Can­di­date aims at the big is­sues

Pilbara News - - State Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

Health, crime and ed­u­ca­tion are at the top of the list of is­sues most in need of re­form, ac­cord­ing to the Pil­bara’s Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party can­di­date.

Wick­ham res­i­dent Fiona White-Har­tig has had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with pol­i­tics, hav­ing worked at State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment level, as well as sit­ting on the City of Kar­ratha Coun­cil for nearly 10 years.

While is­sues close to Ms White-Har­tig’s heart are driv­ing her pol­icy plat­form, it is the WA Na­tion­als’ pro­posed spe­cial lease rental that she said pushed her to throw her hat in the ring.

“I have seen the strain that the down­turn has caused to peo­ple and it has been very dis­tress­ing watch­ing peo­ple lose their house, lose their liveli­hood and have to leave the re­gion,” she said.

Ms White-Har­tig said while she agreed State Agree­ments needed to be re­vis­ited, a $5 levy on the two ma­jor em­ploy­ers in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate would be the “fi­nal nail in the cof­fin” for Pil­bara towns.

She said the Pil­bara should be home to state-of-the-art med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and a more com­pre­hen­sive list of sub­jects at schools to stop the need to travel to Perth for health and ed­u­ca­tion.

“I have teenage kids that I have to send away to board­ing school and I know there are a lot of other fam­i­lies here in the same sit­u­a­tion be­cause they can’t get ac­cess to the sub­jects they need to study,” she said.

“I am con­cerned that we are build­ing a new health cam­pus with old equip­ment be­ing moved over.”

On crime, Ms White-Har­tig said she would push for pri­vate se­cu­rity pa­trols, an is­sue called for by the Kar­ratha City Ratepay­ers’ and Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Other is­sues on Ms White-Har­tig’s agenda in­clude an au­dit of the Pil­bara Un­der­ground Power Project, fund­ing to seal the Kar­ratha to Tom Price road, lim­it­ing the prac­tice of fly-in, fly-out work­ers and fund­ing se­cu­rity for in­dige­nous ranger pro­grams.

Pic­ture: Marg Bertling/Pil­bara Site Pics

Pil­bara Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers can­di­date Fiona White-Har­tig.

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