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It’s Time to Vote: Meet the Candidates of the North Shore Electorate

NSW goes to the polls on Saturday March 23, and by all accounts the final result will go down to the wire. In our Mosman Living Facebook group we asked our 20,000 members what questions they would like to ask their candidates. Every candidate running in our electorate of North Shore received the same questions and the same opportunity to respond.

Here are their responses (in alphabetical order by candidate surname)…

Victoria Boast: Sustainable Australia Party

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore electorate and name three places in the electorate that you love.

I’ve been living in the North Shore for about 10 years and I really enjoy being surrounded by nature yet being 10 minutes away from the city. I love having a coffee and catching a ferry from the Neutral Bay wharf, going for a walk and a swim at the Maccallum pool and reserve and trying out the different cafes in the area.

Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What do you bring to our community?

I am standing as a candidate this election because the people of the North Shore need an alternate candidate to the major parties, one from the common-sense political centre with a positive plan to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. I bring a concern for the long-term future of our community including a sustainable environment and population, better planning to stop overdevelopment, affordable housing for first home buyers and renters and secure jobs via a more diverse economy.

What is your position on the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link? If it does not go ahead, what alternative solution to traffic congestion do you suggest?

It would be preferable to expand state-based rail and bus networks rather than building more roads and tunnels. If the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches link does go ahead then we will need to ensure that it prioritises the use of public transport above cars. If it does not go ahead, I suggest better planning in the area especially in regards to high density housing to prevent even more congestion and expand state based rail and bus networks as well as encouraging the use of biking and walking by providing footpaths and bike lanes.

Overcrowding of public transport is a massive issue for our electorate – B Line buses are often full before they reach stops in the North Shore electorate, and therefore fail to stop. What do you propose to ease the burden and create greater access to public transport for commuters?

Overcrowding in buses is an issue that has been caused by unsustainable development and rapid population growth. Firstly we need better planning to stop over development, we need to return real planning power to local communities. Secondly I propose community infrastructure such as public transport is in place before more housing is approved and more public transport in the area including more frequent buses and investigation of other possibilities such as a rail link in line with community input.

What will you do to reduce the students per teacher ratio as well as raise the bar for academic development at local public schools? Should local selective high schools have quotas of local students to take the pressure off overcrowded local high schools?

A lack of sustainable planning in the North Shore is the cause of the high teacher to student ratio, I would ensure better planning at state level to prevent overcrowding and ensure that there are appropriate numbers of schools in the north shore area to accomodate students and reduce the student to teacher ratio. Whether local selective high schools should have quotas of local students to take the pressure off overcrowded local high schools is one option which should be looked into in consultation with the selective schools.

With Lane Cove pool closed and North Sydney pool closing for repairs, there will soon be no local Olympic pools. In addition, North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre at Crows Nest is slated for possible demolition. What will you do to ensure that locals have access to sporting facilities and reduce the financial burden on local councils?

Sustainable planning includes ensuring there are enough recreational facilities for the local community, I would work towards state funding being provided to fund local pools and sporting facilities to reduce the financial burden on local councils.

In our electorate, there is a critical shortage of playing fields for junior sport, especially for sport played by girls. Combined with higher density living, this issue is only going to worsen. How do you propose to solve this issue?

I propose ensuring proper planning development in consultation with local communities in particular in regards to higher density living to ensure that the problem doesn’t get worse. This would include planning for more playing fields and the protection of existing playing fields from development.

8. North Shore is a long-held Liberal seat. Why should voters
a) stick with the status quo, or
b) change to an alternate party or support an independent?

Voters are tired of development decisions being taken without their input and want community planning to be sustainable, economically and environmentally. This is what I myself, and my party Sustainable Australia can provide.

For independent candidates: in the event of a hung parliament, which party would you support?

That would be something that I would need to evaluate at the time should that scenario occur but what was better for my electorate would help me make my decision.

10. What do you see as the biggest issues facing the people of the North Shore electorate in the:
a) short term – Overcrowded public transport
b) medium term – Preventing overdevelopment and a loss of community atmosphere
c) long term? – Having a sustainable economic, environmental and planning and a much more stable population.

Olivia Bouchier: Animal Justice Party

No responses received.

Carolyn Corrigan: Independent

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore electorate and name three places in the electorate that you love.

My connections to this area go back to my school days at Loreto Kirribilli, then Wollstonecraft when I was first married, and finally my home of more than 25 years in Mosman. Since 2012, I’ve served on Mosman Council, first as a Councillor and since 2017 as Mayor. I love my early morning walks around the harbour foreshores of Mosman, Cremorne and Neutral Bay, ending up at one of the wonderful cafes for a well-deserved coffee. I also love buying the fantastic produce at the North Sydney markets and, of course, there is nothing better than a swim at our beautiful Balmoral Beach.

Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What do you bring to our community?

I am standing because I want to contribute as much as I can to help restore public faith in our political and parliamentary system. I know from long experience, meeting and listening to people all over this electorate – and indeed all around NSW, during my years helping lead the fight against deeply undemocratic forced Council amalgamations – that people everywhere are desperate for engagement, transparent and accountable behaviour from political leaders who genuinely listen. If I am elected as a cross-bench Independent I will stand for these principles every single day. I bring to this electorate seven years of experience in local government, delivering results that are in the best interests of the local community. I also bring professional rigour and a high level
of duty of care, with almost thirty years of delivering exceptional health services to the
community. As an Independent MP, I never have to toe any “party line”, nor ever need into
account the interests of a party machine and its donors. This means I can always put the
community’s best interests first.

What is your position on the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link? If it does not go ahead, what alternative solution to traffic congestion do you suggest?

To solve traffic congestion on Spit/Military Rd a tunnel based solution under Spit Bridge has long been considered an essential component. Another essential component is much better public transport and I welcome the recent announcement of a rapid bus service from Dee Why to Chatswood as this will alleviate traffic volumes crossing the Spit Bridge. It was only in 2017 the Government announced the joint Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link project that links the massive infrastructure project to Westconnex and to fully appreciate the scale and resultant disruption of this combined proposal, especially for the western section of the North Shore electorate, I believe further engagement and consultation is needed. I would also call for the immediate public release of the full business case and the environmental impact statements as these essential documents will assist in formulating a decision on this proposed project.

Overcrowding of public transport is a massive issue for our electorate – B-Line buses are often full before they reach stops in the North Shore electorate, and therefore fail to stop. What do youpropose to ease the burden and create greater access to public transport for commuters?

I believe that before the B-Line was implemented, we had exceptional bus services in our
electorate. Your question brings up the issue of a change in the service level to Mosman and Cremorne residents since the B-Line was introduced. I am very aware of the adverse effects of the B-Line on Cremorne residents in particular – an area which, of course, the B-Line does not even serve – and if elected I would work very hard to address and resolve these issues. Improving public transport services is clearly one of the best and most effective ways to help tackle and reduce the traffic congestion and traffic gridlock that currently bedevils the entire lower North Shore and anything any government did to achieve that goal would have my wholehearted support.

What will you do to reduce the students per teacher ratio as well as raise the bar for academic development at local public schools? Should local selective high schools have quotas of local students to take the pressure off overcrowded local high schools?

I strongly support the highest level of taxpayer funding possible for all public schools, along with our public hospitals and the TAFE system. There are many urgent needs and priorities for governments to address when allocating taxpayer funds in annual budgets, but improved education and public health services must be top of the list. If elected, I would need to research very carefully the pros and cons of selective high schools in this electorate having enrolment quotas of local students before coming to any final position on that question, but in principle I think this would certainly be one effective way to take the pressure off overcrowded local high schools. One of the first things I would do if elected would be to grill the Education Minister of the day as to why our local high schools have been allowed to become so overcrowded in the first place, given that one fundamental responsibility of State Education ministers and bureaucrats is to study demographic trends and to plan properly and effectively for current and future student numbers. But in this, as is many other areas of government policy and resource allocations, I believe the electorate of North Shore has suffered from being seen by both major parties as a rock-solid safe Liberal seat, meaning Liberal governments have complacently taken us for granted and Labor governments have just ignored us. Electing an Independent is the solution to that one!

With Lane Cove pool closed and North Sydney pool closing for repairs, there will soon be no local Olympic pools. In addition, North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre at Crows Nest is slated for possible demolition. What will you do to ensure that locals have access to sporting facilities and reduce the financial burden on local councils?

North Sydney Olympic pool is an iconic feature of our community and we are privileged to enjoy a recreational centre that sits right on Sydney Harbour. But it is showing its age and I support the proposed upgrades, even though this of course necessitates the pool’s closure while this work is carried out. I’d also support appropriate financial input from the State government to help local councils provide and maintain sporting facilities. I’d be very disappointed if Premier Berejiklian, should she and her government be returned to power on March 23, allow the demolition of the popular North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre, which is situated in her own electorate. The Crows Nest area needs more recreation areas and green space, and most certainly needs protection from the appalling over-development that the Berejiklian government is currently trying to impose on it.

In our electorate, there is a critical shortage of playing fields for junior sport, especially for sport played by girls. Combined with higher density living, this issue is only going to worsen. How do you propose to solve this issue?

Where possible and whilst respecting environmental impacts, I would always support proposals to increase sport and recreational facilities in our electorate. I do know Mosman Council is currently working with Mosman Netball to address the shortage of netball courts for girls. I agree, the issue of critical shortage of playing fields is a constant challenge and requires creative thinking and genuine collaboration with local sporting organisations, local Councils and the State Government.

North Shore is a long-held Liberal seat. Why should voters
a) stick with the status quo, or
b) change to an alternate party or support an independent?

The best way for any electorate to attract funding and attention from the major political parties is to demonstrate that it will not be taken for granted and have its needs ignored, and that is by electing an Independent. As an Independent MP, I never have to tow any party line or take into account the interest of factional party members or financial donors.

For independent candidates: in the event of a hung parliament, which party would you support?

According to all recent opinion polls, a hung parliament is a very likely outcome on March 23, which means that the parliamentary cross-bench would be crucial in every government decision. If I am elected and if the result of this election is a hung parliament, I would need to enter into detailed negotiations with both sides before deciding which party to support, as of course would other cross-benchers, and would have to base my decision on a number of variables which can’t be known until the election results are in. First and foremost however, my decision on which party to support would ultimately be based on which party offered the best outcomes for the people of North Shore.

What do you see as the biggest issues facing the people of the North Shore electorate in the
a) short term
b) medium term
c) long term?
Short, medium and long-term alike, I think the biggest issues facing the people of North Shore are over-development, loss of green space and open public land, traffic congestion and, above all else, the threat posed to all of us, wherever we live, by climate change. Out and about in this electorate every day, meeting and listening to local residents and community groups, this is the message that I am getting, over and over again: that people desperately want far more decisive and effective action on climate change, from all levels of government. As people keep saying to me and as I wholeheartedly believe myself, the major parties can no longer bury their heads in the sand or get bogged down in factional warfare over an issue as critically important to the future of our planet as climate change and if elected, I will very strongly support any initiative designed to help tackle it.

 

Colin Furphy: Keep Sydney Open

Photo: Adam Yip for NewsLocal (via Colin Furphy Facebook profile)

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore electorate and name three places in the electorate that you love.

I have a lot of friends living in the North Shore area. My favourite places are the Celcius Cafe at Kirribilli ferry terminal, the beaches around Middle Head area, chocolate shop in Mosman and the park area under the harbour bridge.

Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What do you bring to our community?

I am standing because:
– The younger voters need a stronger voice
– The hospitality and entertainment industry needs a team to help revive it
– I am passionate about helping people to make things happen and being them being happy.

What is your position on the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link? If it does not go ahead, what alternative solution to traffic congestion do you suggest?

I am for it. I believe Sydney needs a large tunnel network that runs in a “figure of 8” setup. This way traffic can flow smoothly and constantly.
Overcrowding of public transport is a massive issue for our electorate – B Line buses are often full before they reach stops in the North Shore electorate, and therefore fail to stop. What do you propose to ease the burden and create greater access to public transport for commuters?
A north shore service that runs from the spit to Bondi Jnctn via the city. When you see how many people queue up for buses and how manly transfer for buses to the bondi line at Wynyard this is seen a viable.
What will you do to reduce the students per teacher ratio as well as raise the bar for academic development at local public schools?
Increase the number teachers available and increase the teachers package to keep them on board.
Should local selective high schools have quotas of local students to take the pressure off overcrowded local high schools?
No. These specialise in advanced learning. The best way to reduce pressure is to expand the campuses or have a variable timetable for students.
With Lane Cove pool closed and North Sydney pool closing for repairs, there will soon be no local Olympic pools. In addition, North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre at Crows Nest is slated for possible demolition. What will you do to ensure that locals have access to sporting facilities and reduce the financial burden on local councils?
With Lane cove pool Sydney pool we can look at speeding up the repair process and providing a pass to neighbouring / non-gov swimming facilities. As for Crows nest facilities there should be an alternative sport facility decided upon before demolition otherwise no demolition.
In our electorate, there is a critical shortage of playing fields for junior sport, especially for sport played by girls. Combined with higher density living, this issue is only going to worsen. How do you propose to solve this issue?
We can look at running a joint initiative with neighbouring electorates that do have these facilities.
North Shore is a long-held Liberal seat. Why should voters:
a) stick with the status quo, or
b) change to an alternate party or support an independent?
Liberals NSW are now out of touch with the people of NSW. They have destroyed the hositality and night life industry which has had roll-on effects to other industries. North Shore needs a new face to help represent the future of our seat rather than the stagnation of our seat.
For independent candidates: in the event of a hung parliament, which party would you support?
What do you see as the biggest issues facing the people of the North Shore electorate in the
a) short term. Cafes and bars closing this can fixed quickly.
b) medium term. Public Transport issues
c) long term? Traffic and congestion

 

Jeffrey Grimshaw: Australian Conservatives (NSW)

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore electorate and name three places in the electorate that you love.

I first visited North Shore in 1998 when I visited Taronga Zoo as a tourist. I recall it took about 10 minutes to get down Military Road to the Harbour Bridge…in rush hour! I visited many times after that as my sister lived in Manly and my parents spent half the year here. I moved to Australia permanently in 2004 and have lived and worked in St Leonards, North Sydney, Chatswood and Balgowlah Heights and currently live in Pyrmont. My 3 favourite places are Waverton/Wollstonecraft, a little paradise hidden away from the hustle and bustle of nearby North Sydney, the variety of unique small business (the lifeblood of our economy) along Military Road and seeing the magnificence of The Bridge from Bradfield Park.

 Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What do you bring to our community?

 

North Shore is a long-held Liberal seat. Why should voters:
a) stick with the status quo, or
b) change to an alternate party or support an independent?

I think North Shore has been taken for granted for too long by the Liberals. It is a safe Liberal seat yet little is invested in our area compared to the massive amounts of tax paid by residents. North Shore is now used as a revenue generating area for the State with little regard or return to the community. The change has been too rapid and not for the best, it is time for a better way. As a conservative I believe in maintaining and keeping the good and fixing the bad, any change must be slow, gradual and agreed upon. My principles are best suited to the North Shore community. There are some excellent candidates in this electorate and a lot of choice for voters. I think change is required and desired. Putting your vote with a party with established policies at State and Federal level and with candidates (the AC has 34 in total) is the best bet. Independents are an unknown gamble, you could be lucky and end up with a Ted Mack or not and discover you have elected a Kerryn Phelps or Clover Moore. Independents also have no backup or support from a party and cannot push or block legislation on their own.

 What is your position on the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link? If it does not go ahead, what alternative solution to traffic congestion do you suggest?

 

Overcrowding of public transport is a massive issue for our electorate – B Line buses are often full before they reach stops in the North Shore electorate, and therefore fail to stop. What do you propose to ease the burden and create greater access to public transport for commuters?

I think there is a better way to manage the issue. First and foremost we need to curb immigration. There is no point building tunnels only for them to become another choke point in a few years. Only the Australian Conservatives have a firm policy on immigration; cut it in half and withdraw from the U.N Refugee Convention. I would propose a metro line from the city through North Shore to somewhere around Manly Vale. Sir John Bradfield drew up these plans nearly a century ago. When you compare Sydney to New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore we are poorly serviced by public transport.

What will you do to reduce the students per teacher ratio as well as raise the bar for academic development at local public schools? Should local selective high schools have quotas of local students to take the pressure off overcrowded local high schools?

The Australian Conservatives want parents to have genuine choice in the school their children attend. We advocate a voucher system to increase competition, raise standards and give parents more say in their child’s education.

With Lane Cove pool closed and North Sydney pool closing for repairs, there will soon be no local Olympic pools. In addition, North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre at Crows Nest is slated for possible demolition. What will you do to ensure that locals have access to sporting facilities and reduce the financial burden on local councils?

 

In our electorate, there is a critical shortage of playing fields for junior sport, especially for sport played by girls. Combined with higher density living, this issue is only going to worsen. How do you propose to solve this issue?

I refer to my answer on the Australian Conservatives plan to cut immigration. Solving the underlying issue is the most important or, to use an analogy, we are applying band aids to bleeding instead of putting on a tourniquet.

What do you see as the biggest issues facing the people of the North Shore electorate in the
a) short term
b) medium term
c) long term?

Electricity supply and price, overdevelopment and overcrowding and the ever increasing tax burden.

Sam Gunning: Liberal Democrats

No responses received.

Michael Lester, Australian Labor Party (NSW)

No responses received.

Toby Pettigrew: The NSW Greens

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore electorate and name three places in the electorate that you love.

I went to school at Neutral Bay Public and then North Sydney Boys, and I’m now a public servant based in the North Sydney CBD. Putting aside wonderful places in this electorate like the Stanton Library, Kurraba Point, Balmoral or Balls Head, I choose:
– North Sydney Pool, where I learnt to swim
– St Leonards Park, where I spent schoolday afternoons
– Wendy’s Secret Garden, where I escape on stressful work days

Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What do you bring to our community?

I’m running in this election because I really, deeply care. I care about our community, our society, and our environment. Along with community outcry, my campaigning this election is changing the debate in the North Shore – we can’t talk about this election without talking about climate change, public services (and transport), affordable housing, overdevelopment in Crows Nest or the tunnels.

What is your position on the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link? If it does not go ahead, what alternative solution to traffic congestion do you suggest?

It’s madness to build road tunnels that will pump toxic fumes over our local schools & environment, increase carbon emissions, and make life hell during construction. We know that the tunnels probably won’t fix the congestion on Military and Spit Roads. The Greens oppose road tunnels and stand for an immediate investment in public transport and bike infrastructure to get cars off the road. Building a rail line from Chatswood to Dee Why is an old idea, but one that needs to be considered in a transparent, comprehensive community-led plan.

Overcrowding of public transport is a massive issue for our electorate – B Line buses are often full before they reach stops in the North Shore electorate, and therefore fail to stop. What do you propose to ease the burden and create greater access to public transport for commuters?

It’s not just the B Line buses and it’s not just along Military Road where buses are over capacity – NSW’s public transport is stretched thin thanks to years of sell-offs and neglect. The Greens commit to investing in buses, trains and ferries to make sure they’re always available and always on time, 24/7. We want to take as many cars off the roads as we can, with lots more buses and by making all fares free for anyone under 18 and $1 for everyone else, and we’ve got more policies being announced soon – watch this space!

What will you do to reduce the students per teacher ratio as well as raise the bar for academic development at local public schools? Should local selective high schools have quotas of local students to take the pressure off overcrowded local high schools?

The Greens have a plan to fully fund public schools to 100% of the Gonski recommendations by 2020. We want to enshrine teacher ratios in awards, increase the salaries and status of teachers, and deliver affordable housing in the North Shore so more teachers can afford to live here. I went to North Sydney Boys and I was one of very few people lucky enough to live locally, but no student should have to travel so far to get to their school. We need more exceptional schools here and where these kids are travelling from – quotas might help us get to the education system we need.

With Lane Cove pool closed and North Sydney pool closing for repairs, there will soon be no local Olympic pools. In addition, North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre at Crows Nest is slated for possible demolition. What will you do to ensure that locals have access to sporting facilities and reduce the financial burden on local councils?

The Greens see community sporting facilities as a really important investment in community wellbeing. We want to support local governments to play a pivotal role in the planning and provision of well-resourced facilities, with further investment. And we want to take the pressure off our facilities by delivering more infrastructure before new residential developments are approved and by scrapping the ‘priority precincts’ concept. Community sport and recreation facilities are a priority  for the Greens over redeveloping stadiums.

In our electorate, there is a critical shortage of playing fields for junior sport, especially for sport played by girls. Combined with higher density living, this issue is only going to worsen. How do you propose to solve this issue?

This is an issue of resources shortage and of equity – the Greens wholeheartedly believe in equal access to sporting opportunities for kids and for women. I can’t believe that in a traditional Liberal seat, with the Liberals spruiking their ‘economic credentials’ and their spending on tollroads and stadiums, that we haven’t seen the investment we need. Our government should stop selling off public land and should be buying new land to make available to councils. The Greens want to improve the standard and availability of community infrastructure like playing fields to make sure that population growth is managed responsibly for people, not profit. –

North Shore is a long-held Liberal seat. Why should voters:
a) stick with the status quo, or

b) change to an alternate party or support an independent?

The Liberals just aren’t delivering the action that the North Shore is crying out for. This has to be the climate election, and Voting 1 Greens sends a clear message to the Liberals, to Labor, and to independents that their climate policies just aren’t good enough. The Greens have a vision for a fairer future for all of us – voting 1 Greens this election amplifies our vision and platform.

For independent candidates: in the event of a hung parliament, which party would you support?

The Greens have categorically ruled out supporting the Liberals in a hung parliament (which is looking likely). I don’t really believe the promises of either major party, so we need our crossbenchers to guarantee that the next NSW Government delivers progressive reform. As a Greens MP, I would advocate for our community and for strong action to stop the climate crisis.

What do you see as the biggest issues facing the people of the North Shore electorate in the
a) short term
b) medium term
c) long term?

In the short term – we need better public transport, to stop the road tunnels and overdevelopment, and an elected representative who listens to the community. In the medium term – we need to expand public services, transition to renewables, deliver affordable housing and shake up the way we do politics in Australia. In the longer term – we need to make sure that we avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, end wealth inequality and deliver a fairer future for all of us.

Felicity Wilson, Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division)

Tell us about your connection to the North Shore electorate and name three places in the electorate that you love.

I live in Cremorne with my husband, Sam, and our newborn daughter, Eleanor. We were married locally in 2015 and love this community, choosing to make our home here and raise our family here. There’s so much to love locally but I’d pick Taronga Zoo because I love the way they conserve wildlife and educate us to protect our environment, St Augustine’s in Neutral Bay because it’s where my grandfather walked me down the aisle to marry Sam (almost 70 years after my grandmother took the same walk), and Radio Cairo because their food is unique not just locally but across Sydney (and a girl’s always got to eat!)

Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What do you bring to our community?

I’ve achieved a lot alongside our community since my election and want to keep getting things done locally. I’m proud to have secured investment in the infrastructure and services our community needs. Since my election in 2017, I have gained a commitment to deliver the Beaches Link Tunnel, an upgrade to Neutral Bay Public School, Mosman High School and North Sydney Demonstration School, and both a brand new primary school and high school in St Leonards. I’ve also increased funding for our public open space, commenced the acquisition of 1 Henry Lawson Avenue to expand Blues Point Reserve, and preserved our local character and environment through planning protections to the Mosman harbour slopes. On top of that, our NSW Liberal Government is building Australia’s largest public transport project, the Sydney Metro, with two local stations, we introduced the B-Line service with a state-of-the-art bus fleet, and we have delivered more train, bus and ferry services – including plans to upgrade Wollstonecraft Station plus South Mosman, Taronga Zoo and North Sydney wharves. Plus we’ve invested in more police, more doctors, more nurses, and upgraded Royal North Shore Hospital.

What is your position on the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link? If it does not go ahead, what alternative solution to traffic congestion do you suggest?

I am the only candidate in North Shore that supports the tunnel, and the only one who can and will deliver it. Other candidates represent parties that publicly oppose the tunnel, or they have voted against Council motions which support the tunnel. The biggest issue in our area is traffic congestion, which is why I am concerned at the risk of a Labor Government. Only the NSW Liberals have committed to build the tunnel, while Labor has stated that they will scrap the project. Our commitment has included now more than two years of detailed work and assessment, and the project is progressing as fast as possible while ensuring engineering and design works are undertaken, alongside community consultation and statutory approvals. In the 2018-19 Budget, we funded all works (over half a billion dollars) to get the project shovel ready. The includes geotechnical assessments and property acquisitions and early works to deliver this project. The only way to ensure the tunnel proceeds is to vote for me and the Liberal Government.  

Overcrowding of public transport is a massive issue for our electorate – B Line buses are often full before they reach stops in the North Shore electorate, and therefore fail to stop. What do you propose to ease the burden and create greater access to public transport for commuters?

I’m incredibly proud that we introduced the B-Line. Customers love the state of the art fleet, the frequency of service, and the increased capacity. It’s also seen some time savings on the commute already and the tidal flow will further improve traffic flow on Military Road. I’ve also responded to customer feedback by increasing bus services at Spit Junction by adding The E88 and E89 services. We also extended the M30 to Taronga which has proven very popular and I am working on getting additional M30 services on that route. 

What will you do to reduce the students per teacher ratio as well as raise the bar for academic development at local public schools? Should local selective high schools have quotas of local students to take the pressure off overcrowded local high schools?

Our local public schools are so successful because the teachers, support staff and school community make them a great place for our kids to learn. That’s why I’ve secured major upgrades to meet increasing demand – including at Mosman High, Neutral Bay Public and North Sydney Demonstration Schools. We’re also planning to build a brand new high school and primary school in St Leonards. This is on top of the new schools already built locally by the Liberal Government – Anzac Park Public and Cammeraygal High School. We know Labor doesn’t invest in our area, which is why voting for the Berejiklian Government and me as your local Member is so important. The Berejiklian Government also plans to hire an extra 4600 teachers – the most teachers we’ve had in our State’s history. 

 

With Lane Cove pool closed and North Sydney pool closing for repairs, there will soon be no local Olympic pools. In addition, North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre at Crows Nest is slated for possible demolition. What will you do to ensure that locals have access to sporting facilities and reduce the financial burden on local councils?

I’ve gained funding to support our local support clubs – many hundreds of thousands of dollars – including for Council facilities like the $150,000 I secured for lighting for Mosman Netball Club at the Drill Hall. Our Councils don’t just need to make sure they’re managing their rates income well, they need to determine how best to utilise our finite open space to maximise recreational opportunities. With limited land, I’d encourage them to be smart about sports grounds and ensure multi-sport use, quality playing surfaces that enable higher utilisation, and investing in the sports that are growing and need facilities – like netball and hockey.

 

In our electorate, there is a critical shortage of playing fields for junior sport, especially for sport played by girls. Combined with higher density living, this issue is only going to worsen. How do you propose to solve this issue?

See above plus this Liberal Government has introduced the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund which offers grants between $500,000 and $5 million for sport facility projects – to a total of $100 million over three years. The risk to this fund and future investment in our sporting facilities is Labor. Only the NSW Liberals have been able to manage the economy and have the capacity to fund such significant projects. 

North Shore is a long-held Liberal seat. Why should voters 
a) stick with the status quo, or 
b) change to an alternate party or support an independent?

Only the Berejiklian Government will invest in our local community and ensure we get our fair share of the proceeds of the NSW Liberals’ strong economic management. Labor always takes our area for granted. I have proven through my track record that I am a strong voice for our area and am able to achieve outcomes within Government. I have been working hard and I am seeking support so I can get on with the job of delivering new schools, roads, public transport, and open space for our community. I’ve achieved a lot in less than two years and I will keep working hard every day to deliver on the commitments I’ve made. Only a returned Liberal Government can manage the economy and provide the support, the infrastructure, and the services that our community needs. 

For independent candidates: in the event of a hung parliament, which party would you support?

 

What do you see as the biggest issues facing the people of the North Shore electorate in the 
a) short term
b) medium term
c) long term?

We live one of the most beautiful parts of Sydney and I am optimistic about our future. We need to continue to invest in our schools, roads, public transport, and protect our local character and environment. We can’t be complacent about the attitude of Labor – if they win this election, we’ll return to the days of no investment in our schools, roads, hospitals – and they have already said they won’t build the Beaches Link Tunnel which is crucial to addressing commute times, congestion, and local rat running. And worst of all, the Labor leader has already said he’ll increase development targets in our suburbs – with no consideration of our local character, open space, or the infrastructure to support the huge population growth he is threatening.