End of an era

The decision by State MP Iain Evans to retire marks an end of an era.
With his 21 years as the Member for Davenport preceded by his father Stan’s 25-year stint in the electorate, the two generations have given nearly half a century of political representation to the Hills.
The Evans name has left its mark on many issues and projects in this region and the State.
Both father and son are undeniably proud of that legacy and they should be congratulated for their dedicated service.
Iain Evans should also be congratulated for the manner and timing of his decision.
It takes an honest man to realise that he doesn’t have the energy or enthusiasm for not just another four years in opposition but a further four to eight years of active political service thereafter – if his Party wins office.
Mr Evans said the time had come for new faces to step up and reinvigorate the Liberals.
He’s right. If ever there was a time for fresh blood to step into the harsh arena of politics, it would be now – while the Liberals are in Opposition and trying to climb back into a winning position once again.
It might also be the time for other Liberal stalwarts to consider their future and their commitment to another four, eight, 12 years in politics.
If the energy and political hunger are not there now, chances are they won’t be there for another election.
And if there’s going to be a spate of by-elections, better to have them together with a co-ordinated approach.
Unlike his counterpart Martin Hamilton-Smith, Mr Evans will depart from active Party duty while still holding the respect of his colleagues.
He has also given himself time to build a new career away from the political spotlight.

Skilled service

The Queen’s Birthday honors are a reminder of the diversity of talents hidden from plain view in the Hills.
Among the recipients is council chief executive John Coombe who has given years of service to grass root government issues, former principal Bob Brooksby who has a long list of volunteer service and dancer and teacher Carole Hall-Dunstan who has shared her passion for the performing arts with so many.
Then there is Superintendent Tom Rieniets who was awarded the Australian Police Medal for nearly 50 years of policing, specialising in emergency management.
All these residents have given their community very different skill sets but all have served to the best of their ability.