Congratulations to leading Wagga identity Janice Summerhaves, Director of Environmental & Community Services at the Wagga Wagga City Council, who has been selected to feature in the Women in Business HEAR THEM ROAR video series, celebrating high achieving local business women.
Janice's role at Council oversees the management of an extensive City 'liveability' portfolio including community and cultural services, regional library services, environmental sustainability, public health services, parks, sporting and recreation services. Janice is passionate and dedicated to making a difference for the 'liveability' and overall health and well-being of our community.
Janice believes that 'Liveability' is the sum of the physical and social characteristics experienced in places – including the natural and built environment, the economic potential thorough diverse housing options and the access to a broad range of services, facilities and amenities – that add up to a community quality of life. She therefore advocates for quality planning and delivery by all that play a role in our City and surrounding areas.
Janice was born in the United Kingdom however spent a lot of her childhood in the then Papua New Guinea. Following this her family immigrated to Australia. Janice completed her university studies here in Wagga followed by working in Victoria for the State Government. When Janice returned to Wagga she worked in both State and Local government bodies while at the same time raising a family. Having a family has meant that Janice is very mindful of work life balance for the 150 staff she leads. She also has committed to mentoring women in leadership roles.
Janice was a recipient of the Women in Local Government Award in 2010 in recognition of her substantial achievements.
Janice has found that making a difference comes from nurturing and maintaining strong, positive and professional partnerships, whilst respecting diversity and the broad, varying opinions across communities and individuals.
Working in a local government executive role has provided Janice with opportunities to participate on State bodies and boards like Regional ArtsNSW. This has expanded her interest and passion in delivering community outcomes through more strategic roles and supports her current role to take an integrated approach to the liveability of the city.
Congratulations Janice - Mayfly Media will produce this video profile later this year.