Exmouth’s deputy president to contest Durack seat

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Exmouth’s deputy shire president Gary Mounsey has thrown his hat in the ring to vie for the seat of Durack at the upcoming Federal election.

Mr Mounsey will run under the Western Australia Party banner with a key message of kicking the major parties out, accusing them of towing party lines instead of listening to their electorates.

Also high on the small business owner’s wish list is reducing the cost of regional airfares and home insurance.

“The major parties don’t do anything for regional WA despite the fact we are the powerhouse of the nation’s economy,” he said.

“I just want to stand up and put it out there that we are not stupid.

“We want to build our economy and we want to raise families in regional WA.”

Mr Mounsey said infrastructure — from playgrounds to ports — tourism, agriculture, fly-in, fly-out workforces, the GST and disproportionately low Commonwealth jobs in Durack would likely be target areas for him on the campaign trail.

As to how Mr Mounsey plans on getting out to hear what communities in the 1.6 million square kilometre electorate want, he has a very country solution to a very country problem.

“I have the caravan, I’m getting a sticker on it, hooking it up to the old ’80 and going out on the road,” he said.

Mr Mounsey joins WA Nationals candidate Scott Bourne, the Greens’ Johani Mamid, Brenden Hatton from Clive Palmer’s United Australia, Labor’s Sharyn Morrow and incumbent Liberal MHR Melissa Price as confirmed contestants for one of the world’s biggest electorates.

Ms Price retained the seat in 2016 with 41.7 per cent of the primary vote. The Liberal Party has held Durack since it was created in 2010.

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