In 2010, Hazel Wainwright moved into the area of Mawson. Fast forward eight years and she’s now running for the electoral seat on behalf of Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best party.
Hazel’s professional life began with a passion for being an artist, most notably a photographer, and has had several exhibitions.
During her time as a childcare worker, she began to lobby the government, in an attempt to improve conditions and pay of childcare workers.
Currently a councillor on the Onkaparinga Council, Hazel said she got involved with council because there were local issues and people actually asked her to get involved.
Whilst she said her time spent as a councillor had been quite successful, she felt the amount of change she could create was limited.
After meeting Rebekha Sharkie and Nick Xenophon, Hazel was convinced of where her loyalty and future plans would lie.
Hazel is involved with many groups including anti-domestic violence, retirement homes, the Bocce Club and business associations.
“I was for the Aldinga Dog Park, I stopped the redevelopment along the Aldinga Esplanade because it was a waste of money and whole lot of residents decided they didn’t want it,” she said.
“I also helped put up the Tour Down Under at Snapper Point.”
Hazel believed certain vineyards in the area which have been abandon and neglected had the potential to do serious damage.
She has pushed for the state to follow Victoria’s action and enforce tough penalties for those found guilty.
“People talk about bio-security and Phylloxera, you can actually try and stop that but neglected vineyards can go across to all horticultural areas,” she said.
“Looking at bringing in monitored tagging for criminals, they’re GPS, so you actually know where they are,” she said.