Member of the Week – John Simon
Well known throughout The Nationals for his good cheer and diligence, John Simon is a worthy edition to our Member of the Week segment; celebrating members who have gone above and beyond for the NSW Nationals.
Although not officially a member until 2007, he decided to give it a go when Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker asked John to hand out How-to-Vote cards. Hesitant at first, John soon thought “Bugger it; I’ll give it a go!”
After 10 years in the Party, John has a lot to be proud of. His work as Secretary for Macleay Valley Branch has in no doubt contributed to their well-deserved win of NSW Nationals Branch of the Year in 2015. As well as his work at a local level, John is the Chairman of the Oxley Electorate Council an active member of the Cowper Electorate Council. Many agree that John has been essential in the success of election wins in Oxley and Cowper, with his efficiency and determination in organising volunteers for pre-poll and polling day invaluable.
This diligence is something that John applies to all aspects of his life, and like many of our members, John is heavily involved in his local community.
From Gladstone to Coffs Harbour, John is kept busy with memberships in his local SES and Community Art Gallery as well as Presiding over groups such as the Youth Community Centre and Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is an active member of the Gladstone Market Committee which he proudly claims has “the best markets on the North Coast!”
When asked about people in The Nats John has come to admire, he is quick to recognise the local grassroots members who give up so much of their time. Mary Tarr from Kempsey is someone in particular that John respects for her steadfast resolve and all the hard yards she has put in over the years for the Party. But Mary is just one of a large group that has made John’s time with The Nats so enjoyable, remarking “that’s what The Nationals are, they’re a family”.
This involvement in the local community and The Nationals is what fuels John, and he encourages everyone – whether it’s in the local Branch or Electorate Council – to get out there and get involved, as John likes to say: “Be lifters not leaners. Don’t wait around, do things today and not tomorrow, there’ll be other things to do tomorrow.”
Image Caption: John F Sercombe, John Simon and John Supple at the Lower Hunter Annual General Conference in 2015.