Krystal Maytom is wanting to build her own legacy of community service as a Councillor for the Leeton Shire, after years of keen involvement in a variety of local organisations.
Actively involved in the community from a young age, Ms Maytom first began her time with community groups with the Leeton Youth Committee.
Over the years, she has since started volunteering with the newly reformed Leeton JumpStart where she serves as publicity officer, is a member of the Parkview Public School Parents and Careers Association and the Leeton Business Chamber which over the past year, she has served as President.
When speaking with The Irrigator, Ms Maytom said now felt like a good time to put her hand up for council candidacy in the local government elections.
"I have such a deep passion for the community which is why I wanted to put myself forward as a candidate," Ms Maytom said.
"Now just feels like the right time, I have flexibility with my work and my children are at school so I have the time on my hands to devote my efforts to the job at hand."
She is also quick to note that whilst she may carry the Maytom name, her strong involvement with the community made her a good candidate for voters to consider come election day.
"I have always been my own person and whilst I am really proud of what my father has achieved, we are two different people," Ms Maytom said.
"I am a people person, I know how to connect with people and I have a solid understanding of what is required of a councillor.
"My active involvement with a number of community groups also allows me to connect with a wide variety of people."
According to Ms Maytom, an increase of health services available in the Leeton Shire was her number one priority.
"We need to work towards regaining lost services at our hospital like obstetrics, we need better support for mental health and need to lobby our state and federal members to get these services back in place," Ms Maytom said.
"I am also very interested in the growth of the town, how to stimulate our local economy and make Leeton more liveable, a place where people grow up and want to stick around because there is industry and opportunity here."
As a fresh face to council, Ms Maytom also noted that it would be great to see new voices and ideas heard at council meetings.
"New ideas bring a point of difference, it's especially great to see four women put up their hands for council and offer some diversity," Ms Maytom said.
"Community members really should consider new candidates and what they can offer.
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