NSW goes to the polls on Saturday March 25 to elect our State representatives. We asked our North Sydney Living followers what questions they would like to ask their candidates. Every candidate running in our local electorate of North Shore received the same questions and the same opportunity to respond.

Below are their responses (in alphabetical order by candidate surname). Any candidate who has not yet responded may do so at any time and we will add to this list – just contact info@thelivingcollective.com.au.

But first, a bit about voting in the NSW State Election…

Do I have to vote? Yes, enrolling and voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 years and over.

Who am I voting for? Voters will elect one person to represent their district in the Legislative Assembly. Voters will also elect 21 of the 42 members of the Legislative Council.

Where can I vote? You can vote at any polling place in your electorate on election day. Polling places are open from 8am to 6pm. To find your nearest polling place, enter your address here for more information: https://elections.nsw.gov.au/voters/where-do-i-vote

How can I vote early in person? If you would like to vote in person, but you are unable to get to a voting centre or polling place on election day, you may be eligible to vote early or pre-poll. For more information visit https://elections.nsw.gov.au/voters/voting-options/early-voting-and-pre-polling-in-person

How can I vote early by post? If your circumstances make it difficult for you to go to a voting centre on election day, you may be eligible to apply for a postal vote. For more information visit https://elections.nsw.gov.au/voters/voting-options/postal-voting

 

Michael Antares, Informed Medical Options Party

Answers not yet received.

Lachlan Commins, Sustainable Australia

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore area.

My name is Lachlan Commins and I have been a local resident in the lower North Shore for virtually all of my life.

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you?

I am running to de-corrupt politics in NSW and implement sustainable solutions for our future. I am running for SAP because I believe it is the only party which completely aligns with my values. It has practical and realistic solutions to the current problems of overdevelopment and environmental destruction.

Our North Sydney Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue?

I will advocate for them through targeting the root cause of the issue – government-engineered hyper-demand. To address this issue, we need to phase out negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions for property investors, banning foreign ownership and stabilising Australia’s population size. We also need more investment in public housing in the short term.

Transport is another major concern for locals. What are some policies you will suggest to improve conditions in the North Shore electorate?

We seek to improve transport conditions through prioritising the most ecologically sustainable and congestion-free public and private transport systems. This means lowering the cost of public transport, expanding bus networks, building better and safer bicycle networks and pedestrian infrastructure.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?

Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community movement that has a science and evidence-based policy platform. We are willing to work with anyone as long as their policy is sound.

What are the main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?

The main focus for me is protecting our environment, stopping overdevelopment and stopping corruption. This includes protecting endangered species habitats, native forests and local tree canopies; reducing Australia’s waste production; acting on climate change; stopping inappropriate high-rise and sprawl; delivering new community infrastructure before more housing; stabilising Australia’s population size; transparent reporting of political donations and lobbying; and banning political donations from big business and unions.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns?

If elected, I will stay in touch with the community through local market and festival stalls, engaging in social media, as well as my office.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?

The Sustainable Australia Party website has all of our candidates bios and policies for further reading as well as a eNewsletter for keeping up to date with party announcements.

Helen Conway, Independent

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore area.

My husband Peter and I have lived in the North Shore electorate for 28 years. We love our
local area – in particular the abundant natural beauty of the Sydney Harbour, and the many
foreshore walks, parks and beaches. This is an engaged community where people care
about each other and are committed to improving the environment in which we live.
I’m often out walking with our dog Lily, and we particularly enjoy heading to Brennan Park
and then stopping in at the Third Rail in Waverton for a coffee. On the weekends, brunch
with the family and grandkids at Frenchys at Middle Head is joyful, and a wonderful place to
enjoy not only the spectacular views and wildlife, but also to explore the Indigenous and
military history of the area. And then there is the Coal Loader, Balmoral Beach, the
Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli Markets, any number of wonderful local cafes, restaurants and
watering holes – we couldn’t be luckier to live in the North Shore!

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you?

The two party system does not best represent the concerns and aspirations of the North
Shore community, and frankly, I could no longer sit on the sidelines and watch the erosion of
integrity in State politics. I feel very strongly about restoring trust in our government. The
people of North Shore deserve to have their voice represented in Parliament – and only a
Community Independent – who is answerable to the electorate, not to a party or a faction,
can do that for us.

We need public policy which is developed in the public interest, and a genuine dialogue to
bring the people’s voice back into politics. Government decisions should always be made
with the utmost transparency and integrity, and without undue reference to vested interests.
It’s time to do politics differently.

As a leader, board director, senior executive and lawyer in a range of organizations in the
not-for-profit, public and commercial sectors, I have the skills needed to engage, listen and
represent the North Shore Community. I will always act with the highest levels of personal
and professional integrity, and my vote will always be freely cast solely in reference to our
community.

Our North Sydney Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue?

We are facing huge increases in interest rates, soaring rents, a lack of rental supply, and
prohibitive energy costs. People are struggling to make ends meet, so it is not surprising that
this has become a key election issue.

We also have rising rates of homelessness as low income earners are getting pushed out of
the housing market. The current government has no plan for the cost of living crisis, beyond a disaggregated set of subsidies and supports, which are not well targeted and are inflationary. When it comes to housing affordability, the government is making the problem worse, with demand based
incentives.

We must end the rorts, wastage and cost blowouts of the current government. We must hold
the government to account to spend public funds responsibly – and target assistance to
where it is most needed. I will be holding the incoming government to account to:
● deliver a faster transition to renewable energy to permanently reduce energy costs
for households and businesses;
● develop a long term plan for housing affordability, including clear targets for
increasing the supply of social and affordable housing;
● reform the planning system to support inclusionary zoning – we need a diversity of
housing types to reflect our demographic profile; and
● reform tenancy laws to support renters and make renting a more feasible and secure
long-term housing proposition.

Transport is another major concern for locals. What are some policies you will suggest to improve conditions in the North Shore electorate?

The privatisation of Sydney’s bus services has been ‘nothing short of a disaster’ – this is
what the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry found in September 2022.

Our community is rightly angry and frustrated by frequent bus service cancellations and
delays. I’m hearing that school children are regularly delayed with bus services to and from
school being cancelled on short notice. Workers are unable to rely on bus transportation to
meet work schedules. Reliable and affordable public transport is the cornerstone of a
liveable city.

We can’t underestimate the economic impacts of an unreliable public transport system, there
are flow-on effects to the profitability and productivity of our businesses. It is also well
understood that increased use of public transport leads to benefits including less congestion,
lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced air and noise pollution.

I will hold the incoming government to account to deliver full and reliable public transport
service coverage for the North Shore. I will also push for an acceleration of the move towards electrification of our public transport network. This is critical to our ability to meet emissions reduction targets in NSW. I also support making public transport and active transport a priority in the planning process

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?

It is a very likely scenario at this NSW election that there will be a minority government that
relies on an expanded crossbench to lead. A stronger cross bench in NSW will make a big
difference in improving the quality of government legislation, in driving policy reform and,
importantly, in holding the government of the day to account. Independents can ask the
tough questions, and get better reform for the communities they represent.

If elected as the community independent for North Shore, I will use my position to advocate
for meaningful legislative reform on the key issues as identified by this community. I will
always act in a collaborative manner, with transparency and accountability to the North
Shore electorate.

I have no affiliation with any political party, and nor have I ever been a member of any
political party. I have been appointed to public roles by governments on both sides of the
political spectrum, which demonstrates my capacity to work collaboratively.

If I am successfully elected as the member for North Shore, my vote in Parliament will
always be free and made solely in reference to the views of our community, not those of a
party, faction or lobby group. I am committed to evaluating every piece of legislation on its
merits and voting with the interests of the North Shore community.

What are the main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?

Integrity in government, stronger and faster action on ensuring we have a safe climate, and
building a strong and sustainable economy are critical issues in this election. We must restore integrity and accountability in the NSW government – we cannot accept the status quo. I will push for an end to pork barrelling by legislating standards in relation to the administration of grants. I will push for an end to the “jobs for mates” culture by establishing transparent processes based on candidate quality, for appointments to government roles and statutory positions. I will hold the incoming government to account to implement an independent funding mechanism for ICAC and other NSW oversight bodies. This is essential to rebuilding public trust in government decision making.

We need faster action on climate and the protection of our environment. I will push the incoming government to legislate faster emissions reduction targets with clear planning and accountability for every sector. We must stop new fossil fuel projects – the climate science is clear. I will push to protect our unique biodiversity, including Koala habitat, by ending native forest logging and banning the clearing of high conservation value bushland.

We must build a strong sustainable economy, and embrace new jobs and investment opportunities in zero emissions industries. I will hold the incoming government to account to tackle the cost of living crisis and develop a comprehensive long term plan for housing affordability. I’ll fight to end the rorts, wastage, and cost blowouts, and target assistance to where it is most needed.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns?

My team and I will be constantly working to respond to issues and find solutions for North
Shore residents. My office will always be a welcoming place where residents are invited to
drop in to share their thoughts. I will have a regular newsletter, and keep my website
updated with information about new developments. I aim to be open and inclusive at all
times.

I expect to engage the community in a variety of ways to establish a consensus position on
areas of policy. Public forums and open discussion groups will be a regular feature of my
electoral office. I will also look to share the learnings from other Independent candidates on
how they have sought to successfully engage with their own communities. I am very
interested in exploring how I can incorporate deliberative processes, to build understanding
and constructive solutions in North Shore.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?

I invite everyone to sign up to receive my weekly newsletter, and also follow me on social
media via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Youtube.
My Facebook page is here > https://www.facebook.com/HelenConway4NorthShore/
A list of upcoming events where I will be available for a meet and greet can be found on my
website at https://www.helenconway.com.au/events
See all links through my Linktree > https://linktr.ee/helenconway4northshore

James Mullan, The Greens

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore area.

I moved to Waverton as a teenager while studying at St Aloysius College. My family has lived around here for generations with father growing up in Neutral Bay as Grandad ran the local butcher in Grosvenor Lane. I’ve also lived in North Sydney, Kirribilli and neighbouring Greenwich. I love this area for its natural beauty, friendly communities and my beloved North Sydney Bears. I now work
both my jobs here for the North Sydney Sun; our local independent newspaper and Norths Basketball in Crows Nest.

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you?

Politics as usual is failing our community. I am determined to hold the government to account and provide a more positive brand of politics. I’m an everyday local who is already working in our community day in, day out. We need representatives who understand the concerns and ambitions of locals, not copy and paste candidates who are more concerned about their CV or working their way up in a political party. I am running to give this community a better choice for a new type of leadership.

Our North Sydney Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue?

The Greens are proposing a lot of measures to address the cost of living crisis. We will make housing more affordable by freezing rents and giving more rights to renters like banning unfair evictions. More investment in social housing is also needed. Free public transport will lower the everyday costs for people on the North Shore who rely so heavily on it. We also will push to put power assets back in state hands and bring down energy bills. Fully funding public education and health can also ease the
pressures on families in our community.

Transport is another major concern for locals. What are some policies you will suggest to improve conditions in the North Shore electorate?

Better public transport is key to reducing the cost of living, traffic and is better for the environment. We will bring back the Balmoral Ferry Service because we all know how much of a nightmare parking and traffic is in that area. Not only that, we are advocating for a new ferry service that connects up the North Shore from McMahons Point to Manly via Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Cremorne Point, Mosman and Balmoral Beach. It’s ridiculous you can’t catch a ferry from Neutral Bay to Mosman or McMahons Point to Neutral Bay without transferring in the City. We have a great water highway that is underutilised.

The privatisation of our busses has been a mess, with less reliable timetables and reduced services, especially along Military Road. Busses need to be back in public hands so our services can meet the communities needs. Active transport is another key focus for me this election. Cycling is not only
great for health but cheaper than driving and better for the environment. We are calling for the inclusion of cycling infrastructure as part of the Warringah Freeway project as it was not even considered. Plus the state government needs to step up and provide funding for the West Street cycleway that connects Cammeray and North Sydney. Building more roads does not solve congestion or traffic, it only leads to more people choosing to drive while also destroying our natural environment.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?

A strong cross bench is crucial to keep any government focussed and accountable. Unlike Independents, the Greens have seats in the lower and upper house meaning we can work to get serious change through legislation. Collaboration with all MPs is crucial. No matter what stripe, we need a political culture that looks for common ground rather than as a game to won or lost. I understand why Indepdendents have been successful as the major parties have let us down time after time. However, too often their views are unclear and they hide behind the idea of “I want whatever the community wants” which is a vague way of trying to be all things to all people without showing your true values. Voter need to know where you stand so we can figure out how we can
meet in the middle for the best outcomes.

What are the main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?

Aside from transport which was previously discussed corruption and the polticial culture is the biggest issues. If people wonder why our health system is at breaking point, climate action is lagging and over development is out of control it’s because of corruption. The major parties continue to accept donations from special interest groups which erodes the integrity of our government. We have seen two premiers resign over corruption, countless coaltion MPs like Daryl McGuire and John Sidoti get caught out doing dodgy developer deals and rampant pork barrelling like the Stronger Communities Fund which allocated 95% of a $252m grant pool go to Coalition held seats. The list goes on. We need independent funding for ICAC which is currently $3.4m under it’s required budget to operate. Corruption is the highest form of disrespect for the people of NSW, and it is costing us from having a better society.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns?

My door will always be open, come in and say g’day. If not I will personally respond to your messages online or over the phone. I will also hold ‘street corner’ meetings on specific issues while also
consulting heavily with local councils and community groups.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?

Please follow me on Facebook at James Mullan – Greens for North Shore or
on Instagram @northshoregreens. For more policy detail or info on The
Greens please visit greens.org.au/nsw.

Godfrey Santer, Labor Party

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore area.

I absolutely adore the North Shore. I have lived in the suburbs of North Sydney and Neutral Bay for more than 30 years over the course of my lifetime. My brilliant wife Judi and I have raised kids and grandkids here. So, we are locals through and through. Judi and I also used to run a business which provided accommodation to tourists and business travellers in Sydney. We managed serviced apartments and cottages in suburbs such as Waverton, Kirribilli and Cremorne. More recently, I was unanimously elected as the Deputy Mayor of North Sydney after being elected to council in 2021. I have loved the opportunity to serve our community in this position.

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you?

I am running for NSW Parliament because our community and our state desperately need a change of government. We have a crisis in our health system with nurses and other health workers treated so badly by this government. The Liberals and Nationals’ obsession with privatisation has wrecked our local bus system and pushed higher costs onto us. Renters are doing it really tough right now and buying a home is near-impossible for many. And I am so passionate about doing everything I can to protect our beautiful environment. I believe that Labor has real plans to address the challenges of all these key policy areas.

Our North Sydney Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue?

First thing’s first, the privatisations have to stop. The sale of the poles and wires have made energy bills skyrocket. So, Labor has plans to take hundreds of dollars off energy bills for families and small businesses. Our new renewable energy agency will also reduce power prices. Unlike the Liberals, we refuse to privatise Sydney Water, saving the average household approximately $264 off their water bill each year. We will also introduce a range of policies to put downward pressure on rents and housing costs. Lastly, Labor will end the toll-mania that makes it cost a fortune to drive from one part of Sydney to another.

Transport is another major concern for locals. What are some policies you will suggest to improve conditions in the North Shore electorate?

Our public transport could be so much better. We need to save our buses by rolling back the disastrous privatised model that this government has introduced. We should manufacture more trains and ferries here to increase the reliability and quality of our services, while also creating jobs right here in New South Wales. And we have to improve our active transport infrastructure, so more people can walk and cycle to work or school.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?

I have a deep respect for the role of independents in Australian democracy. Of course, I believe that more can be achieved by working together, which is why I am a proud member of the Australian Labor Party. But I commit to productive discussions with any independents and minor parties who are elected. I believe that I have already shown this quality on North Sydney Council, and I believe that Labor has a good record of this on a state and federal level.

What are the main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?

To my mind, the biggest issues are health, housing, the environment and stopping the endless privatisation of essential services. To fix the health crisis, Labor will introduce safe staffing levels at hospitals across our state, including the Royal North Shore Emergency Department. We will also end the wages cap for health workers and upskill paramedics. In terms of housing, we will make renting fair again by building more social and affordable housing, ending unfair evictions and allowing tenants to have pets in their homes. We will create a Great Koala National Park to protect 20% of our state’s koalas and we will establish a new renewable energy agency to drive our emissions reduction. And we will keep all essential services in public hands.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns?

In every way I can! Email, post, social media, street stalls, community meetings, you name it. It has been wonderful to get out and about in our community these past few months and it would be even more of a privilege to do so as your local member. I pledge to never stop listening to you.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?

Please follow me on Facebook (Godfrey Santer – Labor for North Shore) and Instagram (@godfreysanternorthshore). It would be a real honour to have your support in this election.

Victoria Walker, Independent

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore area.

I moved to North Sydney as a student, to a share flat in Miller Street; my first job was at Jackson Wain Advertising, on the corner of Miller and Blue Streets. A few years later I returned from overseas with my husband and eldest child to the house in McMahons Point where we still live today.

My work has taken me around Australia and overseas, but my home has been always been here. My children went to North Sydney Dem School and North Sydney Boys and I have been involved in local community issues and campaigns. At present, I am the secretary of the Lavender Bay Precinct Committee.

During the pandemic, my husband and I took our daily walk up the hill for a coffee & croissant from St HonorĂ©. It became a daily habit, during the week we also walk to points around the harbour. For nearly five years, we have joined a happy band at Balmoral to work out with ‘Sparrow’ Dowse. I can’t wait for North Sydney Pool to reopen, to do my laps while trains come from Wynyard over the Bridge, I enjoy the open space at Clifton Gardens but so miss the pool.

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you?

Last September, I finished editing The Squatters’ Grab, a history of the Indigenous dispossession, that had preoccupied me for some months. I emerged into chaos across North Shore: huge works ramped up night and day, trees ripped out, parks destroyed, residents in despair, Councils ignored. 

Despite a huge State deficit, massive contracts were being signed for projects to continue well beyond the life of the next parliament, limiting the next government’s capacity to address cost of living pressures, climate change, gaps in health and education or to restore areas of the State damaged by fire and flood.

Neither Parliament nor the major parties were paying attention.  I committed to using my skill and experience to work as an independent in Parliament to raise and resolve these issues. 

Our Mosman Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue?

I agree that the soaring cost of living is a key issue, rising interest rates, rents and the cost of food affecting us all. I have undertaken to set up a vigorous watching brief on the impact of the new government’s policies and programs on the cost of living, using experience gained as Director of the Public Accounts Committee. I will provide that information to my fellow Members of Parliament, who I believe will find it helpful; and to the public.

Transport is another major concern for locals. What are some policies you will suggest to improve conditions in the North Shore electorate?

North Shore is well endowed with public transport compared to other electorates, with buses, trains and ferries radiating out across Sydney. At the same time it has constant heavy through traffic along its main arteries, with long morning and afternoon peaks. Military Road is the most consistently affected, but Falcon Street, Ernest Street and Spit Road all have heavy peak traffic. A pedestrian bridge is needed in Neutral Bay where Military Road narrows and is fenced along the centre and both sides, requiring pedestrians to walk for blocks in order to cross. Further west, the widening of Warringah Expressway is causing ongoing havoc, with parks asphalted over to store heavy machines and the loss of hundreds of mature trees.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?

As an independent, I will work collegiately with my fellow members, from government, opposition and the cross bench. I have experience in the New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland and Commonwealth parliaments and enjoy good and constructive working relations with members, ministers and the parliamentary administration. I will represent North Shore with energy and integrity, raise issues of concern in the Legislative Assembly, ask pertinent questions and pursue reform throughout the parliament. My vote will be based on the merit of each motion, on its capacity to deliver worthwhile outcomes and progress reform.

What are the main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?

Several months of meetings across North Shore identified four priority areas demanding action: first, cost of living pressures, discussed above; second, State planning and development, that currently favour developers and large scale high-rise development, disregarding local environmental plans, local councils and local residents. 

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, once model legislation, is no longer fit for purpose. I will table a Bill in the Legislative Assembly to replace it with one for the twenty-first century, that takes account of climate volatility, of new and emerging data on flood, fire and tidal zones and dovetails with State commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

The third priority area is climate change. I will table a Bill committing New South Wales to action on climate change, that sets firm targets in law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, aligned with the Commonwealth Climate Change Act 2022, requires Treasury to produce a climate change budget paper, and Ministers to table annual climate change statements of progress within their portfolios. 

The fourth priority identified in North Shore is integrity in government. In 2022, Parliament sat for just 43 days, minimising its opportunity to call the Government to account. I will nominate for the Legislative Assembly Privileges Committee, oversighting ethical standards, and work to ensure our laws are debated and made by the elected members, not in party back rooms.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns?

I will meet regularly with Mosman and North Sydney Councils, precinct committees, business and community groups. In instances where there is potential to reduce conflict and improve dialogue, I will host round table meetings in Parliament House to bring parties together to meet face to face and share information and ideas; a strategy I have found works effectively and can promote ongoing cooperation.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?

You can stay up to date with my campaign through my website: https://www.victoriawalker.com.au/ by email and Facebook. I receive on average fifteen to twenty emails a day, most with questions, and I reply as promptly as possible. I will be speaking and attending meetings up to election day; people catch up with me wherever I go.

Felicity Wilson, Liberal Party

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore area.

Like so many in our community, I am a working mum raising my two young children locally. We are so fortunate to live in such a vibrant community, and one of the best things about my job is being involved in so many local community and sporting clubs that are the lifeblood of the local area. It is why so many of us choose to call North Shore home.

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you?

I love our community and love listening to what people in our area need. I have really enjoyed being their local voice, delivering outcomes by investing in our local schools, working closely with small businesses to get them through Covid, achieving new and improved public transport, and increasing our green and open space. There is still so much more that we can achieve if we keep working together, and we know that only a NSW Liberal Government will continue to invest in our local community.

Our North Sydney Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue?

I understand firsthand the challenges that other households are facing as I am raising two young kids in our community and personally see the impacts of interest rates, inflation, childcare costs, and rent pressures but I know that everyone is impacted by these in different ways. That’s why the NSW Liberals have a plan alongside a range of initiatives to put downward pressure on everyday costs. This includes vouchers for energy relief, school costs, bringing down weekly transport costs, and we are always working on new initiatives to ease the pressure on household budgets.

Transport is another major concern for locals. What are some policies you will suggest to improve conditions in the North Shore electorate?

We are delivering the biggest investment in public transport across Australia with the Sydney Metro, and this will be a game changer for locals who will have access to stations at North Sydney and Crows Nest, and only a NSW Liberal Government will deliver the Beaches Link that will move traffic of our local roads. We are also addressing the driver shortage that is currently being experienced across our bus network, with a focus on increasing the number of drivers by securing proficient drivers from overseas, waiving training fees, offering bus drivers in Greater Sydney subsidised travel and giving local communities the opportunity to have input into bus services.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?

I’ve always shown that I am strong local voice for our community, and stand up for the issues that matter. I’ve worked across party lines to deliver legislative reforms such as voluntary assisted dying and the de-criminalisation of abortion in NSW. I’ve also worked with colleagues in Macquarie Street of all political persuasions to increase legislative processes for our integrity agencies and undertaking cultural reform of the Parliament to ensure the highest levels of behaviour conduct from parliamentarians. My view has always been that the NSW Parliament represents all people across the state, and we should all work together for the best outcomes for our local community and the people of NSW.

What are the main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?

I want to continue building on what we have delivered for the local community, through unprecedented levels of investment in schools, public transport, new parklands, and community facilities, ensuring that North Shore remains the vibrant community that we all love. We can choose the NSW Liberals strong economic management and a long-term plan to keep NSW moving forward. NSW cant afford to go backwards.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns?

I am always out and about in our local community, and I work to ensure I have my finger on the pulse and I am closely engaged with the issues that matter to our area. The team in my office do a terrific job ensuring that I am aware of what’s happening in the community, and we work hard to resolve issues and any concerns that are raised with me.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?

Everyone can keep up to date with me by following my Facebook and Instagram pages or by reaching our to me and my team at https://nswliberal.org.au/felicity-wilson/meet-felicity

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