Photo: Yass local Peter Rose stopped by to speak with Federal Member Kristy McBain.

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain had an eventful day in the Yass Valley last Friday, December 3.

Kristy began the day by joining the Yass Valley Business Chamber for their networking breakfast. This was an opportunity for Kristy to catch up with local small business owners and hear about how they fared throughout lockdown.

Kristy spoke about the issue of housing affordability and how this was having a flow on effect with staffing.

She explained that rent in Yass had gone up by 20 per cent which makes it harder to attract workers to the region. The next stop was a meeting with Yass Business Mums and Friends. They spoke about the challenges of working from home while also assisting children with their schooling from home.

After her morning meetings Kristy held a mobile office in Banjo Patterson Park. Offering locals the opportunity to come out, say g’day and raise any issues or concerns with Kristy directly. About a dozen people dropped by to chat with her about a variety of issues, projects and ideas for the Yass community.

To finish off the day Kristy travelled to Bookham for a lunch organised by the Bookham Progress Association.

About 30 Bookham residents attended the meeting where they questioned Kristy for over an hour – and they certainly didn’t go easy on her.

Kristy had robust conversations about the community’s concerns with the Humelink proposal but also talked more broadly about climate change action, fuel reserves and Labor’s policies on various topics.

Residents then thanked Kristy for dedicating so much of her time to engaging with smaller communities.