FOUNDER and chair of the International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry Diana Abruzzi will run for Macedon Ranges Shire Council in the upcoming elections.
Ms Abruzzi lives in Woodend and is renowned for her passion to achieve her goals, and her compassion towards women struggling to find economic opportunity and dignity.
Ms Abruzzi plans to stand as a councillor in the west ward, and said she wanted to battle the economic storm caused by the pandemic.
Living in Macedon Ranges Shire and believing charity starts at home, Ms Abruzzi said she had always felt compelled to play her part where possible.
This led her to instigating overseas trade missions to the Macedon Ranges to foster economic development and new business opportunities for local residents.
Ms Abruzzi said she had developed an insight to the issues and challenges facing residents and businesses across the shire.
“It’s now time to take on the new emerging challenges facing local government and local businesses, and fight for the economic survival of where I live in the Macedon Ranges,” she said.
“If the Macedon Ranges hopes to move forward and prosper in these disturbing economic times, we need to specifically favour the needs of small business; focus on our core community services only to address the rising costs of living; and release the spirit of entrepreneurship to have a go without fear, if we are to survive and thrive. To do all this I need to run for local council.
“If elected my absolute determined focus will be on fighting for people’s freedoms, securing jobs for economic wellbeing, delivery efficient council services, a safe and secure community, and encourage entrepreneurs to let rip and fly.”
Ms Abruzzi said she wanted to bring her business and government contacts, organisational experience, people skills and determination to council to help the Macedon Ranges be the most accountable, dynamic, safest and liveable region in Victoria.