Sue promises to continue to stand up for her community

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I AM truly grateful for the privilege to serve Tasmanians and my community in Parliament for the past three years. While I won’t be in Parliament, I remain committed to working hard for the Glenorchy community I’ve lived in and been part of in any way I can.

Our community needs help in a range of areas but most importantly housing, homelessness and health are key priorities.

One of the highlights in this area in recent years was Oakleigh Court Housing Estate and its transformation from a government-run shop front for drugs and crime to a state-of-the-art home for 50 elderly residents to live in safety and peace. It took three years of hard work but shows what can be done.

Women now have access to terminations, the Government was convinced to put an extra $5million into the RHH emergency department, a further $7.2million was provided to address the appalling waitlist for women with gynaecological issues and parliament passed the historic Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) bill. I was pleased to be able to play an important role in these initiatives.

While political life is tough, we also had plenty of fun times. Tens of thousands of dollars worth was collected in donations to help people in need, including shaving my head to raise more than $10,000 for the Leukemia Foundation. We also had fun collecting bras and knickers for those in need which caused utter craziness in my office but importantly, they went to some great charities. Extra temporary accommodation was also provided for the homeless leading to pod housing at Bethlehem House and the Hobart Women’s Shelter.

Whatever happens I won’t shirk standing up for people, and I will do so with determination and hard work. I promise to continue to do that for my community of Glenorchy.

*Sue Hickey is the former Member for Clark in the House of Assembly

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