Murray gives WA a sporting stance

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Incumbent Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray celebrates with research officer Ross Verne and electorate officer Kristy Smith.
Camera IconIncumbent Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray celebrates with research officer Ross Verne and electorate officer Kristy Smith.

Newly appointed Sports and Recreation Minister Mick Murray believes Perth can compete with Melbourne as the sporting capital of Australia.

Premier-elect Mark McGowan handed the Collie-Preston MLA the vital role in cabinet this morning, as well as the portfolios of seniors and ageing, and volunteering.

Mr Murray said he was pleased to be an intricate member of the Labor government.

Mr Murray has been the Member for Collie-Preston since 2001 and will now join the cabinet for the first time.

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“To be in cabinet is a good thing and I am proud of that,” he said.

“I am pleased to take on any role.”

Mr Murray said Perth must compete with the Eastern States for major sporting events to help the economy.

“Logistically it makes it a little difficult,” he said.

“But we must have our hands in there because it crosses into the tourism sector and we need those jobs in our economy.

“I would like to think we could compete (with Melbourne).”

Mr Murray said he supported the sale of the naming rights to the Perth Stadium, which is set to be finished later this year.

“We are not in a position financially to let it past,” he said.

“That money could then go back into minor sports.”

Mr Murray said treasury would handle the financials of the Perth Stadium.

One of his key initiatives was to use sport as a tool to stop children taking the wrong path in life.

“Kids that get into trouble, 70 per cent have never been involved in organised sport,” he said.

“I will look at getting kids of high risk into sport.”

Mr Murray said bringing major sports to the regional areas was also on his agenda.

He said he would also sit down with major sporting organisations such as the WA Football Commission to ensure the longevity of the sporting codes.

“I was a bit surprised they (the WAFC) knocked back a substantial amount of money,” he said.

“It has to be sorted out for the good of sport.”

Mr Murray said it was “slightly disappointing” to not see the return of a South West minister, but it would not change anything.

“I will represent the South West if there is a minister or not,” he said.

“While it will be slightly disappointing, it won’t change much.

“The South West will not miss out and I will ensure that.”

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