“Time to work to­gether” - Lib­eral MP Bill Til­ley

Alpine Observer - - Letters to the Editor -

MEM­BER for Be­nam­bra Bill Til­ley says the elec­torate needs to pull to­gether if it is to get its fair share of State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing over the next four years.

Mr Til­ley who of­fi­cially re­tained his seat for a fourth term last week, fought off great com­pe­ti­tion La­bor’s Mark Tait, and in­de­pen­dents Jac­qui Hawkins and Jenny O’Con­nor.

“A fourth term is a great hon­our and this elec­tion, prob­a­bly more than any other, there were can­di­dates who also had wellor­gan­ised and well-funded cam­paigns,” Mr Til­ley said.

“The myth they ped­dled was that I need to do more – I re­ject that.”

“What we do need to do is work to­gether col­lec­tively at all lev­els – spe­cial in­ter­est groups and coun­cils need to come to­gether in the best in­ter­ests of the elec­torate rather than try to pick win­ners and losers, find scape­goats and ex­cuses.”

Mr Til­ley said he would take the chal­lenge up to La­bor, bu­tat the same time show a will­ing­ness to work to­gether on what both par­ties know needs to be done.

“Can­di­dates gen­er­ated a lot of white noise dur­ing the cam­paign – of­ten for per­sonal gain and of­ten out of touch with the elec­torate,” Mr Til­ley claimed.

“What I’ve heard on a con­sis­tent ba­sis is that peo­ple can’t af­ford their elec­tric­ity and gas bill, that they want a re­li­able train to Mel­bourne, (and that) our sports fields, like Mt Beauty’s cricket oval, need some love.

“Those in the val­leys (also) want some­thing done about deer.”

Mr Til­ley added that the La­bor Gov­ern­ment should re­visit plans to make the Falls Creek re­sort a year­round des­ti­na­tion, in­stead sug­gest­ing that an alti­tude train­ing cen­tre needed to hap­pen sooner rather than later.

“La­bor has been in power for most of the past two decades and their vic­tory will put pres­sure on what money is avail­able to the re­gions,” Mr Til­ley said.

“My chal­lenge is to get our fair share and meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the com­mu­nity on projects, re­duc­ing liv­ing costs and the im­pact of deer on pub­lic and pri­vate prop­erty.”

TIL­LEY WINS: VEC man­ager Trevor Dea­con hands over the let­ter to the 59th Par­lia­ment to Bill Til­ley.

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