An active community is important to Lisa O’Malley.
And as the new Bicton MLA, the voice of the community will continue to be a platform she will use to guide her in her new role.
With the WAEC having declared the result, Lisa O’Malley defeated outgoing Liberal MLA Matt Taylor by securing 52.9 per cent of the two party preferred vote. This represents a swing of 13.0 per cent to WA Labor.
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Mrs O’Malley grew up in a close-knit community in country Victoria, before moving to Western Australia with her husband Mark 23 years ago.
She has been a vocal opponent of the Perth Freight Link project, particularly alongside Palmyra residents who could lose their homes, and passionate schools and education campaigner.
“I have been active in my local community for over two decades,” she said.
Mrs O’Malley said being approachable and hard-working were traits that she would draw on in her new role representing the constituents of Bicton.
“The most important task will be to let the electors of Bicton know that as their member I am there for them from day one, to listen to them and support them,” she said.
As a dedicated advocate for education, Mrs O’Malley was driven to form the Save Our Schools action group with other parents when the Liberal-National Government cut funding to the public schools her two children attended.
In addition to her active involvement with the Parents and Citizens Associations at Palmyra Primary School and Melville Senior High School, she is also a state councillor for the WA Council of State School Organisations (WACSSO).
In 2015 Mrs O’Malley was elected as City of Melville councillor, where she has fought for transparency and accountability.
With a professional background in health and fitness, she also teaches aqua aerobics part-time at Fremantle pool.
“Whether it’s been through campaigning for our local schools, running the local farmers’ market or through my small business, people know they can always approach me to give them a hand”.
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