MIDLAND continues to be a ministerial hot spot this week, as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stopped by to officially open Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt’s campaign office.
The Foreign Minister cut the ribbon with Mr Wyatt outside his new Great Eastern Highway office yesterday
Ms Bishop, the Deputy Liberal Party leader and Member for Curtin, said she was proud of what Mr Wyatt had achieved for Hasluck.
“I am a great admirer of Ken’s work, and the reason I came out today is because I believe he makes a great contribution to this electorate,” Ms Bishop said.
“He has been a magnificent member, and now an Assistant Minister (for Health).
“He has been very impressive as a voice for the people of Hasluck in Canberra.”
Ms Bishop and Mr Wyatt came from Midland Gate to the opening, where they had been meeting and greeting locals.
“Having Julie beside me in the shopping centre is like being out with a rock star,” Mr Wyatt said.
“I just love the reaction of people when they realise it’s Julie Bishop!”
Ms Bishop said it was the other way around.
“I can really feel the support of Ken as a local member,” she said.
“His face and name recognition is really high. Hasluck’s a tough seat; there’s been redistribution and that doesn’t make it any easier, but I’m hopeful he will win.
“Not only can he can make a difference to this seat in our state, but the country.”
Mr Wyatt said his vision for Hasluck included delivering bridges over Helena River.
“This would connect the Lloyd Street underpass through to the airport, making it so much easier for people in Midland moving between here and the airport, as well as businesses not having to go out to Roe Highway and back into Midland,” he said.
The drug ice and its impact was another topic Mr Wyatt said he would tackle, as well as the need for greater communications in the Perth Hills.
“The need for mobile phone tower coverage in the Hills is another project I want to work on.”
Ms Bishop joked Curtin could take some notes from Hasluck; but with the exception of which football team Mr Wyatt followed.
“I’m always learning from Ken Wyatt,” she said.
“Except for the fact he goes for the Dockers and I’m the Eagles.
“Ken and I have fun in Canberra over this; we always bring a bit of WA to Canberra.”
Ms Bishop will join Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is also in WA this week, and other guests at the Liberal Party launch this evening.