Keeping families in town and better deals for the agriculture sector top the bill of Nationals WA State Member for Roe Peter Rundle’s objectives as he heads to the polls in March seeking a second term.
Mr Rundle holds the education portfolio within the party and said securing good leadership in local schools would be essential to keeping families in regional areas.
“I’ve got a real focus on good leadership in our schools. A good leader will keep good staff and keeps our communities in town, so that’s really important for me,” he said.
“It’s not all about ATAR but I think if you’ve got a good ATAR school or a good pathway for those types of kids, that will encourage them to stay in the community.
“If they can’t see it, then you end up with families leaving.”
“We need to support our kids not going down the ATAR path, and that’s why I’m really encouraged to see our Esperance TAFE finally getting built because I was there at the announcement when I was a candidate.”
Mr Rundle said he would also continue to advocate for the agricultural sector, and earlier this week announced the Nationals WA would reinstate the Farm Water Rebate and Pastoral Water Grant schemes if they formed government after the State election.
“I’m worried about water and I’m worried about sheep numbers … we’ve got a real focus on water security,” he said.
Mr Rundle said there was also more to be done to prevent bushfires in the region and he had a particular focus on aerial water bombers.
“When you go out to Cape Le Grand or some of those places, you just cannot get in there with vehicles so aerial capacity is really important as well, so hopefully we’re in Government so we can put those things in place, but if we’re not, we’ll keep flying the flag,” he said.
Mr Rundle said with the diverse nature of his 106,000sqkm electorate, it was important to have diverse plans for the patch.
In December, Mr Rundle announced a $500,000 election committent from the party to establish a barrier for shark-safe swimming at James Street in Esperance.
Mr Rundle said when he worked in Perth during his younger years, he found many people did not think about the regions unless it affected their own lives.
“That sort of helped me understand that we’ve got to get out there and fight for ourselves in a lot of ways,” he said.