A Wyndham councillor is keen to throw his hat in the ring for this year’s state election – but first, he wants to hear residents’ views before making a decision.

Harrison ward councillor Tony Hooper, who was elected to his first term of council at the November 2016 election, is launching an online survey to find out what issues locals would like him to advocate on if he decides to stand as an independent candidate for the seat of Altona. The seat is currently held by Labor MP Jill Hennessy.

The former Point Cook Action Group president said he had been approached by many people to stand. Cr Hooper said residents were concerned that politicians were too busy playing political games to focus on local needs, and believed an independent MP would help the seat get more local funding and services.

“We need local outcomes that answer the issues of our region, not political point scoring. We need politicians that know the communities they supposedly represent.

“I am genuinely undecided on whether I will stand, and I have an open mind as to what residents will tell me.”

Cr Hooper said the survey would remain online for four weeks and he would subsequently publish the survey’s findings.

Residents can take the survey, which will go live today (Wednesday) at www.tonyhooper.com.au/survey