A cold Calare could not dampen campaign spirits
Despite sub-zero temperatures, hail, wind, sleet and snow, the Calare Nationals soldiered through the Federal Election Campaign, delivering a resounding victory for former state MP, Andrew Gee.
Andrew was first elected in 2011 as the State Member for Orange, and for five years, represented the communities of Cabonne, Mudgee, Gulgong, Wellington and Orange. Earlier this year Andrew decided to throw his hat in the ring to represent the people of the Calare electorate in Canberra.
The National Party have held the seat of Calare since 2007 and with a retiring member and a number of issues being fought out across the electorate there was uncertainty going into the election campaign. However, as the results started rolling in on election night, they were extremely strong and a clear vote of confidence in Andrew and The Nationals.
Despite a strong vote of confidence in The Nationals and Andrew Gee, the campaign was not without its colourful moments. Perhaps the quirkiest moment of the campaign was one brisk afternoon on Bathurst pre-poll. Andrew and the State Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole were handing out how-to-vote cards when a voter leaving pre-poll approached Paul to let him know that she had voted for him. At least it was still a vote for The Nats (we hope)!
To the many volunteers from Calare who volunteered their precious time to the campaign – thank you! Whether it was standing on pre-poll for hours on end in the snow, packing booth boxes, putting up corflutes or scrutineering votes on election night – without your help, we would not be where we are!
But, it’s now time to get down to work and do what The Nationals do best - deliver for the communities of regional NSW.