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Newsletter 13th March: Your weekly update from the campaign

Upcoming Events

Meet the Candidate Events

Please spread the word and encourage everyone in your networks to come along and meet Sophie at one of our Meet the Candidate events hosted by journalist Felicity Davey, and TV presenter, James Mathison to be held in Dee Why, Frenchs Forest  and Collaroy starting Sunday 20th March.

Click here to reserve your seat 


Two of our dedicated volunteers, Eva and Richard, have generously offered to host a fundraiser at their home in Clareville. Please join us for A Soirée with Sophie Scamps:

Saturday 2 April 6.30 - 9pm

Your ticket includes:

  • Paella provided by Avalon legend Alphonso
  • Wine donated by the hosts
  • Beer and kombucha donated by local brewers
  • A feast of delectable desserts 

Silent auction of fabulous experiences and items crafted by local artists. Tickets are limited, please book here.


A message from Sophie

As I write I am thinking of all the people up and down the east coast of Australia, including right here on the Northern Beaches, who are currently mopping up their homes and businesses after the catastrophic floods that hit the east coast. The extreme weather event on the Northern Beaches last Tuesday wreaked havoc on many, and my thoughts go out to all who have been impacted. My team and I are also on hand to help anyone who is struggling with the clean up or needs any further assistance – so please feel free to reach out if there is anything I or the team can do to help.

It was the knowledge that climate change would threaten our way of life on the Northern Beaches that inspired my decision to stand up for the people of Mackellar. For too long, we have had representation that has failed us and it’s time Mackellar had an MP to stand up for our community and take action on climate change.

We have a unique opportunity at this election to end years of inaction and finally put climate action plans in place. Last week I attended the launch of Zali Steggall MP’s comprehensive and ambitious 5 Steps to Net Zero Plan, which was developed after three years of widespread consultation. It is also clear that the disaster preparedness and recovery strategies that are currently in place are no longer sufficient, and government services must be upgraded to ensure they are ready to swing into action as and when needed. 

On a brighter note, the days continue to fly past filled with meetings, discussions, planning and events. No doubt the election will soon be upon us!  

This week I had a wonderful conversation with Hugh MacKay, author of many books, the latest being The Kindness Revolution, and Don Morris (Mojo advertising guru) about bringing vision, compassion and listening back into our politics and leadership. 

It was also wonderful to meet with World Champion surfer Tom Carroll and his wife Mary who are keen to ride the wave of change with us to a better future.

On Thursday I met with Professor Ian Hickey, from Australians for Mental Health and heard how we can improve mental health services locally. 

We were also lucky to have a number of events in the past week that were incredibly not interrupted by wild weather. 


Mardi Gras 

I was privileged to be invited to join the ‘Independents for Inclusion’ float along with Zali Steggall MP, Kylea Tink and Allegra Spender at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last Saturday. The Mardi Gras’ history is founded on the celebration of diversity and advocating for equal rights for the LGBTQIA+ community. The evening was full of optimism and joy and I want to bring that spirit to Mackellar so that every LGBTQIA+ person in Mackellar knows that they are an integral and valued part of our community. 

Quote from community member: 

"I am thrilled to be part of the 'Independents For Inclusion' float. I strongly support the amazing women, including Dr Sophie, standing for federal parliament and recognise the active representation this float provides." Julie Donald 


International Women’s Day

Last Tuesday was International Women’s Day. We were very lucky to have our morning tea at 9.30am before flooding hit the Northern Beaches. 

We celebrated the hidden heroes in our community – those female volunteers who are the beating heart of our community. These are the women who upon seeing a need step up to take on a role of caring, connecting, organising, cooking, coaching, teaching or fundraising to fill that void. Without their often unrecognised work our community would start to fray. We heard from Sarah Morris, Pittwater Woman of the Year, who stepped up during COVID to help feed hundreds of families and people across the Northern Beaches who fell on hard times. acknowledge and thank these women for everything they do and want to state that every time these women step up they are providing much-needed leadership within our community.

Incidentally, on the way to the event I drove past a crew of our volunteers waving their signs in the rain! There is no stopping the spirit of this community. The undeniably strong community support I am shown every single day gives me the drive I need to ensure I do everything I can to win – so thank you to everyone for your support.


‘Meet the Candidate’ Community Events

I’m looking forward to our community ‘Meet the Candidate’ events coming up at Dee Why, Belrose and Collaroy. Please come along and invite your friends and colleagues as I’d love to meet as many Mackellar locals as possible and explain why I am stepping up to serve as your independent voice in Canberra. 

We will also be needing all hands on deck again soon to help us letterbox drop my new brochure to every household in Mackellar!

Here’s hoping for a safer and drier time ahead.


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