Candidates answer questions
What will you do to help create more employment and sustained economic growth in the Mansfield Shire?
List the three biggest issues you see in Mansfield and explain how you would address them?
If you were elected, how would you represent your constituents?
How do you know what Mansfield voters want from parliament?
Why should people vote for you?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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