The benefits of an Independent
An Independent representing you has a better chance at working closely with government than the Liberal opposition party committed to being in opposition.
Dean Strautins is the LIBERAL ALTERNATIVE:
When you read the Inauguration speech from Liberal Alyssa Hayden you will probably conclude that such a speech is intended to emphasise Alyssa is in opposition to the elected Labor government and does not help residents of Darling Range gain action from the elected McGowan Labor Government for the Darling Range. Download the speech.
Alyssa has done a great job working within the electorate as being in opposition makes it difficult to achieve for the electorate. As an Independent Dean Strautins would put more focus towards working on the electorate to gain investment for the electorate as working on the Darling Range is an executive level requirement. Dean Strautins supports Councils to do more within their electorates.
Dean Strautins has a bigger vision for SJ Shire that requires more attention to planning and core infrastructure to facilitate an improved lifestyle. Liberal started their campaign promising just $1 million for tourism development for the Shire and only if the whole Liberal party wins the election and forms government ! As an Independent Dean Strautins always believes he can achieve far more for the Shire than just $1 million towards job creating infrastructure.
As of 15 February Alyssa has made more financial promises probably because I have called her out for the miserly $1 million promise. The Liberal promise of a multi million dollar police station in Byford just shows the pessimistic view Alyssa has of Byford. Alyssa expects the Byford train station to be the new Armadale.
Fortunately as Liberal will not form government then none of the Alyssa promises will ever happen.
Liberal and Labor are both promising money for roads that will only happen from the one party that forms government. Vote for Dean Strautins and the electorate will still receive the election promised money when government is formed. But with Dean elected the Darling Range will also gain the chance for more investment on income generating infrastructure such as a Library Building.
Dean Strautins has a bigger vision for SJ Shire than Labor that has NOT committed any funding towards infrastructure to improve education and employment opportunities for SJ residents.
An SJ Shire based Independent representative will bring more focus to the needs of residents of SJ Shire than the Labor representative not living in the Shire. The Labor candidate has not worked at state level politics so would likely follow superiors and their dictates that will not include SJ Shire.
State wide, Labor is not investing in the start-up network as Labor will not fund the $1 million asked for by the biggest Start-Up organisations based in Perth. Yet Labor is happy to take the taxes generated by startups in WA that are worth more than $1 Billion , such as VGW. Labor’s under investment is crippling job creation in WA and not supporting job diversity that is needed for WA to be recession proof and deliver gender balance to job activity.
It is globally accepted that new jobs come from start-ups. Labor ignoring this fact is causing greater unemployment risk for all of us in Darling Range. This Podcast clearly communicates the missed opportunity for our residents.
in 2020 Dean Strautins attended Western Australia’s largest innovation and Business Development networking function at Geraldton. At that event the Labor ministers of Alannah MacTiernan and David Kelly both made it very clear to us all that they will not cause any extra start-up sector investment and they have lived up to that by not announcing any substantial increase of investment in the start-up sector!
Dean Strautins’ work of 3 years in the start-up sector for the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga demonstrated that for every $1 of government support there was a return of $10 to $18 of taxable income generated for the economy. It is my intention to have a start-up Incubator and Business Development Centre established in Byford for the benefit of all Darling Range residents and here is the website as a show of commitment. The FaceBook Page for the IBDC
About Rates in SJ Shire and how Labor and Liberal have left the majority of SJ Shire residents with an abnormally high rate burden by preventing the SJ Shire from reducing the rate burden for the majority of residents in the SJ Shire.
In 2019 the Shire started work towards correcting past administrative errors about out-dated rates for about 1/5th of residents living on lifestyle blocks of land. These people were being given subsidised rates that are meant to apply to people earning income from their land. So if they were no longer using their land to earn rural orientated income then they had to have their rates updated to a residential rating system. The urgency of this came from two areas:
A. Their rates were last updated around 1988 so these people had already benefited from at least 20 years of reduced rates. So there ought not have been an argument about having a correction applied that was not going to be back dated.
But these people lobbied Labor and Liberal to retain their abnormally low rates and gained Labor and Liberal support.
B. There are over 400 mortgage stressed properties (Families 3 months or more behind in mortgage payments) in Byford that are paying inflated rates because others were paying abnormally low out-dated rates.
During 2020 the SJ Shire worked on a necessary long and inclusive process towards correcting these out-dated rates . The Shire Council answered every single question asked directly from individual residents of the Shire about rates. 99% of people had a misunderstanding about their rates and most often thought they would pay much more than they would in reality under updated rates.
But then the conversation was taken up by Labor and Liberal that led to sensationalising and inflated misunderstandings.
The Shire did not stop the process because it has invested a year of Council staff work, over $40,000 of costs (Rate payers money), and the Shire is legally required to correct administrative errors it identifies with regards to rates.