Victor Dominello in heart and soul victory
Ryde MP Victor Dominello has described his election victory in Ryde as a reward for putting his heart and soul into the electorate.
Mr Dominello said the election was a tough battle made all the harder by ‘fear campaigns’ by Labor about the privatisation of electricity and other issues.
“I’ve thrown my heart and soul into this election and I will continue, first and foremost, to serve the people of Ryde,” he said.
“This was an election where hope replaced fear and people were drawn to the positive message of Premier Mike Baird.”
The Ryde MP said he believed that the government has a mandate to privatise the ‘poles and wires’ with the income being earmarked for roads, health and other essential services.
“I can’t think of any issue that was more predominant,” he said.
“We did well in every booth across Ryde and now the first thing I’m going to do is catch my breath and wait for the Premier to announce his new Cabinet.”
His Labor opponent Jerome Laxale congratulated him and said he is proud of the Labor campaign.
“The result in Ryde on Saturday saw voters deliver a resounding message to the Liberals that Ryde can no longer be taken for granted,” he said.
“Labor recorded a 14 per cent swing in Ryde and that is almost double the Sydney wide swing and higher than the statewide swing against the Government.
“Ryde also bucked the trends of the surrounding seats of Parramatta and Drummoyne, which recorded swings towards sitting Liberal MPs.”
Mr Dominello was elected on the back on major achievements which include saving Ryde’s Tennis World site from a 30 storey development, the Ryde Hockey site and fought alongside residents to reduce overdevelopment at the Allengrove site in North Ryde.
He also secured $41 million in funding for the Graythwaite Rehabilitation facility and other works at Ryde Hospital and lobbied for funding for Ryde’s RASAID chaity for people with a disability.
In road safety projects, he fought and won a 40 kilometre zone outside Denistone East Primary School as well as a speed camera at the intersection of Cox’s Road and Lane Cove in Ryde.
As well as being an active supporter of children’s causes, he regularly attends events at Clermont Aged Care in Ryde.
He enjoys strong support in Ryde’s Chinese and Korean speaking communities, especially among youn community members.