I am Justine Keay, a candidate for the state seat of Braddon. I am Devonport born and bred, and have lived here for most of my life. I am a mother of three rambunctious boys, and they inspire me to stand up and fight for a better future.
As the former federal member of Braddon, I have pushed, and at times, shamed the Liberal governments into delivering essential services and infrastructure in our region, fighting their cuts every step of the way. The Liberals cut Tazreach funding, which I pushed them to restore, bringing needed specialists to our region again. I fought for improved access to mental health services, again pushing the Liberals to fund a second HeadSpace on the coast and funding for Bass Highway improvements between Wynyard and Marrawah and the coastal shared pathways. I will continue to stand up for TasTAFE, ensuring free access to courses needed to meet the current skills shortage and boost apprenticeships.
I have been working in dementia prevention research as a Project Officer at the University of Tasmania, which is an area close to my heart. In my spare time, I am President of the Burnie Harness Racing Club, a Board member of not-for-profit disability services provider, Devonfield, and a member of Soroptimist International. I am halfway through my honours degree in Psychology and am passionate about improving mental health services for all ages here on the North-West and West coasts.