Larissa Penn, the independent candidate who almost snatched Gladys Berejiklian’s former seat of Willoughby from the Liberals at February’s byelection, said she becomes more determined to run again each time the government doesn’t listen to the community.

“Willoughby has had a lot of development and we’ve tolerated a lot of development,” she said. “So I don’t think you could possibly claim that the people of Willoughby are NIMBYs. When our sewerage systems are overflowing, when our parks are bare, when our public transport is failing … that’s not NIMBYism, that’s just a community crying out for proper and sustainable planning.”

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