Meet: Damien Tudehope

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1. What have been your main achievements over the past year?

Since being elected in 2015 I have been campaigning to deliver a number of important local projects and I was pleased to see some of them announced this year.

Last month I handed over the keys for a new fire truck to the dedicated team of volunteers at Cherrybrook Rural Fire Service. I was pleased to be able to secure $98,000 in funding toward this versatile support vehicle.

In the latest budget we announced funding for a lift at Beecroft Station, which is something I have been campaigning to deliver for some time.

We also announced two new major school upgrades delivering new classrooms at Epping and Carlingford in addition to the upgrade already under way at Cherrybrook Technology High School. Securing funding grants for local schools in my electorate has been a top priority. Earlier this year I was pleased to announce that I had delivered over $330,000 in grants funding for public schools in my electorate.

2. What are your priorities for 2018?

We will see further progress on the Sydney Metro train line and the NorthConnex tunnel under Pennant Hills Road as they near their 2019 completion deadlines.

I hope to be able to announce funding for the widening of Epping Bridge in the new year, this is a project I have been pressing the government to deliver.

Road infrastructure improvements, more cycleway, and maintaining our open space will be among the things I will be campaigning for.

I will also be paying close attention to the precincts in Cherrybrook and Epping to encourage communication between key stakeholders and to ensure bureaucrats are listening to the concerns of local residents.

I will also continue to oppose development at South Dural if it does not accompany the delivery of necessary infrastructure such as the widening of New Line Road.

3. What are the three best aspects of the area you represent?

The Epping electorate is one of the best places in Sydney to live and raise a family. We have some outstanding schools in the area. It is a very active community and I am a strong supporter of our local sporting clubs. My electorate is a multicultural success story with so many people from different backgrounds coming together to contribute to the very strong sense of community we have in the area.

4. Why did you choose to represent your electorate?

After spending a career in the private sector working as a solicitor and as a small business owner, and raising a family in the area having lived in West Pennant Hills for many years, I put up my hand to run for the seat of Epping. I wanted to utilise my experience and local knowledge to make a positive and lasting impact and be a voice for families and local residents.

New truck: Mr Tudehope said he was pleased to be able to secure $98,000 in funding toward this versatile support vehicle.

New truck: Mr Tudehope said he was pleased to be able to secure $98,000 in funding toward this versatile support vehicle.

Make a difference: Mr Tudehope said he wants to use his experience and local knowledge to be a voice for families and residents.

Make a difference: Mr Tudehope said he wants to use his experience and local knowledge to be a voice for families and residents.