MP looks back on first full year in role
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.”
Member for Roe Peter Rundle in Narrogin.