The Nationals representative Merome Beard was officially declared as the member for the State’s central north last Friday, and will be gearing up for when she’s sworn in later this month. While the new member for North West Central is preparing for when she makes her way to Parliament, she’s had plenty of contact from the community about various issues in the electorate. After the low voter turnout for the byelection in September, Nationals representative and Carnarvon fourth generation local Ms Beard said she was ready to represent the region when she’s sworn into Parliament. “I’m looking forward to the challenge and being able to represent the people,” she said. “There’s a process I need to go through to establish myself and hit the ground running.” Ms Beard said she won’t be sworn in until mid-October, and she was in the process of establishing her office and business materials. “I’m still finding my feet in terms of starting,” she said. Aside from the issues already raised in the region — crime, housing and worker accommodation shortages, and improving health services and staff — Ms Beard said the region was concerned about bank closures. “The bank closures are one that’s concerning people across the regions,” she said. Ms Beard said she wanted to hold the Government accountable for neglecting the North West Central region. “Definitely the feedback I got was the regions felt forgotten, and the light has been turned off,” she said. Ms Beard visited Mount Magnet for the launch of the vermin cell fence, and said she would travel the district well before she’s officially sworn in.