IF things go to plan for the Greens at next month's City of Greater Bendigo council election, there could be some lively discussions around one local dinner table.
The Greens have announced Wendy Radford as their second endorsed candidate for the election.
She will run in the Lockwood Ward.
What makes this a family affair is that Wendy's son, Tim Bardsley, is the Green's candidate in the Eppalock Ward.
Ms Radford, a retired teacher and small business manager, is a mother of two, grandmother of five and a carer for her 92 year old mother.
She said environmental issues were important in the Lockwood Ward.
“Lockwood is a Ward with magnificent natural beauty and biodiversity, as well as suburbs of distinct character which should be preserved,” she said.
“I have plenty of experience in what makes a community tick, and just how valuable councils can be in helping people live their everyday lives.
“I’m so lucky, my whole family lives in Bendigo and we are all committed to the development of this community as a liveable, ecologically viable place – and make no mistake, the two can’t be separated. If we lose the bush we lose liveability."
Ms Radford said threats were looming to "our beloved rural aspect and amenity".
"We need a strong voice on council to advocate for the natural environment," she said.
"Surveys have shown time and again that the people of Bendigo continue to value most highly the natural surrounds that make this city a liveable place.
“My record shows that I will fight for our unique environment. I have been involved with successful campaigns to keep remnant vegetation at Big Hill and Alternate Calder Highway, to protect Kangaroo Flat from a soul destroying, and house price destroying, ring road.“Of course, Bendigo will grow, but we must have responsible growth, not open slather for the benefit of a few."
The proposed Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre is very close to her heart.
“Let’s make this centre a showpiece. Imagine, a 50 metre pool, heated by solar and gas in winter, shaded in summer, within walking or a short, safe bike ride of most residents, available for sporting groups year round, and a fantastic adjunct to health and exercise for the individual citizen," she said.
" I have to admit my own interest here too. I swim three times a week to keep fit and I’d love to not have to travel into town but just nip over to Kangaroo Flat from South Mandurang.
“I believe councillors have to balance the needs of the peri-urban people and the small towns with the demands central Bendigo in a fair way, and if elected, that is what I’ll be endeavouring to do."
Environmental campaiger Stuart Fraser has also announced he will run, this time in the Eppalock Ward.
Mr Fraser ran in the Kangaroo Flat Ward at the last election.
"I have lived almost all my life within Bendigo, a city that has as its defining character a distinctive built environment existing within a Box-ironbark forest," he said.
"As I have lived within Bendigo but spent my working life in agriculture across the region, I feel that it would be good to be involved in the future development of the City of Greater Bendigo and in doing so give something back."
Mr Fraser said he would support an independent review of council.