La­bor names its Pil­bara chal­lenger

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha busi­ness­man Kevin Michel has been se­lected for the mam­moth task of tak­ing on WA Na­tion­als leader Bren­don Grylls in the Pil­bara seat for WA La­bor at the March State Elec­tion.

Mr Michel, who owns an air-con­di­tion­ing busi­ness servicing the Pil­bara, was en­dorsed to push La­bor’s agenda for health, ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment.

“The Lib­eral-Na­tional Gov­ern­ment has been far too fo­cused on the Perth CBD and I want to shift the fo­cus back to the places where peo­ple live, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to cre­at­ing jobs and de­liv­er­ing bet­ter health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices,” he said.

“I’m ex­cited about the po­ten­tial of WA La­bor’s Plan for Jobs in the Pil­bara and I want to help cre­ate a more di­verse econ­omy where peo­ple can find jobs in a range of in­dus­tries.

“I’ve al­ways worked hard to im­prove the lives of peo­ple in my com­mu­nity and I’m com­mit­ted to rolling up my sleeves and get­ting things done.”

Mr Michel has lived in the Pil­bara for 16 years and is in­volved in fundrais­ing for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tors Ser­vice, St Vin­cent de Paul, the Cancer Coun­cil and St Paul’s Catholic Church.

He joins North West Cen­tral can­di­date Shane Hill and Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Stephen Daw­son as La­bor hopes to prise Pil­bara votes from the Na­tion­als.

La­bor has pitched it­self against the WA Na­tion­als on sev­eral key pol­icy fronts, in­clud­ing pri­vati­sa­tion of Utah Point, the sale of Hori­zon Power’s en­ergy grid, and Mr Grylls’ $5/tonne min­ing sur­charge levy pro­posal.

WA Op­po­si­tion leader Mark McGowan said ed­u­ca­tion, skills train­ing, aged care, hospi­tal ser­vices, men­tal health and drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion would be key is­sues for the Pil­bara.

“Kevin un­der­stands the pres­sures con­fronting lo­cal busi­nesses and will work hard to make life eas­ier for Pil­bara fam­i­lies,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Buck­ley

Kevin Michel.

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