Nats MLA re­flects on his first year

Great Southern Herald - - News - Michael Traill

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

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

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

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

“We were at the first (live ex­port) Darkan fo­rum where there were 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 sports 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 also de­clared the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s fund­ing pack­age that saved Moora Res­i­den­tial Col­lege a win.

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