MELBOURNE, Australia—A 35 years old Sikh Woman in Melbourne will be the first one to contest for local government elections in Australia. Gurinder Kaur, born and raised in Amritsar, represents the South-West ward in Whittlesea council in Victoria. She will be contesting as an independent candidate.
As an IT professional, Gurinder moved to Australia in 2006 and has experience working in the private as well as the public sector. She has been very active in community projects including mentoring refugees to setup small businesses, fund-raising for Cancer hospitals, Kids camps, crisis support for international students and other local projects.
She is not only the First Sikh woman but also the first turbaned woman in Australia to contest Council elections. She is also an independent member of the Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council in Australia.
She says that [council] is not just about pipes and drains and roads, but about the social things that need to go on in communities.
As an active community member, she knows many of the faces on the Whittlesea streets and feels that council needs to do a lot more for the community.
“I have opinions on what I think our city could look like or should look like… I’m wanting to make sure I’m listening to the community as well so it’s not just me going in with what I think should happen.”
She’d like to see a library around Wollert, greater safety for residents and small business owners, extension of O’herns Rd and a new secondary college in Epping North.
Whittlesea council has a strong representation from multicultural communities with a rising growth of the Indian community in the last few years.