THE seat of South West Coast has become a race in eight with Joe Purtill standing for the Democratic Labour Party.
Calls made to Victorian secretary of the Democratic Labour Party, Stephen Campbell, to provide more information about Mr Purtill, have so far remained unanswered..
Last Friday it was announced that Terry Riggs, of Carpendeit, was standing for the Victorian Socialists.
The other candidates for South West Coast poll on Saturday, November 24, are Roma Britnell (Liberals), Kylie Gaston (Labor), James Purcell (independant), Michael Neoh (independant), Jim Doukas (Country Party), Tom Campbell (The Greens).
According to the DLP website, Mr Purtill believes Warrnambool and the south-west deserve an honest, strong representative who stands up for the local residents on the important issues.
Mr Purtill has a work background in international hotel management as well as social welfare.
He is currently running a successful small business.
His travels throughout the area have allowed him to regularly engage with a wide range of loyal customers.
Over and over again, Mr Purtill hears the same issues being raised that state government is yet to fix.
Mr Purtill is passionate about addressing these issues, especially the need for:
- Safe, maintained roads,
- An increase in local jobs and job creation,
- Better support and incentives for local business and industries,
- Stronger prospects for young people, including access to further education,
- Subsidised housing for those that really need it,
- Addressing homelessness,
- Removal of the Safe Schools program and any associated program, replacing it with an appropriate, proven successful school anti-bullying program (like the RULER program from Yale University); and
- Having a strong and passionate local representative that will get the job done.