On Friday 23 July 2021, I was really pleased to canvass residents in Noel Park after a very long time with other colleagues from the Labour Party. We could not go door to door during the pandemic because of health and safety concerns. Although the pandemic is not over yet, people are now a lot more confident to go out and about given the vaccine rollout has been fairly successful.
This is the part of my job as a Councillor that I like the most: speaking to local residents, listening to their concerns and coming up with solutions to address them. I have missed this the most during the pandemic which seemed to go on for a very long time. Well, 18 months is a long time. That’s nearly half the time of my tenure as a Councillor.
Quite a number of residents spoke to me through their living room window. Perhaps they became accustomed to not opening their doors for other people during the past 18 months. It could also be because we were canvassing around 7pm, which is probably most people’s dinner time. People were generally very pleased to see me and talk about local issues or even politics generally. I did meet one resident who believed that the 2020 US presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump!