Cowper victory clinched despite curveball
The Nationals’ campaign to win Cowper was thrown a curveball when Rob Oakeshott entered the race just before the close of Nominations, but the local campaign team came through with flying colours to secure a stirring victory.
A special thanks must go to the organisers in each region who worked so hard to ensure every polling booth was staffed and well-presented. John Simon organised the Macleay Valley booths and pre-poll with his usual efficiency and determination. Janine Reed in Macksville met every challenge that came her way, and the team of volunteers in Coffs Harbour, including Paul Shoker and Rod Bennett, were relentless. The Young Nats were particularly impressive, bringing youthful energy to the campaign and staying up for most of the Friday night to ensure the booths were well presented and closely protected.
With the boundary redistribution moving Port Macquarie into Cowper for the first time in many years, and Hastings Valley local Rob Oakeshott putting his hand up at the last minute, the effort in Port Macquarie was always going to be crucial. The local campaign team, including Paul Rowlandson and Noel Atkins, were tireless, and Warren Turner ensured pre-poll was always a sea of yellow shirts. Luke spent around half the campaign in Port Macquarie, building on his earlier work engaging with voters in the new part of the electorate.
Despite results being confirmed only a short time ago, the focus has already switched to getting on with the job and delivering on the commitments made to improve services and infrastructure for communities on the NSW North Coast.