My name is Katrina Rainsford and I am running for council.
I am married to Brian Ball and we have four children. The youngest is completing year 12 and our three boys have all followed mechanical and mining engineering careers.
I would like to take this chance to say a big thankyou to Hamilton and the communities of Southern Grampians for accepting us into your fold and giving our children a fantastic educational experience and beautiful country to farm.
I am a vet and Brian is an auto electrician and we have always worked off farm to develop our dream of owning our own farm and raising our family in the country.
It was the opportunities for education that moved us from the West Wimmera were I had grown up on a farm and returned to run country veterinary clinics. Brian had run his own auto electrical business in Naracoorte. We ran businesses during the week and farmed on the weekend.
It was a big move but a good move. It coincided with my passion for better rural policies so instead of just getting angry I got involved. Receiving a Western Victorian Rural Women’s Award when our youngest was six weeks old gave me the opportunity to speak up on behalf of rural communities, to listen and learn.
I have run in State and Federal election campaigns both within a party and then as an independent. Thanks to those that supported me along the way.
Now I am more than happy to do the best job I can as a local Shire councillor, get that farm into shape and enjoy caring for animals which has been a constant love of mine. And I have an exciting community art music space CBD project I am working on and look forward to new ideas from new councillors.
I do reserve the right to speak out passionately against our land and water being sold of for foreign ownership, especially when discounted by receivers.
I believe Hamilton could and should grow to city status. I know what attracted us to come needs to be valued. We need a strong council that can lead, making the most of the diversity of people that form a council, and appreciate the capacity of Southern Grampians Shire staff. We need to have a plan for growth which we develop with our State and Federal Government representatives. It is a team effort, based on a clear vision and total commitment.
Dr Katrina Rainsford Hamilton/Cavendish