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Branches get busy

The Nationals exist because of our members – those who support the Party with membership, who support their local candidates at election time, and who care enough about their local area to get involved and have their say.

But members can only get involved if the Party has active and engaging Branches and Electorate Councils that are driven by a passionate and organised team of local officials.

Indeed last Monday night down south there appeared to be some early spring shoots at the base of the Snowy Mountains, courtesy of a strong gathering at Cooma’s Alpine Hotel.

Over 30 National Party members new and old were there for the reformation of the Cooma/Snowy Branch, said to be the largest meeting of the branch since the mid-80s.

The meeting was strongly supported by NSW Nationals Leader and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, as well as The Nationals Federal Director Ben Hindmarsh as guest speaker. Adaminaby local and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor also lent a hand to promote the meeting.

Former Member for Monaro Peter Cochran was elected Chairman, with a young, strong team behind him of Vice-Chairs Leah McGowan and Remi Luxford and Secretary/Treasurer Zach Lederhose. Peter, a fierce advocate for his region, set good objectives for the development of the Branch leading up to the next election where securing Monaro will prove vital.


From L to R: Members of the State and Federal parliamentary team in attendance with Chair of Bathurst Branch Sam Farraway and Treasurer Lachlan Sullivan. Photo: Kirby McPhee Photography

The following night and a fair way due north of Cooma, the more established Bathurst Branch hosted their annual ‘State of the Nation’ dinner attended by over 100 guests from Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon and Rylstone.

The hardworking John Barilaro was again headlining the night along with Federal Minister for Small Business and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack and local members Andrew Gee and Paul Toole.

The event was a great success and offered the type of informative insights and open and frank Q & A session that provides real value to members of the Party and their guests.


Cooma Branch Exec for 2017 with Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor. From L-R: Leah McGowan, Zach Lederhose, Peter Cochran, Remi Luxford.

It is vital for the Party to reform and reinvigorate its Branches wherever possible. If you are interested in restarting or reactivating a Branch in your local area please contact Jack Mallick on 02 9299 5811 or at

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