WA Liberal Party to hold Shadow Cabinet in Bunbury on January 29 and 30

South-West MLC Steve Thomas is counting down to the Liberal Party's Shadow Cabinet events on January 29 and 30. Photo: Thomas Munday.
South-West MLC Steve Thomas is counting down to the Liberal Party's Shadow Cabinet events on January 29 and 30. Photo: Thomas Munday.

The Liberal Party of Western Australia is looking to form stronger ties to Bunbury and the South West ahead of the March 2021 State Election.

Government representatives will visit the region on January 29 and 30 for this year's Liberal Party Shadow Cabinet.

The party will meet with local governments and community groups in a variety of places, including Bunbury, Harvey, Collie, and Donnybrook.

During the trip, WA Opposition Leader Liza Harvey will also be visiting Busselton and Margaret River.

Mrs Harvey said the trip would help them to gain a greater understanding of the region's tourism, retail, agricultural, and manufacturing sectors.

"The Liberal Party has a proud tradition of taking Cabinets and Shadow Cabinets to the regions, including Bunbury, to make democracy more accessible for all West Australians," she said.

"In particular, we are heading to Bunbury to listen to local small businesses and the local community in the region to better understand the local issues, challenges, and opportunities.

"Like everywhere, we will also be talking to people about the impact that cost of living increases, unemployment, and falling house prices are having on families and local communities."

Mrs Harvey said the party was eager to listen to community members of varying ages and backgrounds.

"Gaining this important understanding will assist the Liberal Party in formulating election policies for the region, ready to be rolled out closer to the next election," she said.

South West MLC Steve Thomas said party representatives would be taking numerous trips to the region over the next 12 months.

"[Later this month] there will be a mixture of internal party events, discussions, and meetings. Individual MPs will also be talking to a range of businesses and community groups," he said.

"I would like to see a Shadow Cabinet with a stronger connection to, and a better understanding of, the South West.

"We're seeking to have a conversation about the growth and welfare of the district over the next decade."

Mr Thomas said the party, if elected, would focus on creating more "economically stimulating infrastructure" in the region.

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