Greg Petty to stand as independent candidate for Heathcote

Greg Petty

Greg Petty

A lack of action on coal seam gas has ignited Wollongong City Councillor Greg Petty's state election fire.

Cr Petty, from Helensburgh, announced on Tuesday he will again stand as an independent candidate for Heathcote at the March 28 vote.

Last time around the 60-year-old businessman garnered 7.9 per cent of the primary vote at the 2011 election.

Liberal Lee Evans won the seat with 46.9 per cent of first-preference votes and 63 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

"I don't think the issues have gone away," Cr Petty told the Mercury.

"The party political people are just going to vote the way they are told to vote, and the most important part about the electorate of Heathcote is the issue of coal seam gas."

Cr Petty said voters were calling for their voice to be represented, not that of the party line, and the electorate needed a candidate who "has shown integrity and will fight to protect the local water supply".

"We don't want a member that's going to say one thing and vote a different way, which is why I'm challenging the member to come out and publicly state he will cross the floor on coal seam gas," he said.

Cr Petty has also outlined an ambitious capital works program for the electorate, listing the Bald Hill upgrade, F6 extension and tourism potential of the Stanwell Park-Otford rail tunnel as "must-complete items".

Minimising tax increases by retaining the "income-earning poles and wires of electricity supply" is also on the priority list.

The accountant and company secretary, who has lived in Helensburgh with his family for more than 14 years, said he will self-fund his campaign and not accept any donations.

The Heathcote electorate covers parts of the Sutherland and Wollongong Local Government Areas.

New boundaries apply for this year's election, with Heathcote to encompass parts of the former electoral districts of Cronulla, Menai, Miranda and Wollondilly.

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