BY EMMA SCHMIDT
SCHOOLS were the big winners in Mt Waverley on the election campaign trail last week, with politicians also courting problem gamblers, lawn bowlers, commuters and medical students for votes.
Incumbent Labor MP Maxine Morand was first off on the Monday morning to announce a complete rebuild of Glen Waverley Primary School.
“We don’t know at this stage what it will cost (but) we’re committed to see it through,” Ms Morand said.
The same morning, Forest Hill Labor MP Kirstie Marshall announced significant upgrades for Highvale Secondary College and Liberal Michael Gidley announced major works for Pinewood Primary School.
Ms Morand was busy again on Tuesday, joining Police Minister James Merlino at Glen Waverley’s Victoria Police Academy to announce a $61 million upgrade of the facilities if re-elected.
Wednesday was comparatively quieter, with just the Greens candidates announcing their party’s policy to reduce gambling.
But Thursday it was all on again, beginning with the Liberals announcing a $6.5 million, two-storey carpark with 560 spaces for Syndal railway station.
“We’ve been campaigning now for five years to get more station carparking for travellers,” Mr Gidley said.
Meanwhile, 30 Right to Life members staged a peaceful protest outside Ms Morand’s office last Thursday.
“We want her out; we don’t believe she is fit to be an MP,” protest co-ordinator Mary Collier said.
Ms Morand also announced $60,000 for the Glen Waverley Bowls Club for drought-resistant grass and to improve drainage.
The Mulgrave electorate, however, was very quiet, with the only announcement made on the Monday by incumbent Labor MP Daniel Andrews under his capacity as Health Minister — $4.1 million to train 19 paediatricians at the Monash Children’s Centre and Royal Children’s Hospital.