Bega Mayor Kristy McBain officially endorsed by Labor for Eden-Monaro

Dominic Giannini 1 May 2020 17
Labor leader Anthony Albanese and Bega Mayor Kristy McBain

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has officially endorsed Bega Mayor Kristy McBain as the Labor candidate for the federal seat of Eden-Monaro. Photo: Anthony Albanese Twitter.

Bega Valley Shire Mayor Kristy McBain has been officially endorsed as Labor’s Eden-Monaro by-election candidate by leader Anthony Albanese.

Ms McBain shot to national prominence as the voice of the Bega region during the bushfire crisis.

Nominations for Labor pre-selection will close on Monday, but Mr Albanese said he is very confident that Ms McBain will receive the support of locals and Labor to represent the electorate at the upcoming by-election.

Ms McBain said she did not seek out the position, but she is willing to take it on to voice the concerns of the Eden-Monaro region.

“I want to take it on for a number of reasons,” she said. “I am local, I am from the community and I have worked for the community for a number of years now.

“Over the last six months, it has become abundantly clear to me that leadership needs to happen and it needs to happen at a local level.

“I want to be that voice because I do not want my community to be left behind, and at the moment, they are being left behind.”

Outgoing member Mike Kelly said the region needed a candidate who would take their concerns to the national level, adding that no single electorate had suffered more in recent times than Eden-Monaro

Dr Kelly said the electorate deserved someone who would stand up on issues like climate change, as the snowfields – which constitute 50 per cent of the region’s economy – are increasingly impacted by rising temperatures.

It’s an issue Ms McBain said she is taking very seriously.

“I think everybody trusts the science around coronavirus and COVID-19. I cannot understand why everybody does not trust the science on climate change. It is real, it is there and you can see it on the ground in the Eden-Monaro”, she said.

Ms McBain also flagged the time lag and lack of assistance on the ground during and after the bushfire crisis as a substantive issue, calling on the Federal Government to help a region hard-hit by fires, drought and the pandemic.

Anthony McMahon, Kristy McBain, Michael McCormack, Andrew Constance, NSW Senator Jim Molan

Bega Valley Mayor Kristy McBain (second left) with Acting GM of Bega Valley Shire Council Anthony McMahon, Deputy PM Michael McCormack, State MP Andrew Constance and NSW Senator Jim Molan at Merimbula Airport. Photo: File.

“With these three disasters acting concurrently, we did not, and are not, receiving the support we need,” she said.

“What we face right now is more significant than ever. My community, specifically, has had three bushfires in two years. The whole Eden-Monaro is going through a drought and it is still there.

“People on the ground are crying out for help, they are desperate. I have people that are still in tents, people that are in caravans, we have winter coming. We have a lot of people who are seasonal, casual workers who were not eligible for a great deal of the bushfire support, and are not eligible for COVID-19 [assistance].

“We have new businesses that were established in the last 12 months that are not eligible for anything under any crisis.”

It was her passion for local issues like these that make her the perfect candidate and voice for the region, Mr Albanese said.

“She has been out there, not just during a by-election campaign. When it really mattered, she was out there making a difference for her local community. They know that, they know her, they have seen her, they have met her,” he said.

“Everyone at the business roundtable knew her, trusted her and saw her as their voice. She wants to take that voice into this parliament.”

Ms McBain advised the Bega Council that she will step aside as Mayor during the election campaign but will remain an active Councillor.

Deputy Mayor Sharon Tapscott will take on the responsibilities of Mayor in the short term as the current Mayoral term runs until 16 September 2020.

One option is for the Councillors to elect a mayor at their May meeting to see out the remaining five months before the scheduled election in September.

NSW Liberal Senator Jim Molan, NSW Liberal Andrew Constance and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro have also been touted as potential candidates for the Federal seat.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on About Regional.

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17 Responses to Bega Mayor Kristy McBain officially endorsed by Labor for Eden-Monaro
Iain Saunders Iain Saunders 2:08 pm 04 May 20

Captain's pick .no local selection input.bad move on labor's part.

Marilyn Roberts Marilyn Roberts 11:53 am 02 May 20

John Barilaro has my vote any day. He gets things done.

    Glenn Taylor Glenn Taylor 12:17 pm 02 May 20

    Marilyn Roberts was he in London during the Bushfires?

Michael Langridge Michael Langridge 7:04 am 02 May 20

The rules that constrain other men,

mean nothing to McBain.

The punches that bring pain to other men,

mean nothing to McBain.




Jill Lyall Jill Lyall 7:00 am 02 May 20

She was a strong and empathetic leader throughout the bushfire crisis - great choice

Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 8:45 pm 01 May 20

She's not going against a Senator Mendoza?

Cristina Schaffer Cristina Schaffer 3:07 pm 01 May 20

A very deserving person!

Juz Hawke Juz Hawke 2:21 pm 01 May 20

Isn't she the one hating on Canberrans travelling to the coast not that long ago??

    Stephen Matthews Stephen Matthews 3:02 pm 01 May 20

    Juz Hawke With good reason

    Stephen Page-Murray Stephen Page-Murray 6:20 pm 01 May 20

    Juz Hawke

    Totally justified

    Juz Hawke Juz Hawke 6:51 pm 01 May 20

    Stephen Page-Murray even nicer!

    Robert McMahon Robert McMahon 9:26 pm 01 May 20

    Stephen Page-Murray you mean the segment of the population that provides much income for that region?

    Stephen Page-Murray Stephen Page-Murray 10:05 pm 01 May 20

    Robert McMahon

    Yes, but they need to stay away during COVID

    Juz Hawke Juz Hawke 8:18 am 02 May 20

    Stephen Page-Murray yes agreed, but no need for the intense outpouring of nastiness in general.

    Stephen Page-Murray Stephen Page-Murray 8:43 am 02 May 20

    Robert McMahon


Tom Porter Tom Porter 2:19 pm 01 May 20

Should have sounded out the Bega Valley Ratepayers Association

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