A new chapter of leadership for The Nationals
This week we open a new chapter of leadership for The Nationals. We bid farewell to a great leader and acknowledge a true country gentleman as Warren Truss announced his impending exit from the Parliament of Australia.
Warren led The Nationals in the Federal Parliament for more than eight years, where his steadfast resolve ushered the Party through opposition and back into government to breathe new life into our regions.
A giant in the National Party of Australia, he promoted agriculture, introduced the National Stronger Regions Fund, and believed in bringing business and people to regional cities and fighting for regional roads, bridges, hospitals and schools.
We all wish Warren and his wife Lyn, a long and happy life together.
We must also congratulate Barnaby Joyce on his elevation from a great deputy to, we expect, a great leader.
Barnaby shows Australians what being a Nationals MP and a local champion is all about – standing up for what you believe in and being prepared to get a bloody nose in the fight for your community.
We must also congratulate Senator Fiona Nash on making history as the first female deputy leader of The Nationals.
Senator Nash exemplifies the quality, capability and strength of regional women and inspires others to fight for their own communities as she does hers.
With an election on the horizon, the NSW Nationals stand ready to assist our federal colleagues as we strive to get a better deal for regional Australia.
As we do so, this year also opens a new chapter for regional NSW as 2016 is dubbed “The Year of Delivery” for roads, hospitals, schools, bridges, dams, police stations and fire stations.
Meanwhile, what ties the NSW Nationals family together is a spirit of genuine understanding and care.
My family and I have been overwhelmed with support from our Nationals family following the passing of my mother. I thank everyone for your kindness.