Give the business community a voice at council
Determine a firm direction for more sporting fields
Clr Sue Heins
“We need to create a solid and sound foundation for our new council based on transparency, good governance and respect. If we don’t get it right now, we will face endless problems in the future.”
– Clr Sue Heins
Sue is a former Deputy Mayor of Warringah and is a strong advocate for local business. She is a former president of the Warringah Chamber of Commerce and Industries; a past director of the Business Education Network; and current board member of the Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre. In 2015, Sue received the Ministers Award for Women in Local Government, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Council and the community.
COMMUNITY IS HER BUSINESS
The first thing that strikes you about Sue Heins is her energy. It’s raw, it’s engaged and it’s real. You get the feeling she won’t stop until the job is done - like it or not. She’s a woman driven by a passion to make her community better, to improve local services and promote local business. It’s hard not to be inspired.
A strong advocate for local business and prolific networker through her company, Inspiring Women, Sue’s reach along the northern beaches is vast. She is a former president of the Warringah Chamber of Commerce and Industries; a past director of the Business Education Network; and current board member of the Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre. Add to that her experience as a Warringah councillor and deputy mayor, Sue’s extraordinary communication skills and practical hands-on help are invaluable.
Sue believes the Northern Beaches Independent Team is the right platform to find solutions for her community, within her community. She wants common sense and transparency to be reflected in a new council, along with financial sustainability to provide the services and infrastructure needed right now and for future generations. She regards community consultation as vital, and believing that compromise can only be reached when different perspectives are put forward, would like to introduce a regular meeting point where residents can bring their concerns, ask questions and be heard.
Sue has lived on the Northern Beaches for more than 20 years, giving enormous energy and time to helping create opportunities as a volunteer or within her own business organisations. Her dedication to the local community has been acknowledged by various awards including a Rotary Community Award for service to the community; a life membership of the Warringah Chamber of Commerce and Industries; and in 2015, in recognition of her outstanding contributions, Sue received the Ministers Award for Women in Local Government.
She has played a vital role in raising awareness of the need and importance of strengthening local small business skills within the community, having been successful seeking federal and state funding to support them. During her time on council she also pushed for the establishment of an economic committee to represent the local business community.
However while networking and supporting business is important to her, Sue has also chaired committees for the council’s Active Connected Environment Strategic Reference Group- Infrastructure and Planning, Manly Lagoon Catchment Coordinating Committee and the Warringah Pittwater Bush Fire Management Committee and sat on countless others focussed on improving facilities for the vulnerable, sport and the environment.