Unim­pressed by Mr Michel’s ab­sence

Pilbara News - - News - Jacqui Boy­dell, WA Na­tion­als deputy leader and Min­ing and Pas­toral MLC

The Na­tion­als WA team wrapped up a three-day visit to the Pil­bara last Wed­nes­day.

Our en­tire par­lia­men­tary team, in­clud­ing leader Mia Davies, came to the re­gion for meet­ings and com­mu­nity engagement fo­rums in Kar­ratha, Dampier, Roe­bourne, Port Hed­land and South Hed­land.

This was an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for our MPs from other parts of re­gional WA who got to speak face-to-face with the peo­ple, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions which make the Pil­bara such a great place to live, work and in­vest.

Lo­cal is­sues raised in­cluded angst about crime, al­co­hol abuse and vol­un­teer num­bers, but the one item which kept com­ing up was the ab­sence of Pil­bara MP Kevin Michel.

The Pil­bara com­mu­nity is rightly con­cerned Mr Michel is not look­ing out for its best in­ter­ests. Time and again we were told Mr Michel had failed; whether it was not stand­ing up for lo­cals when it came to the per­va­sion of fly-in, fly-out camps, mak­ing dis­parag­ing com­ments about Kar­ratha as a place peo­ple only come to for work, or not ar­tic­u­lat­ing a plan for the re­gion’s de­vel­op­ment.

I was there­fore in­cred­i­bly sur­prised to read Mr Michel’s ar­ti­cle in last week’s news­pa­per where he was so crit­i­cal of projects de­liv­ered by The Na­tion­als dur­ing our time in Govern­ment. He was happy to at­tend and smile for the cam­eras at the open­ing of the spec­tac­u­lar Red Earth Arts Precinct ear­lier this year and, just last week, the open­ing of the new Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus.

Mr Michel’s ar­ti­cle stated “we must step away from boom and bust cy­cles to­wards di­ver­si­fied, long-term growth”, yet he has ac­tively cham­pi­oned the build­ing of a 700-bed FIFO camp on the edge of Kar­ratha against the com­mu­nity’s wishes.

The Na­tion­als will con­tinue to stand up for the Pil­bara in Mr Michel’s ab­sence and we look for­ward to com­par­ing his record of de­liv­er­ing against ours come the State Elec­tion in 2021.

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