Former Wanneroo MLA Miles set for holiday before deciding on future


Former Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles with his son Jacob (12) and wife Shelly on election night.
Former Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles with his son Jacob (12) and wife Shelly on election night.

FORMER Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles will spend a couple of weeks relaxing in Thailand before assessing his career prospects.

The Liberal member hopes to stay around politics, whether local or State government, and will see what options present themselves.

“I’m not ruling any of those opportunities out,” he said.

“I love integrating with people; I love to go into a room of people and talk of all the issues of the day, or the future.

“I think I’ll always be around that part of life.”

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Mr Miles, who lost to Labor’s Sabine Winton in a more than 18 per cent swing against him, said he expected his party would lose government “without a doubt” but had hoped to retain his seat.

He said he had enjoyed everything about his role since being elected in 2008.

“I’ve had a fabulous eight-and-a-half years as the member for Wanneroo,” he said.

“Everything I’ve ever done I’ve set out to get a benefit locally.”

He said the first issue he addressed as MP was having airconditioning installed in local schools, followed by helping reduce wait time for hip and back operations.

“We pretty much nailed that one as well,” he said.

Mr Miles listed other proud achievements as Spring Hill Primary School in Tapping being established, as well as Pearsall Primary School and Joseph Banks Secondary College in Banksia Grove, and upgrades to Wanneroo Secondary College.

“Wanneroo got a big increase and uptake (in education) along the way,” he said.

He was also pleased to help facilitate upgrades to Barbagallo Raceway and ensure funding to build the Wanneroo GP Super Clinic after it was at risk of not being delivered.

“One of my biggest achievements was to save the GP clinic,” he said.

Mr Miles said he had grown a lot over the past eight years.

“I became more professional in the job,” he said.

“I’ve always been a listener, I don’t preach lots of things, I listen to what people are telling you. A MP should never be there for their own views or affiliations.”

He warned Labor that a lot had changed since they were last in government and having only travelled four times in relation to his parliamentary career, Mr Miles’ advice to his counterpart was “don’t take too many trips”.

After taking a break and discussing his future with his wife Shelly, Mr Miles plans to consider career opportunities presented to him.

“I’ll be looking at what doors are ajar and go through.”