28 May 2024

Third-time lucky? Pollard to run with Independents for Canberra in Yerrabi

| Ian Bushnell
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Sneha KC and David Pollard

Sneha KC and David Pollard will be Independents for Canberra candidates in Yerrabi. Photo: IFC.

Independents for Canberra has announced its lead candidates for the northern seat of Yerrabi, including someone who will be hoping it’s third time lucky for him.

Small businessman David Pollard, who has run as the David Pollard Independent Party in the last two ACT elections, and registered nurse Sneha KC got the nod after the recent town hall meeting where voters could grill potential candidates.

Mr Pollard runs a small software development firm and is active in community associations in Gungahlin.

He grew up in Kaleen before moving to Palmerston and then settling down in Crace with his wife and two children.

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Mr Pollard said a strong crossbench was wanted and needed in the ACT to elevate the quality of Territory politics and improve outcomes for the community.

“Independents for Canberra has the same principles I’ve already campaigned on, so it was a simple choice to join forces,” he said.

“I meet so many good people doing good things in their community – people who could be doing great things if given the right support by the government.”

Mr Pollard said that until now, there hasn’t been a viable change on offer for Canberrans.

“An independent crossbench holding the major parties to a higher standard can be that change,” he said.

“I want to see Canberra vastly improve our outcomes in health, education and housing affordability. We should be leading the nation.”

Ms KC, who migrated from Nepal in 2011 and lives in Ngunnawal, works for the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and has been studying public policy at the University of Canberra.

She decided to run after seeing Canberrans waiting in crowded emergency rooms for hours, seniors lacking essential support to live a quality life, members of the community suffering gender-based violence, and the stark reality of homelessness and the mental health crisis.

“These experiences have fuelled my determination to be a voice for those who’ve been forgotten,” Ms KC said.

“Urgent action is needed to address the current system’s failures. I will fight for a Canberra that meets the needs of all its residents and supports everyone to thrive.”

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Her vision for Yerrabi was one of unity and progress, where every resident felt valued and empowered.

“I believe that addressing the disengagement in our community is key to solving many of our local issues and creating a more connected Yerrabi,” she said.

“Building stronger community engagement across the ACT involves bridging the gap between our busy young families and our elderly residents.”

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