Ms Smullen wants to see greater diversity on a new Greater Shepparton City Council, to reflect the diversity of the region.
She says while in the past, conflict within the council has sometimes influenced people’s perception, it is an exciting time for the council.
Ms Smullen has been a social worker for more than three decades. She now operates a small business and says she has time and energy to devote to council responsibilities.
She has held roles within the Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter Alliance and the Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group, roles she says have given her ‘‘a deep understanding of the different factors that impact on individuals and families’’.
Ms Smullen says the participation by women on council is critical and having nine representatives for the first time provided the opportunity to make choices that represented the diversity of the community.
She stressed the need for unity and stability and taking a collaborative approach between councillors.
‘‘My intention would be to bring something that is deliberative, but also encompasses working as a team of nine, ’’ she said.