Federal member for the seat of O’Connor Rick Wilson has visited Esperance this weekend to meet with constituents and celebrate the 2017 Festival of the Wind.
While visiting the region bid farewell to out-going member for Eyre Graham Jacobs and welcomed newly elected member for Roe Peter Rundle.
Mr Wilson said while he expected the West Australia Liberals to lose the state general election on March 11, he was surprised by the extent of the loss.
“It was disappointing to lose some really good state colleagues,” Mr Wilson said.
In the electorate of Roe Mr Wilson said it was sad to see Liberal MP Graham Jacobs lose his seat, as both Mr Wilson and Dr Jacobs had worked closely for many years.
“I’ve worked closely with him for years and it’s sad to see him go,” he said.
Mr Wilson congratulated Nationals candidate and now member for Roe Peter Rundle for taking the seat, stating he would work with Mr Rundle to address the needs of people living in their jurisdiction.
“Peter is my neighbour, we’ve know each other since we were children,” he said.
“I look forward to working with him in O’Connor.”
Mr Wilson said despite the major shake-up in the state, he would endeavour to establish a good-working relationship with the WA Labor government and would prioritise constitute issues first.
“When issues arise we’ll deal with them respectfully,” he said.
“I’m sure they want the best outcomes.”
Mr Wilson highlighted the achievements of Liberal party members Kyran O’Donnell and Peter Watson, and Nationals MP Terry Redman for retaining their seats, amid a massive swing away from the Coalition government.
“One of the best things to come out of the election is Kyran O’Donnell in Kalgoorlie. I’m confident he’ll win the election,” he said.
Mr Wilson said he looked forward to working with both Mr O’Donnell and Mr Watson, in his electorate of O’Connor.