Hodgkinson leaves on a high
After eighteen-and-a-half years in the public eye, our Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has announced her retirement.
Katrina is well known within her local community and across the state as a Member of Parliament with a strong moral compass, who is never afraid to fight for the people of New South Wales and as someone who proudly served her electorates of Burrinjuck and Cootamundra in Macquarie Street.
After a few millions of kilometres racked up on the odometer and tens of millions of dollars secured for local projects, Katrina is ready to pass the Akubra onto a new Nationals visionary – to someone who can build on the substantial infrastructure gains Katrina has made for the area.
As a Member of Parliament but more importantly, as a local, she has fought tirelessly for her communities and has always been focused on the bigger picture for the region.
From the smaller towns of Woodstock in the North-East and Grong-Grong in the South to the larger centres in her electorate, Katrina's goals and achievements have always had the future of the area in mind.
It is the succession planning we dream of for our farms, small businesses and families – handing over in a period of stability and growth to fresh eyes and new ideas.
As a Party, there are few MPs we are prouder of than Katrina. She has been a role model to women and mothers, having raised two children while in office and being the first female Minister for Primary Industries. Her acumen and drive saw her bring in successful, major reforms to the old PP Board – now Local Land Services. Her ethos of putting the people first is a reminder to all our members and Parliamentarians of why the NSW Nationals remain the voice for regional and rural communities and why, no matter the challenges, we always return to our core values and grassroots priorities.
The Nationals congratulate Katrina on her career fighting for the locals of Burrinjuck and Cootamundra and know she will be an example for the new Nationals Member for Cootamundra as they take up the baton for the communities she has served with distinction for so long.
Katrina won the seat of Burrinjuck back in 1999 – a seat that had never previously been held by The Nationals – and which she held until contesting the newly formed seat of Cootamundra at the 2015 state election.
As well as holding the Primary Industries portfolio, Katrina served as Minister for Small Business, Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Shadow Minister for Small Business, Shadow Minister for Fair Trading, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Shadow Minister for Major Events, Shadow Minister for Community Services, Shadow Minister for Natural Resource Management and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW.
Katrina has been fighting for her electorate right up until her retirement, securing over $40 million in new funding for the region this year. With the Inland Rail to pass through the electorate, Katrina has ensured the Southern electorate will be ready for the economic boom to come, securing funding for vital water mains, vocational education hubs, medical centres, road, bridge and airport upgrades, truck washes, tourism ventures and social facilities – and that’s just in 2017 alone.
Katrina's 2017 funding achievements
Roads, rail and airports
- $17 Million realignments of Newell Highway at Grong Grong, including a new 2.7km overtaking lane and better road access to the township of Grong Grong
- $5.5 million to improve the Hume Highway at Steam Engine near Jugiong completed
- $2 million for the realignment of the railway crossing on Showground and Compton roads in West Wyalong
- $1.45 million upgrade for the Tara-Bectric Bridge in Temora
- $1.2 million to fix Kolkibertoo Road
- $600,000 to continue the West Wyalong Heavy Vehicle Alternative Route
- $560,000 to improve road safety on Burley Griffin Way near McMahon’s Reef Road, east of Harden-Murrumburrah
- $360,000 for upgrades to the Mid-Western Highway near the Westville Road intersection.
- $150,000 for upgrades to the Narrandera-Leeton airport
- $53,730 to remodel the Cowra locomotive depot entrance
- $9,000 to open permanent driver-reviver at Cowra
HELLO: Katrina Hodgkinson with Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack in Murringo at the opening of a long-awaited Telstra mobile phone tower.
Social Infrastructure and Local Government funding
- $9 million for the Cootamundra-Gundagai Council including:
- $2 million to redevelop Cootamundra’s water mains
- $500,000 for a new Water Park at Cootamundra Pool
- $700,000 for a new adventure park in Gundagai
- $300,000 to upgrade Gundagai Visitor Information Centre
- $109,325 for Hilltops Council Libraries updates at Young, Harden and Boorowa
- Energise Enterprise funding, including;
- $25,000 for Cootamundra-Gundagai Council to create an economic development strategy
- $25,000 to Bland Shire for 90 day Business-Capacity Skills development
- $25,000 for Weddin Shire to develop business marketing strategy
- $25,000 to Cowra Shire to undertake Labor and skills analysis and conduct a skills summit
- $8,525 to Harden Shire for retail training
- $8.8 million to upgrade the Grenfell sewerage treatment plant
- $11.4 million for the Wyangala sewage upgrade, nearing completion
- New multi-million dollar South West Fire Control Training Centre for Harden
- Blackspot at Murringo resolved with new mobile phone tower
- $19,000 for Marrar Football & Netball Club for new all-weather court
- $9,990 for West Wyalong Amateur Swim Club to install solar heating
- $4,995 for Narrandera Basketball Association to subsidise registration
- $4,061 for Young Amateur Swimming Association to purchase new lane ropes
- $2,500 for Narrandera Little Athletics for uniforms and equipment
- $2,000 for Cowra Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd for uniforms and equipment
- $2,000 for Grenfell & District Junior Rugby for training course
- $2,000 for Narrandera Cricket for new nets
- $1,954 for Gundagai Swimming Club for fitness classes
- $1,500 for Young Rugby Union Club to purchase new equipment
TOP SHOT: Celebrating the looming upgrade of Gundagai netball courts are (from left) Gundagai Netball Club president Michelle McDonnell, GCRC administrator Stephen Skyes, Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson and netball coach Carmel Lemon.
- Temora medical precinct opened – joint Federal, State and Local Government Initiative
- Safe Assessment Room Opened at Young Hospital
- Multipurpose services planned for Harden
- New purpose built ambulance station for Grenfell
DELIVERING GOOD NEWS: At St Mary's School Young to announce the refurbishment of existing learning centres and construction of new classrooms.
- $10.4 million Young TAFE redevelopment, stage one opened 2017
- $676,542 for the refurbishment of learning areas at St Mary’s Primary School in Young. 21st Century facilities.
- Connected Learning Centre to be developed at Grenfell
NEW SCHOOL: At the opening of Young TAFE's stage one redevelopment with Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall
- Junee Correctional Centre 480 bed expansion, Refurbishment and extensions to existing buildings including the gatehouse, health centre, reception, administration, stores, kitchens, laundry and industries building and Shine for Kids expansion.
- Will generate 300 construction jobs and 130 ongoing permanent positions.
- New truck washes for Narrandera, Cowra and Cootamundra
ON THE ROAD: Katrina with Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey at the announcement of Country Truck Washes
- $87,000 for Gundagai’s Old Gaol
- $100,000 to reconstruct the old Cobb and Co Stables at Jugiong
- $53,000 for the Temora railway precinct
- $59,000 for a Wall of Remembrance at Stockingbridge
- Canola Trail launched between Coolamon, Junee and Temora
- Bland Shire declared fossicking centre
THUMBS UP: Katrina visiting pupils at St Joesph's Gundagai