Moore candidates under the spotlight

Moore MLA Shane Love answers residents’ questions at a meeting held in Guilderton on Monday, February 13. Pictures: Anita McInnes

THE state of roads, concerns about trucks hauling lime sand, the lack of police in the area and the difficulty getting enough volunteers to provide St John Ambulance services in the electorate of Moore were all raised at a meeting in Guilderton this week.

The meeting at the Guilderton Community Hall was held to allow residents to put their questions and concerns to candidates running in the electorate of Moore, which includes the Shire of Gingin, in the March 11 State Election.

WA Labor candidate for Moore Barni Norton as an ambulance volunteer she knew there were not enough overtaking lanes on Moore roads many of which were corrugated making it difficult to transport patients.

While complaining about the lack of police numbers in the area a Redfern Park resident said it was all very well to have the police adverts on TV saying how wonderful the police were when there were no police in Guilderton.

Liberal candidate for Moore and former policeman Darren Slyns said it was difficult to have police in every country town and there were finite policing resources.

Liberal candidate for Moore Darren Slyns at the Guilderton Community Hall meeting.
Liberal candidate for Moore Darren Slyns at the Guilderton Community Hall meeting.

Moore MLA Shane Love, who was elected when Grant Woodhams retired, said there would be more pressure on police, nursing and government services unless the state found another source of revenue – referring of course to his National Party leader Brendon Grylls election promise to introduce a new tax on mining companies  Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate Jim Kelly said he would lobby for more police for the area.

Ms Norton said she would encourage people to use social media to help police do their job and to look out for each other.

Mr Slyns said if introduced the Nationals policy would discriminate against two companies  focusing on a largely redundant tax while forgetting all the other taxes they paid.

People are saying to me companies should be paying more tax but now is not the right time,’’ he said.”

A Woodridge resident said the area needed a full-time ambulance service as sometimes the ambulance could not leave the depot as they couldn’t get crew.

Mr Love said outside the metropolitan area the St John Ambulance structure was volunteer-based.

He said the Royalties for Regions program supported ambulance services outside the metropolitan area.

On the game-changing preference deal between the Liberal Party and One Nation Mr Kelly said it was up to voters to decide their own preferences.