WATCH: Latest Noosa Council nominee up for new challenge
SHE may be the twentieth person to put their hand up in the upcoming Noosa Council election, but Yanni Van Zijl believes she is up for the challenge.
The long-term Noosa resident has spent over 20 years in the region raising her children and working on her creative passions.
Van Zijl has studied photography and fine arts and enjoyed many years as a freelance photographer.
"I did predominantly weddings and portraits," she said.
Back when she started taking photos for a living, the industry was in a lot different place.
"At the time there was only about seven professional photographers on the whole of the Sunshine Coast," she said.
"Nowadays there would be seven just in this street."
In more recent years, Van Zijl has focused on recycled art, creating impressive sculptures from unwanted plastic and other rubbish she has picked up from across the region.
'We live here, it's a magnificent place. Every day I live here is a privilege," she said.
"You feel compelled to give something back.
"It feels great to create something with a message."
Van Zijl put her hand up to run as councillor at the upcoming election because she believed the things she valued were not being spoken about by current candidates.
"I wanted to run because I think that some of the principles of the other people don't align with yours," she said.
"All of sudden you think, you know what, I've got something to say."
The much talked about short stay accommodation issue was something the potential councillor held particularly close to her heart.
"I had the joy of watching my kids grow up in a street playing with their mates and we had the annual Christmas party where we would all come together," she said.
"I don't want to see that break down.
"It's our residents that volunteer at nippers and give blood. They are the fabric of society."