New Darling Range MP Barry Urban understands the importance of grassroots community.
As a councillor on the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and long-time resident of Jarrahdale, Mr Urban said he was well-placed to guide the electorate with his in-depth understanding of local issues.
With the WAEC having declared the result, Mr Urban defeated outgoing Liberal MP Tony Simpson by securing 55.8 per cent of the two party preferred vote. This represents a swing of 18.9 per cent to WA Labor.
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As a police officer for 24 years in the United Kingdom and Perth, law and order issues also feature highly on Mr Urban’s list of priorities, including more police on the beat and making Armadale police station a 24/7 operation.
More recently, Mr Urban has worked as a youth justice officer – a job in which he realised the need to build strong, supportive communities. He said he recognised the need to build strong communities in the Darling Range electorate and was dedicated to fighting for better education services, community facilities, healthcare, and transport services for the area.
Mr Urban grew up in a close-knit mining community in north-east England and developed his sense of helping others in need during his school years. Early in his career, he was a member of the British Military and served in Cyprus with a United Nations peacekeeping force. He is married to Jennifer and the couple has three sons, Lachlan, Nathan and Jack.
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