I believe that the most important focus of this election should be the future of our city and how the candidates propose to meet the needs of its residents.
In my view there is no value in candidates criticising other candidates.
That is simply engaging in a power battle that has nothing to do with the needs of the Warrnambool community.
Warrnambool is a growing and ambitious city with a strong heritage. Our future will be shaped by how we position ourselves to take up opportunities to sell food to Asia, upgrading our boating and harbour facilities, working towards a new modern library, revitalising our city centre and advocating to the state and federal governments for a fair share.
Just as important as the big projects are the hundreds of smaller projects in our suburbs that impact the everyday lives of our residents.
For example, the need for pedestrian access to Gateway Plaza from the north-east, a path on Moore Street, extension of the Russells Creek path into Warrnambool west along the Merri, pedestrian crossings in Gateway Road and other areas of our city, safer intersections, slower traffic, pedestrian crossings on the Dalton’s Road and Younger Street bridges, bus shelters, rubbish bins where residents need them and access to good public parks for all residents on a planned and equal basis.
These are not examples of what is wrong with our city, but rather opportunities to help residents live the lifestyle they want in their own neighbourhoods.
Whilst the big projects are important, if re-elected to council, I will be pushing for increased weighting on projects that improve the lifestyles, health and well-being of residents in our suburbs.
Angry claims and inaccurate criticism doesn’t get anything done. The real issue is the future of our city and gaining the confidence of the voters to implement their aspirations.
Cr Jacinta Ermacora, Banyan Street, Warrnambool