I have been lucky enough to have grown up throughout the region of Mayo. My family has lived on the Fleurieu Coast for all my life and I have grown up enjoying this lovely community we live in. It is a wonderful region, and I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful landscapes, the food and of course the community.
Since my early teens I have been an active member of the community, participating in numerous action groups. I have been involved in developing and implementing youth groups as the Project Officer of the Willunga Environment Centre and have worked as an SSO at the Willunga Primary School. I studied Biodiversity at Flinders University and have recently completed my honours at Adelaide University.
My biggest passions are youth and the environment. I have placed a strong focus on working alongside the region’s youth, having been appointed as the coordinator of the Willunga Trees for Life group, as well as recently becoming the inaugural Young Landcare Ambassador. A role which promotes engagement with young people and their environmental projects.
I have been excited to work with a Labor team that is taking real action on climate change and bring power prices down. As an environmental educator, this is an issue that I am personally passionate about. I believe South Australia, as a renewable energy leader, will reap great rewards from Labor’s policies for cheaper, greener power and electric vehicles.
Furthermore, Labor aims to reduce Australia’s pollution by 45 per cent by 2030 and net zero pollution by 2050.
Importantly for South Australian’s, Labor will ensure the Murray-Darling basin plan is delivered in full. By lifting the arbitrary cap on buybacks and reversing the State Liberal government’s capitulation to the upstream States, Labor will maintain the health of the Murray for future generations. All along the Murray River in our State, communities and the environment have been suffering due to inaction and the decisions of upstream politicians. Local farmers, business owners and residents have been continually disappointed by a lack of policies aimed to tackle climate change or to get our River Murray flowing again.
Of course, we are also committed to ensure every worker gets a living wage and restore penalty rates to 130,000 South Australians whose take-home pay has been cut. Tax cuts under Labor will give more to those on low incomes who needs it most. Being a young person myself, I know how important these penalty rates are to young people and the rest of the community.
Labor is the only party that is committed to making Medicare work for us all. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and Labor’s $2.3 billion plan to tackle cancer will help patients focus on getting better without having to worry about how to pay for it. There will thousands of residents of Mayo who will benefit from this policy.
Whether it is at a local fair, doorknocking or on the phone, I look forward to talking about the issues with you in the weeks to come.