Travers steps down over health con­cern

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By LUCY JARVIS

ON­GO­ING health con­cerns prompted North Metropoli­tan MLC Ken Travers to step away from his port­fo­lio po­si­tions for State Op­po­si­tion ear­lier this month.

Mr Travers re­signed as Op­po­si­tion spokesman for trans­port, a po­si­tion he had held for six and a half years, as well as from the agriculture and food; in­fra­struc­ture; Wheat­belt and Mid West port­fo­lios.

Mr Travers said he started to feel un­well on May 1 and went to the af­ter hours clinic at Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus.

He then saw his GP, had blood tests and took two days off, but a cou­ple of weeks later, while giv­ing a speech on tax re­forms, he ex­pe­ri­enced another dizzy spell.

“Sud­denly in the mid­dle of the speech, I felt re­ally giddy (and) re­alised if I didn’t sit down, I would pass out,” he said.

Mr Travers went to see his GP in Mt Hawthorn that evening, who sent him by am­bu­lance to Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal.

“(They) never re­ally did work out what it was,” he said.

“I feel bet­ter but I still don’t feel 100 per cent; I’m go­ing to go and try and get another re­fer­ral.

“I was told to take a cou­ple of weeks off, which I did. I re­flected and re­alised that wasn’t go­ing to be able to con­tinue; I had too many balls jug­gling in the air.

“There are plenty of other peo­ple in the cau­cus who can be shadow min­is­ters.

“One of the things I have got to do is lose some weight.

“We’ve got our­selves a dog again; I’m tak­ing him (Max) for a walk ev­ery day.”

Hav­ing re­cently moved to Edge­wa­ter, Mr Travers said his fo­cus was now on rep­re­sent­ing the north­ern sub­urbs in the leadup to the 2017 state elec­tion.

“We (La­bor) need to win four to five seats in north metro if we want to win govern­ment; we need to win seats across the north­ern cor­ri­dor,” he said.

First elected to the Up­per House in 1996, Mr Travers took of­fice in 1997 and May 21 marked 18 years as an MP.

Un­til re­cently, his elec­torate of­fice had been in the same spot on Reid Prom­e­nade but in Jan­uary he moved to Collier Pass, op­po­site Joon­dalup Sta­tion.

“Joon­dalup has changed; Lake­side shop­ping cen­tre was prob­a­bly about a third of the size that it is now,” he said.

“I re­mem­ber com­ing up on the first train and it was all just parkland around the train sta­tion.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439474

North Metropoli­tan MLC Ken Travers and his dog Max.

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