Green blames brutal process

Jordan Steele-John
Jordan Steele-John

The swing away from the Greens locally was echoed across WA, with the party likely to lose seats in the Upper House.

In Rockingham there was a 7.2 per cent swing away from the party that polled well in 2008 and remarkably well at the 2010 federal election.

Warnbro Greens candidate Jordan Steele-John polled best with 8.53 per cent of the vote counted when the Courier went to print.

Rockingham Greens candidate Dawn Jecks said it was a ‘polarising’ election dominated by a ‘well-funded’ Liberal Party.

She said as the Greens did not rely on corporate donations it was harder to get their message across.

‘The democratic process can be brutal. The issues remain the same and there continues to be plenty of work for the Greens to do.’

South Metropolitan Region MLC and Mangles Bay Marina supporter Phil Edman, who is likely to retain his seat, with the Liberals polling well in the Upper House, said the fall in support for the Greens was because of local support for a marina.

‘It is very clear to me that the community wants this well overdue and badly needed facility,’ he said.

Ms Jecks disagreed.

‘In feedback from voters and the community on the proposed Mangles Bay marina, opposition to this project continues to go across party lines,’ she said.

How the Greens polled by Wednesday:

Kwinana ” Ivan Boskamp: 1253 (5.78 per cent)

Rockingham ” Dawn Jecks: 1154 (5.87 per cent)

Warnbro ” Jordan Steele John: 1857 (8.53 per cent)