West Australian Liberal leader visits Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show

Margot Siemer, Victoria Brown, Liza Harvey MLA and Jim Chown MLC at the Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show. Photo: Sarah Makse.
Margot Siemer, Victoria Brown, Liza Harvey MLA and Jim Chown MLC at the Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show. Photo: Sarah Makse.

The West Australian opposition leader paid a visit to the Esperance and Districts Agricultural show on Saturday, October 19, to mingle with locals and discuss the issues important to the region.

Liberal leader Liza Harvey said she was blown away by the quality of the show and said it was a great opportunity to get to know the people of Esperance.

"I would like to commend the city of Esperance on this amazing show,' she said.

"Everyone seems pretty cheery, what I've been really impressed with is the number of stands that are here this year and also the patronage, it's just so busy, it's really good to see."

Ms Harvey said she commended The Esperance Shire Council's decision to award a tender for the construction of a replacement Esperance Tanker Jetty and encouraged new councillors to get behind the project.

"The jetty issue has been pushing along for quite some time and I was certainly aware of that when we were in government, I am really pleased to hear that has been resolved," she said.

"It would be great to hear all of the elected members getting on board with the project instead of criticising.

"I think it's taken a long time to get to a point where that jetty issue has been resolved, it's been pushed by the local government here for such a long time and they should be really proud of themselves for getting the final outcome that they have."

Ms Harvey said she was pleased to see the expansion to the South Regional TAFE to provide greater opportunities to grow the region's skilled workforce.

Ms Harvey said she was proud to be involved in the delivery of early funds to upgrade the TAFE during her time as Minister for Training and Workforce Development.

"That was probably one of my proudest moments as Minister," she said.

"I came down here and told the lecturers that the money is there, it's been allocated, the project is getting started and three of them were in tears, they couldn't believe they were finally getting a facility for their students and for this town."

"This is a regional training centre for a massive catchment around here and the town needs tradies, it needs a trained and skilled workforce."

Ms Harvey said she also hoped to revert the State Government's decision to reduce the Boarding Away from Home Allowance in order to provide more support for regional families.

"It needs to be restored, when you are living in a regional area you don't have a choice and so you need to have equality of opportunity for access to education and that's what that fund is designed to do," she said.

"I expect that will be part of our policy, but we will announce those closer to the election, but in the interim we will be kicking and screaming and trying to get the government to reverse that decision."

Ms Harvey said she planned to spend more time in Esperance in the future.

"I have been in the job for 14 weeks and this is my second visit to Esperance," she said.

"I'll be back, Esperance and this seat of Roe are on our radar and there's always been a strong Liberal presence in this part of West Australia so you can expect to see more of me."