Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Fisheries
Member for Geraldton
For most of his life, Ian has been involved in farming grain and merino sheep, at a property east of Geraldton. He has spent time in the local Army Reserve Unit, as a Grains Councillor for WA Farmers’ Federation, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Geraldton Mid-west Development Authority, and as a farmer member of the Western Panel of the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Ian is the patron of the Geraldton Surf Life-Saving Club, the Greenough Rifle Club, and a vice-patron of the WA Rifle Association. He is a member of the WA Farmers’ Federation, the Midwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Geraldton Rotary Club. Ian serves on the Board of Rangeway Primary School, which is the school at which he spent the most years of his schooling.
Geraldton is a sporting town and Ian sponsors many sports such as tennis, bowls, cricket, football, soccer, rugby, hockey, Pony Club, clay targets, rifle shooting, water polo, netball, basketball, T-ball, Harriers, triathlon, surf club, darts, Wild West Bike Tour, BMX and ATLAS. He has also provided assistance for 16 individuals to travel, and sponsors one of the Midwest Sports Awards.
Ian also is a proud sponsor of many community organisations, including Foodbank, Women’s Health Resource Centre, RFDS, Scouts, Seniors, 3 local agricultural societies, Show and Shine, Neighbourhood Watch, Geraldton Dog Rescue, Carols by Candlelight, MWCCI Business Awards, Charity Begins at Home, golf days, Rotary Clubs, McHappy Day, Midwest Art Prize, Relay for Life, Shave for a Cure, Guides, Variety Club, Midwest Multicultural Association, Mabuhay Club, Fijian Association, and quite a few others.
Ian also supports Relay for Life, Shave for a Cure, Light the Night, and Charity Begins at Home Midwest.
Ian has a great enthusiasm for education and provides prizes to all schools in the electorate, including the Augustus Gregory Award, which goes to the boy and girl who has improved the most in their final year. He also supports the Clem Burns Awards, the Randolph Stow Awards, Midwest Teachers’ Awards, VET Awards, Apprenticeship Awards, and provides a scholarship each year to Geraldton University Centre. He also provides a children’s bike to each Primary School P&C in the electorate to raffle.
Ian is passionate about Geraldton’s future, and preserving our way of life. He has been an enthusiastic supporter and worker for the development of Karara and other new mines in the Midwest. Ian sees it as a priority to diversify the local economy, and to encourage local small businesses. He is keen to keep housing affordable, and to maintain the level of services.
Some of the highlights of Ian’s time as Member for Geraldton have included:
- The new bridge on the Brand Highway across the Greenough River- an important safety improvement
- Completion of Indian Ocean Drive, and the Southern Transport Corridor
- Installation of 500 lux lights at Wonthella Oval, a project Geraldton has been trying to get for 40 years!
- Availability of the Country Pensioners’ Fuel card
- New buildings at Bluff Point for the Meekatharra School of the Air
- Much improved facilities at Geraldton Turf Club
- Improvements and deregulation of Geraldton Airport- which has meant many more discounted fares
- Airconditioning to all Geraldton State Schools
- The establishment of the Square Kilometre Array Project
- The building of the first stage of the 330kva power line
- Establishment of Karara- WA’s first magnetite mine, and its railway lines, and port facilities
- The building of Stages 1 and 2 of Wandina Primary School
- $25 million of new buildings at Central Regional Tafe, and selection of Geraldton as the HQ
- New Professional and Volunteer Fire Stations
- Upgrading of Geraldton Sea Rescue’s building, and supply of a new vessel
- Separation of John Willcock and Geraldton Senior into 2 separate schools from 2019, and $25 million of building improvements at the schools
- Expansion of Geraldton University Centre towards 300 students
- Establishment of Kidsport- 1176 children playing sport, who otherwise couldn’t.
Projects that Ian is currently working on, and which he considers priorities for the coming term include:
- Agreeing on a heavy- vehicle bypass around Geraldton
- Expanding Geraldton Hospital
- Developing aquaculture and tourism at the Abrolhos Islands
- Extending Geraldton Museum
- Expanding Geraldton University Centre
- Finding solutions to coastal erosion in Geraldton
- Finding a compromise that allows people to stay long-term at Point Moore
- Further development of our airport
- Development of the cruise ship industry
- Upgrades to Norwest Coastal Highway
During his time as the Member for Geraldton Ian has served on the Legislative Assembly’s Education and Health Standing Committee, and in the most recent Parliament chaired the Economics and Industry Standing Committee.