Member of the Week - Brendan Seed
Pictured: Dom Hopkinson, Brendan Seed and Jenny Gardiner
A young up-and-comer who hails from Lismore, Brendan Seed is not afraid to put in the hard yards. Since joining the Young Nats back in 2014 he’s never looked back.
Despite only being involved with the Party for a few years, Brendon has worked on three winning election campaigns – Kevin Hogan’s in 2013, Thomas George’s in 2015 and David Gillespie’s in 2016.
Since then he’s clocked an impressive amount of hours working with Victorian Nationals MPs David O’Brien and Bridget McKenzie and now with Dr David Gillespie – a position that allows him to help a man he believes is a true champion for regional communities around Australia.
Brendon notes that one of the most rewarding aspects being a member of the National Party is his time with The Young Nationals; attending conferences, putting forward motions to represent better outcomes for the regions and building new friendships with like-minded people.
Since Brendon became involved in the Party, his passion for his local community has only strengthened.
He is a great supporter of the annual Northern Rivers Euchre Tournament held in Lismore, (a social weekend of playing cards that is open to the public), and is a member of the Richmond River Beef Producers Association which protects, and advocates for, farmers’ rights.
He also works with Kairos Prison Ministry Australia at the Kempsey gaol to rehabilitate prison inmates and help get them get back on their feet.
Brendon’s campaign work and tireless efforts as the Young Nationals’ Membership Officer have not gone unnoticed and he was presented the Young National of the Year Award in 2015 – one of his proudest achievements.
While young Australians continue to be disconnected from politics, Brendan feels that at a Federal level The Nationals have got it right: “We are stronger than ever before.”
What’s the one piece of advice he can give to members?
“Listen to your community. Whether you are a branch member or MP, consultation is the key. We need to promote the value of being involved in a political party and why it is important."
"Schools, roads, hospitals, everything we take for granted is funded through political lobbying. But most importantly, to fight for community issues we need to build up party membership in our local communities - especially Young Nats!”
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