Buzz off

THE Barnett government is distancing itself from a $4 million pre-election promise made by its unsuccessful Maylands candidate, Sylvan Albert.

In a March 1 media release, the high-profile candidate and Bayswater councillor had stated the “Liberals [will] commit $1 million a year over four years to eradicate mosquitoes in Maylands”.

Cr Albert failed in his bid to wrest the seat from Labor’s Lisa Baker but the council is calling in the funding promise—and is hitting a brick wall.

In a letter to council CEO Francesca Lefante, deputy premier and health minister Kim Hames implies no commitment was given regarding Maylands in particular.

“It is important to note that the funding commitment did not include a specific allocation to any local government or region,” he says.

“I understand the health department has drafted an implementation plan for the proposed increase in resourcing for this important public health initiative.

“I will be reviewing the draft implementation plan soon and intend to announce the outcome shortly thereafter.”

The council has been inundated with calls from residents and sports clubs about mozzies.

A March 6 public forum on the issue attracted about 70 itchy locals.

Maylands Peninsula Golf Club president Rob Graham says the bloodsucking disease-carriers make life “horrendous” for club members.

“Over the past year, the number of mozzies has reached epidemic proportions—it’s horrendous.”

Ms Baker says Maylands people have every right to be angry about the Liberals’ “broken promise”.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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