It has been 12 months almost to the day since Labor candidates turned WA red in last year’s landslide election victory. We take a look at the local members, what they have achieved, and what promises they haven’t made good on yet. Don Punch: A- When Bunbury MLA Don Punch announced he would run for another term, the shopping-list of projects he vowed to deliver if re-elected was one of the longest outside of the metro area. The long list of Punch’s promises roped in some big-ticket commitments from the State purse, including a pledge of $200.1 million to upgrade the Bunbury Hospital, and continuing to deliver the $852m Bunbury Outer Ring Road. Car park works at the hospital were promised to be completed by the end of this month, so it’s too soon to judge if this ongoing commitment can be classified as delivered. Steps are being made in the right direction. Other commitments included $3m to refurbish the South Bunbury Education Support Centre, $6.6m to redevelop classrooms into STEM classrooms at Bunbury Senior High School ($1m), Dalyellup College ($1mmillion) and Busselton Senior High School ($1.2m). While not yet technically delivered, the 2021-2022 Budget made provisions for these upgrades. Work is well under way on commitments to Bunbury’s footy clubs, with Bunbury Football Club beginning work on its $50,000 project to improve access to its link to I Sports, Carey Park Football Club receiving $30,000 for improvements to its kitchen and community spaces. He also pledged $8m for new indoor courts at the South West Sports Centre. While committed to in the Budget, works have yet to begin. He also pledged $750,000 towards the safety upgrades at the Bunbury Speedway, which he has already delivered on. Smaller commitments to Bunbury Motorcycle Club, Morrissey Homestead, Wheelchair Sports South West, Stirling Street Arts Centre, Picton Primary School and Bunbury Museum among many others were all recorded as having been delivered their election-commitment grant funds in the South West Development Commission’s last annual report. Jodie Hanns: B- Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns had some very big boots to fill when she took over the long-held Labor seat from passionate Collie lad Mick Murray. As with any retiring politician, leaving a seat does not guarantee your successor will automatically take the throne. Many of the election promises she has delivered have been strongly tied to Collie’s Just Transition Plan and the Collie Futures Fund, including the fund’s Small Grants Program, which were all created under Mr Murray’s reign. Community projects — such as funding $15,000 for the Burekup and Districts Country Club’s solar panels and $18,000 committed to the Eaton Foreshore boat ramp upgrades — have all been fulfilled. Ms Hanns also oversaw the delivery of a 2017 election commitment by the State Government for the Capel Police Station. Despite delivering many community projects, Ms Hanns only met with the local Collie Shire council last week, showing she is yet to fill the gap left by her long-serving predecessor. Robyn Clarke: B Despite Shire disputes over road changes and community precincts, the Labor member has stuck to most of her funding promises a year on. The list of projects spanned from million-dollar investments in upgrades to the Leschenault Leisure Centre and Waroona town precinct, as well as funding for Harvey’s Senior Citizens Centre and Harvey Senior High School. Coughing up a total of $1.3m, in a bid to match a commitment made by the Liberal Party, for Waroona’s town precinct project Ms Clarke stuck to her word after visiting the town with State Premier Mark McGowan. Again sticking to her promises the LLC saw its $3m backing last month to help with its court expansion project. A major pledge of between $5000 and $10,000 in funding to every sporting club in her electorate came in the form of small grants to help with the purchase of new sporting equipment, uniforms and to improve their playing surfaces. Ms Clarke’s $610,000 pledge to invest in upgrades to the Harvey Senior Citizen’s centre still reigns true, however, the upgrades are part of a larger project proposed by the Shire of Harvey and have not yet taken stride. With no major plans for tourism other than the construction of tourism trails Ms Clarke outlined before the election that more needed to be done to draw people inland from Forrest Highway. Considered a fatal crash hot spot, a top priority on her pledge list was making Forrest Highway safer by introducing slip roads and run-on lanes near Binningup, Myalup and Preston Beach. Though there has been investment in improving South West roads such as the Forrest Highway, there are yet to be run-on roads leading out of each of the areas promised. Libby Mettam: B+ Member for Vasse Libby Mettam came steaming into 2021 with a myriad of promises for the election, off the back of her time as Shadow Minister for Transport, Ports, and Fisheries. In 2017 Ms Mettam walked safely to victory with 64.6 per cent of total votes. In 2021 this margin dropped to just 54.3 per cent, Chris Hossen cleaving 45.7 per cent of votes for Labor. Ms Mettam’s commitments focused largely on the providing appropriate mental health and sport facilities to the younger generations of the community. “We have a higher-than-average population under 21 in the Vasse electorate and we are the events capital of WA, so it’s vital we support tourism going forward but one of our biggest events is local amateur sports on the weekend and it’s so important that kids aren’t turned away from sports the love or want to try and they feel encouraged to try,” she said. Despite her party not being elected, Ms Mettam said she was glad the McGowan Government chose to match the pledges made to important causes including the Busselton Highway expansion along with $10m to the development of the Busselton Underwater Discovery Centre. “It’s good to see the McGowan Government have made a commitment in this area as it is vitally important and something I will continue to advocate for, so I am very pleased to see the Bussell Highway duplication continue to progress and nearly come to fruition nearly,” she said. Over the past year, Ms Mettam is particularly proud of the $1m funding she was able to provide to perinatal support group Radiance in August last year, who offer support and care to new mothers. “I’m really happy that we could get that funding for this South West group, they provide vital support to new mums and families and get the help they in the early years to prevent hospitalisation and unnecessary trips to the metro area.” Jane Kelsbie: D Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie has avoided much critique in her first year since rolling Nationals veteran Terry Redman by dint of her low profile as a newcomer to WA Labor. Signing up as a member not long before last year’s State election, Ms Kelsbie stunned pundits by ousting 11-year veteran Mr Redman from the seat. The Statewide swing to red saw Ms Kelsbie win 51.2 per cent of the total votes, pulling the rug out from under Mr Redman’s 48.7 per cent. Premier Mark McGowan’s sweeping move to end native forestry in the South West was one of those items, although Ms Kelsbie has come under fire from forestry workers, particularly in the Manjimup heartland, for the sudden and unexpected decision. While welcomed by activists — including the many Green voters who turned out for Labor at the last poll — the transition support package cobbled together for forestry workers affected by the seismic shift was strongly criticised by the timber industry’s peak body, the WA Forest Industries Federation. Ms Kelsbie also cited “a fair and equitable voice for voters in our region”. She and other first-term Labor backbenchers were criticised this week by Opposition leader Mia Davies for failing to speak up for their communities, and the claim for fair representation comes as the State Government, backed by Labor’s comfortable Parliamentary majority, moves to eradicate region-specific representation in the Legislative Council.