Community focus for Clarke’s second term
SCHOOLS and community concerns were among the priorities Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke’s listed as she entered her second year in office last month.
Mrs Clarke said she would continue to be out in the electorate during her second year and would attend the upcoming Harvey community meetings.
“Listening to the concerns of the community will be my number one priority,” Mrs Clarke said.
She said among her achievements in her first year was awarding Local Projects, Local Jobs grants.
“They’ve been significant for community groups and projects around the electorate,” she said.
Mrs Clarke said she had no regrets from her first year but had not been prepared for how much time the role as a Member of Parliament took.
“There’s no handbook or training that prepares you for this role.
“No one tells you how much time this take out of your life.
“You have to make yourself available to your constituents and your electorate.”
Mrs Clarke said she had a lot to learn when she first entered the job in particular the many procedures and protocols for sitting in Parliament.
“There’s nothing that I’m not willing to take on or learn,” she said.
“Every time I walk into the chamber I still get chills and think ‘wow I’m a part of this, I’m making a difference’.”
Mrs Clarke said one of her main priorities going into her second year was looking after the schools in the electorate which included advocating on behalf of Pinjarra Senior High School for a new gym and performing arts centre.
Mrs Clarke said she was also working to develop the Peel Business Park including a food manufacturing hub which would help the high youth unemployment in the Peel region.
“Come 2019, actual infrastructure will be getting built,” she said.
“We’re trying to find ways and means to reduce the youth unemployment in Peel.”
Mrs Clarke said she had a number of people to thank for their support including Mandurah MLA David Templeman as a mentor and confidant, the shires of Harvey, Waroona and Murray, the community groups that had opened their doors, her staff and her husband Charlie as her biggest supporter and volunteer.