Immigrant fears raised

A NORTH ward candidate in the September 8 council poll has released a campaign flyer that says the state government has a plan to build 25,000 houses in Wilton and suggests that these homes could be for "new immigrants".

Australia First Party-endorsed candidate Gloria Watling from The Oaks said she sent the flyer to about 4000 households in the north ward.

The flyer says: "Now we are told there's to be a state government-pushed plan to build 25,000 homes in Wilton — for new immigrants?"

Mrs Watling said she didn't believe the proposal would get off the ground but hoped that the houses would be for Australian residents if it were approved.

Wollondilly mayor Col Mitchell said about 8000 new houses were being proposed for the Wilton interchange.

He said there was a lot of inaccuracy in the flyer and that the community should check that before they made a decision.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said he could rule out claims of a plan to "push" 25,000 homes into Wilton.

"That's absolutely ridiculous," he said.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen's spokeswoman said skilled migration was essential to support the economy, tackle labour shortages and solve the problems of an ageing population.

A NSW Electoral Commission spokesman said it was not the arbiter of what was accurate or inaccurate in terms of campaign material.