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Well, this is my first post. The first of many I hope. I'm really excited to put my hand up to be a councillor at Hobart City Council in 2022. In my everyday life, I always look for solutions to problems. It's easy to be captain negative, criticising things willy nilly, not liking this, not liking that, not liking him or her. It's much harder to take the high road. (in fact, having cycled up Mt Wellington a number of times, I can assure you the its anything but easy to take the high road). My point is this: I believe that we can go on a journey together, a journey where you tell me what bothers you in life (about council of course!), and we discuss it with open hearts, open minds and most importantly, we look for solutions. We all have different challenges in our lives, just as we all have different ideas about how life should be, and how resources should be distributed and spent. But we need to work together to improve happiness for all and create healthy, productive communities. Fundamentally, I believe in a kind and caring society, where we look out for each other, where families and communities come together to achieve common goals. I also believe in a more equal society. I am so fortunate to be in the position I am in, my family have worked incredibly hard to get to where we are today, and hard work is important to achieve your goals. But some folk in society, simply don't have the means and never did have the means to pull themselves out of poverty, to put a roof over their head, to start a family. My work with ambulance over more than a decade has proven this true time and time again no matter the place. We must look out for the vulnerable people in society, and enable them with, what ever support they need, to lift themselves up by their boot straps and achieve a meaningful life. Communities play a key role in achieving this. Community matters. Life should be fun, rewarding and connected. Councils can play a key role in decreasing stress, allowing you more time to be happy. Ryan