Com­mu­nity fo­cus for Clarke’s sec­ond term

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - David Charlesworth

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.

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