The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

SOUTH­PORT cou­ple Greg and Joan Dar­ling­ton are still reel­ing from the vi­o­lence they wit­nessed when a man was bru­tally bashed in a park near their home.

It was just one in­ci­dent of many that have put crime and home­less­ness at the fore­front of con­cerns in the South­port elec­torate, with res­i­dents de­mand­ing ac­tion.

The Dar­ling­tons say they have seen as­saults and men­tal health in­ci­dents in Carey Park, op­po­site the Broad­wa­ter Park­lands, sev­eral times.

But it was the bru­tal bash“Crime ing of a man by about eight oth­ers on Jan­uary 30 that rocked them. And they say mul­ti­ple calls to triple-0 and the South­port Po­lice Sta­tion went unan­swered.

The vic­tim, a 41-year-old home­less man, suf­fered a bro­ken nose and jaw, eye in­juries, six frac­tures in his cheeks and dam­age to in­ter­nal or­gans.

“There were three dif­fer­ent calls to triple-0 by three dif­fer­ent peo­ple,” Mrs Dar­ling­ton told the Bul­letin. They have since re­ported other mat­ters they be­lieved “were not re­sponded to” by po­lice.

• Held by: Rob Mol­hoek (LNP) since 2012, 7.8 per cent mar­gin

• Pre­vi­ously: Peter Lawlor (ALP)

• Can­di­dates: Michelle Le Plas­trier (Greens), Rob Mol­hoek

and home­less­ness are a mas­sive is­sue in South­port,” Mrs Dar­ling­ton said.

Other elec­tion pri­or­i­ties for lo­cals in­clude ed­u­ca­tion, sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, fix­ing traf­fic and park­ing is­sues and im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port. (LNP), Rick Flori (IND), Jo­han Jou­bert (Civil Lib­er­ties), Judy Searle (ALP)

• Sub­urbs: South­port, Ash­more Molen­d­i­nar, Benowa, Bun­dall

• Elec­torate pop­u­la­tion: 33,150

Bound­ary changes this year mean the South­port elec­torate has gained Benowa and the re­main­der of Ash­more from Surfers Par­adise, but lost Arun­del and the re­main­der of Labrador.

The changes have in­creased the LNP mar­gin from 3.2 per cent to 7.8 per cent, chang­ing the South­port seat from “mar­ginal to fairly safe”.

But ac­cord­ing to po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Paul Wil­liams, the LNP should be thanking its lucky stars a One Na­tion can­di­date is not run­ning.

The Griffith Univer­sity pro­fes­sor said MP Rob Mol­hoek’s seat would have been at risk if Pauline Han­son’s party had nom­i­nated a can­di­date.

“If One Na­tion was field­ing a can­di­date and they would run third in South­port, then they would pref­er­ence against Rob (Mol­hoek),” Mr Wil­liams

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