As the owner/driver of a local taxi, Di Riley said she has first-hand knowledge about what the people of Bathurst want from their councillors because they tell her every time she gets behind the wheel.
She said she has decided to run for Bathurst Regional Council because she wants Bathurst to be the best it can be for her children.
Ms Riley said she believes a councillor should be someone who makes themselves available to the community, is hard working, and approachable.
With six children aged between 4 and 15 she added that she is a master of time management, but is also fortunate to have very strong family support.
Her two older boys are at Stannies, the younger children are at St Philomena’s and the littlest one at Nurtureone.
Ms Riley, who is of Aboriginal descent, plays a role at all their schools, particularly during NAIDOC Week.
She is currently the chair of the Aboriginal Community Working Party, formerly the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Consultative Committee (BLACC).
Prior to buying a taxi, Ms Riley worked in welfare for 14 years.
“I’m in a perfect position to hear what the community has to say because I hear it every day from my customers,” she said.
“They are unhappy about the flooding on the highway and want to see health services improved,” she said.
Ms Riley said she also believes council should focus on creating more infrastructure by encouraging small and large business into the city.
“It will bring more jobs as well,” she said.
Ms Riley said she is not affiliated with any political party and is not running on a ticket.
“I want people to choose me because they think I will do a good job,” she said.
She said she intends to spend the time leading up to the election getting out into the small villages and introducing herself.
Ms Riley said she feels the villages are an important part of Bathurst and she doesn’t think they get recognised nearly often enough.
She said she would also like to encourage more women to run for council because it sets a good example for young girls.
“We can show them that women can be on council and make changes,” Ms Riley said.
“I welcome this election because I believe council needs a bit of a shake up and a new way of looking at things.
“Having fresh people on council is always good.”