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 spent my professional career developing my family-owned software development company which is currently based in Yerrabi. I have experienced first hand the benefits of working locally, and I know that it is an opportunity that should be afforded to many more of us.  The options it provides for adjusting work-life balance are just one of many benefits. There are also environmental, financial and social factors to be considered.

Employment opportunities in our town centre and throughout Yerrabi are essential to our long term viability. Once the ball starts rolling, more and more businesses of all types will want to base themselves here. Given we have high speed NBN, I will be encouraging technology companies to establish here.

Before that though, a good place to start is government departments.  I believe the government can and should better embrace this technology, for example with hot desks available to any local government departments.  Enabling any public servant to work remotely in a professional government environment will return a broad range of benefits.

Local developers have secured land in Yerrabi under the guise of building commercial space, but then had revisions approved to build apartments instead.  Clearly there is the demand for residential space in Gungahlin, though without employment and services to back this up, our whole population will be trapped commuting for years to come.