Jeni Jobe, Independent Candidate for Island Ward. Standing for our community, sustainable business and the environmental health of our island home
Over the last 4 years our shire has had strong community-minded councillors. If you vote for me I will continue that focus, with my platform of supporting our community groups and improving communication between council and local, hard-working businesses.
I will defend our beautiful Island home from polluting industrial threats and inappropriate overdevelopment.
Why I'm standing
My experience with Totally Renewable Phillip Island (TRPI) and its incredibly diverse membership is a huge part of why I am standing as an independent candidate for our council elections. Researching and implementing sustainable solutions for our community fills the heart and gives purpose to my life. Making a difference by contributing at a local government level feels like a natural next step.
Our regular TRPI meetings have introduced me to a wonderful band of hard-working volunteers and passionate member groups such as Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Energy Innovation Co-operative, Landcare, Phillip Island Conservation Society, PICAL, Boomerang Bags, Vietnam Vets Museum, and Bass Coast Shire Council. All contribute their expertise to working groups, including Carbon Farming, Carbon Accounting, Energy, Food & Waste, Transport, and the Education working group of which I am a key member.
Being a core part of presentations and workshops run by TRPI members on subjects such as community owned power, smart grids, and renewable infrastructure has given me a look behind the curtain at what makes our community run. By contributing illustrations and design on printed and social media, I have worked hard to get the TRPI story out into the community. With the community putting their energy behind our programs, we will reach our goal of being carbon neutral on Phillip Island by 2030.
Late last year I approached Sharyne Munday, the principal of Newhaven Primary School and asked her if the school would welcome community involvement with an educational mentor pilot program run by TRPI. She welcomed the idea and in term one of this year, volunteers from TRPI's working groups shared their knowledge with the students over the course of six weeks, opening the kids eyes to the difference they can make in their school and in the wider community. For more information on this pilot click on the education page at totallyrenewablephillipisland.weebly.com
Phillip Island upbringing
I was born in Warley Hospital, Cowes in 1972 and spent my childhood on the beautiful Cowes north facing beach.
My family worked mammoth hours running a local hospitality business and from a very early age instilled in me a healthy work ethic and desire to work independently. My parents and my brother's family are still residents on the Island, they have long supported the community. My family feels that we are all in it together.
Feels like a lifetime ago now, but Cowes Primary was way smaller when I attended, one class per grade and what I thought to be the biggest oval on the Island with the world's crankiest plovers.
Newhaven College was built by funds raised by local parents and friends, so that Phillip Island students would not have to face a one hour bus trip to Wonthaggi. It has grown a great deal since those days to be the remarkable island asset it is today. It is also wonderful news that Wonthaggi Secondary College is getting a second campus built at San Remo, it is going to make a huge difference for our kids and employment opportunities.
It was at Newhaven that my art began to develop greater depth, where I was challenged by my teacher Peter Monk to dig deeper and not coast on my natural ability, he pushed me to develop ideas further and challenge myself with new media. That grounding helped me look objectively, examine situations from multiple points of view and craft a relevant solution that will give the best result.
Phillip Island with its stunning north facing beaches is a sensitive and breathtaking part of the world, it is filled with passionate strong minded individuals. Each with their own perspective on what needs to be done. I have been reaching out to people, face to face and through social media, to best understand current views. I feel it is a councillors role to present the will of the people to council, and serve the interest of all that dwell in Bass Coast.
My grandfather Harry Jobe worked hard for the community and served on Phillip Island Shire Council, I know he would be proud of me for standing up as a candidate for Island ward.
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land upon which I was born, work and live and pay my respects to Elders past and present and emerging leaders.