The March election saw George Souris, a prominent member of the NSW National Party retire. Have you ever wondered what happens to politicians once they walk out of parliament for the last time? Here we will have a look at what this once regular at Macquarie Street is up to six months down the line.
George Souris had an extremely successful 27 terms in State Government, representing the seat of Upper Hunter from 1988 until the recent election. During his time in government he held the positions of Minister for Finance, Ethnic Affairs, Land and Water Conservation, Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Racing and the Arts. From 1999 to 2003 he was leader of the Nationals.
George Souris has definitely been busy since retiring from politics. After a few months of well-deserved rest, it seems George is embracing his love for the arts. In June, he was appointed to the board of Australian Film Institute / Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AFI/AACTA). This organisation is committed to connecting Australian and international audiences with great Australian film and television content. It brings together and represents screen professionals from a cross-section of the screen industry, and aims to deliver exceptional works in Australia. In addition to his involvement with AACTA, George also sits on the board of the Australian Rugby Foundation and the Earle Page Memorial Trust.
George is also embracing his membership to the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association (HVWTA). He recently assisted in obtaining a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the HVWTA, Cessnock City Council and Singleton Council. And now he has signalled his intention to take on the role of Chairman following the AGM on September 25.
But don’t despair. George left the Upper Hunter seat in good hands with our Michael Johnsen MP – lover of dairy farms, rugby league and a good meat pie.