First term councillor Cr Kristy Flannery is Rutherford raised, living there now with her family, and passionate about community and giving her kids the same amazing childhood she was lucky to have.  

Kristy describes Maitland as ‘an ideal place to grow up’. In her youth, she played netball and practised gymnastics locally. She even trained Karate for many years under the tutelage of Mayor Penfold

She’s been involved in the PCYC, Maitland Mustangs, West Maitland Football Club, dance studios, and more, all through her kids, keeping her close to the community she loves.

Seeing the growth of Maitland and having the opportunity to help shape the City that is part of her family’s future is what made Kristy want to be a councillor. She wants it to be the best for them.  

She’s worked in aged care, gyms and now a family business in Rutherford. 

Family is a big part of Kristy’s life and something she values. ‘We all live close, about five minutes from each other. Which is the best part about Maitland. It’s all so close and convenient. 

‘I love Maitland’s heritage. It’s so easy to experience the rich in history, whether it be a walk down the riverbank or to the beautiful Morpeth.'