DARLING Range candidate Alyssa Hayden says she is ready to hit the ground running to work for her constituents.
Mrs Hayden spent her childhood across Darlington and Mount Helena and, although she does not currently live within the electorate, said her recent government experience gave her an advantage.
“Being a member for the East Metropolitan Region for eight years I’ve got a huge connection with the local governments and local members,” she said.
“I have experience across all levels of government and into community groups to see where the issues are and find out how to deliver on them.
“I come with no training wheels, I can hit the ground running from day one.”
Proper planning, lack of infrastructure, congestion issues and living costs were issues that ranged across the region.
“What has really struck me is the real impact of WA Labor’s cost of living increases on household budgets.
“Multiple increases in power and water bills totaling more than $700 a year has been biting hard on household budgets.
“People are doing it tough.
“They’re all saying the same thing, retail numbers are down, people are hurting, they’re trying just to pay their bills.”
She said she could meet Darling Range electors’ desire for strong representation, for someone to listen to the issues that were important in their backyard.
Fire mitigation was listed as another issue common to all hills residents and also close to Mrs Hayden’s heart – her parent’s home was lost in the 2015 Parkerville fires.
“Fire is a huge issue but we have an amazing group of volunteer firefighters,” she said.
“Their job is a hard one but the community support is so strong.”
An immediate and specific need for Mundaring was the long-awaited Perth to Northam Orange Route.
“With the Federal Government’s funding commitment it is important to ensure the State Government pledges its share,” she said.
“The Orange Route will be a major advancement for Mundaring, getting the heavy vehicles out of the town center making it safer for pedestrians.”
Aged care and child care are also on her agenda.
Eleven candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to become the next Darling Range member of parliament.
The by-election will be held on June 23 in the wake of the resignation of now disgraced Labor-turned-independent MP Barry Urban, who won the seat in 2017.
A report found Mr Urban had lied about his police service and education history.
Before the 2017 Labor successful election, the Liberal Party, and one Liberal-turned-independent member, had held the position since 1962.
The WA Labor Party faced another upset less than a week into its by-election campaign with resignation of candidate Colleen Yates after discrepancies were found in her education history published on her LinkedIn account.
Tania Lawrence was announced as Labor’s new candidate on May 31.
Alyssa Hayden will stand for the Liberals.
The other candidates are Russell Goodrick (Western Australia Party), Anthony Pyle (Greens), Jehni Thomas-Wurth (Animal Justice), John Watt (Fluoride Free WA), Rod Caddies (One Nation), Eric Eikelboom (Australian Christians), Stuart Ostle (Shooters, Fishers & Farmers), Doug Shaw (Independent) and George O’Byrne (Independent).
The Darling Range electorate covers parts of the Mundaring Shire, the Cities of Kalamunda and Armadale and all of the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
By Claire Ottaviano