Heather Chong

Franklin Candidates

An accountant by training, I moved with my husband and two children from Singapore to Tasmania around 20 years ago to set up an apricot orchard. Running a large orchard (some 48,500 trees and, over the years, thousands of employees) taught me the value of treating people well and being fair – to everyone I worked with.

Over the time here I have been involved in a number of organisations – Fruit Growers Tasmania; Summerfruit Australia (inaugural Chair); several listed company Boards, both in Australia and overseas; many community boards and organisations.

My passion is to work with and support the community – this often means I end up being Treasurer for organisations (Rotary, Eastern Shore Meals on Wheels, Richmond Village Fair, Asthma Foundation of Tasmania, Tranmere-Clarence Plains Land and Coast Care – to name just the current ones), but doesn’t stop there. I have been a Clarence City Council Alderman since 2009 where I am Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Committee and have been involved for the last 3 years on One Community Together, an organisation working in Clarence Plains.

I believe that by using my experience, bringing business and community together will help all the people of Tasmania. If I am elected, I pledge to work with Rebecca White and the Labor team to bring a better future for us all.