By Melissa Meehan
While not officially endorsed as the candidate for Bass, Mr Rankine says he would provide an obvious change from both the Labor and Liberal candidates.
“I’m tipping a big backlash this year,” Mr Rankine said.
“That’s why I want to let the people know I want to engage with them – I’m concerned about the way democracy is turning in this country.”
No stranger to the coastal areas of the electorate, Mr Rankine also lived in Bunyip for the last four years of his schooling.
During this time he became involved with the CFA before going on to study for his Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education at Monash University.
He taught in both city and country schools before moving permanently to Wonthaggi with his wife Nola, a general practitioner.
Mr Rankine decided to take time off from work to both support Nola and bring up the children. Mr Rankine has been a member of the Dalyston CFA for 20 years, holding the positions of secretary, treasurer and lieutenant during that time. He has also been an office bearer with the local car club, community heritage and environment groups.
Now that the two children are pursuing their own careers in engineering and paramedics, Mr Rankine feels he has the time to devote to being the Member for Bass.
Mr Rankine has devoted the last two years to research and advocacy against the current State Government’s water policy, currently being the secretary of Watershed Victoria Inc.
Over the last 20 years Mr Rankine has witnessed poor decisions being made within the electorate by both major parties and believes he has the skills to hold governments accountable in future political decision making.
“I’m new to the game, and while I don’t know much about the issues in the Pakenham side of the electorate, I’m willing to learn and will make sure I attend all meetings and important events to listen to what people want.”
By Melissa Meehan