The NT Independent is providing you with a light-hearted look at the candidates for the August 22 NT general election. We’re not looking at policy or platforms at this time, but rather at the person behind them.
Our Q&A should help you get to know the humans of NT politics.
Today’s profile is CLP candidate for Fong Lim, Kylie Bonanni.
Kylie’s family moved to the Northern Territory in 1988 when her father John was given the opportunity to manage the Gold Room at The Granites gold mine, located 640km from Alice Springs.
Prior to settling in Darwin, Kylie spent 30 years helping run her family business and raising her three children in Alice Springs. She has always been actively involved in my community through organisations such as the Alice Springs Masters Games.
Kylie has served as a councillor and the deputy mayor of the Alice Springs Town Council, commissioner of the Board of Tourism NT and a member of the Victims of Crime Board NT.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?
My dad told me when I was a teenager, that staying quiet when you see something that’s not right, or if someone isn’t being treated right, is just as bad as if you were doing it yourself. It’s stuck with me and I’ve taught my kids the same thing. Speaking up may not always make you the most popular person, but at least you know you’ve done the right thing.
Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.
Dessert is my favourite part of any meal. I have been known to choose a restaurant based on their dessert options.
How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?
Loyal, passionate, stubborn and a closet full of clothes that is one step away from an episode of Hoarders. Did I mention stubborn?
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?
Can I swap one for a dessert?
If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?
My dad. He passed away 24 years ago this November and over the years, I’ve realised there is so much I never knew about him.
A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.
Tea or coffee?
Chocolate milkshake 😊
Folder or scruncher?
AFL or NRL?
Where’s the soccer (football) option?! If I had to choose, NRL, because I always love the rivalry between State of Origin fans. Go the Broncos!
Wet season or dry season?
Wet season. After years living in Alice Springs, nothing beats a Top End monsoon!
Coles or Woollies?
I try and support local IGA, but otherwise Woolies.
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