A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When it comes to election campaigns, a promise to polish a shiny link is far easier than a vow to strengthen the rusty one that’s been neglected for years. Over the next six weeks, you’ll see a series of headline-grabbing funding announcements as political parties pledge to splash cash across our region. Some of it will be for tourism, like the multimillion-dollar promises made for upgrades at The Gap and a permanent sculpture exhibition at Middleton Beach. Those sound great. The Gap is one of our finest natural attractions, but the facilities could use an upgrade. And an art installation at Middleton Beach would add character to a precinct which is set to get a lot busier in the coming years. But what about domestic violence and drug addiction? Those subjects aren’t as easy, but they are more important. Why does Albany have a single women’s refuge with just four rooms? Why haven’t residential rehabilitation programs for domestic violence perpetrators been rolled out across WA? Why does the Great Southern not have a residential alcohol and drug rehab centre? If someone with a drug or domestic violence problem decides they need help, it should be as accessible as possible. Domestic violence and drugs are the scourge of our communities. They are two of the weak links in our chain. This month, the Liberal Party announced a five-year, $45.5 million domestic violence package for WA. While commendable, it doesn’t go far enough. Today, the Nationals WA pledged $5m for a residential drug and alcohol rehab centre near Albany — finally, one of the parties has listened to our community on this. There is nothing wrong with putting toilets at The Gap or sculptures on the beach. But if you ask workers at the women’s refuge or the police officers who deal with drugs and abuse every day, they might tell you the money could be better spent.