Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell announced in February that he would not re-contest the 2019 election and today marks Mr Rowell’s first day of retirement.
Mr Rowell said it had been an honour serving the people of Wollondilly over the last two terms.
“Wollondilly has been successful in receiving much needed infrastructure and services and by working with the community much has been achieved including upgrades at Campbelltown and Bowral Hospitals, sewerage connections across the electorate, road upgrades to Picton and Appin Road, creation of Dharawal National Park and a $100 million redevelopment of Picton High School as well as the provision of a new school to name but a few,” he said.
“I have also been honoured helping our most vulnerable serving as Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health.
“Achieving a once in a generation suite of reforms through Living Well Strategy has been a highlight
“Everything I have been able to achieve has been with the great people of Wollondilly standing side by side with me.
“I will be forever grateful.”
Mr Rowell made the decision to vacate the state sheet so he could spend more time with his wife Belinda and three sons Will, 16, Menzies, 9, and Chase, 9 months.
“It is now time for me to give more time to my family who have always been there supporting our community and myself,” he said.
“My intention has always been to remain the member during 2018 so as to complete the delivery of important infrastructure and services and of course attend many events in support of my community. I have delivered on that commitment.
“As the year has effectively now concluded; I have this morning written to the speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly advising that I will be stepping down as the member for Wollondilly effective as of today.
“As the state election is only a few months away with a lot of that time over the Christmas and New Year period, coupled with the fact attention will now be turned to the election cycle, I will be standing down as a member of parliament.
“I will continue to support my community as I have done prior to entering Parliament.”
Mr Rowell said the Wollondilly electorate office would remain open to service local constituents between now and the March state election.