Wanneroo’s Paul Miles too busy to talk

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In early February Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles was happy to talk about issues in the bellwether seat but since then he has been difficult to contact. Picture: Anita McInnes

LESS than a week out from the State Election Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles is likely to be feeling the pressure with the latest poll showing he could lose his seat.

The Sunday Times reported on March 5 that polling showed WA Labor had a 54 to 46 per cent lead on a two-party preferred basis.

The report said polling by Galaxy indicated Labor could record an 11 per cent swing potentially giving it 14 seats – an extra four on top of the 10 seats Labor needs to win government.

The newspaper also said the Liberal party was putting great effort into trying to save select seats in the northern suburbs and that premier Colin Barnett was likely to tell supporters a uniform swing was unlikely and that if they could hold onto a few select seats such as Wanneroo and Joondalup they could win a third term.

Yanchep News Online has been trying to interview Mr Miles since about the middle of February but he has not responded to phone calls or emails.

Yanchep News Online understands the Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup Landowner Group is hosting a meeting on Thursday, March 9 where attendees can learn what commitments candidates in the State Election have made in regard to plans to reduce groundwater use in the area.

About a year ago the Department of Water told the Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup Landowner Group groundwater abstraction during the next seven to 10 years would need to be reduced by 25 per cent across Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup.

Yanchep News Online had asked Mr Miles why the Liberal Government was only now saying that if re-elected it ask the Department of Agriculture and Food WA to lead a planning process to develop a master plan for the Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup agricultural area.

Yanchep News Online understands the Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup Landowner Group is hosting a meeting on Thursday, March 9 where attendees can learn what commitments candidates in the State Election have made in regard to plans to reduce groundwater use in the area.

The North Coast Times said the meeting to be held at the Ocean View Tavern in Nowergup would start at 7pm.

Mr Miles has held the bellwether seat of Wanneroo since 2008.