Shire mayor Judith Hannan to run as independent in state election

Wollondilly mayor Judith Hannan wants to be the next state member. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis
Wollondilly mayor Judith Hannan wants to be the next state member. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

One of the most well-known people in the shire has put her hand up to become the next state member for Wollondilly.

Mayor Judith Hannan announced she will run as an independent candidate in the state election next March.

The Theresa Park resident will go up against Liberal candidate Nathaniel Smith, who lives in San Souci, and Labor candidate Jo-Ann Davidson, who lives in Bowral.

Cr Hannan said she decided to run after the Liberal Party endorsed an “out-of-towner”.

“Wollondilly is not like Game of Thrones,” she said. “A person can’t just come in and take over our land.

“Wollondilly’s land and culture is very unique and it needs to be protected.

“I am much more in touch with the community.

“I know I have made decisions that some people like and others have not liked.

“But I have always had the community’s best interests at heart.”

The mayor had aspirations to join the Liberal Party earlier this year in an attempt to become the Liberal Party candidate for Wollondilly.

However, the Liberal Party rejected Cr Hannan’s application to join its ranks.

She said she was not bitter about being rejected.

“If Wollondilly had been given a local Liberal candidate then I would not be running as an independent,” Cr Hannan said.

“This is not about getting revenge on the party.

“But I do hope to give the other two candidates a run for their money.

“I want to marglinise the area and contest so Wollondilly gets the appropriate infrastructure and a say in Parliament.

“The more marglinised the seat, the better off Wollondilly will be.

“The shire should not have been given someone who was parachuted in by the Liberal Party.”

Cr Hannan, who is an optometrist in Tahmoor, said she had lived in the shire for nearly 30 years and had been on council for more than 12 years.

“I am still learning about the shire,” she said. “How is someone who doesn’t live in the area supposed to have an in-depth knowledge of Wollondilly?”

Cr Hannan said public transport and dealing with the “tidal wave of housing pressure” were the two hot button issues residents cared about in the shire.

“I want the housing applications to slow down and our agricultural industry needs to be protected,” she said.

“I want to see more train services, more frequently, in the shire.

“The big goals are to get the electrification of the Southern Highlands Line and the Maldon to Dombarton line built."

Cr Hannan has thanked all the well-wishers for supporting her nomination as an independent candidate.