NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has praised Labor’s candidate for Blacktown, Stephen Bali, for being a staunch advocate for the interests of his community saying he will be a strong voice for Western Sydney if elected to the State Parliament on October 14. 

Stephen, who has been Blacktown Mayor since September 2015, was officially announced today as Labor’s candidate for the state seat of Blacktown in the forthcoming by-election.

A lifelong Doonside resident, he and his wife Anne are raising their son Stephen Jnr locally.

As mayor Stephen has fought and delivered for the people of Blacktown for more than a decade as a local councillor. He is fighting to secure a major University Campus in Blacktown; he stopped the Liberals’ plans to sell our public pools and parks and has encouraged more local businesses to invest in our community, creating more local jobs. 

If elected, Stephen will join a corps of Western Sydney Labor MPs in Macquarie Street who daily represent their constituents’ interests in the face of a hostile Liberal government.

Quotes attributable to NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley

“Western Sydney has been nothing but an afterthought for this Liberal State Government.

“Stephen Bali will make sure that the issues that are first and foremost on the minds of Blacktown residents will get a hearing in Macquarie Street.

“Blacktown residents are feeling the cost of living pressures with unfair and unaffordable tolls, higher train fares and rising electricity prices – it’s time to send a strong message to Premier Berejiklian that they have had enough.

“If elected, Stephen Bali will be a strong voice for Blacktown in Macquarie Street.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali

“I’m honoured to be selected as Labor’s candidate for the upcoming Blacktown by-election. The Berejiklian Government has failed the people of Blacktown.

“We need more staff for Blacktown Hospital, which has the third worst emergency waiting times in the state.

“We need more funding for our schools and TAFE so that our children can get the best start in life, and we need to stop the Berejiklian Government locking in the M4 Toll for the next 43 years to ease the burden on local family budgets.”