Anne Webster connects personal and political

Nationals candidate for Mallee Anne Webster with daughter Bethany Scholar, husband Philip Webster and granddaughter Indigo Scholar, 2, at Lake Hawthorn.
Picture: Carmel Zaccone
Nationals candidate for Mallee Anne Webster with daughter Bethany Scholar, husband Philip Webster and granddaughter Indigo Scholar, 2, at Lake Hawthorn. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

ANNE Webster moved to the Mallee from Melbourne in 1977, two weeks after her wedding, when husband Philip was posted to complete a one-year internship at Mildura Base Hos­pital.

Forty-one years later, the couple still calls Mildura home and there is one factor more than any other they have embraced and love about the region – connection.

“We have a far greater capacity to connect and you can’t put a price on that,” Dr Webster said.

“There is generally still a more relaxed feel about living in Mallee which Melbourne or Sydney or wherever else I’ve lived just doesn’t have.

“When you’ve got time and when you’ve got community groups you connect with, whether it’s sporting or otherwise, we give one another more time and that’s incredibly valuable.”

Voluntary work has been one way Dr Webster has always used to connect.

After moving to the region, she looked from the outset to be involved through volunteering.

“My family has just always been connected to community through a volunteering capacity,” she said.

“That really goes back generations, not just my parents.”

Dr Webster said she had always been a strategic, big-picture thinker.

In 2007, after raising her children, she went back to university, trained as social worker and did a second degree – both involved sociology and politics.

“There came a time where I sat back and looked at the community and particular issues like young mothers’ issues and became really concerned that we were not actually offering anything for them,” she said.

“I needed to understand how to engage with community issues understanding the structure that we live in – the economic, the social, the political, the legal.”

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