Com­mu­nity fo­cus a Shaw thing

The Advocate (Perth) - - #SNAPPERTH -

JES­SICA Shaw says she is a “triple shot” kind of girl when it comes to her taste in cof­fee, so no sur­prise that she’s a reg­u­lar face on the cafe scene.

The 39-year-old Mem­ber for Swan Hills jok­ingly said be­fore she’s had her first cof­fee of the day, it’s not even worth try­ing to talk to her.

In con­ver­sa­tion, the po­lit­i­cal new­comer pre­sents an un­wa­ver­ing re­solve and sin­cer­ity in her de­ter­mi­na­tion to rep­re­sent the best in­ter­ests of the com­mu­ni­ties in her elec­torate and to strengthen fur­ther the ex­ist­ing bonds.

She is proud of her work­ing class her­itage as the daugh­ter of a brick­layer who es­caped a life of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and from the age of 14 sup­ported his mother as a hod car­rier.

Her par­ents lived in a coun­cil house in outer London and in the late ’80s ven­tured to Aus­tralia for a bet­ter life af­ter they be­came dis­en­chanted with Mar­garet Thatcher’s Bri­tain.

The young Jes­sica was just 10 years old when the fam­ily set up home in Dou­glas Park, an outer sub­urb in Syd­ney, be­fore they dis­cov­ered the Perth Hills in 2006 and bought a block in Chid­low.

She at­tributes her suc­cess to her par­ents who did not have the op­por­tu­ni­ties they sought for Jes­sica and her brother Jor­dan, who lives in Chid­low and works as a carpenter.

“Ev­ery­thing I’ve achieved is be­cause of what my par­ents did for me,” she said.

“I’m here to make a dif­fer­ence and help strengthen com­mu­ni­ties.”

The an­i­mal-lov­ing politi­cian lives in Mt He­lena near her fam­ily with two schnauzers, two cats, a horse and a fam­ily of bandi­coots on her prop­erty. the vis­tas that make our sub­urbs unique. We are count­ing down to #SnapPerth Day on Novem­ber 22, which is a day all about cel­e­brat­ing and shar­ing what we love about the city we live in. So re­mem­ber – once you snap, you have to hash­tag and share. Snap the photo Hash­tag #SnapPerth Share on In­sta­gram or Twit­ter @vick­i_white_ Jes­sica Shaw at the park with her mother Tracy, brother Jor­dan and his daugh­ter Madeleine (9). @pw­costello @ijust­loveaus­tralia

Thanks to our na­tional part­ners Canon Aus­tralia and Har­vey Norman Photo Cen­tre and our state part­ner REIWA.

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