Meryl Swanson was born in Kurri Kurri Hospital and grew up in a hard-working Heddon Greta family. She now lives in Buchanan with her husband Nick and two girls, Lara and Adelaide. Meryl understands the community and knows what is needed to make Paterson an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
During her career as a radio presenter, Meryl was always someone who could be counted on to lend a hand in the community. She hosted Kurri Kurri Carols by Candlelight, is an ambassador for the Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance, and has assisted a number of other local organisations and charities.
Having worked with the Maitland Business Chamber, Youth Express, Hunter Region Organisation of Councils and Hunter Tourism, Meryl understands the challenges facing the community and will always put the Hunter Region first.
Meryl was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Paterson in July 2016 and made her first speech on October 10.
Meryl is deputy chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources. She chairs the Labor Party Caucus Committee on Sustainable Australia, and is a member of Caucus Committees on Education, Science, Research and the Arts; the Status of Women; Country Labor; and the National Policy Forum. Meryl is a member of numerous parliamentary friendship groups, including the Asbestos-Related Disease Group.
Meryl is a member of the Kurri Kurri Branch of the Australian Labor Party and enjoys gardening, golf, music, current affairs, horse riding, and equestrian sports and dance via her children’s participation.
Groups for which Meryl is patron include: Marine Rescue NSW – Port Stephens Unit; Maitland Branch of the National Service and Combined Forces Association; Beresfield Barracudas Swimming Club; Raymond Terrace and District Historical Society; Maitland Croquet Club Inc; and Maitland Invitational Racing Pigeon Club.
How Meryl can help
Meryl and her team can help with matters relating to Federal Government departments including: Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support, Defence and Veterans Affairs, Communications, Taxation, Immigration, Education and Training.
Congratulatory messages can be organised for people celebrating a birthday of 90 or more years, or a wedding anniversary of 50 or more years.
Flags - Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island - can be requested by schools, community organisations and individuals.
During weeks when Parliament is not sitting, Meryl may be available to attend and speak at local events and meetings.
How to contact Meryl
You can make contact Meryl and her staff or make an appointment: