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Youth advocate to stand

Nkandu Beltz

Journalist, author, international youth advocate and mother of three Nkandu Beltz, 31, of Horsham will stand for the Australian Greens in the seat of Lowan in the Victorian election later this year.

Zambian-born Ms Beltz, who speaks five languages and is a former executive member for United Nations Association of WA, said she was unfazed by the challenge of taking on a strong conservative vote in the region.

She said she was passionate in her beliefs and confident that the Greens’ policies were as appropriate in Lowan as they were anywhere in Australia.

“I’ve been a supporter of the Greens for a long time. I believe their vision and my vision are aligned,” she said.

“I have a lot of friends in the Greens and when they asked me whether I would consider nominating I said ‘yes please’. I see this as a wonderful opportunity.”

Ms Beltz came to Horsham with her husband Erik, a general practitioner and obstetrician, and children Michelle, 10, Claire, 8, and Erik Jnr, 6, almost two years ago.

She said part of her drive to nominate was based on the ‘I am because we are’ Ubuntu philosophy emphasised by Nelson Mandela.

“I lived on a small farm with my grandpa who always stressed to me that regardless of whatever community I lived in, I had to make a ‘significance difference’, to contribute and give back. I’ve lived in four countries and done that it in every one. But this is the first time in politics,” she said.

Ms  Beltz started her involvement in community affairs as a girl child advocate in Zambia, campaigning for equal rights and raising awareness on HIV-AIDS.

She later became an Australian youth representative at the 2011 Commonwealth Head of Government meeting and was Foundation of Young Australians’ 2012 Young Social Pioneer.

Ms Beltz is an ambassador and mentor for the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Social Enterprise Learning, or STEMSEL, organisation.

She also established Youth Empowerment Program Australia, a non-profit youth program, which she has helped introduce to students in Horsham, Rainbow, Nhill and Dimboola.


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Posted on Jul 30 2014

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