Grasmere resident Sally Quinnell has been chosen as the Labor Party’s new candidate for Camden.
The decision was announced in Oran Park on Monday by NSW opposition leader Luke Foley.
Mrs Quinnell is a former high school and primary school music teacher. She and her husband Damien also run their own music business.
The mother of three said she wanted to ensure residents felt like they had a say.
“I love where we live but I have noticed the services and infrastructure are not keeping up with the growing population and we’re being forgotten,” she said.
“So I am standing to give a voice to the people in Camden who feel like they don’t have a say in where the area is going.”
Mrs Quinnell said she was passionate about finding an alternative to Narellan Road.
“We are pumping money into it and creating one of the most congested roads in NSW,” she said. “That is not working – we need to look at extending Liz Kernohan Drive and things like that.
“We need make sure infrastructure is in place when families arrive, not after.”
Mr Foley said they chose to announce Mrs Quinell’s candidacy so early – more than a year and a half before the next scheduled state election – to take the fight to the Liberals in Macarthur.
“People tell me what they love about Camden is under threat from suburban style over-development,” he said.
“Camden is not urban Sydney, Camden is different, so we are going to fight to protect the essence of Camden.”
Mr Foley said Labor had a good chance of ousting Camden’s current Liberal MP Chris Patterson.
“I am very excited to announce Sally as the candidate for Camden. She is a teacher, a mentor and a small businesswoman,” he said.
“She understands what local families are going through and what their struggles are.
“There is 17 months before the next state election and we will be campaigning strongly to put forward a vision for Macarthur that involves more government investment and attention, and just a fair go for people here.”