Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Janelle Saffin’s win in the seat of Lismore and with not a minute to celebrate, Saffin spoke to The Echo about the 2023 campaign.
Ms Saffin said the run-up to the NSW election has been no different from other years in terms of stress and energy levels but says that requests from media outlets and surveys from community groups and interest groups have been at an all-time high. ‘All election campaigns require energy, commitment and not leaving anything in the tank. I thank the media for their coverage. I have kept my messaging clear and consistent, whether that be on policy or election commitments.’
A clear message
Saffin says a clear message from her residents is that they want her to stay in the job. ‘They want me to continue leading the region’s flood recovery by “building back better” for all and better preparing for future natural disasters.
‘We’ve achieved a lot by working together but the next four years will be absolutely critical and I will stand alongside local people every step of the way.’
Locals are more engaged
Saffin says she thinks locals are more engaged in this election as they know the issues which are important to them. ‘The housing crisis (worsened by the floods), the need for significant improvement of our roads, healthcare, education, and protection of our natural environment. ‘They raise many more with me. It’s a long list of issues which I advocate for.’
Saffin says that she feels natural disasters are making people understand how important it is to have their concerns aired and represented in parliament. ‘Of course, people who were impacted by the 28 February 2022 flood, which was more like an inland tsunami – our Cyclone Tracy, know I have championed their concerns and individual cases, taking them up to the Premier, the Opposition Leader, Ministers and Shadow Ministers, and the Feds. I have the experience, broad network and strategic thinking to get it done.’
Saturday’s the big day, if you haven’t already voted them tomorrow is your last chance.
You can find out about all the Lismore seat candidates here.