Ned­lands vot­ers ‘ready for a change’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Election ‘17 - By MONTANA ARDON

LA­BOR can­di­date for Ned­lands Penny Tay­lor says she is con­fi­dent vot­ers in the elec­torate are “ready for a change” ahead of the March 11 elec­tion, de­spite its his­tory as one of the safest Lib­eral seats in the state.

The Lib­er­als won Ned­lands with a mar­gin of 16.6 per cent at the last state elec­tion in 2013.

The mother of three ad­mit­ted that run­ning in a tra­di­tion­ally con­ser­va­tive seat at her first elec­tion was def­i­nitely chal­leng­ing, but she had re­ceived en­cour­ag­ing feed­back so far.

“It’s been re­ally pos­i­tive talk­ing to peo­ple in the elec­torate,” she said.

“They’re re­ally happy to have some­one lis­ten­ing to their con­cerns and takes cam­paign­ing se­ri­ously.

“Peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate can­di­dates who make the ef­fort to talk to them.”

The min­ing busi­ness owner claimed Ned­lands MLA Bill Marmion, who has held the seat since 2008, had failed to be an “ac­tive mem­ber”.

“A rep­re­sen­ta­tive who lis­tens to peo­ple and fights for their con­cerns is some­thing miss­ing in our elec­torate,” Ms Tay­lor said.

“Peo­ple want real, gen­uine can­di­dates who tell the truth and can bring com­mon sense into sit­u­a­tions.”

Mr Marmion, who took over the Trans­port port­fo­lio last year, said he had de­liv­ered many projects in the last four years.

“All schools in the Ned­lands elec­torate now have flash­ing 40km/h signs,” he said.

“As a father who still does the school drop-off, I feel it’s very im­por­tant we make the safety of school zones a pri­or­ity.”

The father of five said an­other re­cent project that had been de­liv­ered af­ter much com­mu­nity dis­cus­sion was pedes­trian lights across Rail­way Road at Daglish train sta­tion.

Mr Marmion said his door-knock­ing cam­paign was well un­der­way.

“I’m out there door-knock­ing,” he said. “Just like my col­leagues in mar­ginal seats. I’m talk­ing to res­i­dents and get­ting good feed­back.”

Ms Tay­lor said 70 per cent of res­i­dents she had door-knocked said they would vote La­bor, de­spite Ned­lands boast­ing the third-high­est Lib­eral mar­gin in the last state elec­tion.

“I feel that I’m al­ready see­ing suc­cess,” she said. “I will see it as a small win if there is more of a swing to­wards La­bor in this elec­tion, even if the re­sult isn’t what I want.”

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