Will Beverley be the City of Melbourne’s first Jewish woman councillor?

October 12, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Businesswoman Beverley Honig is running in Melbourne City Council Elections and hopes to be the first Jewish woman elected as a City of Melbourne councillor.

Beverley Honig

A qualified lawyer in Australia, Israel and UK, Beverley Honig is Chief Executive of City-based corporate advisory Honeylight Enterprises, bringing extraordinary business prowess, experience in retail property, the law and innovation. With previous responsibilities for shopping centre assets worth $1.5 billion, her development of the Target Centre in the City introduced the first City convenience stores and shaped the fabric of some of the City’s Key retail hubs.

With experience as Board Director of the Council for Adult Education, she oversaw its first City Library.

She is impassioned to heal and revive the city again, as a thriving post-pandemic meeting place.

“Growing up, my parents taught me: if you have the opportunity to make true positive change, then you have the duty,” says Ms Honig. “It’s a lesson that’s guided me ever since, and I continue to use every single day to create a better, fairer future for all. I believe I can help revive Melbourne and make the city thrive, with the right action plan and business mindset”.

“As a businesswoman, I develop people into leaders and act as a catalyst for business improvement; As an entrepreneur, I build businesses so they prosper; As an educator and university professor of practice, I understand next generational needs; As a lawyer and Judge I advocate for justice and peace;

As a community leader, I practise social conscience as Board Director of Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, where I have served for 25 years; and as a published author, I model new theories and practical techniques for best practice. It’s time for me to throw my hat in the ring at Town Hall and advocate for a better city, advocate for small business and professionals who make the city tick, revive construction, and be a voice for the quiet but vital Australian, who is currently suffering from the Pandemic and forced to close their business as a result of the lockdowns.

If elected, I will act with a community-minded, ethical and empathetic approach.”

She added: “Being an orthodox Jewess is part and parcel of my being, and guides me morally, ethically and practically as the basis of all my business and life decisions. I was brought up in a religious home based on community values. My parents were Rabbi and Rebbetzin Honig, who showed me how to care for people and build communities.

For over three decades, my father was the Chief Rabbi of East Melbourne Synagogue, the ‘City Shule’, and his legacy lives on. Whilst proud of my heritage and my faith, I respect other civilisations and traditions and believe each has brought something special into the world because in our uniqueness lies our universality.”

Beverley Honig was invited to join Arron Woods Lord Mayoral ticket and accepted the challenge, inspired by Arron’s authenticity and commitment to ratepayers, retailers, small business, and a true desire to resolve homelessness.

Arron Wood’s Lord Mayor’s ticket comprises a diverse mix of multicultural voices and community stalwarts, and Beverley adds the gravitas of being a lawyer, Monash University law lecturer, Board Director, and co-founder of Indigenous enterprise First Nations Blockchain. She looks forward to working across cultures with tolerance and respect.

As President of her local Synagogue at Mizrachi for many years, she demonstrated great intergenerational collaboration which achieved harmony and retained loyal memberships, a key skill she will bring to the City Council.

Beverley has also worked with Father Bob Maguire and understands how vital it is to build more homes for those in need, bringing back Melbourne’s title of ‘Most Liveable City’.

Beverley is the recipient of many business awards, winner of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence (top 10 female entrepreneurs), Westpac’s 200 Businesses of Tomorrow, is listed in Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, and awarded Prime Ministerial Trade awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to international trade links, and just announced recognition for global sustainability by the 2020 Stevie Awards, the world’s premier business awards, naming one of her businesses, Greenville Developments as 2020 Global Start-up of the Year.

Melbourne City Council Elections will be held between October up until October 23.

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