Member for Roe Peter Rundle says the Water Minister’s blatant ignorance of water issues affecting producers and towns in his electorate was verging on dangerous.
In Parliament this week Mr Rundle asked the Minister if he could explain why Water Corporation cut off supply to critical standpipes in the Lake Grace and Kulin areas during periods of high demand.
“The practice of Water Corporation turning off supply to standpipes jeopardises the ability of producers to collect emergency water for stock and firefighting purposes,” Mr Rundle said.
“When asked, the Minister failed to explain how this situation occurred and was unable to guarantee that it wouldn’t happen again.Read more
Member for Roe Peter Rundle has called the recent decision by Water Corp to close standpipes in Roe with no notice “completely avoidable”.
In January Water Corporation closed up to 80 per cent of standpipes in the Shires of Lake Grace and Kulin, with no notice to the community’s affected, leaving farmers unable to secure water to service their livestock.
Mr Rundle expressed his concern in Parliament today, saying there was no logical excuse from the Minister for Water for this action.Read more
25 January 2019
Member for Roe Peter Rundle has urged everyone to stay safe over this long weekend, as Australia experiences a surge in drowning deaths.
Figures released by the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia show a 50 per cent increase in drowning nation-wide, with 77 drowning deaths recorded since the beginning of December 2018.
“We’ve experienced a stunning summer, and Western Australian’s have flocked to their local beach, river or dam but everyone needs to remain alert to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe,” Mr Rundle said.Read more
13 December 2018
Member for Roe Peter Rundle has called on the new Minister responsible for ports to fix the mess created by the inaction of her predecessor.
Premier Mark McGowan announced today that Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan would take over responsibility of ports from Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Mr Rundle said it was evident the Premier thought Minister Saffioti had failed in her responsibilities by refusing to act on the numerous concerns regarding poor workplace culture within Southern Ports.Read more
31 October 2018
The Nationals WA have secured a major win for the agricultural sector, after the Minister for Agriculture agreed to significant industry and committee supported changes to the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2017.
Member for Roe Peter Rundle said The Nationals led the charge for the Bill to be referred to a Legislative Council Parliamentary Committee in March this year.
“The bipartisan committee made a number of recommendations to improve the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2017 and called for the removal of several contentious clauses in the legislation,” Mr Rundle said.Read more
31 August 2018
Member for Roe Peter Rundle MLA encourages Esperance residents to have their say on the draft concept designs recently released by the Shire of Esperance for a replacement jetty.
The draft concept designs are for a 400m jetty that incorporates a timber historic section, a cement fishing jetty, a widened jetty head and a lowered diving deck.
Mr Rundle said the Esperance community weren’t satisfied with the previous concept designs, and had made their opinions heard.
“It was obvious that the previous concept design did not meet the community’s expectations, and they expected the Shire to go back to the drawing board,” Mr Rundle said.Read more
The Nationals WA have called for the Royal Commission into aged care be expanded to investigate the critical shortage of age-appropriate housing and care providers in regional Western Australia.
Spokesperson for seniors and ageing Peter Rundle congratulated the Prime Minister for calling the Royal Commission, saying poor aged care outcomes were consistently raised with Nationals MPs when they travelled across the State.
Mr Rundle has written to both Mr Morrison and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt to request the terms of reference be expanded.
“The current model of aged care in regional WA is not suitable and The Nationals would like the scope of the Royal Commission widened to investigate this,” he said.
Mr Rundle said work undertaken by his Nationals colleague Terry Redman, the former Minister for Regional Development, in commissioning the Ageing in the Bush Report in 2016, had found alarming gaps in aged care.Read more
Peter Rundle MLA and Hon Colin de Grussa MLA at the 2018 LambEx Conference
The Nationals WA agriculture and food spokesman Colin de Grussa has called on the industry to unite to create a ‘one stop shop’ for trusted information on agriculture.
During his Nuffield Scholarship study tour in 2014, Mr de Grussa met with the British National Farmers’ Union and its German equivalent, who have established themselves as the reliable source for facts and education on agriculture, and has advocated for a similar organisation in Australia since.
“Our industry currently faces a crisis, where the general population are bombarded with information – or misinformation – related to the ‘evils’ of live export, factory farming, GM, environmental issues and other emotive topics,” Mr de Grussa said.Read more
29 June 2018
Member for Roe Peter Rundle has welcomed the Labor Government’s funding for aged care projects across Roe that will allow regional senior citizens to remain in their communities.
Broomehill, Cranbrook, Katanning and Kojonup communities will share in $13.1 million to build and expand accommodation, while the Cuballing, Wickepin and Narrogin communities will receive a share of $160 000 to further develop business cases for aged care projects.
Mr Rundle said that he was pleased the McGowan Government had finally started supporting the aging population in regional Western Australia.Read more
27 June 2018
Member for Roe Peter Rundle says he is bitterly disappointed that Labor failed to support an amendment to the Heritage Bill that would have seen the future of the state’s three remaining jetties protected in legislation.
During debate yesterday Member for North West Central Vince Catania moved an amendment calling for the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty, the Esperance Tanker Jetty and the Busselton Jetty to be protected and preserved to ensure the long-term sustainability of the jetties.
Mr Rundle said he was frustrated that the McGowan Government voted against the amendment.Read more