Unimpressed by Mr Michel’s absence
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.