“Time to work together” - Liberal MP Bill Tilley
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.