There’s nothing more important than pausing at the beginning of each year and taking stock. I had a look at where I went in 2015 and now have my own version of “I’ve been everywhere man”, visiting more than 100 regional communities in NSW. This year will be just as huge on the wombat trail from Ballina to Broken Hill.
I’m launching 2016 as the Year of Delivery, with a regional tour as Acting Premier starting with Dubbo to Tamworth where MP Kevin Anderson has done an outstanding job organising a forum on the drug ice with community leaders. From there, we’ll hit the road to meet our spirited and resilient Dungog residents still recovering from last April’s devastating floods.
I’ll also be out with Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water Niall Blair on a Listening to the Land tour as we rip up the draconian Native Vegetation Act.
That’s just the beginning. I can’t wait to get out on the old wombat trail with our NSW Nationals Members of Parliament to see how our work is growing regional NSW, and most importantly, to hear your views on what else needs to be done.
My version of “I’ve Been Everywhere” doesn’t have quite the rhyme or rhythm of the original… but it’s a fair bit more personal and I look forward to writing a new song for 2016.
Don’t worry, I won’t be singing it….
Troy’s 2015 version of I’ve Been Everywhere….
I’ve been everywhere, man, this year I’ve been to and through,
Lismore, Leeton, Murwillumbah, Deniliquin, Taree, Mudgee
Woolloomooloo, Engadine, Jindabyne,
Lithgow, Casino, and Narromine,
Megalong, Wyong, Wollongong, Kurrajong,
Mullumbimby, Mittagong, Molong, Turramurra
Gundagai, Narrabri, Gulgong,
Cabramatta, Parramatta and Coolangatta
Canberra, Milperra, Unanderra, River Murray,
Dorrigo, Bangalow, Kirribilli, Wollondilly,
Jerrabomberra, Temora, Corowa,
Canowindra, Cooma, Nowra, Ballina, Yamba,
Gilgandra, Cessnock, Coraki,
Singleton, Goulburn, Wellington, Grafton,
Griffith, Tamworth, Bathurst,
Pottsville, Inverell, Peak Hill, Rooty Hill, Terry Hills,
Evans Head, Tweed Heads, Gresford, Gosford
Mumbil, Mittagong, Menangle,
Nimmitabel, Bowral, Armidale,
Dungog, Dubbo, Wauchope, Belmont,
Byron Bay, Port Macquarie, Geurie,
Tenterfield, Kempsey, Muswellbrook, Trangie,
Maitland, Mereweather, Parkes, Forbes,
Coonamble, Coonabarabran, Albury,
Springwood, Braidwood, Walgett
Paterson, Lightning Ridge, Orange... and places in between.