WA votes

Last pitch be­fore elec­tion week­end

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Lib­eral Party

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.

La­bor Party

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.

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