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Shelley Hancock, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

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Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly and Member for South Coast, The Hon. Shelley Hancock MP has been a strong advocate for the South Coast region through lobbying for much needed funds for the Princes Highway, additional police resources and more frontline services.

First elected to Shoalhaven City Council as a Ward Three Alderman in 1987, Shelley regards as some of her most rewarding achievements the Ulladulla and Sussex Inlet Leisure Centres, the construction of the Shoalhaven Emergency Services Centre as well as many upgrades to local sporting facilities.

As a Councillor on Shoalhaven City Council, Shelley served in numerous roles including Deputy Mayor (2000-2001) and chairperson of a number of committees including Council’s Rural Fire Service Strategic Planning Committee.

Elected to the NSW Parliament in 2003, 2007 and again in 2011 as Member for South Coast, Shelley is committed to being a strong, grass roots local member.

On May 5, 2011 Shelley Hancock was elected Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly – the first female Member to be nominated to the role – one of the NSW Parliament’s Presiding Officers.

Shelley in her role as Speaker presides over the House’s debates, determining which members may speak. The Speaker is also responsible for maintaining order during debate, and may punish members who break the rules of the House. Aside from duties relating to presiding over the House, the Speaker also performs administrative, diplomatic and procedural functions, and remains a constituency Member of Parliament.

The Speaker has extensive administrative functions, being responsible, with the President, for the overall direction of the Parliament. Throughout Shelley’s period in Government, she has been instrumental in delivering additional infrastructure and frontline services for the local region including the $62 million South Nowra Princes Highway upgrade, the $35 million Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre and new sub-acute mental health services at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.