Tough road ahead


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LIB­ERAL can­di­date Wendy Jef­fery be­lieves small busi­ness can thrive in Ar­madale.

With her mar­ket­ing back­ground, she has helped hus­band Wayne and other lo­cal artists pro­mote them­selves in the re­gion.

“My hus­band has a lo­cal dec­o­ra­tive wrought iron busi­ness and so I got in­volved in the artis­tic com­mu­nity; Ar­madale has many won­der­ful pro­fes­sional artists but no­body knows about them here,” she said.

Mrs Jef­fery helped the City of Ar­madale set up Spring into Ar­madale and the Hills Art Trail and be­lieves Ar­madale has great po­ten­tial as a tourism hub.

“Ar­madale has an un­em­ploy­ment prob­lem which gov­ern­ments could help solve by sup­port­ing lo­cal small busi­nesses,” she said.

“Sixty per cent of sole traders are self em­ployed.

“Think of the op­por­tu­nity for tack­ling un­em­ploy­ment and un­der-em­ploy­ment if ev­ery one of those busi­nesses em­ployed 10 peo­ple.”

She sup­ports mea­sures in­clud­ing re­duc­ing stamp duty and wel­comed the gov­ern­ment’s move to raise the pay­roll tax thresh­old to $900,000.

Although her fa­ther was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Lib­eral Party, Mrs Jef­fery said she had had an on and off again re­la­tion­ship with it.

“I went through a pe­riod where I didn’t like the di­rec­tion it was go­ing in,” she said.

“When Tony Ab­bott got in and I saw only one woman had been elected to Cab­i­net I thought ‘well now is the time to stand up and why not?’.”

Her fam­ily, in­clud­ing her two young daugh­ters, were shocked when she an­nounced her in­ten­tion to run.

Mrs Jef­fery has sup­ported Lib­eral poli­cies, in­clud­ing the Ar­madale jus­tice com­plex and manda­tory prison time for metham­phetamine deal­ers, but also a 24/7 po­lice sta­tion.

She said fix­ing Denny Av­enue was a pri­or­ity.

Mrs Jef­fery ac­knowl­edged she had a tough bat­tle ahead against La­bor in­cum­bent Dr Tony Buti.

“There’s a big mar­gin and it’s against a third term can­di­date, I un­der­stand that, but even if I can nar­row the mar­gin I think it will make both sides pay more at­ten­tion to what’s hap­pen­ing down here,” she said.

Lib­eral Party can­di­date Wendy Jef­fery.

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