Last pitch before election weekend
This weekend Pilbara and North West Central voters will help decide who is best placed to run our State for the next four years. These are the policies and ideas put forward by parties and local candidates which affect our neck of the woods — in the same order as the Pilbara ballot paper.
Mark Alchin, Julee Westcott, Mark Lewis, Ken Baston, Barry Pound, Jason Wells
It may be too little, too late for some, but the Liberal Party has committed to nominating Murujuga National Park for a long-awaited World Heritage listing.
Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would help Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation with funds to build infrastructure to Conzinc Bay if that is where MAC chooses to build a living knowledge centre.
The Liberals’ local candidate Mark Alchin is confident of gaining the Premier’s support for the Pilbara Air Card, to subsidise flights to and from Perth, despite the party distancing itself last week.
Mr Alchin has been hounded on social media due for ties with BHP Billiton buthe points out he has taken unpaid leave to run for the Pilbara seat undder his own steam. The Newman resident has taken on crime as a key issue.
He brought Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price to a recent crime forum, who then went back to Federal Parliament to talk up the merits of a cashless welfare card.
The Liberals have released a meth strategy, around mandatory sentencing, education campaigns and compulsory rehabilitation.
Mr Alchin believes Royalties for Regions should be used to encourage new businesses and residents to come to and stay in Pilbara towns, rather than large infrastructure projects.
He supports the creation of a special economic zone and setting benchmarks for major companies to boost local business contracts.
Newman to Marble Bar road-sealing was Mr Alchin’s preferred roads project but after the KDCCI Business Briefing, he said Tom Price to Karratha road needed priority.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers
Fiona White-Hartig, Stefan Colagiuri, Shane Aylmore, Kingsley Smith
Fiona White-Hartig has run quite an under-the-radar campaign given her reputation for speaking out as a councillor.
The Wickham resident with many hats in the political arena wants to take controversial issues such as an audit of the Pilbara Underground Power Project and private security patrols to State Government.
There is little doubt Ms White-Hartig would have no problem speaking up, but will the party holding office listen?
She will throw her support behind sealing the Karratha to Tom Price and Marble Bar to Newman roads. Ms White-Hartig wants measures to boost police presence on the streets and drug and alcohol detox centres in Port Hedland and Newman.
She has mooted Royalties for Regions funding for education to ensure Pilbara schools offer the same opportunities as schools in Perth.
While not in the Pilbara electorate, Ms White-Hartig has picked Onslow as a base for a class-four waste facility to enable local radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.
Kevin Michel, Shane Hill, Stephen Dawson, Kyle McGinn, Peter Foster, Chris Mousley
Labor has been campaigning hard in the Pilbara, with local candidate Kevin Michel looking the most likely to challenge the incumbent according to polling. Alannah MacTiernan flew to the North West last month to announce $50 million to seal the next stage of the Karratha to Tom Price road while putting further stages on Main Roads’ 10-year capital works plan. With commentary the road has to be sealed by the time the mine is running, Labor may have to bring the project forward.
When it comes to jobs Mr Michel has talked tough on Government tenders to ensure locals get projects. Labor has promised to allocate funding
WA Premier Colin Barnett on the Burrup Peninsula with Pilbara candidate Mark Alchin.
Labor Member for Mining and Pastoral Stephen Dawson and Pilbara candidate Kevin Michel.
WA National Party leader Brendon Grylls in West Perth.
Pilbara One Nation candidate David Archibald.