Mother-of-two Cassie Rowe is as passionate about small business and the arts as she is about her own community.
With 84.5 per cent of the vote counted since the state election on 11 March, Ms Rowe leads her Liberal opponent with 61.4 per cent of the two-party preferred vote. This represents a swing of 12.4 per cent to WA Labor.
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“I want to make sure that our area receives the resources it deserves to ensure we thrive,” Ms Rowe said.
As the new Belmont MLA, she brings solid business acumen to the role, having most recently worked as a financial planner for an industry superannuation fund and previously with the Bendigo Bank and P&N Bank.
Mrs Rowe has also served as the assistant state secretary of WA Labor.
She said while canvassing support pre-election, she became acutely aware of the community dissent towards the Liberal Government.
“Our plan for jobs was something that appealed to a lot of locals who had felt the impact of the economic downturn,” she said.
“The issue of jobs really was the number one concern for the majority of people.”
Ms Rowe said she had struck a chord with the community as a “fighter” who would represent their interests in State Parliament.
“And that is exactly what I intend to do,” she said. “I’m not afraid to stand up for our area. I want to make a positive difference in Belmont.”
Locally, she has served as the president of the Belmont Community Group, which he co-founded with other residents in 2013 sitting around a kitchen table with a group of like-minded people from her neighbourhood.
In that role, she has lobbied for a 24-hour police station in Belmont and action to restore the historic Ascot Kilns.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, has completed a Diploma of Financial Services with the Securities Institute of Australia and has an Advanced Diploma of Finance from Kaplan Australia.
She also holds a Diploma of Screenwriting from the Film and Television Institute of WA.
Mrs Rowe has served as a director on the Film and Television Institute of WA Board and a committee member of the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre.
She lives locally in Kewdale with her husband Patrick and two daughters.
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