Join CEO Jane Stroud for a picnic next week

Published on 29 September 2021

CEO Jane Stroud in chambers

Spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming and, three months into her role as Kiama Council CEO, Jane Stroud is keen to get out and about and meet more locals in the community.

With the public health orders now permitting five-person outdoor gatherings for the fully vaccinated, Ms Stroud is inviting Kiama residents to picnic with her across the LGA next week.

"I am a big believer that the CEO should be accessible to the community and getting first-hand feedback is important to me,” says Ms Stroud.

"I've attended zoom meetings of the precincts, and it’s been wonderful to meet the people I have so far. Now I’d like to extend an invitation to Kiama folk to get together to exchange views and share ideas.”

From Wednesday 6 October, Jane will hold seven lunchtime picnics across the LGA in Minnamurra, Kiama Downs, Kiama, Kiama Heights, Jamberoo, Gerringong, Gerroa. If you’d like the chance to attend one, please email Council using the details below.

Having relocated from Queensland, Ms Stroud is still new to the area, so says this is also a great chance for her to get more familiar with different parts of the LGA.

“Normally I’d be holding CEO listening posts and working out of town halls for a half a day where people can drop in and chat to me. That’s hard to achieve right now, but I’ll look to the new year to get those up and running again.”

For now, this is a lovely, casual way to meet people, listen to their ideas and to learn and hear from residents about their views on council. Food and drink will be provided. 

If you'd like to picnic with Jane Stroud, send an email to council@kiama.nsw.gov.au with “CEO Picnic – Minnamurra, Kiama Downs, Kiama, Kiama Heights, Jamberoo, Gerroa, Gerringong (choose one)” in the subject line. Only those who are double vaccinated can attend picnics. Please apply as an individual, rather than a couple or group.

Entries close Monday 4 October. Picnic guests will be randomly selected and notified next Tuesday 5 October.