North Coast Regional Conference wrap up
Ever since our Party’s recent revival of the Regional Conference format, the day-long conferences have been an overwhelming success.
Earlier this month, members from Tea Gardens to the Tweed descended on the Manning Valley last weekend to debate and discuss issues facing the communities east of the Great Dividing Range at our second North Coast Regional Conference.
The Conference began with a hearty meal at Club Taree on Saturday night, where guests were treated to a keynote address from Roy Wilkinson, Chief Financial Officer of the iconic Australian brand and Kempsey business, Akubra.
Over 80 delegates came together the following day to attend the principal portion of the Conference to debate motions and participate in break-out sessions which were led by Head Office staff and current and former MPs.
Regional Coordinator Ross Cadell ran a very well attended campaign breakout session on the ‘What, How and Why’ of campaigning, while Deputy State Director Tom Aubert deep dive on the ins-and-outs of finance and fundraising. Political Director Jack Piggott reviewed the recent Queensland election and what emerging minor parties will mean for the future of our Party.
Jenny Gardiner and Leslie Williams MP came together to lead a breakout session on engaging grassroots members and on how they can better support their local MPs, and Niall Blair MLC debriefed on what has been achieved in his portfolio and future proofing the industry from a Labor Government.
State Parliamentarians were well represented with Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader, John Barilaro, and local Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, leading the pack, while local Member for Lyne David Gillespie flew the flag for our North Coast Federal Parliamentarians.
Issues raised amongst motions were the rising cost of energy and how nuclear and renewables can help, exploring the possibility of damming rivers along the eastern seaboard, feral deer control and creating more women’s refuges on the Far North Coast.
The date and location for next year’s North Coast Regional Conference is yet to be decided but is sure to be another opportunity for our grassroots members to have their voice heard.