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Swan Hills candidate Jessica Shaw of Mt Helena and Opposition Leader Mark McGowan in Ellenbrook. Picture: ANITA McINNES

Shaw to run for Swan Hills seat

THE battle for votes in Swan Hills has started with WA Labor endorsing Jessica Shaw as its candidate for the seat.

Ms Shaw has lived in the Perth Hills for about 10 years spending time in Chidlow and Glen Forrest before shifting to Mt Helena where she has resided for the past two years.

WA Labor has highlighted transport, health and education as issues of great concern to Swan Hills’ voters.

Ms Shaw agreed and said there were three other issues she had identified as being important to Swan Hills’ residents.

The first was road safety in the hills especially in relation to Great Eastern Hwy and Toodyay Rd.

Second was the need for more support services for the elderly who were being forced to move out of the area.

Third was concern about bushfires.

“Every summer people are nervous,’’ she said.

“Better resourcing, provision of information and coordination of agencies in bushfire management and response all need to be looked at.’’

Ms Shaw was born in the UK and moved with her family to Sydney in 1988.

Her passion for education shows – she has studied arts, law and political science culminating in a master’s degree in law at the University of Cambridge.

Her job experience is extensive as well.

She has been a political attaché for the British High Commission and in 2005 worked as a research officer on the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s Report on The Effectiveness of Australia’s Military Justice System.

When her mother wanted her to come to Western Australia she got a job with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA in 2006 before working for Horizon Power, the Dampier Bunbury Pipeline and Atco Australia and is now an independent consultant.

Liberal Frank Alban holds Swan Hills with a 3.7 per cent margin.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said Ms Shaw was a dynamic accomplished woman and a terrific candidate, which the Swan Hills area needed.

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said it was exciting to preselect a candidate with such a great background.

Ms Saffioti, who is the Opposition Planning spokeswoman, said Labor was holding a Metronet forum on Sunday, April 3 so residents could give feedback about the project, including about stations, linkages and connecting buses.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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