TOM STAGGARD | The Bunyip
LIBERAL candidate for Light Karen McColl officially launched her election campaign over the weekend, as she ramps up preparations for the state election in March.
More than 50 people gathered at the Kingsford Hotel on Sunday for the event, which was attended by senior Liberal Party members Andrew McLachlan, John Dawkins and Rob Lucas.
“It went really well,” Ms McColl said. “I think it was well-received and the feedback has been really positive.”
Ms McColl – who will go head to head with current Member for Light Tony Piccolo – said her campaign is centred on “putting money back in everyday households” and hopes to represent those who are struggling in the local region.
“It’s when you’re out there, talking to these people on the phone, or at their door, that it really brings to light that there is a lot of need out there and people are looking to the State Government for help,” she said.
“(The Liberal Party) want to cut taxes, such as the Emergency Services Levy, as well as cap council rates at a reasonable level.
“By putting money back in everyday households, that will give these households slightly more money to spend, which will help invigorate the economy and create jobs.”
Ms McColl said rectifying traffic congestion and improving healthcare options in regional locations are some of the issues that she views as of the highest importance to the Light electorate.
“The Gawler East link road is a huge one, while local traffic congestion on state-owned roads is another one that keeps coming out,” she said.
“When I met with Gawler Health (Service) there was a real need identified to look at their requirements and what they need to pave the way for our regional hospitals.”
Ms McColl said she hopes to assist the general public in supporting them through whatever issue they may have.
“I don’t profess to be able to solve everybody’s problems for them,” she said.
“But what I will do is facilitate guidance and work with people to tap into services and the tools we have around us to be able to support them, whatever journey they are on.
“You’ve got to be the change you wish to see in the world – that’s always been my motto.”