Growing up as a son of small business owners in regional WA has given Stephen Price invaluable insight and appreciation into the challenges of operating a small business.
With the WAEC having declared the result, Mr Price defeated outgoing Liberal MLA Nathan Morton by securing 59.4 per cent of the two party preferred vote. This represents a swing of 11.6 per cent to WA Labor.
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Mr Price’s parents impressed on him the importance of contributing to their local neighbourhood – and it is that same sense of community he instils in his own family.
As a father of four young girls, Mr Price said he worried about their future and would do what he could to ensure they received a quality education to set them up for the jobs of the future.
He believes well-resourced schools, easily accessible public transport and health services are central to creating opportunity for people.
But addressing crime in his electorate would be one of his first priorities as an MLA.
After completing his schooling in Harvey and Bunbury, Mr Price started his working career as a fly-in, fly-out gold miner before working at an alumina refinery, where he played a key role in improving health and safety programs on worksites.
During his career as an elected of official of the Australian Workers’ Union, he was involved in workplace negotiations to improve wages and conditions for West Australian workers, in the mining, agriculture, offshore oil and gas, construction, forestry and government sectors. This included negotiations with local, state and federal governments, multi-national employers and industry groups.
He is proud of his successes in his time as the State Secretary of Australia’s longest-running union, including a doubling of the state membership.
Mr Price has also served as a volunteer with the West Dardanup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, Captain and Deputy Chief Bushfire Control Officer for the Shire of Dardanup and a trainer for Bushfire Brigade volunteers.
Mr Price also holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management and Master of Business Administration, obtained in 2016.
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