New faces announced as state election candidates

SOME new faces will be spotted on corflute election signs and around town chatting to voters.

The Labor Party has announced that Garion Thain has been preselected as the NSW Labor candidate for Badgerys Creek.

The electorate of Badgerys Creek was formerly known as Mulgoa.

Mr Thain is a lifelong local resident and says he is a true-believer in its future. He’s keen to begin campaigning and listening to local residents on what they want for the future of their area.

Mr Thain is the son of long-term Councillor John Thain and some readers might also recognise his name as a former journalist at this publication. He will take on the current local member (Mulgoa) Liberal Tanya Davies who has held the seat since 2011. 

“I’m really excited to be running. The chance to listen to our locals and hear what they want for their area, to share our positive vision for the future, and hopefully have the chance to represent them is the honour of a lifetime,” Mr Thain said.

“I’m going to be out in the community as much as I can, and I look forward to listening to as many residents as possible.”

“The current government has had 12 years to explain the details of what they want to do after the airport opens. So far residents have been told that we’re accommodating a new population centre in the form of Bradfield, but only Labor is promising to invest in the critical infrastructure like a hospital that our electorate will need to support it. It’s time we had a fresh start.”

In the seat of Londonderry, the Liberal Party has endorsed Samantha Talakola. Samantha says she will fight for her western Sydney community drawing on her passion as a community worker and mental health advocate.   

“Londonderry needs a voice to represent the diverse and growing community to ensure no one is left behind. I will work to ease the pressure on the family budgets and continue the record investment in education and health,” Ms Talakola said.

“Only a Perrottet Liberal Team can deliver for Londonderry as a rapidly changing area. I want everyone to have a voice and the opportunity to live, work and raise a family in this wonderful community. 

Ms Talakola has a strong community driven background having worked in the community services industry for nearly a decade. She has been supporting people in Western Sydney in the areas of youth work, disabilities, mental health, families and women escaping domestic violence, and has worked with local government in the social strategy area. 

The seat of Londonderry is currently held by Labor’s Deputy Leader, Prue Car, who has been the member since 2015. 

The NSW State Election is on Saturday 25 March 2023.