Stawell resident Maurice Billi has been endorsed as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Lowan at this year’s state election.

Mr Billi is the school focused youth service co-ordinator at Grampians Community Health, working across most towns and municipalities in the Lowan electorate.

Mr Billi said he was passionate about Western Victoria, and identified health, transport, roads and education as major factors.

“We live in a fantastic part of Victoria and I think there have been enormous inroads made by the Andrews Government to bridge the divide between city and country,” Mr Billi said.

“As the Labor candidate, I want to give people in Lowan a choice between a government delivering for all communities, or a coalition with a track record of cuts and closures in country communities,” he said.

Mr Billi grew up in Perth and after leaving school completed a course in media studies which led to an 11 year career in radio.

After leaving the industry, Mr Billi had an opportunity to work at a summer camp for underprivileged young people in the United States, and decided to embark on a career as a youth worker after returning to Australia.

He has lived in the Stawell region for over 20 years.

“I have spent most of my life working with and on behalf of vulnerable young people and families and I’m passionate about attracting services and programs to the region to make this an even better place to live,” Mr Billi said.

“I am approachable and up front and I’m really looking forward to meeting many Lowan voters ahead of polling day,” he said.

The Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said Mr Billi was a great choice for Lowan.

“I am delighted we have attracted a candidate of Maurice’s quality and calibre,” she said.

“Maurice is passionate about Western Victoria and is passionate about getting better services for young people and families as well as tackling the challenges facing an ageing population,” Ms Pulford said.

“He’s a quality candidate and I’m so glad he’s running for Labor in Lowan,” she said.