New player to enter political field

ARRIVED: Front Foot Victoria member Billy Earnshaw if keen for the group to contest the state elections. The group was founded in Warrnambool. Picture: Christine Ansorge

ARRIVED: Front Foot Victoria member Billy Earnshaw if keen for the group to contest the state elections. The group was founded in Warrnambool. Picture: Christine Ansorge

A NEW political entity founded in Warrnambool could be part of the fight for seats at November’s state election.

Front Foot Victoria is a group formed in April by Warrnambool man Billy Earnshaw.

The group is hoping to become an official political party in time to contest the election.

Mr Earnshaw is yet to commit to the number of seats the party would contest but did confirm the desire for its reach to extend beyond the south-west.

“We will be aiming to get as many candidates as we can across the state in the lower and upper houses,” he said.

“We are realistic enough to know we will not be forming government but we want to get the message out that we are here and what we are all about.” 

Mr Earnshaw said the time was right to enter the political debate.

"The major parties are spending their time focusing on each other," Mr Earnshaw said.

"Labor and Liberal are fighting on the beach about whether they take the rubber duck or board, and in the meantime we are drowning not waving.

“They are making decisions without an understanding of how they effect people at the coalface.”

Mr Earnshaw, a registered nurse, described the policies of Front Foot Victoria as “extraordinarily ordinary”. 

Health is high on the list of priorities with support for a major upgrade of South West Healthcare (SWH).

This includes the reclassification of SWH as a level two health service to improve staff to patient ratios.

Front Foot Victoria is also throwing its support behind The Lookout project to establish a residential alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre.

Roads are also on the agenda with Front Foot Victoria to push for proceeds from the Snowy Hydro sale to be spent on rural and regional roads only.

The group would also pursue the Warrnambool habour masterplan, with a twist.

Mr Earnshaw said this masterplan should include a diving platform and a biennial breakwater street art event.

Art is a strong focus of the group with plans for Warrnambool and Moyne shires to share funding of $10 million for the installation of large scale sculptures across regional and rural areas.