WESTERN Australia Party candidate Blake Phelan was inspired by his grandparents’ move to Rockingham 20 years ago and is now running for the Federal seat of Brand.
He spent many days with the Cruising Yacht Club and owns an investment property in Rockingham near Palm Beach.
He renovated the property himself and has his own electrical contracting business after spending time working in Newman.
Starting with the party since its inception in 2016, Mr Phelan wants WA to get its per capita share of GST so the state can create more employment and raise wages for its people.
“Our campaign relates generally to the GST share for WA,” he said.
“Being a business owner, I see how payroll tax is detrimental to creating more jobs and it increases the cost of living. Our party wants to abolish it.
“If I was elected I would have an open-door policy and get out into the community to see what they want and do petitions on their issues.
“It’s not all about me and my party; I’d like to hear what the people of Brand want.”
He would also like to see an end to fringe benefits tax and mining companies to employ those in the towns closest to minesites.
“When mine site workers live and work in those towns there is much more buy back into that town,” he said.
“It contributes to a community spirit, along with employment and business opportunities.”
He said he did not agree with cuts to the ABC and would look at restoring its funding.
“We also want to stop Commonwealth jobs going over east, particularly within the ABC, along with defence, meteorology and the public service,” Mr Phelan said.
His party wants action on climate change for the health of the people and wants to create a sustainable future for generations.
“There is no doubt the climate is changing. We believe we need to do everything to protect the health of our population and infrastructure,” he said.