Anne Aly keeps vow and moves to electorate


Cowan MHR Anne Aly with her husband Dave Allen in their new Madeley home.
Cowan MHR Anne Aly with her husband Dave Allen in their new Madeley home.

COWAN MHR Anne Aly has kept one of her earliest election promises, recently moving to the electorate into a residence in Madeley over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“When they say moving is one of life’s biggest stresses, they’re not wrong,” Dr Aly said.

“Our house looks like a tornado hit it; there are boxes piled up to the ceiling.

“It’s great for me but not so much for my husband; he’s moving further away from his job but we’ve all got to make sacrifices, right?”

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Dr Aly, who will share the home with her husband Dave Allen and her oldest son Adam, moved out of their family dwelling of 10 years in Wilson to keep her word to voters.

“We did spend a long time – from the very early days when I announced and started campaigning – looking at different properties,” she said.

“We were just researching the area, researching the different suburbs and it’s great that pretty soon after being elected I could make good on that commitment that I made to move in.”

Dr Aly said one of the things she was looking forward to most was being a part of the northern suburbs community.

“I’ve already met the neighbours and gone and introduced myself to them,” she said.

“One thing that I noticed while I was campaigning and getting to know people was that there was such a strong neighbourhood and community feel around these areas, so I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.

“And it’ll also be good to be close to Joondalup shopping; oh my god, the shopping there is amazeballs.”

Since moving in, the Labor MP has been hard at work at delivering on her other election promises.

“I’ve already started working with a lot of community groups, particularly around services for young people and young homeless people, which is a big issue in Cowan,” Dr Aly said.

“Over the next few months, I’m just going to be building those bridges and really looking at how I can add value and what I can do to support the people of Cowan.

“I want to ensure I have an open-door policy and people can feel comfortable coming and talking to me if they need anything but also if they just want to have a chat and get to know me,” she said.