- Tell us your name, electorate & political party.
My name is Dominic Perrottet, and I am running as the Liberal Candidate for Epping.
2. Tell us a bit about yourself and what other “hats” you wear in your life.
I am currently the Treasurer of NSW, but my main role is as husband to Helen and father to our five children. My main duty in the morning is to make the kids lunches before they go to school. Another hat I wear with pride is that of a proud BBQ cook. I love to BBQ anything from steaks to pizzas, and it’s a great way to get to spend time cooking with my wife and the kids.
3. Why are you running in this election and why should we vote for you?
I am involved in politics because I want to help turn NSW into the best place for families to live in and to thrive. I have always wanted to ensure that NSW is a better place, not just now, but into the future for our children.
4. What is your favourite spot in the area and why?
My favourite spot is the Beecroft Shops, where I can quickly duck into grab a coffee, but also take my kids to go to the park near the station. It’s also got a couple of great little shops, and restaurants where I can take my wife Helen on a date.
5. What do you believe are the 3 main issues affecting our area and why?
The main issues that affect the Epping community include the increased growth in our area, access to quality public transport, and increased congestion.
6. If elected, how would you address each of those 3 issues (both short term and long term)?
If elected, the NSW Liberals will build a brand new school for the Epping community, which will take pressure of our current schools. We will also remove all the demountable classrooms at Epping West Public School, returning the playground back to the kids.
I also want to ensure that the North West Metro runs smoothly, and help deliver the important Sydney CBD Metro, which will mean people across Epping can get to and from work quicker.
I will ensure that Epping continues to receive funding for infrastructure that will help the community deal with the growth in the area. As Treasurer, I will be able to deliver for Epping.
7. What are the 3 key things you plan to achieve if elected?
I have already secured the removal of demountable classrooms from Epping West Public School.
And the Liberal Government has committed to building a brand new school for the Epping community, on the old Epping TAFE site.
I also want to ensure that the area maintains its community feel, with a network of local schools, shops, and neighbourhoods.
8. AFTER SCHOOL CARE: There is an increasing demand for before and after school care at Primary Schools in the area. Do you have plans to improve this given many of the current options are full, turning families away and have wait lists in place?
I completely understand the increasing demand for before and after school care at primary schools in the area. That is why the NSW Liberals are already providing before and after school facilities in schools that are new or upgraded, creating over 50,000 additional before and after school places over the past four years.
9. BUS SERVICE – many Ryde Mums use the local bus service rather than trains however they are always full and overcrowded in peak times. What plans do you have for local bus services?
The NSW Liberals and Nationals want to deliver a world-class public transport system. The North West Metro will open in mid-2019, after being promised and cancelled four times by the Labor Party. This will help alleviate the overcrowding on some of the bus services, where I know many mums travel on.
The NSW Liberals and Nationals have also introduced on-demand bus services, with the Epping area being one of the first locations in the state. These have proven very popular among local residents, and I expect the services providers will add more capacity in the coming years.
10. BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: With what has happened with the Opal Tower, are there are any guidelines, practices etc for all the new developments in the area to ensure these are built correctly and safe?
The Liberals and Nationals have revealed a four point strategy that builds on recent legislation and strong penalties, to crack down on private certifiers. The four point plan to improve the certification industry includes the biggest compliance operation in the industry’s history, a zero tolerance approach to dodgy certifiers, better protection for strata buildings and increased transparency.
11. ENVIRONMENT: Climate change and the environment is a big concern for many families. What are your plans to help our environment in the local area?
I believe that the environment of our area is important to maintain, and this is why the NSW Liberals and Nationals are committed to planting 5 million trees by 2030, to ensure that Sydney maintains a proper canopy of trees, keeping temperatures lower. I will continue to ensure that the NSW Government invests in tree canopy in our area and maintain public space in the Epping community.