Burns Beach MLA sets priorities for first term following police career

Mark Folkard (centre) with his wife Andrea and electorate officer Sue Hearn.
Premier Mark McGowan with Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard.
Mark Folkard (centre) with his wife Andrea and electorate officer Sue Hearn. Premier Mark McGowan with Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard.

POLICE officer turned politician, Mark Folkard says he has been looking forward to representing his electorate after winning the Burns Beach seat last month.

“One of my first priorities will be to make sure that our education facilities are up to date and meet the demands of our students,” he said.

“The demountable classrooms at Currambine Primary School are in a dire need of an upgrade – especially since we’ve found traces of asbestos in one of them.”

The Burns Beach MLA is also looking forward to delivering upgrades to community facilities.

“At this stage, we’ve flagged a desire to update the Thornton Park play space and the Windermere Park clubrooms,” he said.

“We will be liaising with the City of Joondalup in due course to see this be delivered in a timely fashion,” he said.

After receiving a 13.9 per cent swing in Labor’s favour, Mr Folkard said he felt humbled by the result.

“I feel indebted to the people of Burns Beach, and I won’t be taking their support and faith in my abilities for granted,” he said.

Mr Folkard had been a police officer for 27 years and his work included establishing the East Timor police force.