Preserving the Northern Beaches lifestyle while also growing fundamentals like infrastructure, jobs and housing, is not an easy balance. As Jason Falinski, Liberal MP for Mackellar, tells COVERED.
Born and bred on the Northern Beaches, Jason Falinski is all too aware why people love the area and the relaxed lifestyle.
But with a seven-year-old daughter to consider, he also wants a future, both on the peninsula and nationally, where there are plenty of opportunities for everyone.
“I want to be part of the team that really grows the country’s economy. Australia is one of the most successful places in the world for equality of opportunity.
“Building an economy that still allows that and also includes health, education and creates pathways to opportunities so that people can maximise their potential, we have always had that in Australia sohow do we continue to improve that?
“No one person can do that but I like to be part of the team that is working on this,” says Jason.
Locally, transport is the topic he hears mentioned over and over. “We have three of the 10 most congested roads in the state feeding into this area and no major transport links built since 1958, which is why we are making these massive moves now,” he explains. This includes the B-line buses and Beaches Link tunnel.
With the rates at which the Northern Beaches population is rising, he says it’s no wonder congested roads and housing affordability and availability,
are issues in the area.
Other projects he is campaigning for are new premises that include a top level performance space for Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club, currently based at Cromer, and better mobile coverage for Cottage Point.
Jason believes preserving the environment is crucial and this is best done by showcasing its appeal to people from the area and further afield. “You preserve the environment by making it accessible to as many people as possible through projects like the track around Narrabeen Lagoon and the Manly to Palm Beach walkway – these sort of infrastructures are critical to the environment,” he adds.
Jason maintains a good work, family balance is a challenge in his role but believes it is no harder for him than other corporate executives, and the upside is that he really does love his work.
“The ability to help people who don’t know what to do - whether they are having a problem with Centrelink or have an immigration question – is great. I get to meet really interesting people, especially younger people, who are doing so much volunteering and working with community groups.
“In Canberra, I have met top researchers and CSIRO scientists and industry experts; it’s endlessly fascinating stuff.”