Former Chittering councillor gets Labor nod for seat of Moore

Barni Norton.
Barni Norton.

A FORMER Shire of Chittering councillor has been announced as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Moore at the 2017 State election.

Long time Bindoon resident Barni Norton, who was a councillor from 2009-2015, will run against Nationals MP Shane Love, who currently holds the seat.

Ms Norton, who established the Northern Valleys Directory for Business and Community, said she was ready to lead the local community.

“I have nominated as WA Labor’s Candidate for Moore as I feel I can represent the diverse range of people living here and be a strong voice for the region,” she said.

“I understand the people, the social landscape, the challenges and the opportunities and I see many agricultural and environmental issues that are being overlooked.

“We (WA Labor) place the value of education, healthcare, jobs and the environment high on our list of priorities and this sings true for many regional Western Australians.”

WA Labor leader Mark McGowan said he was confident Ms Norton would make a difference.

“Barni knows the importance of supporting key services like education and health,” he said.

“She’s been a strong advocate for her community and will represent them well in the Parliament.”

Mr McGowan said creating jobs was a focus for Ms Norton.

“Unemployment is a big issue across the region and many towns are doing it tough,” he said.

“Our plan has a strong focus on regional WA and we’ll make sure there are more opportunities across a range of industries and we will support those local businesses already established through our Buy Local Policy.

“WA Labor Government will keep Royalties for Regions but spend funds more wisely and more fairly on projects and services that matter to the electorate of Moore.”