Greater opportunities for youth among priorities, says Grills

NEW WA Nationals member for Mining and Pastoral Dave Grills said providing greater opportunities for youth in regional and rural areas is high among his priorities.

Mr Grills opened his electorate office in Esperance earlier this month, taking over from former Esperance-based Mining and Pastoral MLA Wendy Duncan.

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder-based MP said he had opened his main office in Esperance in order to maintain a strong Nationals presence in the town.

"We want to continue with the work Wendy Duncan has done here," Mr Grills said. "We're going to keep working hard for the region."

A former police officer, Mr Grills said he had developed a strong interest in youth issues over the course of his career.

"I'm very passionate about youth justice and how we deal with young offenders," he said.

"I think a lot of the things that happen to our young folk underpin some of the social issues in the general community.

"I would like to work more closely and in a more meaningful manner with the young people in our communities to get some better outcomes."

Mr Grills said more educational opportunities needed to be available to keep young people in Esperance and the region.

"I've already met with the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) and the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) to look at ways we can improve and expand the Goldfields Institute of Technology," Mr Grills said.

"What we put into the education of young people is what we will reap in the future.

"We want to invest the most we can in order to value-add to the community."

On agriculture, Mr Grills said he believed the $300 million WA Nationals agricultural policy announced prior to the March state election would come to fruition.

"I'm confident the $300 million agriculture policy will be rolled out. We always planned it would come from Royalties for Regions and be included in the forward estimates," he said.

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