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Q1

What will you do to help cre­ate more em­ploy­ment and sus­tained eco­nomic growth in the Mans­field Shire?

Q2

List the three big­gest is­sues you see in Mans­field and ex­plain how you would ad­dress them?

Q3

If you were elected, how would you rep­re­sent your con­stituents?

Q4

How do you know what Mans­field vot­ers want from par­lia­ment?

Q5

Why should peo­ple vote for you?

A1

LA­BOR is ded­i­cated to strong re­gional de­vel­op­ment and that’s clear in our poli­cies. We’ve got big job cre­ation ini­tia­tives like our $1B in­vest­ment in coun­try roads, the build­ing and up­grad­ing of over 1300 schools, and of course mak­ing TAFE free to en­sure a skilled work­force can de­liver th­ese projects. We’re also mak­ing a mas­sive in­vest­ment in Vic­to­rian camp­ing and 4WDing des­ti­na­tions and recre­ational fish­ing, to get more peo­ple into the great out­doors and vis­it­ing our re­gion, spend­ing money in our lo­cal busi­nesses. We’re also sup­port­ing lo­cal craft food, beer and spir­its pro­duc­ers, with grants to grow their busi­nesses and cre­ate more jobs.

A2

MANS­FIELD sits in a spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion and as a re­sult it gets a lot of vis­i­tors. This boosts lo­cal busi­nesses and sup­ports lots of jobs, but also puts a strain on the ad­min­is­tra­tion of ser­vices. I’m sup­port­ing the Mans­field Hos­pi­tal to com­plete its mas­ter­plan process, so lo­cal needs can be ar­tic­u­lated to govern­ment and much needed up­grades can be­gin. This is crit­i­cal for the shire. The fu­ture of the sa­le­yards is also a big one, as many in the com­mu­nity don’t want to see de­vel­op­ment at the ex­pense of com­mu­nity health and safety. I un­der­stand those con­cerns and stand with the com­mu­nity. om­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture is also un­der a lot of strain. La­bor is de­liv­er­ing new sports fa­cil­i­ties and build­ings to Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege and the re­de­vel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion of the Mans­field Kinder. A $1m pro­gram of road im­prove­ments is about to get un­der way too. There’s more to do, but La­bor is de­liv­er­ing for Mans­field.

A3

AS the La­bor can­di­date for Eil­don, I’ve trav­elled all over the elec­torate to speak with peo­ple and hear what they think our com­mu­ni­ties need. As a re­sult, I’ve been able to make prac­ti­cal and mean­ing­ful an­nounce­ments, fund­ing com­mit­ments and part­ner­ships. Whether it’s get­ting schools and kinders up­graded, sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses with grants and de­vel­op­ment fund­ing, or build­ing new sporting club in­fra­struc­ture, lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­nity is key. That’s how I’ve al­ways op­er­ated and that’s what I’ll keep do­ing. It’s what La­bor does best and if I’m given the priv­i­lege of join­ing a re-elected An­drews La­bor Govern­ment there is so much more we can achieve.

A4

I DON’T pro­fess to know ev­ery­thing Mans­field vot­ers want, but they have told me they want se­cure jobs, ac­cess to first class health­care and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and skills train­ing. They want fair­ness for Mans­field, de­cent com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Mans­field’s unique needs. We’ve made a good start - let’s keep go­ing.

A5

ONLY one party is de­liv­er­ing for Mans­field and that’s La­bor. We put peo­ple first. I’ve proven I can find so­lu­tions, not just talk about prob­lems. If a La­bor rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Mans­field joins the La­bor govern­ment, imag­ine how much more can be done. What an honour and a priv­i­lege that would be. I won’t let you down.

A1

SMALL busi­ness own­ers con­trib­ute a huge amount to our com­mu­ni­ties. It’s time for small busi­ness in re­gional ar­eas to be bet­ter recog­nised and sup­ported. I will be the voice of our com­mu­nity and call for more re­gional fo­cused ini­tia­tives so that busi­ness own­ers in Eil­don District get bet­ter ac­cess to sup­ports they need to grow. I will work with lo­cal govern­ment to strengthen eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and seek com­mit­ment from them for pro­vid­ing long term sup­ports for busi­ness groups. I will ad­vo­cate for govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions to spread job op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out Eil­don District. Not ev­ery­thing has to be cen­tred around Mel­bourne.

A2

FROM lis­ten­ing to peo­ple across Mans­field, the fol­low­ing pri­or­i­ties have emerged: Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties: Re­moval of geo­graphic men­tal health bound­aries; Strength­en­ing the clin­i­cal and men­tal health work­force; Place-based men­tal health ser­vices; Sup­port for pre­ven­ta­tive and early in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams; Increased fund­ing for the Mans­field Hos­pi­tal; Sup­port for an Emer­gency Ser­vice hub; Increased ac­count­abil­ity for or­gan­i­sa­tions funded to de­liver ser­vices in our re­gion and a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Learn­ing Com­mu­ni­ties: Ac­cess to post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing through part­ner­ships with ed­u­ca­tion providers; Increased sup­port for MACE; Thriv­ing and Con­nected Com­mu­ni­ties; Bet­ter main­te­nance for our road net­works; Pub­lic Trans­port that serves our lo­cal needs and in­creases con­nec­tiv­ity across our re­gion; Sup­port for ini­tia­tives that strengthen ex­ist­ing and the de­vel­op­ment of emerg­ing busi­ness, agri­cul­tural, tourism and com­mu­nity en­ter­prises; Sup­port for the up­grade of the Mans­field Arm­chair Cinema and re­de­vel­op­ment of the Mans­field Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium. In­vest­ment in Re­new­able En­ergy and Waste Man­age­ment ini­tia­tives. Re­de­vel­op­ment of the Rail­way Precinct

A3

AS a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment prac­ti­tioner I want to see pol­i­tics done dif­fer­ently where peo­ple are at the cen­tre of govern­ment de­ci­sions. If elected, I will con­tinue to lis­ten to peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties across Mans­field and the en­tire elec­torate to en­sure our pri­or­i­ties are rep­re­sented and ad­dressed. I be­lieve in par­tic­i­pa­tory democ­racy and as such will fol­low the lead of Cathy McGowan and the Indi Way. Sup­port­ing Eil­don res­i­dents to “par­tic­i­pate in the po­lit­i­cal process to de­velop their own so­lu­tions” to the is­sues and pri­or­i­ties that are im­por­tant to them.

A4

AS a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment prac­ti­tioner work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties to un­der­stand their con­cerns, ideas and pri­or­i­ties is what I do. As your in­de­pen­dent can­di­date I have been lis­ten­ing to peo­ple across the elec­torate and my cam­paign pri­or­i­ties have come di­rectly from th­ese con­ver­sa­tions.

A5

AS an in­de­pen­dent I’m not bound by party pol­i­tics, donors or lobby groups, I can rep­re­sent the peo­ple of the Eil­don elec­torate. We know that in­de­pen­dents that come from strong com­mu­nity led, val­ues based cam­paign achieve great re­sults. We have ef­fec­tive in­de­pen­dents in both fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments.

A1

MANS­FIELD District is fa­mous for tourism, and its de­vel­op­ment should be har­mony with the en­vi­ron­ment. Parks Vic­to­ria needs more fund­ing to sup­port the man­age­ment of Vic­to­ria’s parks, which are in a poor state due to both the ma­jor par­ties when they were in govern­ment, de­plet­ing their fund­ing dra­mat­i­cally. The Napthine govern­ment when it came to power with­drew $70 mil­lion from the Parks Vic­to­ria bud­get. If this fund­ing could be re­in­stated there would be many jobs for a restora­tive pro­gram to man­age the in­va­sive feral an­i­mals and weeds (eg black­ber­ries) that have grown to plague pro­por­tions due to lack of re­sourc­ing and a lack of com­pas­sion on the part of both larger par­ties to re­solve the prob­lems. They have al­lowed this prob­lem to get out of con­trol. Each year mil­lions of dol­lars are spent on con­struct­ing log­ging roads to fur­ther the de­struc­tion of our pre­cious for­est by clear fell log­ging. If the GFNP is cre­ated, the fund­ing that has been pri­ori­tised into log­ging roads, could be trans­ferred to track main­te­nance for walk­ing tracks and recre­ational 4WD tracks, that re­ceive lim­ited fund­ing. This would pro­vide em­ploy­ment. Rather than de­struc­tion of our forests this would as­sist in restor­ing our world renowned won­der­ful for­est.

A2

1.Lo­ca­tion of emer­gency ser­vices in­clud­ing emer­gency ser­vices, fire and am­bu­lance to the old sa­le­yards site. At the cur­rent lo­ca­tion for fire and am­bu­lance if there is an emer­gency at the same time as peak traf­fic in the cen­tre of Mans­field, this poses a prob­lem in the ser­vices be­ing able to op­er­ate ef­fi­ciently and get­ting to the re­quired in­ci­dent on time. 2. Es­tab­lish­ing a com­mon re­new­able en­ergy com­mu­nity hub, to guar­an­tee the se­cu­rity of power. This would be a stand-alone sys­tem from the grid and mak­ing the best of the avail­abil­ity of so­lar en­ergy. This should be com­bined with a plan­ning scheme that re­quires the build­ing of houses that ad­here to the is­sues of cli­mate change. Look­ing around Mans­field at re­cent de­vel­op­ments, most homes do not ad­here to ba­sic site plan­ning that con­sider sun ori­en­ta­tion for ef­fec­tive so­lar in­stal­la­tion as well as pas­sive so­lar re­ten­tion. Such pro­pos­als lessen cli­mate change ad­ver­si­ties. 3. Com­ple­tion of the dual sporting com­plex.

A3

REP­RE­SENT­ING your con­stituents re­quires trav­el­ling the length of the elec­torate and meet­ing in­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity groups to con­verse with them to un­der­stand their needs and is­sues. The di­ver­sity of is­sues that I have al­ready seen or have been told about, shows the im­por­tance of this role of rep­re­sent­ing the elec­torate in Par­lia­ment to get their voice heard and rep­re­sented.

A4

AF­TER talk­ing to a num­ber of Mans­field res­i­dents it is ap­par­ent they want their is­sues to be re­solved in Par­lia­ment. When they ad­dress their is­sue to par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, they want them to show com­pas­sion for their needs.

A5

HAV­ING al­ready been a com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate and pro­vid­ing for my lo­cal com­mu­nity in the Ru­bi­con Val­ley, the strength I have de­vel­oped in con­vers­ing with govern­ment de­part­ments as well as min­is­ters and the Pre­mier has put me in good stead for sup­port­ing the needs of the Mans­field com­mu­nity. I be­lieve in cli­mate change and act­ing to ad­dress it. A1 AN elected Lib­eral Govern­ment will es­tab­lish the $1 bil­lion De­cen­tral­i­sa­tion Fund, a tar­geted in­vest­ment to de­liver bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture and cre­ate the jobs re­quired to sup­port grow­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Re­gional Vic­to­ria. It will in­clude grants for smaller projects through a re­turned Putting Lo­cals First Fund which will help put com­mu­ni­ties in con­trol of their fu­ture and fund lo­cal projects that will sup­port eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. Un­like La­bor, we won’t in­crease taxes – the Lib­er­als will cut tax. We’ll cut pay roll tax to the low­est in the coun­try at 1 per cent for re­gional busi­nesses. We will also change govern­ment’s pro­cure­ment pol­icy and ten­der pro­cesses to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion of lo­cal re­gional busi­nesses in lo­cal projects.

A2

POP­U­LA­TION growth in Mans­field is plac­ing pres­sure on lo­cal ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture like our lo­cal schools and health­care ser­vices. This is an is­sue fac­ing our en­tire state and that’s why the Lib­er­als will cre­ate a pop­u­la­tion com­mis­sioner to de­ter­mine how pop­u­la­tion should be man­aged in each Lo­cal Govern­ment Area and ad­vise on proper plan­ning and for the pro­vi­sion of in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices. Over the last four years our lo­cal roads have con­tin­ued to fall apart with road re­pairs that break apart al­most im­me­di­ately. This is one of the big­gest is­sues I hear from lo­cals on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. That’s why the Lib­er­als will in­vest $1 bil­lion on coun­try road main­te­nance and to fix lo­cal roads and bridges. With an older pop­u­la­tion and be­ing far from Mel­bourne, I know that ac­cess to lo­cal health ser­vices is crit­i­cal to this com­mu­nity. The Lib­er­als will de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive state-wide health work­force strat­egy in or­der to en­sure we have the skilled health pro­fes­sion­als needed to de­liver high qual­ity health care for all Vic­to­ri­ans, now and in the fu­ture.

A3

AS a large elec­torate with many dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity needs and val­ues, Eil­don needs a rep­re­sen­ta­tive with the en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm to be a voice for ev­ery com­mu­nity. I will con­tinue pro­vid­ing high lev­els of en­gage­ment with all com­mu­ni­ties and con­tinue stand­ing up for the in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices our com­mu­ni­ties need, and de­serve. Above all else, I will con­tinue to be a strong voice for this com­mu­nity and our way of life.

A4

I AM ac­tive in the Mans­field com­mu­nity and reg­u­larly take part in lo­cal com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and meet­ings. It is from the one-on-one in­ter­ac­tions that I have with res­i­dents that I know about what mat­ters to lo­cals from Mer­ton to Mer­ri­jig and Bar­jarg to Woods Point.

A5

I HAVE worked hard to de­liver pos­i­tive out­comes for Mans­field and I have lis­tened to the com­mu­nity’s con­cerns. That feed­back has helped guide the Lib­er­als’ plan to gov­ern in the in­ter­ests of all Vic­to­ri­ans. As Mans­field’s voice in the par­lia­ment, I will con­tinue to stand up for this com­mu­nity, our way of life, and the in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices we need and de­serve.

MICHELLE DUN­SCOMBE IN­DE­PEN­DENT

KEN DEA­CON GREENS

CINDY MCLEISH LIB­ERAL

SALLY BREN­NAN LA­BOR

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