|HI, I'M KRISTY MCBAIN|
I've served on the Bega Valley Shire Council since 2012 and was Mayor from 2016 to 2020. I set out to represent the Bega Valley because we needed new voices to be heard and a fresh approach to engage with our community.
Our community has been hit hard with the triple whammy of drought, bushfires and now coronavirus. With the challenges we face ahead of us, I am more determined than ever that we need new voices and fresh approaches to engaging with the community and the electorate. I want to be that voice. I want to be your voice.
My family moved to the Bega Valley in the 90s and ran a small sporting store in Merimbula for more than 10 years. I grew up on the Far South Coast and attended school at Eden Marine High School. I still count my high school mates as some of my best friends – it’s one of the reasons I moved back to the area that I call home after completing a double degree in Law/Communications at the University of Canberra.
I met my husband in high school. We now live in Tura Beach with our three children and our beloved Border Collie and run a successful plumbing business employing two locals.
All of our local businesses are under pressure. I want to ensure there are real career prospects for people in our area moving forward, that real regional development is a key priority for governments and that our bushfire-affected communities aren't forgotten in this Government's term. I want to be the voice that represents you. I look forward to hearing from you.
I stand for secure, full-time jobs.
No community has suffered more from the triple-whammy of drought, bushfires and coronavirus than Eden Monaro. Even before coronavirus, unemployment was too high especially for young people. Our public service jobs are under threat from funding cuts. Eden-Monaro needs a strong local voice in Canberra, fighting for local jobs and fighting for small business.
I stand for bushfire recovery.
With properties still to be cleared and funding slow to hit the ground, people feel like they've been forgotten. I will champion a streamlined recovery for local businesses and farms: a plan that cuts through the red tape, helps people to quickly navigate government agencies, and is led by locals, not bureaucrats.
I stand for long term rebuilding and reconstruction.
As a local parent, I want my kids to be able stay here to build their careers and raise a family. Recovery cannot be about short-term fixes – we need a long-term plan for local jobs. We need investment in TAFE and training opportunities for young people, better local roads and a plan for the future of industries like tourism, hospitality, renewables and farming.
I stand for strong local businesses.
I run a small plumbing business with my husband Brad, so I know that small businesses are the backbone of our community. As we rebuild, I want to be a voice in Canberra for local businesses so they can recover, grow and employ more locals.
I stand for good local hospitals and health services.
As a mum of three I despair that people in Eden-Monaro have to travel too far and pay too much for health care – putting a huge strain on the family budget. Our region deserves better access to hospitals and health services.
I stand for better roads and better infrastructure.
Our region deserves better roads, better mobile coverage and a better NBN. Our region has some of the worst mobile black spots and worst NBN in the country, and promised upgrades like the Barton Highway have not been delivered. As Mayor of Bega I worked with all political parties to get local projects funded. I know that these projects will never be prioritised if there is not a strong local voice pushing to get things done.
Authorised by Paul Erickson, Australian Labor Party (ALP), Canberra.