IEU Rep elected to parliament

Music teacher Sally Quinnell was elected in the seat of Camden at the 25 March state election. Sally was the IEU Rep at St Anthony’s Catholic College Padua, where she has worked for two years.

Sally told Newsmonth: “I’m thrilled and humbled that the people of Camden have elected me their representative in NSW Government. It is an honour and responsibility I feel deeply and I am looking forward to getting into my new office and getting started.

“My priority is to finalise a timeline for the construction of a new high school in Gregory/Gledswood Hills. I know Prue [NSW Educaton Minister Prue Car]has already started on this, and I cannot wait to get back to the community with a workable time frame for residents to plan around. We know children don’t stop growing while we move into our new offices, so I think it’s important for the community to have some idea of the time frame as soon as possible.

“My second priority is to seek a guarantee from the Minister of Emergency Services, Jihad Dib, that we will not place Camden Fire Station on the ‘Taken off-line’ list. I have discussed this with Jihad during the campaign, and I would also like to remind him of the importance of upgrades to Narellan Fire Station’s facilities to include a women’s change area. These are important, and seemingly easy, governance issues that make a big difference to the people of Camden.

“Finally, I want to roll out the funding commitments to local sporting and creative groups during the campaign. Groups such as Nepean Venturer Group, Camden Musical Society and Everyone Can Dance (a local dance group for children and adults with special needs) need access to this money for their ongoing expenses.

“These are local commitments and issues that I am itching to get started on, and I haven’t even mentioned the wages cap, teacher planning hours and shortage issues, nursing ratios and other state-wide projects we have ahead of us, which I will be proud to represent Camden in.”