Hi, I'm Nina Digiglio.
As a Shoalhaven City Councillor and specialist Parkinson’s clinical nurse consultant, I'm excited to run as the Greens candidate for the state seat of Kiama.
Our political system is broken, and it’s going to take something very different to inspire our communities. I want to bring values such as respect, kindness, compassion and integrity back to our political conversations, tempered with sound, practical ideas and projects that provide opportunities for all residents to be their best selves.
I have lived in the Shoalhaven for 15 years and have extensive experience as a critical care nurse, in Aboriginal health, primary care and more recently as the local Parkinson’s nurse consultant. As the daughter of a low socioeconomic, culturally diverse family, I was fortunate to receive a fee-free publicly-funded university education. Every young person today deserves that same opportunity, be it at TAFE, apprenticeships or higher education.
During my two years as a Greens councillor, I've advocated for more health professionals for our area, as well as chairing the inclusion and access committee, supported people with a disability and collaborated on more affordable housing and a safe shelter for our region. I passionately believe in engagement with our Indigenous communities, and on council worked with them to bring broader awareness of the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
I love our part of Australia and want to see the region flourish and become truly progressive. Our communities deserve stronger investment in public services and infrastructure, including schools, public transport, affordable housing and publicly-owned, clean energy. Climate change and rising temperatures pose enormous environmental, health and economic risks. I am in full support of a solar farm initiative for North Nowra and other renewable projects that will enhance our economy and reduce costs of power bills for families.
Voters in the Kiama electorate have a stark choice at the upcoming election. Residents can vote again for Coalition and ALP policies that entrench inequality and cuts to services, or they can vote Green for compassionate and forward-thinking policies free of the influence of political donations. In this time of uncertainty, it is imperative people have a representative in parliament who is passionate about community wellbeing, both physical and economic, and is committed to building a future where no Australian gets left behind.