McGowan on a whistlestop tour of State

Daniel MercerThe West Australian
Opposition leader Mark McGowan starts the election campaign by munching on a pie in Mt Barker.
Camera IconOpposition leader Mark McGowan starts the election campaign by munching on a pie in Mt Barker. Credit: by Sharon Smith

Mark McGowan is feeling a little sleepy.

He's just wolfed down a well-earned shepherd’s pie from the bakery in Mt Barker, north of Albany, en route to the farming hamlet of Cranbrook.

The whistlestop visit is part of a pre-election blitz to visit each of the State’s 59 Lower House electorates in just seven days.

Mr McGowan has already been to Kalgoorlie and Albany before rolling into Mt Barker yesterday afternoon.

He covered even more kilometres in the course of the previous two days, visiting the State's northernmost seats on Monday and 13 Perth electorates on Tuesday.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan in Kalgoorlie.
Camera IconOpposition leader Mark McGowan in Kalgoorlie. Credit: The West Australian

And despite the toll of the travelling and the effects of a few bumpy plane rides, he is not even at the halfway mark of his self-imposed odyssey.

But with an election that could hand the long-serving Opposition leader the premiership he has coveted for so long less than two months away, he is not letting his weariness show.

Nor will he brook any criticism of the purpose of his tour, dismissing any suggestion it is a gimmick and standing by his record of visiting everywhere in WA to listen to views of locals.

“I'm doing it...to demonstrate my energy and commitment to becoming Premier and to make announcements and hear from people about issues across the State,” Mr McGowan said. “I have done a lot. Over the last five years there's barely a community in WA I haven't been to.”

While yesterday was more about travelling than making announcements, Mr McGowan revealed Labor would spend $14 million upgrading Great Eastern Highway's entrance into Kalgoorlie and dedicate $360,000 to the Ice Breakers drug rehabilitation program in Albany.

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