Farmer puts hand up for Labor Party

23 Jun, 2012 02:00 AM
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Darren West.
Darren West.

JENNACUBBINE farmer and Wheatbelt Development Commission chairman Darren West has been endorsed as WA Labor's candidate for the Agricultural Region.

Mr West identified the region's transport infrastructure, education equality, housing and aged care as areas that needed immediate attention.

"I will work hard to find a workable solution to the transport needs of our region," Mr West said. "The Tier 3 rail issue needs to be addressed because putting more trucks on old country and metropolitan roads is not a sustainable long-term strategy.

Mr West also reiterated his support for the Royalties for Regions program.

"I support Royalties for Regions and am committed to ensuring the program will continue to deliver benefits to regional WA under a Labor Government," Mr West said.

"We believe the money could be better spent on infrastructure and roads to benefit our regional communities.

"Geraldton, for example, received a huge boost under the former Labor Government before Royalties for Regions, but that spending has dried up under the Barnett Government.

"The Barnett Government has a poor economic record and much of the expectation that came with a change of government has not been fulfilled."

Mr West is also deputy chairman of Directions Training and Apprenticeships, and immediate past president of the Avon Community Development Foundation and Sacred Heart School Board in Goomalling.

"We completely transformed our little school with our Building the Education Revolution Grant, which has resulted in better education opportunities for local kids," he said.

Mr West has been involved in many local sports, including tennis and coaching football at senior and junior levels and is the president of the Moora Branch of the ALP.

"I understand the needs of the region and the issues that affect the everyday lives of people in our community," he said.

"I like to get things done, and a vote for WA Labor will enable me to get in and do them."

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