‘From Mulwala to Morundah’ - from one end to the other of the Federation Council area - that’s the motto of newly elected councillor for Federation Council, Bronwyn Thomas of Mulwala.
“Making sure everyone’s included,” she told the Yarrawonga Chronicle, “for the different demographics, the young mums to dads, youth, everyone.”
“Fabulous, very good” was how Bronwyn described her selection as one of the nine councillors, “especially the inaugural Federation Council.
“Obviously we have some old faces (Crs Paul Miegel, Gail Law, Fred Longmire and Norm Wales from the former Corowa Shire, and Cr Pat Bourke from the old Urana Shire) and now there are some new faces (Crs David Longley, Shaun Whitechurch and Andrew Kennedy), a new body, new management. It’s all very exciting.”
Along with husband Douglas, Bronwyn runs an irrigated mixed farm, predominantly sheep, out Savernake Road Mulwala. “Your breakfast cereal, barbecue chops and Sunday Roast,” Bronwyn, who obtained an Agricultural Science Degree from Wagga, emphasised.
“I’m very passionate about the rural industry remaining healthy, viable and sustainable, not only mental health but development of industry looking at other forms of income which haven’t been explored yet. The flow-on from rural to towns is significant.”
Douglas and Bronwyn have four children - Bridget aged 22, Lawson 20, Myranda, 19 and 16-year-old Samuel. Bronwyn is well known for her substantial voluntary work over many years.
The daughter of Marion and Brenda Price from Orange, NSW way had her origins of volunteer work learning from her mum with CWA work.
Involvement as Chairperson of Corowa and District Landcare, assisting disabled people and being a field officer with the former Department of Primary Industries have been among the voluntary work for the daughter-in-law of locals Joan and Albert Thomas.
Bronwyn considers that, unlike some other mergers, the Corowa/Urana amalgamation has been “considerably smooth” which has pleased her.
Bronwyn’s voting ticket members expressed the green route as the preferred route for the proposed Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
During this interview Bronwyn said she would like to see all the information about both the green and grey routes.
But she is keen on her journey as councillor for the next three years. “I’m very much looking forward to it,” she said.
“I’m eternally thankful for me being first on the (voting) ticket - other ticket members were so supportive and I thank the community in the Federation Council area for their support too.
“I want to see the community reunited.”