Member for Southern River
As your Member for Southern River, Peter Abetz MLA is experienced, hardworking and dedicated to making our unique community an even greater place to live.
After arriving in Australia as an 8 year old immigrant from Germany who could not speak a word of English, Peter went on to complete an Agricultural Science (Honours) degree at university. While studying he developed a small business enterprise and after graduation worked as a farm advisory officer, before moving into technical sales and rural supplies. He then worked as an agricultural consultant to pay his way through theological college and support his young family. In 1983 he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity and became an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Churches.
His experience working with a wide range of caring organisations including the Dandenong Palliative Care Service; YouthCARE; a drug rehabilitation support group; and his work with disabled people and migrant families, has given him a great insight into human needs in our community. With his wife, Jenny, he raised five children and now has a growing number of grandchildren. Coupled with his compassionate spirit and analytical mind, these experiences enable him contribute to debates on a wide range of issues.
Peter is an advocate for family, community, small business and environmentally-friendly legislation. He has a strong track record in Southern River fighting for better roads – successfully pushing for and obtaining funding for the Nicholson Rd-Garden St roundabout upgrades, a new rail overpass on Nicholson Road and continuing to push for better public transport solutions.
Peter is well known for his love of VW Kombis and has been a long-time member of the Volkswagen Car Club in WA.
Together with our Premier Colin Barnett, Peter Abetz will continue to make our community an even greater, safer and better place to live and grow up in.