Stories from Parkes
The Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton likes to refer to his grassroots Nats members and supporters as the best political organisation in the country. Combined with all the hard yards put in by himself and his wife Robyn, Mark was re-elected for a fourth term with a slightly reduced but still very strong margin.
Nothing is taken for granted. Gordon Campbell who is over 90 years of age manned the Ballimore booth just outside Dubbo all day from before 8am to after 6pm. He even towed his caravan to the booth and set it up as a mobile HTV information centre.
Former Howard cabinet minister Nick Minchin, now Consul General of Australia in New York, sent an email to confirm that Mark Coulton’s HTV sheets were now on display for voters in New York after being sent there and to 14 other overseas locations by the local campaign.
Only one fixed booth in the electorate on Election Day had no informal votes – Coolatai, where all 65 voters got it right. The Mullaley booth scrutineers were the first to ring in the results on election night at 6:20pm with 180 voters. Longest queue to vote on Election Day was at Dubbo West where it took 1.5 hours to get to the head of the line with 1920 people casting a vote, up from 980 in 2013. Much to the delight of our Federal Member, there were no Greens voters in eight locations throughout the Parkes electorate.
All in all, a great team effort between Mark Coulton, his staff and his campaign team.