Ian Rickuss to retire at next State Election
Saturday, 12 November 2016
Member for Lockyer, Ian Rickuss said that following discussions with his wife, Ann, and family, he had decided to retire at the next State election.
Mr Rickuss said it has been an honour and a privilege to represent the constituents of the Lockyer in the State Parliament. I have enjoyed meeting and assisting many people across the electorate and I would like to thank the community for their support over many years.
“I am confident that there are extremely talented younger members of the LNP locally, who will have the acceptance of the majority of people in the Lockyer Electorate at the next State election”.
“I am proud of some of the achievements that have taken place under my watch such as safety improvements on the Warrego Highway, the Plainland Overpass, the commencement of that major piece of infrastructure – the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, facilities such as the Government Customer Service Centre at Gatton, the increased number of police at both Laidley, Gatton and surrounds, my relationship with the schools, particularly Faith Lutheran College, Laidley and Lockyer District State High Schools and Greenbank State School where there has been major road and parking improvements carried out, the excellent facilities we have at the Gatton and Laidley Hospitals and I am continuing to work for solutions around the Cunningham Highway Amberley interchange issue, and the list goes on”.
Mr Rickuss was elected as Member for Lockyer in February 2004 after campaigning hard and with a swing of some 20% he more than doubled the National Party (LNP) vote.
“Over my time as Member for Lockyer, I have seen change that has brought us into the digital era across the world. When I was first elected approximately 20% of my correspondence was by email, a 5 mega pixel photo would crash a lot of computers, pagers were still being used by a lot of professional people, faxes were in every office, Facebook had just been launched, and Twitter had not started,” Mr Rickuss said.
“My wife, Ann, has been of great assistance to me and without her unwavering support my job would have been more difficult and I have no doubt that the Lockyer has also benefited from Ann’s involvement and knowledge of the community.
“I would also like to thank my long term staff members who have worked for me, some for the entire time I have served as the Member for Lockyer.
Mr Rickuss said he is looking forward to spending more time with Ann, his children and grandchildren and enjoying his retirement after the conclusion of the 55th Parliament.