Farm owner running for Labor

The Victorian Labor Party has preselected Doug Johnston as its Polwarth candidate for November’s state election.

Labor has announced Freshwater Creek farmer and tourism operator Doug Johnston as the party’s Polwarth candidate for the state election.

The Victorian Labor Party preselected Mr Johnston at the weekend, seven weeks from November’s election.

Mr Johnston, 61, said he planned to “listen to what the electorate wants to happen” in coming weeks.

He said he owned a 72-hectare beef-cattle farm at Birregurra, but his primary residence was at Freshwater Creek about five kilometres outside of Polwarth’s eastern electoral boundary.

“If I were to win the seat, I would most likely move to the electorate,” Mr Johnston said.

He said he was concerned about the condition of gravel roads in Colac Otway Shire and had ideas to support local councils to regularly grade roads.

“At the moment, the council takes a while to grade roads, and I wonder if they were given more funding, whether the State Government partnered with the council, if we’d get our roads graded much faster,” Mr Johnston said.

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