Izabella Antoniou

I’m running to break the mould of what a ‘politician’ is and give the people of Summer Hill a strong voice on housing, accessible services, youth issues, and climate action that looks to our shared future. I refuse to back down as our current government erodes our social contract.

The cost-of-living crisis, rising rents, and lack of affordable housing are pushing our neighbours out of the area, severing local trust and connections that take years to build. The electorate of Summer Hill is 45% renters, and I’m one of them. Local rents have skyrocketed and every day I hear how fellow renters are unsure where they will be in the next 6 months. I’m calling for sustainable, affordable housing and infrastructure that will meet community needs, and is accountable to us. Initiatives must not only consider how we live our lives and interact with our community but enhance it, and protect us from the changing climate. This is to be coupled with strong renters’ protections so that we can stay within our community and build our lives with certainty.

As a community worker I am greatly aware of how female dominated professions such as my own, as well as teaching and nursing, have been chronically undervalued and underfunded despite our work being vital. I’m fighting to bolster our teachers and local schools to deal with rising education inequality. I’m supporting nurses, carers, and health staff through ratios across all wards and caring sites; and I’m demanding a reinvigoration of TAFE with free courses. I see how these mounting issues, due to a lack of government resourcing, affect our young people, our elderly, our essential workers, and I say enough.

Our climate emergency is still a reality – and I will push for a new green economy, devoid of gas and fossil fuels, to set up our community to protect our young people and fight for their future.

I’m running for The Greens because the people of Summer Hill deserve a representative who is pushing boundaries on what we can achieve. I’m a youth worker, a writer, a young person, and a proud Cypriot woman. I have struggled on Youth Allowance, through insecure work and insecure housing. I am not your average politician. I am your community advocate.