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Hockley, Karen

Mrs Karen Hockley

Position Elected Member Craigburn Ward
Ward Craigburn Ward
Suburbs Craigburn Ward encompasses the suburbs of Craigburn Farm, Eden Hills, Bellevue Heights and parts of Blackwood, Coromandel Valley and Belair.
Address PO Box 21
Mitcham Shopping Centre
Contact Details Mobile: 0423 919 080
Fax: 8372 8101
Term Dates From 14/11/2014

August 2017

In Local Government it’s easy to get bogged down in the detail of Council decisions and the everyday comings and goings. Every now and again I like to take a step back and think about the big picture. 

A myriad of different inquiries, complaints and requests come to me through my email inbox, via social media and by phone and they’re all different. It could be a footpath that needs maintenance or a street that needs a new footpath. It could be a sporting field that needs a new building, such as Hewett Reserve or a very busy leisure hub, such as Apex Park, that needs safer pedestrian access. It could be about a whole new activity for the Council, such as investing in community art or supporting economic development locally. 

Reflecting on these requests and inquiries helps me to understand what the community is looking for. It seems that there are two things, firstly to solve problems and make day to day life just a bit easier. Making it easier to walk and drive around, to use our open spaces and reserves and to interact with Council staff. 

Secondly, there are the requests to provide services and facilities that will contribute to community cohesion and personal satisfaction. Things like a rejuvenated shopping precinct, a new library, better sporting facilities and new public toilets. 

It seems that we’re all looking for an easy and a happy life. I like the idea of an easy and a happy life as a vision for our local community and also as a bigger vision for the state. South Australia should be a place where it’s not too hard to get a job if you prepare well, it should be easy enough to buy a house if you save your pennies and good education should be available for all of our children. 

South Australia should be a place where you can live a happy life, a life that is connected to a workplace, a community or an activity you love.  We should also be connected by excellent physical infrastructure, including public transport and cycle ways, and we should be connected via a shared sense of place and community. 

The day to day rough and tumble of Local Government politics can be distracting and the media often focuses on peripheral issues and transgressions by a few in the sector. However, I am always pleasantly surprised when a community member tells me that I’ve made a difference for them or that they’ve seen the work I do and appreciate the effort that I make.  Knowing that I’ve made a positive difference is what energises me to continue to represent you fully and proactively and to continue to listen and speak out for you. 

If there is anything I can do to help make your life a bit easier or a bit happier, please give me a call on 0423 919 080 or drop me an email at  I’d love to hear from you.

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