My name is Heather. I live in Orange with my partner. I am an accountant and also run a small business.
I was fortunate enough to obtain qualifications from TAFE NSW. I completed a traineeship which grew my passion for learning how businesses operate and numbers, leading me to undertaking my Bachelor of Accounting through CSU Bathurst. Ultimately, obtaining a role in a local accounting firm. Without TAFE NSW, I may not have found my passion. I want to fight to restore TAFE NSW. To encourage a greater uptake in apprenticeships and traineeships and up-skill those within the local community.
Healthcare and access for all is another passion of mine. I have experienced the lengthy wait times to see specialists within regional communities. Also witnessing the toll of having to travel to access health care within my family. I want the opportunity to fight for everyone in regional communities to have access to adequate healthcare.
Fighting for universal health care, education and a fair and just society lead me to joining the Labor party 6 years ago. It is what motivated me to run for the seat of Orange.