WA Greens Senator visits South West ahead of 2019 Federal Election

Rachel Siewert.
Rachel Siewert.

Next month's Federal Election could lead to significant changes for South West, according to Western Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

Examining the region's health resources, Ms Siewert toured Bunbury, and the South West Aboriginal Medical Service, last week.

The visit followed the launch of the Greens' new youth mental health initiative - delivering policies designed to provide young Australians with high-quality care and support.

The Senator also met with community representatives in Busselton and Margaret River.

"My portfolios are family and community services, aged care, mental health, and aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs," she said.

"I talked with the South West Aboriginal Medical Service about their proposals for their new health hub, along with the other services they provide."

Ms Siewert said the election would shine a light on many issues affecting the region, including climate change.

"The South West is going to be hit very hard by climate change. Climate change is something that we have been talking about a lot," she said.

"This will be a very critical election, in terms of climate change. It's really important to ask the people in government about their plans.

"We're also looking to increase the vote for the Greens."

The Greens' campaign will also focus on mental health services, the ongoing National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout, Newstart, employment opportunities, and the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy projects.

Busselton resident Nerilee Boshammer will represent the Greens while contesting the seat of Forrest against current Liberal MP Nola Marino and Labor candidate Wayne Sanford in the May 18 Federal Election.

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