Re­gional res­i­dents on agenda

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

The Na­tional Party’s WA Se­nate can­di­date has trav­elled 15,000km in eight weeks in a bid to talk to as many re­gional res­i­dents as pos­si­ble.

Nick Fardell said peo­ple raised con­cerns with him about ed­u­ca­tion, GST and health care in re­gional ar­eas.

Many peo­ple also ap­proached him with con­cerns about the aged care sys­tem fol­low­ing re­cent footage screened on a cur­rent af­fairs news pro­gram.

Aged care work­ers out­lined they were wor­ried about “be­ing tarred with the same brush”.

“We pro­vide good health­care and aged care in the re­gions,” Mr Fardell said.

“The beauty of re­gional aged care fa­cil­i­ties is that the staff are most of­ten fam­ily mem­bers of the peo­ple they are car­ing for.”

In the light of the re­cent fed­eral lead­er­ship spill, Mr Fardell said the peo­ple he had spo­ken to re­mem­bered this kind of thing hap­pened on both the “blue and the red” sides.

“I don’t think WA has for­got­ten that lead­er­ship spill ei­ther,” he said.“There’s more and more peo­ple (telling me) they won’t vote for the big par­ties.”

Hav­ing vis­ited the picket lines at the Al­coa re­fin­ery in Pin­jarra on his way to Har­vey, Mr Fardell said he hoped there would be a swift res­o­lu­tion to the work­place agree­ment dis­pute.

“The work­ers I spoke to are wor­ried Al­coa will turn this into a FIFO work­force,” Mr Fardell said. “Al­coa needs to come back to the ta­ble to al­low fam­i­lies to go back to work.”

Pic­ture: Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

South West Na­tion­als MLC Colin Holt, Har­vey CRC man­ager Tracey-Ann Davis, cen­tre events co­or­di­na­tor Leesa Hall and Na­tion­als WA Se­nate can­di­date Nick Fardell dis­cuss some of the is­sues con­cern­ing Har­vey res­i­dents.

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