As a child, Suzanne Orr watched with wonder as the first suburbs of Gungahlin sprang up around her.
She can remember driving down the first street of Palmerston with her father and later marvelling at how a whole area could grow from a single row of houses.
It is perhaps fitting that she now represents the district she saw take shape in the ACT's parliament.
The Labor Member for Yerrabi was one of 12 new parliamentarians elected to the expanded ACT Legislative Assembly.
Before Gungahlin sprouted, Orr's home suburb of Giralang was the urban edge of Canberra.
She didn't realise it at the time, but the way the suburb was planned fostered a real sense of community (later as an urban planner she would learn it was called the Radburn model).
"All the footpaths converged on the centre the suburb [so] you could basically go from my house to the centre of the suburb without ever having to cross a road," she said.
"We'd play cricket in the cul de sac. You could bike down there and pick up your friends along the way. You knew all your neighbours, I still know all my neighbours. It felt like we were our own little bubble."
Unlike where she grew up, her foray into politics was not meticulously planned.
Orr worked in hospitality and tourism for a decade before she dabbled with Young Labor while at uni as a mature age student.
She began her career as an urban planner but it wasn't until the newly elected Liberal government dismantled her policy area in 2013 that she actually joined the Labor party.
Along with 350.org, she led the charge within Labor for the ACT government to divest from fossil fuels.
The night before the issue was to be brought up at a Labor conference, she received a phone call from Chief Minister Andrew Barr saying the government would go ahead with the idea.
That was when people began to tell her she should put her hand up for the assembly.
"It was an opportunity to really step up and represent people like me, like my friends and my family," Orr said.
"I grew up in Giralang, I lived there for over 30 years and it had sort of been put into Yerrabi and I was walking around for ages saying to people everyone's just talking about Gungahlin but we also have to think about those Belconnen suburbs, they can't be you know be forgotten because Gungahlin so much bigger and has so much more of a voice."
Even though she will always be a "Giralanger" at heart, Orr bought her first home in Franklin, which she now shares with her rescue cat Portia.
"I had this story book when I was little that I just loved called Tatty the Cat and I'd been looking at the RSPCA webpage and there was a cat that was just like the one in my story book but when we went out she swiped me within about two seconds so I was like 'I don't think this is going to work out'.
"But then there was this one next to her and that cat had been there for a long time, and I'd seen her up on the board for a bit and they said 'we're not sure, she is a bit grumpy'.
"She wouldn't acknowledge me for about 20 minutes, I was sitting there dangling this toy, but then she jumped up and started playing with me so it was all good."