MP looks back on first full year in role

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Michael Traill

It’s a real priv­i­lege to be elected to rep­re­sent the seat of Roe. Peter Rundle

Mem­ber for Roe Peter Rundle has re­flected on his first full year in Par­lia­ment, as the State’s leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly had its fi­nal sit­ting of 2018 last Thurs­day.

He de­scribed the chal­lenges res­i­dents in his elec­torate, span­ning from Cuballing to Esper­ance, had faced in 2018.

The big­gest, ac­cord­ing to Mr Rundle, were the pro­posed fund­ing cuts to re­gional ed­u­ca­tion and Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tress an­nounced by the State Govern­ment, which were both re­versed or par­tially re­versed, and the con­tin­u­ing live ex­port saga.

Mr Rundle said he was en­cour­aged bythe com­mu­nity’s re­sponse to those is­sues.

“We were at the first (live ex­port) Darkan fo­rum where there was 150 grow­ers within two weeks of the 60 Min­utes footage be­ing re­leased and the Katan­ning rally with over 1000 peo­ple at­tend­ing,” he said.

“I think that was good be­cause it (puts) a light on how im­por­tant the live ex­port in­dus­try is to our farm­ing sec­tor and sup­port­ing in­dus­tries.

“My elec­toral of­fice took a beat­ing as well with a spray can from some­one who is fairly pas­sion­ate about the is­sue.”

The Na­tion­als MP said the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s fund­ing pack- age that saved Moora Res­i­den­tial Col­lege was a win, and the is­sue had dom­i­nated WA Na­tion­als party room dis­cus­sions along with CRC fund­ing.

“We cer­tainly took on the cam­paign early on with the likes of the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion — we held three ral­lies be­fore Christ­mas (last year), which demon­strated how pas­sion­ate the re­gional com­mu­ni­ties were,” he said.

Af­ter 20 months of serv­ing in State Par­lia­ment, the Katan­ning farmer said he was start­ing to get to grips with his new oc­cu­pa­tion.

“It’s a real priv­i­lege to be elected to rep­re­sent the seat of Roe, it’s been a real learn­ing curve,” he said. “The elec­torate con­sul­ta­tion, I re­ally en­joy that. Par­lia­ment side of it does take time to un­der­stand and un­der­stand how to be ef­fec­tive in there.”

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Mem­ber for Roe Peter Rundle in Nar­ro­gin.

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