Robyn Clarke knows the Murray-Wellington electorate well and has spent years ingrained in the region where she developed strong ties to its towns.
With the WAEC having declared the result, Mrs Clarke defeated outgoing Liberal MLA Murray Cowper by securing 51.4 per cent of the two party preferred vote. This represents a swing of 13.4 per cent to WA Labor.
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As a child, Mrs Clarke spent her weekends at the Lake Clifton Tavern, a pub her parents managed, and her husband has worked at the Pinjarra refinery for almost 30 years.
Mrs Clarke said she was passionate about standing up for the needs of locals and acknowledges the challenges facing the region, including high unemployment and minimal distribution Royalties for Regions funding per person.
As the new Murray-Wellington MLA, her first priority will be job creation through developing existing and new industries in the Shires of Murray, Waroona and Harvey.
“I know locals are really concerned about jobs,” she said.
“Unemployment in the Shire of Murray is over 10 per cent, which is unacceptably high, and there are a lot of young families in new developments around Australind and Pinjarra.
“So, my most important task will be to meet again with the local shires, unions, business groups and voters to build on the McGowan Labor Government’s plan for delivering local jobs in Murray-Wellington.”
Mrs Clarke has worked in a variety of industries, including media and healthcare, and has owned a small business.
As a mother and former small business owner, she understands the importance of driving local jobs with decent pay and conditions, and delivering quality public services.
“I spent a lot of time in the campaign speaking to voters over the phone and on the door step. I think that country people appreciate that personal touch and could see that I was working hard to earn every vote,” she said.
Mrs Clarke said she would also fight for improvements to local schools, hospitals and infrastructure.
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