Don Page announces his retirement
BALLINA MP Don Page has announced that he will step down from his role and retire from public life at the end of his parliamentary term.
"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," Mr Page said in a statement this morning.
He said he had advised Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner of his intention to retire next year so Mr Stoner 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 revitalized Local Government sector capable of delivering better outcomes for the people of New South Wales," Mr Page said.
"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 the Page tradition of public service."