Women of the Peninsula:
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, Peninsula Life share with you the stories and achievements of women from all walks of life around our region.
Peninsula Life takes 5 with Councillor Koliana Winchester
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Koliana Winchester and I’ve lived on the Redcliffe Peninsula for thirty years. Our four children grew up locally, attending Humpybong State School, Clontarf Beach and Redcliffe State High School. While raising a family I got heavily involved in local groups from P&C’s to the Henzell Street, Quilters.
I was first elected to the Redcliffe City Council in 2005 and joined the Moreton Bay Regional Council in 2012. Over that time, I’ve represented Redcliffe and delivered a number of projects locally.
What would you define as your greatest achievement or accomplishment?
Maintaining the faith and support of local residents as I work to voice their interests and concerns in Council. This is a task I take very seriously, and it is with great pride that I continue to work closely and successfully with so many residents and groups.
Did you overcome any hurdles or barriers when working towards your achievement or accomplishment?
Our two younger children were still at school when I was first elected. We had a family meeting to talk about the challenges and the changes that were coming up. My children are all adults now and have gone onto careers while I was able to give back to the community that has supported me.
What advice would you give to women?
Do not feel limited in anyway, set goals and know that there is nothing holding you back from achieving them but the fear of failure. Women can do anything, so set your sights high.
What do you love most about the Peninsula?
We have a unique culture which is both laid back and vibrant, new residents always pick up on it straight away and it’s the most endearing feature of Redcliffe, second only to our coastal beauty.