Nationals candidate Terry Redman has retained his seat in the electorate of Warren-Blackwood following the results of the weekend’s State Election, but indicated he was disappointed not to continue with his role as Regional Development Minister.
Votes indicated Mr Redman would retain the seat early on in the count, with challenges from Liberal candidate Ross Woodhouse and Labor’s Hugh Litson having little effect on the Nationals’ performance in the election.
“I essentially doubled my vote in the Margaret River area which was a great success,” Mr Redman said, admitting to “mixed feelings” about Saturday’s results.
“There are a lot of things in play which will now be my focus moving forward, having been a part of Royalties for Regions and being able to effect change in areas such as the Busselton Margaret River Regional Airport and the Margaret River perimeter road project,” he said.
“It is one thing to have the support of the electorate and that is certainly a privilege I am proud to hold.
“The tough side is not being a minister, and not having the power to sit around that table and make an impact as I have in the past.”
Mr Redman said he would be watching the Labor government’s steps as they aim to deliver a budget that does not include the sale of major assets, such as Western Power.
“I am looking forward to holding the new government to account with Royalties for Regions, and the projects which are planned for the region.”
Mr Redman said he believed the WA branch of the National Party was able to deliver on a wide range of expectations, particularly in Warren-Blackwood, where priorities are diverse.
“There is a strong green vote in parts of the region like Margaret River and Denmark, while areas such as Manjimup are traditionally focused on timber and other industries. “It is a challenge I always look forward to and we are very much looking forward to the future.”