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Red Hill Ward
Melissa Goffin


In 2012 our family moved to the Peninsula and immediately fell in love with the wide-open spaces and sense of community. We dreamt of starting our business – one that put purpose above profit.  

Over those next years I continued my work as a teacher in public schools. My roles and my work centred on leadership: how to build consensus, grow capacity and drive change. I worked on state and national education boards and spoke and wrote on these topics. In 2016 I joined our family’s business and in 2018 we became the first Australian restaurant to achieve B Corp status, an ethical accreditation that saw us receive the ‘Best in World’ award in the area of community. These are our most proud achievements.  

My desire to stand for councillor of the Red Hill Ward is borne from my belief that our local government could be doing a better job of working for its community through greater transparency and accountability in decision-making, extending consultation and ensuring that every stakeholder has a seat at the table. Our business community, in particular, has long been vilified by this Shire, missing the critical contributions we make to the community and the extensive opportunities for collaboration and acheiving shared goals that could come from a strong partnership. 

We need to work together to rebuild our community post COVID, protecting the local businesses we love, the jobs we rely on and the most vulnerable amongst us.  Yes, our roads and footpaths should be safe. Our sporting clubs and public assets should be strengthened and accessible for all. But these are the simple work that should not be complicated or time consuming. Our energy must be on creating transparent and simplified processes. This requires a shift from business as usual, to empathy and genuine connection.

I will reach out to all and work for you with honesty, integrity and deep consideration.