REGION - Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Mallee, Chris Crewther, is committed to meeting with as many people as possible in the lead up to the election to ensure he understands the issues communities are dealing with.
Mr Crewther was in Stawell last week and was pleased to be given the opportunity to not only meet with residents, but also business operators. He was also able to discuss a number of issues with Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice.
"I was eager to get straight into it and will be getting around to see as many people as possible during the campaign," he said.
"The electorate is about the size of Scotland, but my aim will be to visit as many towns as I can and learn about what the issues are."
Originating from Horsham, Mr Crewther did move away to complete a Law Degree and two Masters Degrees at university, but is well aware of the issues facing country towns.
He said he was excited to be standing as the first Liberal candidate for Mallee since 1993.
"My philosophy is, people shouldn't be disadvantaged because of there they live," he said.
"I want to fight for better infrastructure and services across the Mallee, including Stawell and surrounding district. This will be in the areas of roads, rail, health and education infrastructure."
While in Stawell, Mr Crewther was able to visit Stawell Regional Health, Frewstal abattoir, Eventide Homes and Stawell Gold Mines, while discussing issues such as the Western Highway duplication, the Fly In, Fly Out program, mobile and broadband internet coverage and plans for the Halls Gap Community Hub with Cr Rice.
He also conducted a street walk to meet with the people of Stawell and listen to their issues and concerns.
"I think it is vital that we ensure we are not treated as second class citizens because we live in country Victoria," Mr Crewther said.
"I will be using my lawyer background to be an advocate for the people of Mallee, to ensure their voices are heard and that their issues reach an audience in Canberra."