It is now under a week until voters in the electorate of Wannon will go to the polls to decide who will represent them at the federal level for the next three years.
Laborcandidate Michael Barling said the path he had taken to becoming a political candidate had not been a traditional one but that the tradition of politics in the electorate of Wannon had not served the community well.
"As a safe seat we have been taken for granted by the LNP for many years," he said.
''I have spent the last 17 years of my working life encouraging young people to find their purpose and to make a contribution to their community.
"It is now time for me to "walk the walk" and try and make a contribution to my community."
Mr Barling said it was imperative to develop the social and economic infrastructure Wannon has a competitive advantage in.
"That means community services we rely on like hospitals, education and aged care, but also our advantages in agriculture and increasingly in the renewable energy sector," he said.
Mr Barling said he was committed to the protection and growth of employment, adaptable education resources to meet the needs of children, providing continuing support for families to protect and maintain living standards and the development of the next level of economic infrastructure to meet the needs of communities, including renewable energy and the NBN.
"A key focus needs to be the development of transport, road and communication services," he said.
Mr Barling said Disability Care was also one of the highest priorities to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to make the contribution they are capable of.