Are you part or have you been part of a political party? If so, which one?
Tell us a bit about you and your team? What’s your day job?
I am a barrister specialising in family law and a mother who happily juggles all the other roles that go with that – chef, (not a good one), educator, mini-medic, counsellor, repair person and mum taxi. I have been concerned about the environment for as long as I can remember and have always followed politics – and the time is right for me now to combine those interests and hopefully assist the Ryde locals! My team members are all dedicated Greens who range from Uni students, Rochelle, to long time residents
What are some things you love about living in the area?
When I first arrived in the area 10 years ago I found there was such a great sense of community – our next door neighbours told us how all their kids grew up playing in the street, went to the local school and they all knew each other and looked after each other. Community is so important – people are happy when they feel there is a supporting network – as all Mums know!
What do you believe to be the 3 main issues affecting our community?
- The significant level of development in Ryde
- The need for more community spaces – not just parks but art centres, community centres, daycare centres
- A need to take action on Climate Change.
What are the 3 key things you plan to achieve?
- To make sure new developments all have significant green spaces and that all existing parks, bushland and heritage buildings are protected and that builds don’t infringe on the existing residents quality of life.
- That renewable energy becomes a focus for Ryde
- That there are adequate child care and after school places at reasonable costs.
What about your long term vision for the area?
As a mother my greatest concern long term is Climate change – in 10 years time if real action to change to renewable energy doesn’t occur our kids will be living on a planet with extreme weather events, ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef wiped out and I think it is sad when we put so much effort into making their lives better that we ignore this huge problem – because they are the ones who will grow up in a very different one to the beautiful place we can now enjoy.
How do you plan to influence state policy that impacts on our community?
I would lobby State government to address the important issues of adequate schooling, adequate after school care and child care facilities, adequate public transport issues – the development is Ryde is occurring rapidly and generally without any new facilities being built – you can not keep having more and more developments without the infrastructure to support it.
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