Councillor Luba Grigorovitch was elected to Hobson Bay Council in 2008 when she was 24. Being a young woman made her stand out from the average age and gender of Victorian councillors.
Luba entered the role with confidence and good support, and she now recalls, “Even though I had a lot to learn, I have always aimed to conduct myself at council the way that I believe the community wants me to; with the collective good at the forefront of my mind.”
While this can be especially challenging at the beginning of your term, staying true to yourself is really important. “My advice would be to try and get a mentor from the get-go. This way you will always have at least one person on the council that you can trust and go to when unsure of things.” Luba says its important to know your own values and stay true to them. “I suggest that you write your values down and keep them with you at every council meeting. It can be easy to get distracted from them in the hurly burly of council.”
“Local government is often a tricky place and learning the ropes is no easy task. Ask as many questions as you can, especially at the start of your term.”
“It can be hard fitting into a new culture but I say simply stay true to yourself and what you believe in. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t, so trust yourself while staying open to learning new ways of doing things.”