Newcastle MPs Sharon Claydon and Tim Owen to kick off live interview series with civic politicians developed by Newcastle residents

Reverend Amelia Koh-Butler with Leone Gotzy, Hamish McKenzie, Di McKenzie, Terry Butler.

Reverend Amelia Koh-Butler with Leone Gotzy, Hamish McKenzie, Di McKenzie, Terry Butler.

BEHIND the spin, the ribbon-cutting ceremonies and photo opportunities with cute babies, there is often a drive that triggers someone to stand up and nominate themselves as a civic leader.

A group of Newcastle residents want to know more about our local leaders, kicking off a series of live interviews with two politicians still in their first term.

Newcastle federal MP Sharon Claydon and Newcastle state MP Tim Owen have put their hand up to take part in the armchair conversations, which are hosted by community group The Bridge, in association with the Hamilton-Broadmeadow Uniting Church.

Reverend Amelia Koh-Butler said the group was interested in how and why our civic leaders serve their community.

"We want to get to know the ethics and values behind their leadership," Reverend Koh-Butler said.

"It's probably an opportune time, given all the politics in the news right now."

Reverend Koh-Butler said she was particularly interested in Ms Claydon's experiences working with remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region, as well as Mr Owen's experiences working for the RAAF in Afghanistan.

The Bridge plan to continue the series with other civic leaders throughout the year.

■ An Evening with Sharon Claydon is tonight, Wednesday, April 30, and An Evening with Tim Owen is on Wednesday, June 4. Sessions from 7pm to 9pm at Wesley-On-Beaumont, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton, cost is $10 including dessert and coffee. For inquiries phone 4952 3385.

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