Moonee Valley Leader: East West Link and racecourse overdevelopment big Essendon election issues Linh Ly. 17 November 2014
Curbing overdevelopment at Moonee Valley racecourse and the East West Link are looming as key priorities for Essendon state election candidates.
When the Leader asked four of the five Essendon state election candidates a series of questions without notice, the Moonee Valley redevelopment and Buckley St crossing featured heavily in their responses.
A new MP will represent the seat of Essendon after outgoing Labor MP Justin Madden announced he would retire at the November election.
Ascot Vale resident and Labor candidate Danny Pearson said a Labor government would see the removal of a Buckley St level crossing, appropriate development at Moonee Valley racecourse and a halt to the East West Link.
The Liberal candidate is Taylors Lakes resident and Education Department adviser Fred Ackerman and the Greens candidate is software analyst Ashley Waite from Ascot Vale.
Essendon resident Richard Lawrence is running as an independent and Mario Antonio Mendez is representing new political group Voice for the West.
While Ms Waite and Mr Lawrence both said high density development at Moonee Valley racecourse were key concerns, Liberal candidate Fred Ackerman said job security remained the voters’ biggest priority.