The Nats are coming
Nationals North Coast Duty Senator Fiona Nash has been on the road conducting a “talk to me” tour of regional NSW and last week stopped in Lismore.
“I think I have a reasonably good understanding of what issues people are concerned with, but it’s good to talk to people on the ground,” Senator Nash said. “Health has been the number one issue, with people concerned about hospitals and doctors.
“People are concerned about native vegetation laws and significant changes to leasehold and freehold land laws and about access to education, infrastructure and roads.”
Senator Nash said not one person had talked to her about climate change.
“I think there’s a general perception in regional communities that people are feeling neglected because there’s far too much emphasis on cities,” she said.
Although the senator conceded that the country’s most senior ministers including the Prime Minister, deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer had all visited Page in the past year, with the PM recently announcing millions of dollars for cancer services in Lismore, she said people in regional areas still felt like they were missing out.
In keeping with the Nationals stepping up their campaign in Page, today (Thursday May 6), a group of 17 State and Federal National Party politicians will meet with local businesses and organisations from 11.45am at the Lismore Workers Club.
Tonight there will be a fund-raising dinner for Page candidate Kevin Hogan, also at the Workers Club, which will include Senator Barnaby Joyce, Warren Truss and Andrew Stoner.