Lynnette moved to Glen Waverley in 1996. More recently, as the Monash Ratepayers’ spokesperson, she has been advocating for improved accountability, transparency, genuine consultation and collaboration in Council affairs.

Lynnette hopes her empathy with community members at grassroots level - and knowledge gleaned from a substantial career - will assist her in fulfilling her commitment to work in a pragmatic and frugal manner, for all constituents of Monash.

She believes we have no right to squander Council assets or destroy our natural environment for short term gain. She recognises that, as custodians, we should do everything we can to retain open spaces and to combat climate change - for all of us are responsible for the future livability of our cities.

Lynnette welcomes interaction with Monash residents and business operators.

Lynnette is a member of the following Council committees:

Lynnette is also a member of the:

She is Council's substitute representative with the Victorian Local Governance Association.

Lynnette's background

Born in Australia to English migrants, Lynnette attended Presbyterian Ladies College, Pymble (Sydney). She gained a Commonwealth Scholarship on completion of her Higher School Certificate. Armed with a Diploma of Business in Hospitality Management from Queensland Agricultural College, at 22 she accepted a trainee manager position at Novotel in Coventry, England. On her return, she was appointed assistant Home Economist at Petersville Research, Mulgrave.

Whilst raising two young sons she studied Applied Social Sciences in Child Care, volunteered as a Cub Scout Leader and was employed in a series of part-time positions including Sales Consultant - AV Jennings; Clinique Consultant - Myer; Manager - Early Learning Centre, Bay City Plaza; Function Coordinator – Geelong Ambassador. Concurrently, she and her husband started two businesses in Geelong: Shonessy – Importer and wholesaler (cultured pearls) and an Australiana retail outlet - The Downunderstore.

Lynnette was Marketing Manager of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre when the Pyramid Building Society collapsed. As Geelong fell into a depressed state, she escaped to Bowral where, as Conventions / Marketing Manager of Berida Manor, she hosted hundreds of clients such as the Sydney Opera House Trust and the English Cricket Team. Her submission to the NSW Tourism Commission won a NSW Tourism Excellence Award for Quality Accommodation. Subsequently, she was personally engaged by Westfield’s co-founder, the late John Saunders AO, as the Shore Inn Hotel’s Director of Marketing. Her targeted multi-media campaigns increased that hotel’s summer leisure market by 20%.

Again, motivated by challenges, she forged alliances with leading agencies, to develop and deliver training workshops to businesses across Victoria as Small Business Victoria’s Tourism Business Facilitator. But when the state government reduced its commitment to service delivery, she decided on a tree-change to the 5,000 km2 Shire of Northern Grampians as its Economic Development Manager.

This contract was interrupted by a second marriage; a third son; her mother’s death and caring for her elderly father. Lynnette completed a Certificate of Workplace Leadership at the ACU and taught Tourism subjects at Swinburne TAFE Croydon.

She joined the Westernport Area Consultative Committee as a Commonwealth funded Small Business Assistance Officer working over five local government areas. To deliver workshops on crime prevention; debt collection; marketing and presentation techniques, she collaborated with many organisations such as Victoria Police, ATO and NIDA.  She produced a Business Sites CD that was distributed to 27,000 businesses.

In her spare time she wrote grant applications and was: President of the Kerrie Road Neighbourhood House and its Toy Library; Vice President of the Appletree Pre-School; Committee member of the Waverley Little Athletics; First Aider in the Glen Waverley Soccer Club; and part of the costume production team at Utassy Ballet School (Whitehorse).

A marketing consultancy followed with Wattle Park Chalet being a major client. Meantime, Lynnette gained a Certificate III in Aged Care and HACC. She successfully applied for grants for projects to engage young people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds and to train mature aged Culturally and Linguistically Diverse residents in Greater Dandenong. She funded educational aids to support sufferers of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

It was the unfortunate life changing experience of caring for a husband suffering pancreatic cancer that put everything in perspective.

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