Ballina MP Don Page has announced his retirement from public life at the end of this parliamentary term.
In a statenment he said, “It has been an honour to serve the people of the Ballina Electorate for the past 26 years and I will continue to do that until March 2015.
I advised Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner of my intention to retire next year so he could take that into consideration in selecting his Ministerial team for the future.
I leave the Local Government portfolio knowing we have laid the foundations for a stronger and revitalised Local Government sector capable of delivering better outcomes for the people of New South Wales. I’d like to thank all those who have assisted me in putting in place our Local Government reforms for the future.
I’d also like to thank my many Parliamentary colleagues who have helped me along the way. I have particularly appreciated being a member of the Nationals Parliamentary team and I look forward to continuing to make a contribution.
Not many people have the opportunity to serve as an MP and a Minister. I’ve been fortunate to do both and to continue for the fifth generation of Page tradition of public service.