WA Labor candidate Sabine Winton has won the seat of Wanneroo after benefitting from a 25.7 per cent first preference swing against her opponent Paul Miles.
Mr Miles won the bellwether seat in 2008 for the Liberal Party and achieved a swing of 10.2 per cent on re-election in 2013.
But this election his WA Labor opponent made sure she was easily recognised by the majority of the seat’s voters.
Mr Miles was also in a situation where it appeared the Liberal Party had given up on the seat weeks before all candidates were summoned to the northern suburbs in an effort to stem the party’s loss of support.
By then it was probably too late and most voters had probably decided not to support Mr Miles.
On Thursday, March 9 Ms Winton, who did not attend in person, told the Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup Landowner Group that WA Labor’s was committed to forming a reference group to consult and resolve the Wanneroo growers’ water allocation issues.
“As a Nowergup local, I personally understand your frustration regarding the 20 to 25 per cent cuts to water allocations inflicted by the Barnett Liberal Government early last year,’’ she said.
“Over eight long years, our community has been neglected by the Liberals and they have done little to consult with us about our priorities and our needs.
“Alannah MacTiernan and I held a forum late last year to listen to your concerns and give you the audience you deserve.
“Alannah was personally horrified to learn that the Liberals have done no work to progress the new agricultural zone on the State Pines in Carabooda that emerged from the extensive Future of East Wanneroo paper released when WA Labor was last in government in 2007.
“This is unacceptable.”
“I’m writing to you to inform you that WA Labor is committed to forming a reference group in the first term of a McGowan Labor Government to listen to you and work with you – the stakeholders in our community.
“Together, we will develop an informed approach to the water issues faced in our region to ensure that the horticultural and agricultural industry continues to develop and thrive in a changing landscape.
“I’m a Nowergup local (and) love our part of the world and I’ve fought for our community before when we saved Lake Nowergup from industrial development.
“I know the significance of this issue to our community and will ensure that a McGowan Labor Government consults effectively and broadly on this issue.