I stand for secure, full-time jobs.
No community has suffered more from the triple-whammy of drought, bushfires and coronavirus than Eden Monaro. Even before coronavirus, unemployment was too high especially for young people. Our public service jobs are under threat from funding cuts. Eden-Monaro needs a strong local voice in Canberra, fighting for local jobs and fighting for small business.
I stand for bushfire recovery.
With properties still to be cleared and funding slow to hit the ground, people feel like they've been forgotten. I will champion a streamlined recovery for local businesses and farms: a plan that cuts through the red tape, helps people to quickly navigate government agencies, and is led by locals, not bureaucrats.
I stand for long term rebuilding and reconstruction.
As a local parent, I want my kids to be able stay here to build their careers and raise a family. Recovery cannot be about short-term fixes – we need a long-term plan for local jobs. We need investment in TAFE and training opportunities for young people, better local roads and a plan for the future of industries like tourism, hospitality, renewables and farming.
I stand for strong local businesses.
I run a small plumbing business with my husband Brad, so I know that small businesses are the backbone of our community. As we rebuild, I want to be a voice in Canberra for local businesses so they can recover, grow and employ more locals.
I stand for good local hospitals and health services.
As a mum of three I despair that people in Eden-Monaro have to travel too far and pay too much for health care – putting a huge strain on the family budget. Our region deserves better access to hospitals and health services.
I stand for better roads and better infrastructure.
Our region deserves better roads, better mobile coverage and a better NBN. Our region has some of the worst mobile black spots and worst NBN in the country, and promised upgrades like the Barton Highway have not been delivered. As Mayor of Bega I worked with all political parties to get local projects funded. I know that these projects will never be prioritised if there is not a strong local voice pushing to get things done.