TONY Alessi wants to change perceptions in Mildura about Labor.
The chiropractor, 54, enters the race for the seat of Mildura having sat on the Mallee Regional Partnership, which reports directly to Victoria’s Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford, for the past two years.
While a dearth of funding for big-ticket items in successive state budgets triggered Coalition accusations a city-centric government would continue to disregard Mildura, Dr Alessi argues otherwise.
He said schools in the Mildura electorate had received $24.3 million for building upgrades under the current Labor government, compared to $8.9 million under the Coalition in the previous term.
“The reality is Mildura does very well under the Labor Party, despite the fact they’ve had an Opposition member here,” Dr Alessi said.
But he nonetheless believes state governments can do more and decided to stand for Labor to give voters a “credible” choice.
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