About Us

Who we are


Voices of Boothby is a community group with a vision of Elevating Democracy. We are not a political party and we don’t represent any political candidates.

Like many people, we’re frustrated when politicians don’t listen to us, the people they’re supposed to represent, and make decisions that serve their party or donors. Instead of just complaining, we want to show our politicians what our community wants. We want to create the change we want to see.

John Denlay

Chairperson

John Denlay

John has been a resident of the Blackwood Hills for nearly 20 years and has contributed to the community in areas including citizen democracy, environmental protection, school governance and public art. John has a diverse professional background spanning energy efficiency, waste minimisation and community education.

Roger Henderson

Vice-chairperson

Roger Henderson

Roger has been a resident of Boothby for most of the past 70 years. He has worked in education for 50 years and is an author, writer with an active interest in history and the environment. He is a volunteer in a range of community groups in his local Blackwood area.

Raquel Manuel

Secretary

Raquel Manuel


Raquel has lived in Boothby for 26 years. She has worked in the Disability and Mental Health sector and also has been a committed member of Boothby through her involvement in volunteer work within the community through schools and non-for-profit organisations. She has a keen interest in the environment, social justice, mental health in the community, philosophy and the arts.

Alan Strickland

Treasurer

Alan Strickland

Alan has lived in Boothby since 1982 and his work history includes power generation, water treatment and oil-gas production.

Alan is a longstanding and active member of community organisations Renew and Rostrum. Renew promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management. Rostrum helps personal development by improving verbal communication skills.

Alan sees community consultation as essential to a healthy democracy.

Our values

Positive values are at the center of everything we do at Voices of Boothby. Our members and Kitchen Table Conversation hosts uphold the following values:

  • We are committed to encouraging a diversity of voices and opinion in the electoral process
  • We are committed to ensuring that our electorate voice is heard and represented at a national level
  • We are committed to encouraging respectful and mature representation of our democratic voices
  • We are committed to undertaking activities which will create an invitation to participate in our democracy
  • We are committed to developing and using simple, elegant processes when engaging with the electorate
  • We are committed to being honest and respectful, being well informed, and referring to reputable sources when making statements.

These values guide our actions and decisions and ensure that they are transparent and honest.