A LOVE of the arts and a commitment to social justice is what prompted Queanbeyan public servant Judith Burfoot to run for Council.
Cr Burfoot moved to Queanbeyan from Sydney with her husband seven years ago and said she loves the town and its lifestyle.
She said her Council experience had been a positive one so far, but that she'd be surprised by the lack of wide-ranging debate at meetings.
"It's definitely been challenging. I'd like to see a bit more debate in the chamber and get into the issues a bit more.
"The decisions that we make obviously have impact on people's lives, and we're making plans for the future of Queanbeyan, so it's quite a responsibility.
"And yes, I'd like to see more solid debating of the issues rather than it seeming like it's a foregone conclusion," she said.
Cr Burfoot was elected on the Labor Party ticket alongside Cr Brian Brown at the election last year. She now sits on the Southern NSW and Southern Tablelands Arts board, the Cultural Development Committee and Public Advisory Committee alongside her regular Council commitments.
"I have two major interests. One is in getting more of the arts accessible to people, like getting the laneway between Sam's Warehouse done up, and that's actually happening. Council staff have been working for some time, and that's going to be happening shortly.
"And my other area of interest is very much in social justice. I think it's great that we've got places like HOME in Queanbeyan and I'd like to see what else we can do to make life a bit more bearable for those who are doing it tough," she said.
"I'd also like to see that the community can ask questions at Council meetings- I'd really like to see that come back- so that people are motivated to be engaged with what's going on."