LABOR candidate Kim Travers has launched her campaign to be elected in Pearce a seat ABC political commentator Antony Green says could be decided by polling places on the northern edge of metropolitan Perth.
Mr Green’s guide to the 2019 Federal Election shows two polling places on the northern edge of metropolitan Perth – Yanchep and Two Rocks – where the two party preferred count at the last federal election was Liberal 51.7 per cent and Liberal 51.9 per cent respectively.
Polling places further north of Yanchep and Two Rocks all recorded higher two party preferred results – again all in favour of Liberal incumbent Christian Porter – Woodridge (Liberal 53.2 per cent), Guilderton (Liberal 66.6 per cent),, Seabird (Liberal 74.4 per cent),, Ledge Point (Liberal 76.3 per cent) and Lancelin (Liberal 66.1 per cent).
Mr Porter suffered a 5.7 per cent swing against him at the 2016 election so the Pearce is now rated as a marginal Liberal seat with a buffer of 3.6 per cent.
A former WA Police superintendent and mental health advocate Ms Travers said she is ready to fight for a Fair Go for Pearce in the Federal Election called for Saturday, May 18.
A member of Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek’s federal Labor team Ms Travers said voters in Pearce had been taken for granted by the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government.
“From speaking to people whilst door knocking, phone calling and attending community events, I know that the voters in Pearce want someone who will stand up for them and their families – rather than the top end of town,’’ she said.
“I have been campaigning in the community for over 18 months and residents from all over the electorate continually tell me the cost of living and local services are a key concern for the upcoming election.’’
If elected Federal Labor has so far pledged to invest $18.2 million in an urgent care clinic for Yanchep, an extra $37.4m in Pearce schools and committed to the construction of the Yanchep rail extension.
She said she would stand for good, quality public education, affordable health care and accessible public transport and services – rather than the cuts and chaos of the Liberals.
In April last year Bill Shorten committed $108m for the extension of the Mitchell Fwy to Romeo Rd if Labor wins the election.
In March the Morrison Government said it would invest $10.4m in the proposed Yanchep Health Centre and $2.5m for work at the Shorehaven Blvd intersection on Marmion Ave in Alkimos.
Also in April last year before the Federal Budget the Turnbull government announced it would give the McGowan Government $108m towards the extension of the Mitchell Fwy to Romeo Rd and committed more federal money for the state government’s Metronet projects.