Boundaries redrawn in battle for Bateman

Candidates for Bateman-Matt Taylor (Liberal) Robert Chasland (Labor) and Rebecca Leighton (Greens).
Candidates for Bateman-Matt Taylor (Liberal) Robert Chasland (Labor) and Rebecca Leighton (Greens).

Christian Porter held the seat before he retired from state politics last year ahead of a tilt at federal politics.

Three candidates will vie for the seat at the coming election, Matt Taylor (Liberal Party), Robert Chasland (Labor Party) and Rebecca Leighton (WA Greens).

Historically, it is a relatively safe Liberal seat with an 11.4 per cent margin in the last election, but boundary changes means the electorate loses Rossmoyne while gaining the rest of Myaree.

The electorate is going to experience some significant changes in the next few years with the State’s biggest hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital, due for completion in 2014, and Garden City shopping centre expected to become the largest shopping centre in WA with plans for a $400 million redevelopment under way.

The Melville Times spoke with all three candidates to find out what their priorities for Bateman were and how they planned to tackle the issues. Traffic congestion and community safety were raised as major priorities for all three candidates.