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The new Parliament has begun sitting and the second term of the McGowan Government is underway. I have the great privilege now of serving in Premier McGowan’s Cabinet as the Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Innovation and ICT; Seniors and Ageing.

While it is true my Ministerial role will require me to spend a lot more time in Perth, it in no way diminishes my commitment to the electorate of Bunbury. Being your local Member has always been and will remain my priority.

The electorate of course includes the communities of Bunbury and Dalyellup but we now also welcome the communities of North Gelorup and Stratham. This adds new diversity to the electorate that brings with it new issues. I am excited to have the opportunity to represent these new communities in the Greater Bunbury area.

I intend to continue conducting mobile offices as well as community forums and town hall meetings to make sure you as my constituents still have opportunities to meet with me informally to discuss any issues that may be concerning you. If there is a particular issue impacting your neighbourhood, my office is happy to take requests for mobile offices in particular areas or for general community forums to be held to explore particular concerns.

My office is about to move. From Wednesday 2 June it will be open at the new location of Unit 4/31 Victoria Street. My office is always available to you, and the staff are very happy to help with any issues or requests for assistance you may have.

You can contact my office in person or by calling 9791 3636. My website,, includes feedback forms as well as the opportunity to join my community reference group. You can email the office at or send me a message on facebook. We will respond to all messages and requests as quickly as possible.

I am looking forward to spending the next four years working with you to make Bunbury, Dalyellup, Gelorup and Stratham even better places to live.
Government in Bunbury

During the election campaign, the McGowan Government made a number of commitments to the Bunbury electorate. We already have a huge program of works underway in our area that were committed to under the State Government’s Economic Recovery Package. Work is underway on a range of projects including the Bunbury Water Resource Recovery Scheme to provide recycled water for use on major infrastructure projects and irrigation of public open space, the northern section of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road and upgrades at Bunbury Senior High School.

The pipeline of work and local investment will continue as our election commitments start to roll out. Over the next four years the Government will;
  • Invest $200.1million for the redevelopment of the Bunbury Regional Hospital
  • Provide $78.1million for Transforming Bunbury Waterfront stage 3
  • Fund $8million for the South West Sports Centre multi-use court expansion
  • Provide $3million for the refurbishment of the South Bunbury Education Support Centre
  • Give $1million each to Bunbury Senior High School and Dalyellup College to create STEM classrooms
  • Invest $750 000 in safety upgrades at the Bunbury Speedway
  • Install lights at the intersection of Somerville Drive and Bussell Highway
  • Provide an additional $2million to the South West Advanced Manufacturing Hub feasibility study
  • Open a dedicated alcohol and other drug rehabilitation prison for men in custody at Bunbury Regional Prison
  • Provide $250 000 for a feasibility study for the Bunbury Ocean Pool
We are also committed to supporting a range of community organisations and the local services they provide, including the South West Refuge, the Women’s Health and Information Centre, Carey Park Scout Group, Stirling Street Arts Centre, Bunbury Motorcycle Club, Bunbury Musical Comedy Group, Bunbury PCYC, Morrissey Homestead, Wheelchair Sports South West, Shire of Capel, Bunbury Salvation Army, Bunbury Footy Club, Carey Park Footy Club, South West Community Legal Centre, Wardandi Miya-k Kaadadjiny Aboriginal Corporation, Picton Primary School and the Bunbury Museum.

In the Community

I may be in Perth more often but I am still getting out and about meeting people in our community. I have held three mobile offices since the election, in Withers, Carey Park and, at the request of the community, Glen Iris. These continue to be a great opportunity for conversations with community members about an incredibly broad range of issues.

Jobs South West was recently awarded $154 290 for an early intervention project to support young people in the region impacted by COVID-19. JSW do great work providing education, training and social support services so it was great to be able to go down and make a presentation to them to recognise the funding.

Cold and flu season is upon us and it is really important we don’t forget about our annual flu jab. Your doctor or your local chemist can give you the flu vaccine so it's easy to organise, convenient and affordable. While we have all, quite rightly, been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t afford to get complacent about the flu. If you are eligible for the COVID vaccination, just make sure you talk to your doctor about the timing so you can get the flu shot as well.

Today I have been to the launch of the Tiny Houses Pilot project. This was a promise I made at the 2017 election, to provide $180 000 for three tiny houses to be built to provide a housing option for people experiencing or vulnerable to homelessness. The pilot is to demonstrate the potential of diverse forms of housing and test the tiny house form as viable accommodation for single people and explore its viability as one possible way of addressing homelessness. This project has been delivered by Accordwest in partnership with the Salvation Army and with the support of a huge number of community groups and businesses, amongst them Challis Builders and local Rotary Groups. I am very proud of this project and so very pleased with the outcome. My heartfelt congratulations to all.

I was very disappointed I was not able to attend the Sorry Day events in Bunbury this year. This is an important national day to recognise past wrongs and walk together towards a better future. It was fantastic to see the huge turnout for the reconciliation march and see our community come together. It is still Reconciliation Week until 3 June so if you see any community events go on, get involved.


Coming Up

Mobile Office
Saturday 19 June, 10.00am
Tuart Brook Park, Dudley Drive, Usher
WA Day
This coming long weekend we will be celebrating WA Day. After the last 12 months or so I have never been more proud to be a Western Australian and am looking forward to attending the WA Day event at the Stirling Street Arts Centre on Sunday 6 June, beginning at 10am.
Business Briefings – BORR
Main Roads hold regular business briefings for local businesses wanting to be involved in the delivery of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road. There is a target of $300million to be spent with local businesses on this infrastructure project and $20million with Aboriginal businesses.
If you want to know how your business can be involved, the next briefing will be at on 15 June at Maker and Co on Victoria Street with one session starting at 10am and another at 2pm. Follow this link to register you attendance

Community Reference Group

I am establishing a community reference group as another way of hearing from community members their ideas for way to make our communities even better places to live.

All interested members of the Bunbury, Dalyellup, Gelorup and Stratham communities who would like to share their views and ideas for the future, raise current issues and propose solutions for our community are most welcome to join.

Members of the CRG will be invited to submit ideas, suggestions and questions at anytime. These ideas will be shared with the membership of the CRG, as will my responses.

The intention is to create an ongoing conversation about making Bunbury an even better place to live, work and raise a family. The agendas for future town hall meetings will be drawn from the issues suggested by the CRG.

If you would like to join my CRG, please email my office at and include Community Reference Group in the subject line or follow this link and complete the signup sheet.


In the Parliament 

Heading into Parliament as a new Minister has brought with it a number of exciting new firsts. Question time can be a bit daunting but I have answered my first question without notice, and I have read in my first piece of legislation, Aquatic Resources Management Amendment Bill 2021

There have been many other firsts in our Parliament over recent weeks. Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA was elected as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the first woman to hold that position. A couple of weeks later Hon. Alanna Clohesy MLC was elected to the equivalent position in the Upper House, President of the Legislative Council. The fact that both of these positions are now held by women show just how much has changed in our Parliament since Edith Cowan was elected as the first female Member exactly 100 years ago.

Inaugural speeches are always fascinating, and it has been a pleasure to listen to the newly elected members over the last couple of weeks. If you are interested, please have a read of a couple of these speeches or watch the videos and be inspired by the life experiences that have motivated our newest Members of Parliament to serve their communities. You can access the daily Hansard at
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