There’s no down-time for politicians – if they’re not in Parliament, then they’re meeting their constituents.
That was certainly the case this week for Newcastle federal MP Sharon Claydon, who ventured to Mayfield and Mayfield West on Thursday 10 June for “a coffee and a chat” with local residents.
“I appreciate it’s not always convenient for members of the community to attend my electoral office in Newcastle City – and COVID-19 has left many people feeling isolated,” she said.
“So, I’m working hard to reach out and ensure that no-one is ignored or left behind.
“Everyone’s opinions and suggestions are important to me so I can continue to be a strong voice for them in Federal Parliament.
“Since being elected in 2013, I’ve staged ‘community offices’ across Newcastle to make certain residents are able to air their views and discuss issues that are vital to them.”
Among the list of topics were the high cost of childcare; the lack of secure jobs and record low wages; the need to harness our natural resources; skills; the innovation to build Australia’s new energy future; and much more.
“Staying connected with my community is a priority for me,” Ms Claydon said.
“That’s why I took my ‘office’ to Mayfield and Mayfield West [this week].
“Locals talked to me about the issues most important to them, including their concerns about the delay and lack of access to the COVID-19 vaccine; the need for purpose-built quarantine facilities; the massive shortage of affordable and permanent housing; increasing out-of-pocket healthcare costs; access to quality aged care; and the NDIS.
“If people weren’t able to make it to a Coffee and Chat but would still like to let me know about what matters most to them, they can phone my office on 4926 1555 or email me at [email protected]”