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Candidate moves in

13 Aug 2012

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Liberal candidate for Melbourne Ports Kevin Ekendahl knows he has an uphill battle to be elected in a seat that has been held by Labor since 1906, but he has a secret weapon coming into the next election - he is now a resident of Southbank.

Mr Ekendahl moved into the Bond Store from his Caulfield North home six months ago and loves his new inner-city lifestyle.

He contested the last election but lost to Labor candidate Michael Danby, who has held the seat since 1998. He is hopeful the change of scenery will help this time around. Clearly Mr Ekendahl is enjoying living here.

“Southbank is a vibrant and energetic place and is certainly a fantastic place to live. Since moving into Southbank I have thoroughly enjoyed the proximity to all the major attractions Melbourne has to offer and the vibrant atmosphere,” Mr Ekendahl said.

“Contrary to popular belief, there is definitely quite a robust community in Southbank.”

Mr Ekendahl believes localised issues are the key to effective governance, no matter the level of government and he hopes Southbank will be the ideal community to immerse himself in.

“It’s important to listen to local community concerns and be able to deliver on what the community wants. I’m passionate about making a difference in Melbourne Ports and also listening and delivering for the people of Southbank,” Mr Ekendahl said.

As for the possibility of taking one of the safest Labor seats in Australia, Mr Ekendahl knows the job he has ahead of him.

“To win this seat I will need to work hard, meet as many people and importantly listen to their concerns and be able to deliver results,” he said.

“I want to represent this community and ensure the residents in Melbourne Ports have a voice in Canberra that really represents them.”

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