Yerrabi is the name of the new ACT electorate encompassing all of Gungahlin, the district of Hall, and Belconnen suburbs of Kaleen, Lawson, Giralang, McKellar and Evatt.
I’ve lived in Yerrabi all my life, and I am now raising a family here. I grew up in Kaleen and most of my family still live there, or have moved to other parts of Yerrabi. After completing my degree at UC, my wife and I bought our first townhouse in Palmerston which suited us for 10 years before we started a family. We built our family home in Crace where we have put down deep community roots and look forward to a long life here.
Yerrabi is growing at such a fantastic rate, though there is still much to be done. Most of us commute to work. Our schools are bursting at the seams. Our local entertainment options are not keeping pace with our population growth. Our roads infrastructure is inadequate for yesterday, let alone today. With work, Yerrabi can provide opportunities in all aspects of life.
We need a strong community voice to make sure we are not forgotten. Much of Gungahlin is still in a development stage, and the very well established suburbs like Kaleen and Giralang need urban renewal and maintenance. Having grown up in Kaleen and having family still there and in McKellar, I’ve seen first hand the need to ensure these established suburbs are represented just as strongly as the rest of the electorate.