Newly elected Labor Richmond MP, Justine Elliot, made her maiden speech in the House of Representatives last Thursday focusing on the needs of families, the elderly and the protection of our coastline.
Winning Richmond in a close contest with sitting member, Larry Anthony, Ms Elliot said she was looking forward to "working with anyone in a bipartisan fashion to find new opportunities and deliver for the people of Richmond".
She said keeping the Far North Coast's beaches free from the shadows of high rise buildings was a battle coastal communities were constantly facing.
The community must stand united in the ongoing fight to ensure development on the coastline was appropriate, she said.
"Our spectacular coastline is too important to waste on blocks of concrete," she said.
On the issue of the aging population, Ms Elliot said 20 percent of people living in Richmond were aged 65 and over which meant enormous pressure on health and social services.
She said she would fight to ensure elderly residents got what they needed including access to health and home care services, after hours GP services, a bed in a nursing home and public transport.
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