Can­di­dates have a say on key is­sues

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Up­per house can­di­dates for Eastern re­gion Melina Bath and Meg Ed­wards urged at­ten­dees to lobby fam­ily and friends liv­ing out­side of the elec­torate to vote for a Coali­tion govern­ment to de­liver on out­comes for a new West Gipp­s­land Hos­pi­tal.

ALP can­di­date for Nar­ra­can Chris­tine Max­field and sit­ting ALP Mem­ber for Eastern Victoria re­gion Har­riet Shing were apolo­gies for the event.

Wil­liam Horn­stra, Greens can­di­date for Nar­ra­can:

Pro­tec­tion of Horse­shoe Bend – I’m a big sup­porter of the en­vi­ron­ment, but I would need to go back to the lobby group to ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion.

Fund­ing for a new hos­pi­tal I’m a big sup­porter for a new hos­pi­tal. The Green’s pol­icy is to send it to an in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal to de­cide on where fund­ing is most needed, as well as more fund­ing for pub­lic health in­clud­ing den­tal.

CFA – Our fo­cus for out­comes for the CFA is com­pen­sa­tion for all cases of can­cer.

Guss Lamb­den, in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Nar­ra­can:

Fund­ing for a new hos­pi­tal – I have been fol­low­ing the cam­paign closely on so­cial me­dia. Com­ing from a mil­i­tary back­ground, I place high value in med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als. I can see the need for a new hos­pi­tal. I’m get­ting older and will prob­a­bly need it one day.

Carlo Ier­fone, in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Nar­ra­can:

Fund­ing for a new hos­pi­tal – I agree with the sup­port for a new hos­pi­tal but first we need to be ask­ing some ques­tions. Will it be a five-year hos­pi­tal or 50-year hos­pi­tal? Will it be a train­ing hos­pi­tal? We need to have a proper case study so that we can see what that will look like.

We need to start think­ing again and get­ting our voice out there.

Gary Black­wood, sit­ting Lib­eral mem­ber for Nar­ra­can:

CFA – It is an im­por­tant is­sue. If we get govern­ment we plan to in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion for pro­tec­tion of our fire­fight­ers, both vol­un­teer and pro­fes­sional. We will in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect vol­un­teers and pro­vide surge ca­pac­ity.

Horse­shoe Bend – I’ve worked with them for some time and I’ve prob­a­bly done as much as I can for them. I would en­cour­age them to keep work­ing with the West Gipp­s­land Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity.

Fund­ing for a new hos­pi­tal – We’ve made the an­nounce­ment that we’ll fund the com­mence­ment of con­struc­tion in our first bud­get. And we an­nounced that on the ba­sis of need, not po­lit­i­cal out­come. There’s 27 acres on the cur­rent site as op­posed to 60 acres on the new site. It will be a 160-bed hos­pi­tal. The cur­rent hos­pi­tal has 80 beds, so that’s dou­bling ca­pac­ity. There’s also the op­por­tu­nity to add train­ing.

Michael Fozard, in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Eastern re­gion:

Peo­ple have asked me why I have de­cided to run. The sys­tem is cor­rupted and doesn’t give us as a com­mu­nity what we want, it’s giv­ing the peo­ple of Mel­bourne what they want. It is up to us to make a change. We need to have a democ­racy where we can say ev­ery­thing we think and feel, as long as it’s not hurt­ing any­one.

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