Kylea shares her week on the campaign trail
Week 1 - The community is standing up
It’s a little surreal to think, this time last week, I was on a zoom meeting with the incredible crew that are at the heart of North Sydney’s Independent still trying to work out how we would begin to reach deeper into our community.
While I had already spoken to Jacqueline Maley at the Sydney Morning Herald like any media story, we didn’t really know how it would go. Jacqueline had been tough. She asked the questions that cut through to why I am running and who I am. Who was “behind me” she asked? To which I explained a community and my conscience. “Why now?” she asked. To which I answered because I honestly believe this community wants us to do better, that our voices deserve to be heard fully in Canberra and I don’t believe they currently are.
The electorate of North Sydney is the second largest in the country. We are a vibrant and diverse community which draws on people from all backgrounds and across all ages. We are thinkers, doers, feelers, leaders and achievers and yet our voice in Canberra is currently lost to a party system that means when North Sydney votes, our vote matches that of Barnaby Joyce.
In the seven days I’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received. People have messaged me, stopped me in the street, shared stories with others – all of which have essentially been communicated as “thank goodness – we finally have an option.”
Some people say we’ve touched a nerve. I think it’s simpler than that. We’ve really just let people know someone’s truly listening – to them. That as an Independent I recognise it’s their voice, their thoughts, their feelings, their ambitions, their concerns, that it would be my job to represent. Without compromise.
It’s a huge responsibility and not one I have stepped into lightly. But now I’m here I just want to say thank you to everyone that has already reached out to declare they’re in. Because at the end of the day, it’s not really my running that matters. It is the fact that our community is standing up and saying we can “do better”. KTx
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Kylea's newsletter hits the inboxes of people right across our electorate of North Sydney. Stay up to date with Kylea's plans and progress as she tells us about her week speaking with people in our community. We'll also highlight the latest campaign events and initiatives to get involved with.