HAVING claimed Liberal Sophie Mirabella’s seat, independent MP Cathy McGowan has now taken over her old office and is ready to receive constituents.
The new politician’s name and trademark orange are yet to be added to the exterior of the premises, but they should be on display for Monday’s unveiling.
Ms McGowan said the office would be “open” for community groups to raise her awareness about what they were doing in the electorate.
“I encourage people to visit the office and talk to me about their issues,” she said.
Ms McGowan said even though the office was opening she would not be able to fully immerse herself in the role until next year.
“There is a lot of planning that needs to be done and systems put in place to deal with everything efficiently,” she said.
“We want to make sure the office operates professionally so we will put time into creating the foundations.”
Ms McGowan said next year she was hoping to have a mobile office.
“I want to be out and about so people can connect with me without travelling,” she said.
“I want to provide a service to where people live and make sure I am catering to the whole electorate.”
Ms McGowan said the office would have a “soft” opening on Monday as she will be in Canberra to attend an induction for newly elected MPs.
“I’m hoping to chat with other new members of Parliament and bring new ideas to Indi and see how they are tackling issues,” she said.
“I’m looking at having an official launch of the office when I return.”
Ms McGowan said the office would run much the same as when Mrs Mirabella was in the seat but she had plans to renovate in the future.
“There’s a lot of cubicles at the moment so I am hoping to knock some walls down and create an open space,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to all the planning being over so I can jump into the role.”