HOUSE hunting is on the busy agenda of Darling Range’s new member of the Upper House Alyssa Hayden.
Constituents in parts of the Shire of Mundaring and City of Kalamunda cast their votes in favour of the Liberal Party candidate in Saturday’s Darling Range by-election.
Mrs Hayden and Opposition leader Mike Nahan fielded questions about the controversial by-election and the new seat holder’s commitment to the electorate.
“I said at the beginning of the election that if I won, and I did, my husband and I would be looking to move into the electorate,” Mrs Hayden said.
“My priorities are, first to get the office up and running and then to reengage with all the community groups that I’ve met with already and the ones I haven’t.
“Campaigning doesn’t stop because the elections over, it’s about continuing to work with the community and meet with everyone.
“My job over the next three years is lots of sausage sizzles in local parks, community meetings and one-on-ones.”
The by-election was called in the wake of the resignation of Labor-turned-independent MP Barry Urban after a report found he had lied about his police service and education history.
Before the 2017 Labor successful election, the Liberal Party, and one Liberal-turned-independent member, had held the position since 1962.
Mrs Hayden said high cost of living concerns under the McGowan Government were the reason for Labor’s loss rather than controversy over Mr Urban.
Out of the spotlight the current Bayswater resident has been juggling her family’s health.
“My lovely husband had a heart attack seven weeks ago,” she said.
“The pressure plays a big toll on your family.
“It’s tough, but you don’t get in this game not knowing that.
“I grew up in the hills, I went to Eastern Hills Senior High School and I can take it on with the best of them.”
Mrs Hayden grew up in Mount Helena, a former suburb of the Darling Range electorate, and played netball and softball in Mundaring.
Her parents still reside in the suburb.