Understanding community aspirations
MARIA has run a successful mortgage and finance business for 16 years, while she and her husband Glenn raised their now adult children, and sits on the board of the Franchise Council of Australia.
She has been an active member of the Parramatta community, as the co-founder of Western Sydney Women and Western Sydney Executive Women, member of the Committee for Western Sydney, NRLW Advisory Committee member, and a member of the steering committee for Parramatta Eels’ Women@Eels.
“Years ago, I began my own business to ensure financial security for my children,” Maria said.
“It was tough trying to balance the demands of a small business and family but I persevered and used the lessons that I had learned to help others through the Franchise Council of Australia and Hills Community Aid.
“As a daughter of migrants, I understand the challenges and aspirations of this community. My parents fled communism for a better life in Australia, and taught me the values that have helped me throughout my life
“Sydney’s west has some very unique characteristics, and so do the people who make it their home. If elected, I will be a strong advocate for this community – helping to deliver infrastructure, amenities and support for small businesses and local families.”