REBECCA AUBREY is so committed to winning Willagee at the state election she’s postponed her wedding.
The 30-year-old Liberal candidate fancies her chances after a redistribution slashed incumbent Labor MP Peter Tinley’s margin from 10.6 per cent to a projected 2.5 per cent.
“Having grown up, studied and worked in the area, my heart is in Willagee and I will represent the community with passion and commitment,” Ms Aubrey says.
“I have postponed my wedding and am required to stand down from work without pay for the entirety of the election period, which goes some way towards demonstrating my level of commitment.”
Ms Aubrey, deputy mayor at Melville council and daughter of mayor Russell, says she has been a supporter of the Perth Freight Link for over 15 years.
“The proposed tunnel for Roe 9 will minimise the impact on local property owners whilst providing users the most direct passage to the port,” she says.
“It is important to note that the port is not nearing capacity despite unsubstantiated speculation.”
Mr Tinley has held Willagee since 2009, but says the race will be close following the redistribution, as he is having to raise his profile in new suburbs like South Lake.
The former SAS deputy commander has been busy door-knocking and says that voters are concerned about job security, the privatisation of Western Power, and education.
“Lakeland Senior High School is one of the great success stories down this way,” he says.
“A few years ago the school really turned its fortunes around and is now renowned for its music program; but it doesn’t have the facilities to reflect that.
Bookies have Mr Tinley ahead.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK