The 16,000 kilometre road to Riverina success
Due to a large-scale redistribution, the Riverina electorate welcomed eight new shires at this election, stretching from Tootool in the Lockhart Shire to Tullamore, an hour north of Parkes.
Riverina Nationals' MP Michael McCormack drove more than 16,000 kilometres throughout the Switzerland-sized electorate during the campaign, which led to a strong showing at the ballot box throughout the Riverina and Central West.
From one end of the electorate to the other, The Nationals' vibrant yellow-adorned polling booths, with many dedicated Nats' volunteers and members donning green and gold to ensure The Nationals' message was loud and clear.
Speaking on election night, re-elected Michael thanked those on his campaign committee, led by Barney Hyams, for their hard work and dedication throughout the campaign, particularly Gretchen and Richard Sleeman, Margaret Hill, Pam Halliburton, Robert and Lesley Vennell, John and Anna Dennis and Erin Adams in the electorate's south.
The redistribution brought many new faces with great passion and enthusiasm, which helped cement The Nationals' vote in the new areas of the electorate.
At a function in Forbes on the Sunday morning, Michael and his wife Catherine thanked the many volunteers who helped secure the result in the north and east, including Bruce Adams, Mark Pietsch, Amelia Judson, Cathy Cleary, Ruth Fagan, Mark Olson, Gavin Tom, as well as Dorothy and Rob Nash, among many others.
Michael also thanked his family, staff and the Riverina FEC Chair Wes Fang, who was a Senate candidate at this election, as well as Riverina constituent and Deputy Nationals' Leader Fiona Nash, who launched the campaign.
"The result in Riverina shows yet again what The Nationals do best - we work hard for our communities between elections and have a dedicated army of volunteers ready to help fly our flag on polling day," Michael said.
"Thank you - I won't let you down."