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.