Hobsons Bay mayor: election a wake-up call for major parties

By Matthew Sims

Hobsons Bay Mayor Peter Hemphill said the recent federal election should serve as a “wake-up call” for the major parties.

With a number of independents winning seats in downtown voters, he said the results reflected a pushback by the major parties.

“It’s a wake-up call for those major parties,” he said.

“It shows that safe seats may not be completely safe anymore.”

The Council has lobbied for funding for a state-of-the-art Wetlands Center and the Western Aquatic and Leisure Center from both the state and federal governments.

However, Cr Hemphill said he has been arguing for some time not to base funding allocation on which seats are safe or marginal.

“We must not be disadvantaged because we are not a fringe seat,” he said.

“Why would electorates that are safe be virtually excluded from funding for projects?

“Safe voters should not be treated differently.”

Cr Hemphill said the council would continue to lobby for more funding.

“We must continue to advocate for funds for our electorate,” he said.

“We need funding across the board.”

Cr Hemphill said the council would look closely at who the local candidates would be in the state elections.

“If the major parties don’t look at it, more independents will win in the state elections,” he said.

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