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Investment promises

By DEAN LAWSON

The two major political protagonists grappling  in Saturday’s state election have pledged tens of millions of dollars for major projects across Lowan and Ripon electorates.

The Coalition will spend almost $85-million on specific projects if voters return it to power on Saturday and Labor will spend almost $80-million if it wins government.

The loosely-calculated figure is higher for both when considering statewide projects influencing both electorates.

While Ripon, featuring the major centres of Stawell and Ararat and a potentially swinging seat, has been the subject of considerable political campaigning, the safe Nationals seat of Lowan has also won its share of investment promises.

The pledges from both sides of state politics have come with candidates attempting to fill vacancies left by long-time parliamentary members and former State Government ministers Hugh Delahunty, Lowan, and Joe Helper, Ripon, who are retiring from politics.

In estimates from figures presented during the lead-up to the election, the safe Nationals seat of Lowan, featuring candidate Emma Kealy, has been a surprise packet with the Coalition earmarking about $55-million for specific projects.

For Ripon, with Scott Turner running for the Nationals and Louise Staley representing the Liberals, it has allocated about $30-million.

Labor has promised about $46-million for projects directly influencing Lowan, where Bob Scates is its candidate.

In Ripon, Labor pledged $30-million for specific projects where Daniel McGlone is hoping to step into Mr Helper’s shoes.

One of Labor’s largest commitments of $19-million for a Grampians Peaks Trail is officially for Lowan but will have a major influence on Ripon.

Pledges for Local Learning and Employment Networks and leadership programs also cross electoral boundaries.

Voters in Ripon will have a wide choice at the polls with  Peter Mulcahy from Rise Up Australia Party, Lee Mitchell from the Democratic Labor Party, Kevin Loiterton, Australian Christians, Rod May, Australian Greens, Trevor Domaschenz, Australian Country Alliance and Danielle Fowler from Family First joining Mr McGlone, Mr Turner, Ms Staley on the ballot card.

In Lowan, joining Mr Scates and Ms Kealy on the ballot card are Steve Price, Australian Country Alliance; Katrina Rainsford, independent; Nkandu Beltz, Australian Greens.

For full list of election promises, page 3. List of upper house candidates and editorial, page 7.

 

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