do you live in?
I live in Broadmeadows, I have lived in the area my entire life.
What do you like about Broadmeadows?
The first thing is that we are all kind of the same. I walk down the street and there’s a level of respect. I like how there is the shopping centre, awesome library, train, buses, brilliant kebabs and medical facilities within a few metres of each other.
What, if anything, would you change?
I would like to get to work on changing Broadmeadows’ image. I see Broadmeadows as significantly undervalued. It has been neglected in the past in a few ways. Take the Broadmeadows and Jacana stations, for example – they have mostly been untouched since the 1970s. I would also change the high unemployment figures, because that I think is what breeds a number of social issues. Housing is a major issue. In future, I don’t want there to be any disparity between Broadmeadows and any other area, especially for kids. The services should be the same as in any other area.
You have been involved in programs supporting young people living in Hume. Tell us about them.
I was one of the founding members of the Hume Youth Interfaith Network, which is a program run by Hume council. I was also involved with Good People Act Now, a group run out of Banksia Gardens aiming at raising awareness of family violence and sexual harassment amongst young people in Hume. I am also on the board of Merri Outreach Support Service, which is a homelessness service in Broadmeadows. I helped create a mentoring program at the Broadmeadows education first youth foyer where I lived for two years
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
I enjoy being able to make a difference and, above all, learn so much about my community and the world. It’s a whole enriching experience for you and the community.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
I like to listen to music, play an odd round of chess, listen to an audio book and continue to think of the things I’m working on. If you find a job you like, you won’t work a day in your life.