THE Tasmanian Greens have named New Norfolk’s Pippa Brinklow as their candidate for Lyons at the upcoming Federal election. Ms Brinklow is a nurse who has spent the last 20 years developing and managing health and aged care, community housing and vocational education and training programs throughout Tasmania.
Ms Brinklow’s campaign was launched on Friday by Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson. “Pip is known for her great work in the community, including playing a lead role in securing improved health and aged care services to regional areas,” Senator Whish-Wilson said. “Pip has an ability to see a need and to simply get on with the job of finding the solution. Her concern about the lack of quality vocational education and training opportunities in rural and regional areas prompted her to set up a training centre that helped hundreds of job seekers in Lyons gain qualifications and employment,” he said.
Ms Brinklow has lived and raised a family in the electorate for more than 20 years and lives in New Norfolk with her partner Tim Morris MHA, deputy leader of the Tasmanian Greens. “I have had the privilege to serve and listen to the people of Lyons for many years, and I am ready to represent them in Federal Parliament,” Ms Brinklow said.
“There is a clear and unmistakable mood for change in the electorate of Lyons. People are looking for someone to represent them who has energy, vision and a genuine track record of working hard for the community. Now is not the time to hide from change, or remain entrenched in the ways of the past that have held Tasmania back for far too long. There are a growing number of voters who want their political representative to embrace new ways of thinking – 21st century ideas – in tackling the challenges and opportunities that are facing our state,” she said.