Com­mu­nity a fo­cus for fam­ily man

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tay­lar Amonini

The Pil­bara’s Lib­eral can­di­date be­lieves his fam­ily-ori­ented poli­cies will take him to the fin­ish line at this month’s State elec­tion.

Mark Alchin vis­ited Port Hed­land for a com­mu­nity fo­rum last week and said he be­lieved fam­i­lies were the glue that keep the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“Fam­ily is the ba­sis for a good econ­omy, for jobs and for in­fra­struc­ture,” he said.

“The role of a good lo­cal mem­ber is to look at what gaps we have in health and ed­u­ca­tion, and law and or­der to try and make sure we make our towns as at­trac­tive as pos­si­ble. I’m very much pro-fam­ily and want to see a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of prob­a­bly 60 to 70 per cent of our pop­u­la­tion up here (in the Pil­bara) of fam­i­lies who work full-time, that’s why law and or­der, health and ed­u­ca­tion are my big­gest pri­or­i­ties.”

Mr Alchin said he had a huge con­cern about the di­rec­tion Roy­al­ties for Re­gions was go­ing and wanted to di­rect the fund­ing away from large in­fra­struc­ture into com­mu­nity sup­port.

“I’m con­cerned that if we con­tinue to build more in­fra­struc­ture with­out the peo­ple, these Shires aren’t go­ing to have the ca­pac­ity to ser­vice them,” he said.

“Once we have the pop­u­la­tion and in­cen­tives to be in these towns and Shires, then we can con­tinue with­out large in­fra­struc­ture.”

In­fra­struc­ture Mr Alchin does sup­port will en­cour­age com­mu­nity sup­port and con­nec­tion, he said.

“I do think there is merit into look­ing at hos­tels and greatly in­creas­ing fund­ing into places to sup­port kids who are at high risk and have nowhere to go,” he said.

“It’s 2017, we live in re­source-filled towns like New­man and we still have kids walk­ing around hun­gry. For me, it’s all about sup­port­ing those or­gan­i­sa­tion and agen­cies that are al­ready look­ing out for those who can­not help them­selves.

“I want to use Roy­al­ties for Re­gions to in­crease the sup­port for chil­dren in need.”

One large in­cen­tive Mr Alchin hopes to see is to de­velop the Roe­bourne and Cos­sack ar­eas into a cul­tural precinct to at­tract indige­nous tourism to the area.

“There’s a whole lot of po­ten­tial there,” he said.

“I know the City of Kar­ratha are look­ing into that but I think that the State Gov­ern­ment could be chip­ping in so it be­comes a place of cul­ture and his­tory.”

The fa­ther-of-one, who is a New­man lo­cal and for­mer Pil­bara worker, vis­ited Port Hed­land last week with Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price and Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Mark Lewis and held a Law and Or­der Fo­rum to meet with com­mu­nity mem­bers and dis­cuss their feel­ings on town safety.

In his stance on cre­at­ing safe, healthy and se­cure com­mu­ni­ties for Pil­bara fam­i­lies, Mr Alchin has the back­ing and sup­port of his Fed­eral mem­bers and he lis­tened to com­mu­nity con­cerns on law and or­der.

“We can­not sit idly by and do noth­ing,” Ms Price said.

“The Hed­land com­mu­nity de­serves to live safely and se­curely in their own homes.”

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara Lib­eral can­di­date Mark Alchin with wife Me­gan and 11-month-old son, Henry.

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