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McGill says she’ll be Shortland’s fresh, positive voice

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A Whitebridge mother-of-three, lawyer and founder of a charity, which mentors young women, has been selected to run for the seat of Shortland in the 2022 Federal Election.

But, Liberal candidate Nell McGill faces a challenge to usurp sitting member Labor’s Pat Conroy when voters head to the polls next year.

However, she’s confident of making a mark in the electorate.

The commercial litigation and insolvency expert is married to local primary school teacher John McGill.

The couple has three daughters, between the ages of 7 and 13.

“Since moving to Whitebridge a decade ago, I’ve personally experienced the warmth and generosity of this community,” Mrs McGill said.

“I have been supported through some tough times and have made friends that I now view as family.

“Put simply, I love my home and I want to use my skills to give something back to this great community.

“It’s time Shortland had a fresh voice in Parliament – and I want to be that voice.

“I’d like to ensure that Shortland receives the resources and infrastructure funding that matches the housing growth we are experiencing right now.

“And, I strongly believe that, through supporting local businesses and tourism, we can create job opportunities well into the future.”

Mrs McGill admitted her most satisfying experiences had revolved around her community and pro bono work.

“I love that caring hand we provide when making meals at Ronald McDonald House,” she said.

“But, I’ve also found it very rewarding giving my work time to people in need, such as advocating for pensioners who have had their life savings ripped from them through shady deals.”

Mrs McGill joined forces with a good friend a few years ago to create a mentoring program for girls aged 6-to-16, connecting them with high-level athletes to teach them positive mental health, discipline, healthy eating and resilience.

“Like most mums, I worry about the pressures on my own three daughters,” she said.

“So, I wanted to do something positive to change young lives for the better.”

The couple is also supporting Mrs McGill’s ageing parents, who live locally.

“With such a busy life, we find our precious moments are walking with the kids and our big dog at the beach or on the Fernleigh Track, playing ball games with our extended family at the local park, or challenging each other at board games and quizzes at home,” she said.

Mrs McGill believes the Morrison government will continue to provide the right economic environment to protect the livelihoods of Shortland residents.

“Locally we’ve seen businesses and workers supported through the pandemic,” she said.

“And, with a coal and a gas-fired power station in the area, the Morrison government’s approach to energy security has been well-received.

“I would be proud to be part of the team that has prioritised both health and financial support for its citizens and has a plan for the future.

“I want to see a Shortland that’s happy, safe and full of promise.”

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