Member of the Week - Pam Halliburton
Known throughout Junee as “Mrs National Party”, Pam Halliburton has always been a pillar of strength and support for The Nationals and her local community.
Pam became involved with The Nationals from an early age, heavily influenced by the values of her parents. Her father was a lifetime Nationals member, Pam has been handing out “How to votes” since 1975, but only officially joined in 1998.
She has stood on polling booths in Wellington, Wagga Wagga, Coonamble, Orange, West Wyalong and Junee to name just a few, and has volunteered on Adrian Piccoli, Katrina Hodgkinson and Michael McCormack's campaigns.
Some of Pam’s favourite experiences with The Nationals have been on polling day, when she receives winks and nods from voters in solidarity with The Nationals.
Junee and its surrounding communities are lucky to have a devotee like Pam who is committed to helping local people with such vigour. Not only is Pam passionate about politics, she has also been a councillor in the Junee Shire for the past four and a half years, chairman of Junee Community Centre, involved with the Cooinda Court Aged Care Hostel and sells raffle tickets for the Red Cross.
As a retired English history teacher, Pam is extremely proud to have inspired students to reach their potential at school and, indeed, their whole lives. She is proud to see her efforts within the Junee Shire Council recognised, specifically the revamping of the Illabo War Memorial Grounds and the greater recognition of the attention rural villages on the fringes of the Junee township require. In whatever endeavour Pam undertakes, she is glad to be an instrument of change for the improvement of her community and the people who live in it.
In Pam’s eyes, Australian politics is in a very difficult period where, in her view, the ultra-right-wing exercise too much power, fuelled by 24/7 media coverage. Despite all this, she believes that The Nationals are punching above their weight, standing up for themselves and regional communities. Pam thinks Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash are doing a great job, in addition to her local MP’s Katrina Hodgkinson and Michael McCormack.
Her advice to current and future members?
“We need your support now more than ever before. Stay strong, stay supportive and we will overcome!”
Image via Junee Southern Cross Newspaper