AFTER nearly nine years in the seat of Morley, Liberal member Ian Britza has been turfed out by Dianella resident Amber-Jade Sanderson who secured the seat for Labor in its landslide victory at the weekend.
As of this morning she had received 52.68 per cent of the primary vote, compared to Mr Britza’s 31.76 per cent.
A former media advisor to Carmen Lawrence, Ms Sanderson made the risky move of running for the lower house at the State Election, leaving behind her role as East Metropolitan MLC.
“Our community is struggling with public transport, has chronic congestion, has funding cut to local schools cut and that made me really angry,” she said.
“People were telling me for a long time they were really concerned with the lack of jobs, the economy and issues locally of transport and NBN and the Government wasn’t listening.
“Although it’s a Federal issue, I think the NBN played a big part in the election result, we have some of the worst connections in the country in our local area.”
Ms Sanderson and a team of 127 local volunteers carried out a whopping 20,000 phone calls to voters and knocked on 15,000 doors during the election.
She said two of her best supporters were 18-month-old son Hugo and 10-year-old daughter Chloe who often joined her during the campaign.
“I actually really enjoyed it, getting to know the community, learning much more deeply about the issues and people’s lives,” she said.
Ms Sanderson said her first priority was to “immediately” start planning for a Morley rail line.
“We made some important commitments including tackling that Walter Road-Wellington intersection and funding for the schools,” she said.
“My priority will be making sure we deliver on those promises.”
Ms Sanderson, who celebrated with supporters at Morley Bar and Bistro on Saturday night, said she acknowledged Ian Britza’s service to the community.