What was running for governement like?
Running for the seat was the experience of a lifetime. I got to advocate for a community that I feel really strongly for. I had lived in Ballarat for about four years, so I became really close to Ballarat and the surrounding communities through my involvement with local football and other community organisations. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot.
Running for Government is not something you can learn how to do at school. Many people go to uni to study political science or international relations, which gives you a great background in politics. But I, on the other hand, studied to be a teacher. So I came from a completely different angle. It did mean that I could appreciate going to school in rural Australia and appreciate the challenges that existed there. I was able to add my own experience to those conversations. A lot of that came from the Rural Youth Ambassadors Program, and our meetings with community and education leaders. That really added a lot to my personal knowledge.
I know I’m always going to have a passion and appreciation for education, and the needs of rural education. I’m always keeping an eye on it and take an interest in outcomes for regional schools.