OPINION

Editorial: Election over, it's time to get on with the job

The votes have been tallied and the results are known. The election is over and the time for political posturing (at least at state level) has passed.

It's time now for our state representatives to get on with the job.

Gladys Berejiklian secured a decisive third-term victory for the Liberals and in doing so has become the first elected female premier of NSW.

In Macarthur the political status quo remains the same.

As expected, the electorates of Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields voted "red" with popular local members Greg Warren and Anoulack Chanthivong retaining their seats with greatly increased margins.

Both men are hard working, highly visible MPs who care passionately about their constituents and will no doubt continue to advocate loudly for the betterment of their respective communities.

There was speculation pre-election that voters in Camden and Wollondilly might rebel and vote independent in protest against massive growth planned for region.

While big swings against the Liberals were recorded in each seat, both electorates remain "blue", albeit with new representatives.

Camden voters have put their faith in Peter Sidgreaves while Wollondilly voters have supported Nathaniel Smith.

At this stage the men are virtual "unknowns", with both new to the role of MP and neither particularly well known locally.

The Advertiser hopes to help change that and in coming weeks we will interview both men in-depth, asking the tough questions about their values, agendas and ambitions.

Just like their Labor colleagues in Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields, we will expect Mr Sidgreaves and Mr Smith to be the voice of their constituency ... even if that sometimes puts them at odds with the Party Machine.

As per its election commitments, we will expect the state government to provide 750 extra car parking spots at Edmonson Park station and 350 extra spaces at Leppington station.

In addition we want the full promised upgrade of Campbelltown Hospital, along with more nurses and doctors. While housing development is inevitable, past mistakes must not be repeated. New estates must include bigger parks, more trees and wider streets.

Now, let's get on with it.

                                        - Editor Roma Dickins