Michael wins ALP nod for Balcatta

STIRLING councillor David Michael will contest the seat of Balcatta at the state election for Labor.

The seat is held by Liberal MP Chris Hatton on a 7.3 per cent margin.

Cr Michael sought Labor pre-selection for the seat in 2013 but was defeated by Janet Pettigrew. This time, his was the only nomination.

“Janet was a very good candidate, she had a good campaign, gave it a go and beat me,” he told the Voice.

“This time it was a little different because I was the only person nominated.

Cr Michael was born and bred in Tuart Hill: he has lived in the same house since infancy, attended primary school within walking distance of his house and plays numerous club sports.

He is still a player in the local cricket club and a patron for the local bowling and swimming club.

Eleven years ago he became Stirling’s youngest ever councillor.

“Over the years the city and I have promised and delivered new local community facilities, upgrades to parks, footpaths and a modern recycling system, all while keeping the City debt free and our rates low. I am proud of my record,” he says.

“Now it’s the state electorate of Balcatta on the end of the raw deal from the Barnett Liberal Government.”

If elected, a key focus will be public transport and addressing peak hour gridlock: “In Balcatta during peak time the traffic is really bad,” he says.

“Labor will stick with its metro net policy to cut out cars and provide better public transport. The government hasn’t currently have a plan on public transport. No one knows anything about it. We need a proper plan.”

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CORRECTION: STIRLING city council hasn’t yet joined other councils in calling for development assessment panels to be axed, as we’d reported last week. While councillor Elizabeth Re moved that councillors advocate for the DAPs’ abolition, the council will hold a workshop before making a final decision.

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