Port Stephens Labor candidate, Kate Washington, stopped by Tea Gardens Hawks Nest last week to take a look at some of the local issues.
“I came up here to hear firsthand from locals about the issues affecting them,” she told Myall Coast News during her visit.
Members from the Myall River Action group took Kate to view the erosion at Jimmys Beach and out on a boat for a guided tour of the river.
“The depth of knowledge, history and experience these gentlemen have is just incredible,” she said of her tour guides.
“I was staggered by the changes since I was last out on the water up there. The NSW Liberal government promised dredging of the natural channel and the community’s still waiting,” she said.
She said if voted in she would like to assist Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Karuah and surrounding areas with projects which would ‘invigorate’ the area.
“I’d like to see projects go ahead like the beautification of the main strip in Hawks Nest and upgrades on the Yaccaba walking trail.”
She said she was also aware that the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Pre School and the surf life saving club were in need of funding.
In Karuah Kate said she would like to help support the Karuah Interpretive Centre and the Oyster Museum.
“I am an approachable person who wants to help these communities support their own wish list and their own goals. After all it’s the community who knows best,” she said.
Newly announced Liberal candidate Ken Jordan also came to the area the next day to discuss key issues with community groups.
We will bring you a report in next week’s edition.