NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has announced local woman Jen Armstrong as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Miranda, at the 2019 State Election.

The mother-of-three and foster carer has lived in the Sutherland Shire her entire life. She is heavily involved in the local community including Grays Point Activity Centre before-and-after school care.

She currently works at Western Sydney University. She was previously the Stadiums Operations Coordinator for the Cronulla Sharks.

Ms Armstrong is a survivor of domestic violence and was named the 2016 NSW Woman of the Year for founding The Beauty Bank, a Sutherland Shire based charity which collects donations of toiletries and luxury products which are distributed to victims of family and domestic violence and those in need. In 2017, the entirely volunteer run Beauty Bank distributed over $750,000 of gift packs to 4,000 individuals thanks to the generosity of Sutherland Shire residents.

In 2017, the Grays Point local was appointed to the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Corporate Leadership Group which investigates ways in which businesses can work with the community and government to combat domestic violence.

Mr Foley met with Ms Armstrong today at Café Thyme which is a social enterprise of Orana Services, along with their Executive Officer Elizabeth O’Neil. The café is staffed with volunteers, trainees and people on community service orders and are seeking grants in order to renovate the kitchen- it will officially open tomorrow.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Labor will take the fight to the Liberals in Miranda and Jen will lead it with a positive Labor agenda.

“I am pleased to announce Jen as Labor’s candidate. She will hold the Liberals to account over their failed policies.

Quotes attributable to Labor candidate for Miranda Jen Armstrong

“I’m honoured to be the Labor candidate for Miranda for the 2019 election.

“As a life-long Sutherland Shire local, I will fight for Miranda at all stages and especially at improving schools and hospitals in the region over splurging billions on stadiums.” 

“We can do better for our local community.”