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Written by Sharon Duguid, Ready Marketing, Goologong NSW

Born in Cowra, Sharon D’Elboux is on a full-circle journey to give back to the community she has known and loved her entire life. A sixth generation local, Sharon knows the region like the back of her hand.

She is part of the very essence and fabric of the Cowra Local Government Area (LGA) and it is part of her. Sharon is running for a position as Councilor in the local government election of 2021 for Cowra LGA because she passionately believes in the outstanding potential of her hometown.

Sharon has amassed a vast range of experience throughout her 20-year career in some of the most proficient LGA’s in regional NSW. She has also been the driving force behind some of the peak events, committees and campaigns which have honed her strategic thinking.

Sharon is not an issue-based candidate. She is committed to developing long-term overarching strategy for regional growth with special interests in essential economic development and augmenting productive tourism strategies.

A force to be reconned with, Sharon is energetic, hardworking, and generous to a fault. She prides herself on her strong ethics around honesty and her belief in effective community collaboration.

Her agility, approachability, and reliability make her the ideal candidate to unify Cowra and the surrounding villages. She pulls no punches when it is time to get in and get things moving. That time is now for Sharon on the Cowra Shire Council. She is ready to bring her mojo and get this job done!

This is her story…

The early years...

Born and educated in Cowra, Sharon D’Elboux is a sixth generation local. Her ancestors were pioneers of Koorawatha. Sharon is the daughter of a farmer and shearer, Bluey D’Elboux, and an aged care worker, Elaine.

Long before it was fashionable, Sharon’s salt of the earth family grew organic vegetables for local markets and explored niche sidelines including goat farming in Koorawatha.

Sharon says her formative years were spent much like most in the region attending Koorawatha Public, St Raphael’s Catholic, and Cowra High Schools. Playing as much sport as she could was always a priority along with performing in the school choir and productions.

What she enjoyed most about growing up in Cowra was living in a safe community with the freedom to roam between the shops, pool, and the houses of her friends and large extended family.

The big events like the annual shows were always a highlight on the social calendar with her family always on hand volunteering their time and expertise to make things happen.

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Spreading her wings...

Sharon went on to study a Bachelor of Applied Science – Environmental Analysis at University before working in conservation at Three Springs in Western Australia. She was then appointed as the Environmental Manager at the Lake Cowal Foundation in West Wyalong.

From there she joined the Bland Shire Council in West Wyalong working in community, cultural, youth and economic development along with tourism, disability services, and grants.

Sharon then took on the position of Manager Economic Development at Cabonne Council in Molong where she worked primarily in economic development, tourism, events, management, grants, governance, and strategic planning.

Orange City Council was next on the agenda with a position as Manager Business Development. It was here Sharon furthered her experience in relation to business, land, and property development, along with project and event management, tourism, strategic planning, and grants. She was also involved with visitor information centre activities, and caravan park management.

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Family woman, local business owner, tireless volunteer…

Throughout her eventful career, Sharon has always made time to volunteer on the various boards and committees throughout the region. These have included Central NSW Biz HQ, the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Business Enterprise Centres, the Age Of Fishes Museum in Canowindra, and the Central West NSW Business Chamber.

In her spare time, she has also held positions on the Koorawatha Show Society, West Wyalong Blue Light Disco, Events West Wyalong, Clean Up Australia Day and numerous school events and activities.

Sharon’s husband, Paul Jones, manages their local business – Z Power an online motorcycle parts and accessories business which they moved from Wollongong to Orange and then successfully onto Cowra.

She has three grown stepchildren, Jessica, Shelby, and Delaynie and a son Samuel who is seven years old. Sharon and Paul are also excited to be expecting their first grandchild in August.

What she loves about Cowra…

Sharon has returned to raise her family and grow her family business in her hometown because she believes in the potential of Cowra as an affordable, safe, clean, and green shire that is easy to get around and features great facilities for young families and old.

An abundant secure water supply, fresh air, fertile soils in an accessible location are the pivotal foundations to build upon with ever improving family, sporting, and cultural facilities.

Sharon believes the area has enormous potential and is keen to be involved in what she believes to be the next few crucial years of strategic planning and growth. Foundations secured now will underpin developments in relation to livability and essential services that will shape the future of the Cowra Shire.

Her vision for her hometown…

With more than 20 years of experience in local government, Sharon has an innate understanding of the workings of the machine. She also has the passion, youth, and agility on her side to push towards her strategic vision for her hometown.

She has been at the coalface of developing many areas in regional NSW including West Wyalong, Ungarie, Barmedman, Weethalle, Molong, Canowindra, Cudal, Cargo, Cumnock, Yeoval and Orange. She believes now is the time to channel her skills into laying the foundations for future opportunities in Cowra.

This website is authorised by Sharon D'Elboux, 67 Darling Street Cowra NSW 2794 and created by Ready Marketing, 1/289 Summer Street Orange NSW 2800