It was a proud moment for new Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw when she won the seat and became the first local person to represent the electorate in decades.
With 62.4 per cent of the vote counted, Ms Shaw has won 64.2 per cent of the two party preferred vote, representing a swing of 18 per cent to WA Labor. She joins more than 20 new Members of the Legislative Assembly in the new McGowan Labor Government.
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“I believe that being local is very important and enables me to really understand the concerns of people in the area,” said Ms Shaw, who has lived in the area for 10 years.
She said she loved the unique, local community and couldn’t wait to roll her sleeves up and effectively represent the interests of the electorate.
Her priority project is pushing for better public transport for Ellenbrook and to deliver WA Labor’s promised METRONET.
“I am also deeply committed to addressing the lack of services and facilities for youth in Swan Hills and want to work with the community to ensure that young people's voices are heard and their needs are addressed,” she said.
Over the past 10 years, Ms Shaw has worked in the resources and energy sector holding a range of senior commercial positions.
She has also worked for the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, was the Political and Economic Attaché to the British High Commission and an academic assistant at the Australian National University.
Describing herself as “progressive, diligent and compassionate”, Ms Shaw said she believed everyone should have access to quality public education and healthcare and was an equal opportunity advocate.
Coming from a family of tradespeople and growing up in the outer-western suburbs of Sydney, Ms Shaw was the first person in her family to finish high school.
She went on to achieve a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Arts with honours from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws with honours from the University of Wollongong.
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