The "massive" housing shortage across Wagga is one of the biggest issues Amelia Parkins is hoping to address if elected to council.
The 37-year-old architect is the second of the five candidates on the Labor ticket being led by current councillor Dan Hayes.
Mrs Parkins said her background as an architect, life skills and passion for development make her a key candidate.
"I'm excited about council having a bit more of a reflection of the electorate," she said.
"I think my background and life skills are something that could benefit the community.
"I grew up [in Wagga] and moved away for university. I trained as an architect specialising in heritage conservation.
"Then we moved back home [to Wagga] and we've been here for about five years now.
"I've been working in construction, but I'm currently on a secondment working in grant programs for the state government."
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Mrs Parkins said while her biggest passion lies within the development of Wagga, she also hopes to drive change around connectivity, diversity and equity.
"I have a three-year-old son, my mums got a physical disability so she's in a wheelchair most of the time and my husband's European - he's from the Czech Republic," she said.
"I think those differences will be a different take for council - historically councillors haven't been so diverse.
"Age and gender diversity are something I'm also definitely interested in."
Mrs Parkins also hopes to see council services improve to support better connectivity.
"Connectivity is an area which can be improved and making sure that services the council provides, such as parks, are accessible to everyone," she said.
However, at the top of Mrs Parkins' priority list remains the city's issues around limited housing.
"Wagga's facing a sustained period of growth. You will probably hear a lot about this from the community but I think there's a massive housing shortage at the moment and, naturally, I'm professionally very passionate about development," she said.
"I think there's an opportunity at the moment to look holistically at the most appropriate places for development across the city, which is something that I think is going to help with those shortages."
Mrs Parkins said her core values are true to that of any Labor representative, including there not being an issue around political parties on councils, and being firmly against developers on council.
However, it isn't the political aspect fueling Ms Parkins to run.
"I'm not driven by the political side of it, since becoming a mother I just have a desire to make positive changes within the community for my son and his mates and for our future generations," she said.
In the lead up to this year's election, The Daily Advertiser has profiled the candidates looking to secure a spot on Wagga City Council.
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