2022 is well under way and this year Wollondilly Council has some fresh faces.
The shire's newest councillors - Hilton Gibbs, Beverly Spearpoint, Paul Rogers and Suzy Brandstater - gave us some background on themselves and what they hope to achieve in the year ahead.
Each of Wollondilly's councillors is an independent this year. And there are now three female councillors compared to just one in the previous term of council.
Beverly Spearpoint is a resident of the shire's North Ward region.
Wollondilly Council's statement said she had spent much of her working life in local government having worked for Penrith Council for 25 years focusing on children services, health and building and planning.
"Councillor Spearpoint has been an active member of the community and has been instrumental in the establishment and ongoing running of many community groups and services within the North Ward of the shire such as the Warragamba/Silverdale Playgroup, and Warragamba/Silverdale Swim Club, Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood Steering Committee and Brownie Leader.," the statement said.
"She is committed to being an independent voice when it comes to the council's decision-making process and aims to improve transport and infrastructure across the shire.
"Councillor Spearpoint also wishes to see inclusion, diversity and disability access improved; as well as maintaining Wollondilly's rural lifestyle and supporting local jobs and businesses."
Paul Rogers lives with his partner in Bargo, where he has been a resident for 35 years.
The council's statement said Cr Rogers started his career as a motor mechanic and has held a range of mechanic roles throughout his career.
"Since 2004, he has worked in road safety and currently works for Transport for NSW in road safety operations management," the statement read.
"Cr Rogers has 25 years of active service with the Bargo Rural Fire Service Brigade and is a keen motor vehicle enthusiast. He is keen to represent the Wollondilly community's needs and aspirations to ensure financial and environmental sustainability for the shire.
"He is passionate about making real change in how the council engages with the community and ensuring the community has greater involvement in the decision-making process of the council.
"He is also committed to advocating for the strategic maintenance of community infrastructure to meet the community's expectations during his term of council."
Suzy Brandstater has lived and worked in Wollondilly for 33 years.
She has also raised her two sons in Wollondilly and taught many children during her time as a teacher at Picton High School.
The council's statement said Cr Brandstater had continued to share her passion for teaching by working with the Department of Education to train the next generation of teachers.
"Councillor Brandstater has been involved in several community groups and associations and most recently has been leading a Community Action Group to work with council to deliver positive outcomes within the community," the statement read.
"She feels that becoming a councillor will mean she is a greater asset to the community by being able to shape policy and represent the community in a time of great change for the Shire.
"Councillor Suzy Brandstater aims to be the voice of the people in the Wollondilly community during her term of council, and make sure issues are heard with an open mind and understanding.
"She believes lifestyle and environment are very important considerations for Wollondilly so they remain for future generations; and is committed to being open and transparent with the community, especially about planning and development within the shire."
Hilton Gibbs has been a resident of The Oaks for 26 years and an active community member throughout this time.
The council's statement said Cr Gibbs had volunteered his time and skills to several local sporting clubs and committees and in his role as president of The Oaks Chamber of Commerce has been involved in the running of the Light Up The Oaks event for the past 15 years.
"Cr Gibbs has served as a councillor for Wollondilly shire previously and held the role of deputy mayor in 2015/16. He has worked in the aluminium and retail industries throughout his working career and has recently retired," the statement read.
"Cr Gibbs aims to bring a common-sense approach to council which would see decisions being made that benefit the beautiful Wollondilly shire and its residents.
"He is committed to advocating for upgrades to sporting facilities throughout the shire and finding positive solutions for supporting the rural industry while co-existing with their neighbouring properties.
"Most importantly, Cr Gibbs will continue to push the state government to have Wollondilly's main roads reviewed and reclassified to transfer the responsibility of the maintenance of these roads back to the state government."