Albany: Rob Sutton

14 Feb, 2013 01:00 AM
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Nationals WA candidate for Albany Robert Sutton.
Nationals WA candidate for Albany Robert Sutton.

Nationals WA candidate for Albany Robert Sutton

p Gas pipeline

I strongly support the gas pipeline recognising it as an important first step in attracting new industry.

The benefits of the gas line will be a safe and reliable source of energy that will attract new investment and aid existing industries to expand. Viticulture and processing of minerals and timber to name a few.

p Local issues

Three main issues in Albany are health care, public transport and Centennial Precinct redevelopment.

As a strong local advocate and member of The Nationals WA team I can push Albany's case for a fairer share around the Royalties for Regions decision-making table.

Before Royalties for Regions, Albany struggled to secure much-needed funding to fix or replace ageing infrastructure.

The Albany hospital is a prime example of Royalties for Regions rectifying the funding imbalances in Albany and years of neglect by successive State Governmnets.

Albany's public transport system needs a big overhaul and I propose a free CAT-style bus in and around the CBD and out to Middleton Beach.

It would include an area to park outside the City centre and a free hop-on, hop-off service.

This would alleviate congestion and ensure the CBD becomes more vibrant and user-friendly.

Albany's Centennial Park is embarrassing. An inability to attract funding has plagued the project for many years with little or no money spent on improvements or surface upgrades.

This project is raised with me on a regular basis and I will lobby all forms of government to ensure progress of this project for the residents of Albany and the Great Southern.

Centennial Park is the sporting and social hub of Albany and also the main entrance to our city. Fully using this space will help reinvigorate this component of the Albany CBD.

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