Campbelltown Council has welcomed six new councillors this term.
The Advertiser is asking each councillor a series of questions so you can get to know your new representatives.
Today we bring you new Animal Justice Party councillor Matt Stellino.
(Answers may be edited for clarity)
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 35 years old. I work for myself as a machine and systems installer for manufacturers. My hobbies are bushwalking/exploring and prospecting.
I have a keen interest in learning how things work; mechanically, structurally, ecosystems etc
How long have you called Campbelltown home?
I was born in Campbelltown and spent my younger years here, moving away at 14 and returning at 23.
What do you think are some of the most pressing issues facing the community at the moment?
Campbelltown is going to need to really manage the population boom we are going to experience in the coming years without flattening our green spaces and without ending up with a large section of skyscraper apartment buildings.
This is the main issue that I think ties into other issues such as protecting our wildlife and their ecosystems as well as ensuring we have affordable housing and not pricing our own residents out of the market.
What do you think makes Campbelltown an amazing place to live?
Campbelltown is an amazing place to live because it has so much to offer. We cover a large LGA which has the best swimming holes and natural bushlands, access to great shopping malls and a great set of people.
What do you hope you can achieve as a councillor?
My main goal as councillor will be to protect our koalas, platypus and flying fox populations while also helping people with their companion animals.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you to the community who took a chance by voting in an independent and helped send a message to major parties that animals are worth votes.