Hello, I’m Carmel McCallum. I want to represent the people of Gilmore in the Australian parliament. I first moved to this electorate in 1979, and have loved its beauty and bounty ever since.
I’m a qualified pharmacist and have had a wide range of business and social experience. I was the owner of West-End Pharmacy in Berry Street, Nowra and have worked in over 50 pharmacies in NSW. My profession taught me the value of investing in affordable medicine and prevention, keeping the nation healthy.
From the beautiful beaches to the magnificent mountains, we all love our natural landscapes. And yet our environment is fragile. I want to ensure it’s protected. The Black Summer Fires, COVID-19 pandemic and severe flooding have had a devastating impact on Gilmore. Local businesses, tourism, and the people of Gilmore, need support and opportunities to recover and rebuild. Fires, floods and water are big challenges and without addressing climate change, full-on and fast, recent extreme events will only be amplified.
I am passionate about social justice. I want every member of our community to have the vital services, affordable housing and employment opportunities that build a thriving community. l will fight to remove the poverty and inequality that have increased in the last decade under the Liberal Government.
Our community needs to rebuild and we need local workers to do it, but there is a skills blackhole. Our TAFE system has been eroded and unemployment in the region is amongst the highest in the nation. These inequities must be addressed.
We must also protect and fund the ABC, which provides critical emergency broadcasting and also keeps our democracy transparent. I want government accountability and a Federal ICAC.
The Gilmore Greens and I have a vision for all of us and our beautiful country. I want to see it protected and nurtured. A future for all of us.