Zia Westerman hopes to be a voice for those living with disabilities should she be elected as a Whyalla councillor in the 2018 local council elections.
Having been born with muscular dystrophy, Zia is no stranger to the challenges facing those with disabilities in the community.
She hopes by being elected to council she can contribute to making Whyalla a disability-friendly city.
To support that goal, Zia wants to look at bringing more accommodation options for the disabled to Whyalla.
“I know it’s really hard for people who want to go away but can’t due to the accommodation struggles,” she said.
Being a part of the Youth Advisory Committee Zia has been frequently active within Whyalla and played a part in bringing beach wheelchairs to the foreshore.
“YAC has definitely helped me a lot, it’s been great. I’ll have a focus on what young people want (if elected),” she said.
Zia also wants to see the installation of a new Changing Place toilet go ahead. The Changing Places are best-practice toilets that include customised features for people with a disability.
“I’d like to see more facilities like that available,” she said.
Zia was in part inspired by her twin sister, Cyanne, who ran for Giles in the 2018 state election as the Dignity Party candidate.
“It was pretty interesting watching Cyanne run for the Dignity Party. I thought I might give (politics) a go,” she said.
If elected, Zia also wants to raise awareness about the needs of people living with disabilities in Whyalla.