Peter Walsh (Na­tion­als)

Campaspe News - - VICTORIAN ELECTION 2018 MEET THE CANDIDATES -

MUR­RAY Plains de­serves a bet­ter deal.

Speak­ing to peo­ple in Echuca and around the elec­torate, many peo­ple have told me they’re con­cerned about the ris­ing cost of liv­ing, job op­por­tu­ni­ties, ris­ing crime lev­els and the ap­palling state of our roads and rail ser­vices.

The Pre­mier for Mel­bourne has lived up to his name, fail­ing for de­liver to Mur­ray Plains and Re­gional Vic­to­ria. We de­serve a bet­ter deal. Among other things, a vote for The Na­tion­als will de­liver Aus­tralia’s first high-speed rail net­work.

It’ll dra­mat­i­cally slash travel times be­tween our re­gional cities, knock­ing 47 min­utes off the trip be­tween Echuca and Mel­bourne.

It means the trip will be faster, re­li­able and com­fort­able, getting you where you need to be sooner and end­ing the plague of can­cel­la­tions and re­place­ment buses we’ve been stuck with un­der La­bor.

Bet­ter re­gional rail is the cor­ner­stone of our plans to de­cen­tralise our state and make Vic­to­ria a state of cities, in­stead of a city state cen­tered around Mel­bourne.

We want to see com­mu­ni­ties, like Echuca and Rochester, share in the ben­e­fits of Vic­to­ria’s mas­sive pop­u­la­tion growth.

Cut­ting re­gional pay­roll tax to 1 per cent will help lo­cal busi­nesses grow and at­tract new ones to re­lo­cate to our area, se­cur­ing and cre­at­ing lo­cal jobs.

The Na­tion­als in gov­ern­ment won’t con­tinue La­bor’s mis­takes.

Ev­ery child is en­ti­tled to the best start in life, no mat­ter where you live. In June this year, we com­mit­ted to right La­bor’s wrong and build the new Echuca Spe­cial­ist School.

As the lo­cal MP, I spend a lot of my time driv­ing the elec­torate and know only too well the state of our lo­cal roads.

Just last week I was out on the Echuca-Mi­ti­amo Road speak­ing to lo­cals about their cam­paign to get VicRoads to fix crum­bling shoul­ders that are a dan­ger for school buses and the hun­dreds of trucks that travel the road each day.

City-cen­tric La­bor doesn’t un­der­stand that when you fix coun­try roads, you save coun­try lives.

The Na­tion­als in gov­ern­ment will in­ject $1 bil­lion into fix­ing coun­try and re­gional roads across the state, in­clud­ing in Cam­paspe Shire which will have a $4 mil­lion boost from a re­stored Coun­try Roads and Bridges Pro­gram.

Un­der Daniel An­drews, our com­mu­ni­ties are less safe.

Crime is up more than 23 per cent in Cam­paspe Shire since De­cem­ber 2014 and I’ve heard chilling sto­ries from res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers who’ve fallen vic­tim to mul­ti­ple breakins and theft.

Jail must mean jail, which is why The Na­tion­als in gov­ern­ment will crack­down on crime, strength­en­ing sen­tenc­ing and putting stricter rules in place on bail and pa­role.

Not only will we bet­ter sup­port our po­lice, we’ll make sure our CFA vol­un­teers are best placed to pro­tect our com­mu­nity, end­ing La­bor’s at­tempts to tear our crit­i­cal fire ser­vices apart.

Peo­ple liv­ing in Echuca and our com­mu­ni­ties in the Mur­ray Plains elec­torate have been badly let down by the city­cen­tric An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

Only a vote for The Na­tion­als will de­liver a bet­ter deal for Mur­ray Plains and Re­gional Vic­to­ria.

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