MP Jai Rowell will not contest seat in next election

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell
Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell has today announced that he will not recontest his state government seat at the next election.

About 3.30pm, Mr Rowell made the announcement after question time in state Parliament.

Mr Rowell said he made the decision for “family reasons”.

“It is important to stand with my wife and watch our children grow up into fine young men,” he said.

“I’m lucky to have the loving support of my parents Ted and Yvonne, along with the support of my sister Ebony and my in-laws John and Annette.

“They have done everything they can to help us have a sense of normality to the extent you can in this job.

“It is important to me to help my parents as they have helped me. I cannot do these things effectively and contest the next election.

“I love my family so much.

“I want to thank the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, for encouraging me to recontest, but understanding my decision. I am proud of our Government’s achievements and wish her and the team all the best for the next election.

“I want to thank the communities of Wollondilly and the Southern Highlands who have worked with me to make our region a great place.”

The Liberal MP will see out the term until the election in March 2019.

He has been Wollondilly’s MP since 2011 and was re-elected in 2015.

The former Campbelltown councillor is expecting his third child in the coming weeks. He is married to Belinda and has two sons Will and Menzies.

Mr Rowell said his proudest achievements were getting sewerage connection in Wollondilly, securing more than $700 million for Campbelltown Hospital and $50 million for Bowral Hospital.

Recently his secured a new public high school for the shire and $100 million for redevelopment of Picton High School.

“Most importantly I have enjoyed helping individuals with their every day life including helping a mum and her kids get accommodation when she had to sleep out the back of a car,” he said

“Also heralding in a once in a generation reforms in mental health.”