LABOR’S candidate for the federal seat of Monash, Jessica O’Donnell, is adamant on strongly advocating for all opportunities while remaining accessible to all constituents.

The fully vaccinated candidate says while local communities already work incredibly hard to bring in funding, if elected, she will complete a Community Infrastructure Audit to help bring projects to life.

With previous experience in local government as a Baw Baw Shire councillor, Ms O’Donnell said the audit would list what’s missing in the district and what needs to be done to get projects moving.

Ms O’Donnell conceded the value of projects on the list could well be in the hundreds of millions of dollars but said sometimes the smaller projects had the biggest impacts on communities.

“It’s about joining the dots and building the capacity of community groups and supporting them to apply for grants,” Ms O’Donnell said.

As for climate change, the Drouin local says every goal is made to be overshot.

“Gippsland as a whole is very ambitious and passionate when it comes to climate change.

“We’ve got to start now; we can’t start in 2049.”

Amongst other points, Ms O’Donnell said shifting to renewables would benefit the region’s economy, speaking of the jobs in renewable energy.

Alongside this, we’re already a “jobs hub”, Ms O’Donnell said, with a large tourism industry.

“I’m a bit biased, of course, but we live in the most beautiful part of the world with beaches, snow, mountains, etc.”

Ms O’Donnell plans on meeting with local government to identify their priority projects coming up to the next federal election, the date of which has not been announced.

She encouraged community to contact her via the Facebook page, ‘Jessica O’Donnell – Labor for Monash’.