Peter Williams (ALP)
STANDING as a candidate for the ALP in one of the safest National Party seats in the state is not for the faint-hearted.
However the voters of Murray Plains deserve the opportunity to cast their vote for the party whose ideals and achievements they share.
It is also fair to say it is time for Murray Plains to matter.
Some say Labor only governs for the city, however this is clearly untrue in Murray Plains.
The second bridge crossing was approved and funded by the Andrews Labor Government.
Putting this in perspective, this is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in this region by any government.
The Twin Rivers School in Echuca West was built by the Andrews Labor Government and a commitment to build the special school on the site was given by the Education Minister earlier this year.
The new Echuca Ambulance Station (completed), the Echuca Court upgrade (funded), the Bendigo-Echuca Rail line upgrade (funded) — the list goes on.
And these are just the Echuca projects.
There are projects across the whole of Murray Plains that are delivering better health, better schools, better roads and better public safety.
Labor in Victoria have demonstrated time and again that they are both good economic managers and the best party to bring better health, schools, roads, public transport and safety to all Victoria and that includes Murray Plains.
Why have I agreed to stand for the ALP?
Firstly, I believe in their ideals and that these ideals are best for Victoria.
I grew up in Lockington on my family dairy farm and now work on my brother and sisterin-law’s lettuce farm.
In between I was a teacher for a number of years and then I owned a book shop in Echuca for 32 years in partnership with my former wife.
I still do occasional days of casual relief teaching.
I served for 19 years on the Echuca and Campaspe shires with four terms as mayor.
I believe my experience and skills make me uniquely qualified to represent the people of Murray Plains.
When you are thinking of voting this time, try to not just vote the way you always have because you know the person on the gate when you go in.
But rather, consider having influence at the table of the government in power — and that is most likely to be Labor.
Just imagine what we might achieve if we become a marginal or swinging seat?
Vote 1 Peter Williams for Murray Plains and ALP in the upper house.