THE Whipstick Ward has gained another council candidate, with White Hills resident Pauline Murtagh entering the race.
Ms Murtagh, 37, said her campaign was inspired by her love of Bendigo.
This will be her first bid for a seat on council.
"Bendigo is a great place to live and I know there are so many hard working people in our community who give so much to others," Ms Murtagh said.
"I want to be a part of council that supports and celebrates those people."
She intends to campaign on issues of community consultation, creating more dog parks, and advocating for funding to upgrade and improve Eaglehawk's Peter Krenz Leisure Centre.
Ms Murtagh - who works in community engagement at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - believes there is room to improve the way council engages with residents.
"There is an opportunity to give residents more say in the decisions that council makes," she said.
"I often hear people say that they don't think politicians listen to them.
"Let people who care about Bendigo have their say."
She said COVID-19 restrictions had highlighted the importance of open spaces such as dog parks.
"There is room for more dog parks in Bendigo," Ms Murtagh said.
She particularly wanted to see more dog parks in the city's northern suburbs.
Ms Murtagh was born and raised in Long Gully and North Bendigo.
She is married to Benjamin Shipp and has two dogs, Murph and May.
This year's council elections are on October 24 and will be conducted via postal vote.
Fellow Whipstick Ward candidates include Thomas Prince and Dave Fagg.
Matthew Evans is campaigning in the Eppalock Ward.
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