A shock election result may have thrown Liberal Party stalwart John Day off the seat he held in Kalamunda for 24 years but the outgoing member is philosophical about politics and proud of the legacy he has left behind.
His legacy includes the creation of a water front mixed-use development project Elizabeth Quay, the Perth City Link Project, including Yagan Square, and the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre, in his role as the Minister for Planning, Culture and the Arts.
Mr Day said some people were critical of Elizabeth Quay however, over time, it would make a big difference to tourism, business and economic development for the state.
But the project that gave him the greatest sense of achievement was the construction of the new $428 million WA Museum, now underway.
“It has been needed for 20 years and keeping it alive as a project in difficult financial times has not been easy but it was committed to in the State Budget in 2012,” he said.
“Although there has been various suggestions of deferral at times it’s still there and I’m assuming the current government will carry on with it and I look forward to its completion in three years’ time.”
Supporting the film industry, reforming the planning system and the development of a multi-million dollar police operations complex at the old railway workshops site were also highlights.
In 2000, in his role as Health Minister, the former dentist expanded access for lower income people to have publically funded dental services, .
And despite some criticism of aged care not being provided in the Kalamunda region Mr Day said behind the scenes this was a cause he had championed.
“I have been encouraging aged-care providers to move forward and that will be happening in Kalamunda over the next few years,” he said.
“Hall and Prior have committed to going ahead and Mercy Health are also serious about going ahead, and there are other providers currently doing feasibility studies.”
The injection of more than $1 million for improvements to Kalamunda SHS, the Zig Zag Cultural Centre project and a further million dollars to the upgrade of Kosteral Oval in Kalamunda, were also projects close to his heart.
“I’ve had a good run, and many wonderful opportunities and experiences over the past 24 years – as relentless as it has been at times.”
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me over that time.”