Leong for Heffron

Photo of Andrea Leong - Heffron candidate

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I'm continually surprised at how planning hasn't kept up with Sydneysiders' needs. Sydney is sparsely populated by world standards, and I don't want to exclude people from living in the inner suburbs I enjoy, near their places of work or study. More—and better—public transport to under-serviced areas is what will get Sydney moving.

NSW can also thrive by embracing a model of many small, vibrant cities. We can strengthen our regional areas by investing in infrastructure: transport, schools and hospitals.

To be democratic, governments must be transparent and accountable. Government communications and procedures should be open to the public by default, making it easier for us all to access services and engage with our communities.

It's also past time the people of NSW, and all Australians, had a bill of rights. Our rights to privacy, to protest, and over our own bodies should be enshrined in law.

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On Wednesday evenings you can find me at 9 degrees Boulder Gym, or rehearsing with the City of Botany Bay Band. The band provides music at citizenship ceremonies in Eastlakes (and also in Rockdale since the forced council mergers in 2016).

I studied Biomedical Science at Monash University, then worked in bioengineering at Swinburne University for a couple of years. I moved to Sydney in 2011 to do a PhD at UNSW on antibacterial surface coatings. Since 2016 I've worked in microbiome research and quality assurance with a biotech company based in Alexandria.

I ran as the Science Party candidate for the Wentworth by-election in 2018, and for Kingsford Smith in the 2016 federal election. See my general bio here.

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