As a mother raising my two young children, Mya and Ryan, I know what is important to families in Joondalup. I have lived in the northern suburbs my whole life, attended local schools, started my family here, and I have worked in Joondalup for the past 10 years.

I am running for the state seat of Joondalup because I think the Barnett Liberal Government has been so focussed on building monumental glory projects in the Perth CBD that they have forgotten about the people of the northern suburbs.

I understand what is important to the people of Joondalup.

Joondalup is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. Local people are telling me they are worried about job security. We need more local job opportunities in our community.

WA Labor’s Plan for Jobs is the most comprehensive package ever released in Western Australia, creating 50,000 new jobs close to where people live. Creating jobs close to where people live will ease congestion on our roads, and reduce time spent in traffic travelling to and from work.

Western Australia has a world class health system, but it has struggled to cope with severe budget cuts and rapid population growth. The focus needs to be put back on the patient.

The healthcare system in the Joondalup is struggling to keep up with demand, and this will only get worse. Local residents should not have to travel out of the area for quality healthcare.

Like all parents, I know we need a vibrant and innovative school system to give our kids the best start. WA Labor’s Science in Schools policy will provide a state-of- the-art teaching experience, and ensure teachers have the support to deliver an education system that is the envy of the world. WA Labor will ensure that vocational education for the jobs of the future is affordable, accessible, and delivered locally.

We cannot do any of this without a Labor Government. Mark McGowan is raising his three children family in Rockingham, and I am raising my young family in Joondalup. Only WA Labor understands the needs of families like ours living in the outer suburbs.