By Campbell Baker and Shaun Paterson
On the eve of voting time, it is important for the public within the Central West to understand their candidates from all parties on a deeper level. Throughout this entire election campaign, each party’s candidate within all electorates have focused on delivering on the plans and promises they have repeatedly educated the public on throughout.
Current member for Orange, Phil Donato, has not only emphasised his contribution to the local community, but has ensured that the public’s trust in him should be echoed once more, confirming continued improvement throughout the Orange community and beyond.
Originally heralding from Sydney, Donato and his wife moved to Millthorpe first, before the birth of his political career. Prior to embarking on a political career, Donato was a police prosecutor across Parkes, Forbes, Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo and Mudgee. Until he was elected as member for Orange in the 2016 by-election.
Since being elected, Donato has been the dominant force behind the introduction of 10 new police within the Orange community, in response to increased crime rates within the past several years. Donato has also been instrumental in acquiring the funding for a brand-new palliative care extension, partnering with Uniting, to cater for the increased demand of an ageing population within the Orange Community.
If elected again, Donato aims to focus on the pressing issues that the Orange community faces currently and heading into the future. These include road and rail connectivity between Sydney and the Central West, increased drought assistance for farmers, further improve palliative care facilities, and further day care relief for families.