Coalition commits $10ml for Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Last week I was very pleased to officially announce that if elected, a Coalition government will commit $10 million to the redevelopment of the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC).
This is a major commitment and is the product of many years of lobbying and tireless work by the City of Mandurah, championed by Mayor Paddi Creevey. I am proud to be able to announce a Coalition commitment to such a vital piece of local infrastructure, which services a vast area and a growing population. When completed, the redevelopment will provide local residents with modern, multi-purpose recreational, sporting and aquatic facilities.
The upgrade of the MARC is a community project that has already been supported by the Western Australian Government and the City of Mandurah and will deliver an exciting new $35 million state of the art recreation facility to the local community.
The MARC is a central part of the Mandurah community attracting over 600,000 visits per year. It teaches thousands of children the fundamentals of swimming and fitness and employs over 100 staff.
As one of the fastest growing regions in Western Australia, this commitment is a vote of confidence in the wider Peel region and its future.
In 2010, the Coalition committed to support the MARC redevelopment and this announcement reaffirms our commitment to deliver this important community infrastructure.
Stage One of the MARC redevelopment project is due to commence later this year. Stage One will deliver the aquatic component of the project, which includes a 50m outdoor pool, a new leisure pool and a refurbishment of the existing 25m pool.
If elected, our commitment will support the completion of Stage Two of the redevelopment. Stage Two of the project will deliver a range of new amenities, including additional multi-use courts, spectator seating, a new gymnasium, expansion of the existing crèche area, administration facilities and additional car parking.
The Coalition is committed to building the infrastructure that our local communities deserve, as part of our Real Solutions Plan to grow the economy, get the Budget under control and create one million new jobs within five years.
Only the Coalition has the Plan to deliver the prosperous economy and 21st century infrastructure our country needs.
Coalition plan to protect Peel’s environmental assets
Last week I was very proud to host the Coalition’s Shadow Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.
Mr Hunt was in Canning to make an important announcement – that under a Coalition government, we would create the Peel Harvey Natural Resource Management (NRM) group, creating the only new NRM council in Australia.
If elected in the upcoming election, the Coalition will ensure the Peel Harvey Catchment Council will be recognised as the Peel Harvey Natural Resource Management council.
This is a vital step to ensure the continued health of the Peel-Harvey catchment area. Currently the Peel inlet and surrounding waterways fall under the South West NRM council, so the formation of a new Peel Harvey NRM will ensure resources are directed to important projects in the local area.
Greg Hunt neatly summarised the objectives of the new Peel Harvey NRM when he said it aimed to deliver “more birds, more fish and fewer pollutants.”
The Peel Harvey Catchment Council and Liberal candidate for Brand Donna Gordin are to be congratulated for helping put this proposal together, which will greatly benefit the local environment for many years to come.
The Coalition is committed to supporting the Natural Resource Management councils with a greater emphasis on delivering funding at a local level.
We need to cut the paperwork and direct resources to projects over which communities can have a say, rather than being directed by Canberra.
It’s in line with the focus of our overall Cleaner Environment Plan to deliver environmental projects at a local level.
Please follow this link to read more about Mr Hunt’s announcement.
Different leader, same Labor mess
Somewhat expectedly, the Labor Party have succumbed to their poll driven approach to politics and have again knifed a first term sitting Prime Minister, replacing Julia Gillard with Kevin Rudd.
While I will certainly not be shedding many tears about the replacement of possibly Australia’s worst Prime Minister, it is interesting to observe Labor’s strategy as the nation prepares for another federal election.
Rather than changing any of the policies which have made it virtually unelectable, they have cynically decided to change leaders in the hope that Australians will vote for who is most popular, rather than which party has the best policies.
Sadly for the Labor Party, Australian voters are far too savvy for this condescending approach. While there is no hiding the fact that Julia Gillard was deeply unpopular, it is Labor’s policies which are unpalatable to Australians and it is important to note that their major policy failures are a product of Kevin Rudd’s first term as Prime Minster.
Whether it is the carbon tax, mining tax, home insulation scandal or the disastrous changes to Australia’s migration laws, Kevin Rudd has his fingerprints over most of Labor’s policy debacles. Now Australians are being asked to put all that they know about the Labor Party to one side and re-elect Kevin Rudd because he is more popular than Julia Gillard.
Voters are entitled to ask exactly why Kevin Rudd replaced Julia Gillard – an issue that he is yet to address. Was it solely poll-driven or was it due to policy issues. If the latter is the case, Kevin Rudd needs to explain how Labor’s policy platform will change. More importantly, Kevin Rudd needs to end the uncertainty and tell us all when the Australian people will have a say, rather than major decisions regarding our nation’s leadership remaining the plaything of faceless men in the Labor Party.
I thought you might be interested in this opinion piece by Paul Murray, which was published in today’s West Australian newspaper. It succinctly summarises the problems associated with Kevin Rudd and his leadership.
It is time that Australians are provided with responsible, competent and transparent government and this can only be delivered by the Coalition. Significant internal divisions within the Labor Party need to be addressed and this can only occur if Labor is relegated to the Opposition benches. In the meantime, Australians deserve an adult government to lead our country through increasingly uncertain times.
Shadow Ministers flock to Canning
Last week was a very busy week indeed. As mentioned above, the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott was in the Peel region as was the Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
The Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells traversed the Canning electorate to meet with local aged care providers and discuss pressures the industry is facing.
Meanwhile, in the northern end of the electorate I was happy to host Senator Arthur Sinodinos and Shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, who spoke at a Business Armadale function at the spectacular Araluen Golf Resort.
Senator Sinodinos and Mr Morrison spoke to Business Armadale members and guests about issues relating to their portfolios – immigration and finance – and discussed what would change if a Coalition government was elected.
While Shadow Ministers flocked to the West, there have been many local government representatives who have descended on Canberra in recent weeks to lobby federal parliamentarians to support projects in their respective communities.
I have been very pleased to host representatives from the Shires of Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Boddington and the City of Mandurah and Armadale. The Canning electorate is fortunate to have hard working, forward thinking representatives who continue to lobby State and Federal governments to support projects which will benefit local residents.
Campaign to tackle crime continues
Over the past several months there have been some developments regarding my ongoing campaign on crime in the Canning electorate, with a specific focus on Armadale and Mandurah, where crime rates are worryingly high.
As many of you will know, I recently helped facilitate the distribution of a petition calling for a 24 hour police station in Armadale – a tremendously successful exercise which attracted over 10,000 signatures from local residents. This was in response to local resident’s concerns that not enough was being done to address increasing crime rates in the area, which affects our community in numerous ways, primarily our sense of safety.
While I maintain that there is still a need for a 24 hour facility in Armadale, it appears that this may not be delivered in the near future. As such, I have written to the WA Police Commissioner, asking him to extend the opening hours of the Armadale Police Station, given that it currently closes at the totally unreasonable time of 4pm on weekdays and is not open at all on weekends. You can read a copy of my letter to the Commissioner here.
Along with Operation Carambola, the Canning electorate will benefit from the WA Government’s promise to deliver an additional 550 police officers over the next four years – officers that Minister Harvey has said will be deployed to known hot spots such as Armadale and Mandurah. A $500,000 investment in the Armadale Police Station will facilitate the increased police numbers allocated to the Armadale area.
Having attended several community forums focused on crime, I understand the level of frustration among locals regarding crime and antisocial behaviour. The recent “Your Suburb, Your Voice” community forum hosted by 882 6PR, watoday.com.au and Channel 9 was a great success and was followed by a visit to the electorate by Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis.
Minister Francis joined me on a tour of the Armadale Court House – a facility that is running at capacity and is in dire need of an upgrade. I again raised with Joe the need for a co-located justice centre in Armadale and I sincerely hope the WA State Government ensure the upcoming budget includes provision for this overdue facility to become a reality.
While there is certainly been a concerted and deserved focus on Armadale in recent months, Mandurah is also a known hot spot for crime. As such, Minister Liza Harvey is holding a community crime forum on 1 August, which is an ideal opportunity for concerned locals to come and discuss these issues with me, the Police Commissioner and Minister Harvey directly. Details for this event will be published in local papers closer to the date, or alternatively you can contact my office on (08) 9390 1211. I am very happy to see Minister Harvey being very proactive and hands-on in relation to her portfolio and am heartened by her enthusiastic and practical approach to the issues we are facing in the Canning electorate.
Sadly, criminal and antisocial behaviour is not something that we can stop overnight, however I am confident that we are making significant progress in addressing these issues. Rest assured, I will continue to fight hard to ensure residents feel safe and secure in their communities. I am hopeful that in the coming months, I will be in a position to make an announcement about how a Coalition government (if elected) would be able to help address issues relating to crime in your community.
- Monday, 3 June – In Canberra this week with Parliament sitting and I met with the new Egyptian Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Hassan El-Laithy to discuss the current condition of Egypt. The Coalition remains concerned by the dangerously volatile situation and it is important that Egypt’s interim president re-establish order.
- Tuesday, 4 June – Met with the CEO of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner, to discuss the digital radio rollout to Regional Australia, which includes areas of Canning like Waroona and Boddington.
- Thursday, 6 June – I spoke in Parliament House regarding the NBN asbestos issue effecting not only residents in Canning, but also residents all around Australia. You can view this speech here.
- Monday, 10 June – Sat down with the State Minister for Child Protection, the Hon Helen Morton MLC, and the State Minister for Community Services; Seniors & Volunteering, the Hon Tony Simpson MLA to discuss the issue of Grandparents raising their grandchildren and the support that is available.
- Tuesday, 11 June – Visited the WA Branch of the Australian Federation of Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Service Men & Women to discuss their concerns with the TPI pension rate. The meeting was well attended by my WA colleagues, including Steve Irons MP, Ken Wyatt MP, Dennis Jensen MP, Barry Haase MP, Senator David Johnston and Senator Alan Eggleston.
- Tuesday, 11 June – Conducted my weekly Listening Post, this week in South Yunderup. A number of locals came down to discuss matters of concern and give their point of view on a range of issues.
- Wednesday, 12 June – I was a guest on ABC 24’s Capital Hill program, alongside Labor MP, Ed Husic. You can watch the interview here.
- Wednesday, 12 June – Attended the Armadale Community forum hosted by Ch 9 & 6PR. Residents confirmed the top issue in the Armadale area is Crime and the panel responded with what they are doing to address the problem.
- Thursday, 13 June – At Waroona District High School to speak with students about the role of an MP and how the Australian Government works.
- Friday, 14 June – Attended the Official Opening of the Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club and caught up with club members once again at this fantastic new facility.
- Friday, 14 June – I invited the State Minister for Corrective Services, The Hon Joe Francis MLA, to inspect the Armadale Court House and raise issues of concern directly with the Minister.
- Saturday, 15 June – Watched the Ignite Basketball Finals Night in Armadale. A partnership between PCYC and the City of Armadale, the Ignite program operates for 40 weeks of the year every Saturday night and creates a consistent environment for young people to be supported to make good life choices.
- Monday, 17 June – Back in Canberra again and this week I spoke about the orchardists and fruit growers in my electorate who are under increasing pressure on a number of fronts. You can read the speech here.
- Tuesday, 18 June – I hosted a meeting with a delegation of Members of Parliament from Sri Lanka who were in Australia to discuss matters such as illegal immigration and trade between our two countries.
- Wednesday, 19 June – Annual Local Government Week in Canberra which saw most of the Councils and Shires within Canning visit Canberra to discuss a variety of projects and funding requests with the Federal Government and Opposition.
- Friday, 21 June – Visited the Darling Downs Equestrian Park to discuss its redevelopment and Green Army application.
- Tuesday, 25 June – The final sitting week in Canberra for the 43rd Parliament. I spoke in the Chamber this week regarding the closure of the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme which will affect hundreds of Canning families. You can view this speech here.
- Friday, 28 June – Back in Perth and I attended the Volunteer Emergency Services National Awards Presentation Evening in Byford where I presented our dedicated volunteers with these nationally recognised awards.
As always, I am very keen to hear from the people of Canning about any matters of importance to you. If you have a problem or issue that you wish to disucss with me directly, please do not heistate to contact my office on (08) 9390 1211 and my staff will be happy to arrange an appointment.