The NT Independent is providing you with a brief look at the candidates for the September 11 Daly by-election and what they stand for. There are some serious and some light-hearted questions to give the voters of Daly a better idea of who the people behind the corflutes really are.
Today’s profile is independent candidate for Daly, Rebecca Jennings.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I have some amazing strong people in my life who always give me great advice (whether I follow it or not is another thing), but I guess “give everything a go and ask questions” – the worst that can happen if it doesn’t work is that you have learned something.
Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself that people don’t know.
I love a great business idea and came third in the NT Tourism Pitchfest in 2019
What are the biggest issues facing the people of the Daly electorate right now and what needs to be done to improve things?
I don’t have all the answers, but some big issues include:
- Water Security – Government has not been transparent with Daly River usage and with bores running dry in Berry Springs and Southport, we need essential water infrastructure there more than ever!
- Poor land management – Gamba, Fire risk, trespass, water security
- Connectivity to essential services, such as health and specialists
- Lack of essential infrastructure – phone coverage, boat ramps, aging and dangerous infrastructure (Mandorah jetty is a classic example)
- Lack of business connection (both intra and inter-regional)
Fixing these issues takes partnerships, collaboration, good consultation, planning and resources – we know the issues, we know the solutions, we just need to prioritise these things in the Daly. If the Government chooses to continually ignore us, we will need to stand up and take action as a region.
How would your best mate describe you in 10 words or less?
Busy, determined, outspoken and full of ideas!
If you were stranded somewhere and could only bring one movie, one album, and one book, what would they be?
- Does the Lord of the Rings Trilogy count as one movie?
- The Killers – Sams Town
- Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
If you could invite anyone in history to dinner, who would it be and why?
This was a hard one, but Neil Armstrong was a great recent first contender – was the moon landing real or a hoax!? It blows my mind we were able to put a man on the moon in the 60s, but can’t even get reception 10km from my house…
The Daly region has long been ignored by NT governments of both parties – what would you do to change this and draw attention to the region?
It has long been ignored and I really don’t know why; we have more than 10 reserves and national parks in the region, fantastic fishing on the Daly and Vic Rivers, have a major highway running from WA, Darwin’s water supply, beautiful coastal townships and communities, and yet continually forgotten in the budget or Government initiatives.
From talking to everyone in the Daly one the biggest issue is connectivity – connectivity of roads, businesses, industry, essential services, infrastructure, and mobile reception! If we can resolve the connectivity issues we can start telling our stories and get more investment into the region by way of industry, tourism, and government investment.
- Connect industry hubs (agricultural, hospitality, tourism, small business, pastoral)
- Connect organisations that overlap
- Connect essential service delivery to make it more cost effective i.e. improve service hubs or identify new service hubs
- Connect infrastructure (hello water infrastructure along Cox Peninsula)
- Connect people – school collaborations, training and industry, volunteers and jobs
If your pet could talk, what secret would it tell us?
That I’m really really bad at singing when I clean the house with headphones on
In less than 10 words tell us your most useless talent.
Picking things up with my toes – sometimes handy (or foot-y?)…
A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.
Beach or Bush?
I guess the bush, growing up in Berry Springs I feel at home when in the bush.
Folder or scruncher?
Scruncher, I’m a busy woman.
AFL or NRL or other?
AFL – played once, probably the shortest player in the NTFL that year
Wet season or dry season?
Wet Season!!! Monsoon is my favourite time of year.
Best NT Chief Minister?
I have to say Clare Martin, our first female Chief – I appreciate women in leadership roles, passion for good environmental management AND someone who won her seat in a by-election.
I have vivid memory of seeing Clare Martin at the Wildlife Park in the early 2000s when I was in primary school, talking about fire management and gamba control, both very, very hot topics in this by-election.