I'm Jess Pugh, the proud member for the amazing and diverse community of Mount Ommaney, which takes in a few streets in Sherwood and Corinda. I'm a mum of two (and a half) and my kids Health and Allegra attend Middle Park SS.
Before getting elected to Parliament I worked in my family's small business, alongside my father David Pugh at Restaurant Two. My whole family loves living in the Western Suburbs, even my mother in-law lives in Corinda, because it such a beautiful part of the world.
Corinda and Oxley's inherent walkability and access to public transport are a key part of its strong and vibrant community, along with it's fantastic small businesses and community groups. This strong sense of community means that our local residents are engaged and active in the political space, and in my first term I've been really proud of the collaboration I've achieved across all political parties at a local and federal level to get better outcomes for the community on a range of issues.
From engaging with the community, I know that they want their local elected representative to be able to put party politics aside and work together, and I pride myself on doing that. At the end of the day, no matter what political party your representatives are from, we have a responsibility to you, the people who elected us, to work together and put the community first. You deserve nothing less.
In my first term I've worked with local residents and BCC on issues big and small like the Oxley PDA, the plans for the Oxley Road Rail Bridge Upgrade and the pedestrian crossing on Seventeen Mile Rocks in Oxley - where many local kids cross to get to school. I am a big believer that all children should be able to walk safely to school, and with more than six schools along the Oxley road corridor, safe pedestrian access is absolutely critical to minimising traffic. Recently I worked with local Corinda Primary parents to change pedestrian crossing signage and make it safer for students to cross the busy Seventeen Mile Rocks Road.
Another critical joint project between BCC and State Government are the plans to upgrade the Corinda Rail bridge underpass. Together with the member for Miller and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, and input from Local Councillor Nicole Johnston, we have been able to secure a Memorandum of Understanding to begin looking at costing for this long overdue project.
Another piece of infrastructure that is in construction is the Ipswich Motorway upgrade from Rocklea to Oxley. This project is vital to keeping cars off our local roads and making the stretch safer and easier for motorists, this $400 million State and Federal project is due to finish late 2020, just in time for Christmas (weather permitting).
These are just some of the issues, both big and small, that locals have raised with me in my first term, but as I said, I love how engaged our community is. I want to hear from you first hand about the issues that matter to you, so please get in touch on 07 3737 2120.
I am here to help!