Candidate for Kalgoorlie
Jacqueline Spurling is The Greens (WA) Candidate for Kalgoorlie in the 2017 State Election
Jacqueline Spurling of Boulder WA, is an Aboriginal Language Teacher at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School (KBCHS), where she has been teaching for 10 years. Jacqueline is an Aboriginal, born and raised in the Goldfields. Her white great-grandfather, Watt Newland was mates with Paddy Hannan and her Aboriginal heritage and connection to this part of the earth dates back to the beginning of time.
Jacqueline’s political ideology and daily practice reflect the four pillars of the Greens (WA): that everyone must have the basic human rights and equal access to opportunity, justice and democracy in our society; that for ecological sustainability we need to sustain our planet and fully support the implementation of renewable energies for all communities; that everyone has the fundamental right to be involved in political decisions that affect their lives; and that peace and nonviolence must be at the foundation for our society.
Jacqueline is committed to redressing discrimination and inequality across all aspects of WA’s society. She has been relentless in promoting Aboriginal language and culture, opportunities and positive change for Aboriginal people, addressing the current inequality and creating opportunity for Aboriginal people to be participative in society. Her community involvement in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area includes but is not limited to:
- The creator/developer/instigator of the Kalgoorlie Girls Academy that was replicated by Role Models and implemented in 12 schools Australia-wide
- Three community performances of traditional Aboriginal dance productions on stage in the Arts Centre (This brought together people from remote communities and the youth of Kalgoorlie Boulder)
- Working with elders over a 10 year period to record traditional Aboriginal Language and collate a dictionary throughout the Western Australian Goldfields region
- Been involved in marches/protests for: Aboriginal Native Title rights; Stopping the monetary cuts to Education (Teachers Union); Anti-Racism; White Ribbon – Stop the Violence Against Women; NAIDOC marches; Sorry Day.
Her work history has revolved around interrelating with people. She went to high school at Christian Aboriginal Parent Directed School in Coolgardie. Was a painter; a Sports and Recreation Officer where she initiated and coordinated sporting carnivals for the desert Aboriginal Communities (this is an annual event that is still in existence); a bank teller; and a receptionist. After which she trained as an Aboriginal Language Teacher and is still employed in the role.
A work colleague once stated, “You’re all of this and still managed to raise three beautiful functioning daughters and foster children on your own. Your resiliency is amazing.” Jacqueline was humbled after that conversation.
As a Greens (WA) Member of Parliament Jacqueline hopes to work to unify the community and make practical solutions that benefit all of the Goldfields communities. She will work with all stakeholders to curb antisocial behaviour, put a spanner in the works to current nonsensical state budget spending, and see to efficient resourcing to our schools, hospitals and police services. She aims to move Kalgoorlie toward solar communities and ensure WA remains uranium mining free. Jacqueline wants to create a community focus toward art and culture for the rural communities, not just Elizabeth Quay.