Congratulations to Simone McGurk, the Member for Fremantle and Peter Tinley, Member for Willagee for having been appointed by Labor leader Mark McGowan to the front bench of the shadow ministry of the Western Australian Parliament.
I have great respect for both members who work very hard for their electorate and our state.
Simone McGurk has been in parliament since 2013. She was the secretary of Unions WA before that and also a radio producer and consultant to the Yamatji Land and Sea Council.
Peter Tinley has been in Parliament since 2010 and is a decorated former SAS soldier, who had a distinguished 25 tear military career.
It is pretty impressive for the southern suburbs to have two members in the shadow ministry, so well done Simone and Peter! Drinks are on you! ; >)
It is interesting to note that in his first major policy speech about revitalisation of suburban centres W.A state Labor leader Mark McGowan did not mention Fremantle.
It is nice to see Labor thinking along the same lines as I proposed to decentralise work destinations and to create activity centres in suburbs to curb the urban sprawl, but it is disappointing McGowan mentioned Joondalup, Rockingham, Cockburn, Murdoch, Ellenbrook, Mirrabooka and Morley, but not a word about Freo.
History shows that neither Labor nor the Liberals have done much for Fremantle when in power in Western Australia, so would Labor look after the port city better should they win the state election in about two years from now?
Maybe it is time for Fremantle Member Simone McGurk to let the Freo community know what her wish list for Fremantle is and how hard she is lobbying her leader to finally get things done for Freo. Without state and federal support and a lot of private investment non of the transformational dreams of Fremantle Council will ever become reality unfortunately.