RETURNED Polwarth MP Terry Mulder says he’ll continue fighting for funding for Colac and district, despite his party no longer being in power in Victoria.
Mr Mulder has survived a two-per-cent swing to Labor challenger Libby Coker at the state election, winning his fifth term as Member for Polwarth.
But Mr Mulder, who was Transport Minister before the election, will spend the next four years in opposition after voters across the state voted in a new Labor government.
Mr Mulder called on Victoria’s new government to pay more attention to country Victoria.
Labor’s win across the state puts in doubt funding for Colac and district projects which failed to gain Labor promises during the election.
The Liberal party promised an extra train service, funding for Colac’s Central Reserve, and a new Colac Police Station, as well as continued funding for country roads and bridges grants to shire councils, but Labor failed to match the promises.
Mr Mulder said he would continue to fight for funding for the projects, would raise the issues in parliamant, and would meet with the groups involved.
“I was reasonably successful in the past in opposition in getting projects up in my electorate,” he said.
“It’s up to the incoming government as to whether or not they choose to support us or not.”
Mr Mulder said Polwarth had attracted “huge” state funding in the past four years, including improvements to the region’s rail line, level crossings, Colac’s Central Reserve, Bluewater Fitness Centre, Colac Secondary College, roads and bridges.
“There’s been a huge investment poured into this electorate over the last four years,” he said.
Mr Mulder attracted 56.27 per cent of the primary vote before preferences, up from 55.31 per cent in 2010. His majority was 61.22 per cent after preferences, with a two-party-preferred swing to Labor of two per cent.
“I’d like to think it’s a case of people seeing me as approachable and hard working,” Mr Mulder said of his increased primary vote.
“I thank the community for putting their faith in me again,” he said.
Labor leader Daniel Andrews will take office as the new Premier, after attracting a three-per-cent swing statewide.