BY EMMA SCHMIDT
PUBLIC transport is the most important issue facing Mt Waverley voters, followed by safety, planning, climate change, and the rising cost of living, state election candidates indicate.
All four candidates announced so far named public transport as an issue, with Democratic Labor Party candidate Des Kelly stating his party’s position was for free public transport.
“Public transport should be operated as a service, not a business,” Mr Kelly said.
Greens candidate Josh Fergeus and Mr Kelly both said planning was a problem.
“People are concerned over the lack of consultation,” Mr Fergeus said.
Public safety was a big concern for residents, Liberal candidate Michael Gidley said.
“People don’t necessarily feel safe and secure in their neighbourhood or at their destination, because of a severe shortage of police resources,” he said.
Sitting Labor candidate and Minister for Children and Early Childhood Education Maxine Morand said climate change and water were also issues, as well as education.
“A lot of families move into Waverley to access the great government and non-government schools,” Ms Morand said.
“I think that the public expect continued investment.”
Mr Gidley said a Liberal Government would freeze the rollout of smart meters as one way to cut rises in utility bills.
Mr Fergeus said he was also focused on children’s welfare, Rowville rail, climate change and troublesome intersections.
And Mr Kelly listed abortion and euthanasia, drugs, alcohol and smoking among his priorities.
Meet your state politicians and candidates at St John’s Uniting Church, 37 Virginia St, Mt Waverley, at 2.30pm, October 31, with MP Maxine Morand, Liberal candidate Michael Gidley and Greens candidate Colin Long presenting their party policies and answering questions.