Name: Sue Gilroy
Political party: Shooters Fishers and Farmers
What background experience do you bring to the political table?
I am not a career politician, I don't bring any political experience but rather real world experience. I've lived in the region for decades and have worked as a registered nurse as well as in the coal/mining industry. Prior to running as a candidate, I was the president of the Singleton Chamber of Commerce. Through my professional experience, I've been closely linked to the local community and members for decades, these connections will help me represent the electorate by listening and acting in parliament.
In your opinion, what are the most pressing issues facing this electorate?
The most pressing issue is the longevity of the region. With a range of different industries within the region from mining to agriculture, it is crucial that we continue to prosper in a planned and well-balanced way and that no one industry is left behind. The Upper Hunter is unique to other electorates and needs someone who understands the nuances of how different industries operate and can co-exist.
What is your plan for TAFE and future education opportunities?
Our TAFE system needs to be protected. We've recently seen the NSW Liberal National government sell off the our TAFEs and replace them with connected learning centres. However these connected learning centres are cheaper alternatives that offer limited courses to our communities. Students are being forced to travel further and further out to complete their courses. The governments neglect is evident when you consider that 70-76% of our residents complete their qualifications through TAFE yet we're being limited with our choices of courses and investment.
What are your plans to bring more jobs to the Upper Hunter?
The Upper Hunter should be one of the most exciting and thriving regions in the State. We give so much and get so little in return. Investment into out communities will drive employment. Shutting down our TAFEs drive skills away from our region rather than in. Investing in local business and industries will stimulate our tourism, industry growth and employment. We've seen this in Orange with my colleague, Phil Donato and how he's turned his region into a vibrant electorate that has been growing ever since being elected.
How would you address the rural and regional health crisis and staffing issues facing our health services?
As a registered nurse I understand the struggles and difficulties faced by health workers every day. We need to protect and provide for our healthcare workers. Currently the lack of infrastructure in our healthcare system turn doctors off the idea of coming and working in our communities. I'll be advocating for the government to introduce a post grad system for doctors to work within regional healthcare once qualified.
How do you plan to address the Upper Hunter's poor track record on air quality?
This issue has been raised for a years. I'll be working with industries, government and local communities to find the best balanced solution for all.
Why should Upper Hunter vote for you?
I am a local member of the community running to be a voice for the local community. I understand how the region operate, I understand what the region wants and I will be the voice that will hold the Government to account and ensure that we in the Upper Hunter get our fair share.
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