12-month update

Sunday 17 October marked one year since the local Murrumbidgee community voted me in as their local representative. I cannot thank you enough.

This last year has been absolutely amazing and incredible; and I feel honoured and humbled to be your local representative in the Legislative Assembly. This is a role and responsibility which I take very seriously, and in which I work hard to ensure the best possible outcomes across the community - from lawn mowing and suburban speeding to ending gambling harm and introducing an affirmative model of sexual consent legislation.

I love the variety of the work, from the micro to the macro level; I love engaging with Murrumbidgee residents, responding to your concerns and seeking solutions to your issues; I love the nature of Assembly business, including the various Committees on which I sit; and I love creating positive, lasting change.

Here's my list of some of my key achievements these last 12 months:

  • The release of an Exposure Draft Bill for the Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2021; 
    • I'm currently awaiting feedback from the ACT Government's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Steering Committee before making final revisions and then introducing it to the Assembly;
  • Private Members’ Business calling on the ACT Government to: 
    • Reduce the risks associated with vaping and e-cigarettes, particularly for young people; 
    • Investigate opportunity for Canberra to become a National Park City; 
    • Review regulatory arrangements and support services for Assisted Reproductive Technology; 
    • Establish a Community Council for the Molonglo Valley; 
  • Dedicated community consultation campaigns for ACT Government upgrades and works for: 
    • Duffy Shops; 
    • Brierly Street, Weston; 
    • Garran carparking and traffic issues; 
  • Dedicated community consultation and progress of the ‘Her Way’ campaign, to support women in my electorate who want to reduce their reliance on cars as their main mode of transport; 
  • Coordinating the #CBRScarecrows competition, together with the Weston Creek Community Council, to help build community morale during COVID-19 lockdown; 
  • Sponsoring e-petitions for: 
    • Improved eating disorder services in the ACT; 
    • Lighting for the Waramanga playing fields; 
    • Accessible complaints mechanisms to be included in the Human Rights Act 2004; 
    • Footpath construction on Ballarat Street, Fisher; 
  • Chaired and/or been involved with ACT Legislative Assembly Committee Inquiries for: 
    • Renewable energy innovation; 
    • Drugs of Dependence; 
    • 2020 ACT Election and the Electoral Act; 
    • Community corrections; 
  • A variety of events and activities: 
    • Hosting a networking breakfast for Women in Climate and Health, coinciding with World Environment Day in June; 
    • Wombat rescue activities; 
    • Coordinated a tour of the Hume Recycling Facility; 
    • Support to establish micro-forests in Murrumbidgee; and 
  • Ongoing constituent and stakeholder engagement through social media, regular mobile offices, constituent phone calls, e:newsletters and meetings. 

I try to balance the work between high-level policy issues, particularly in areas of social justice, and on-the-ground practical outcomes for community-building and place-making initiatives. 

Over the next 12 months a couple of my key priorities are to progress the Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2021 through a successful passage and enactment to law, I also have some great ideas up my sleeve for Private Members’ Business I wish to progress, some further legislation and a range of community projects. Stay tuned! 

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ph. (02) 6205 0448

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