Travers steps down over health concern
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.”
North Metropolitan MLC Ken Travers and his dog Max.