Tier 3 sparks Independent bid

29 Nov, 2012 04:00 AM

FORMER Nationals Party member Max Trenorden has confirmed he will run as an independent in next year's State election.

Mr Trenorden was dumped by the Nationals earlier this year after he was overlooked for pre-selection.

His decision was made after meeting with the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) last Thursday.

The WRRA was concerned about the representation from the Nationals, particularly on the Tier 3 rail line issue and encouraged Mr Trenorden to run as an independent.

Mr Trenorden said he was excited about heading a team in the Upper House and in the next few weeks will be focused on building a team to run a campaign.

Mr Trenorden had previously told Farm Weekly he hoped to run alongside Nationals WA Party member for the agriculture region Phillip Gardiner.

Mr Gardiner also attended the meeting on Thursday but was yet to make a decision.

He said the meeting brought out many concerns constituents had about their representation.

"It is clear they want people who have an understanding of the pressures in agriculture as well as the productivity and value cycles," Mr Gardiner said.

Mr Gardiner was expected to make a decision by the end of this week.



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