North Coast Nationals MPs are inspecting projects and meeting locals throughout the region this week, finding out how great initiatives can be rolled out across a number of electorates.
It was also a fantastic opportunity to announce funding secured for regional communities by the Nationals in Government including $110,000 for pre-schools in the Ballina and Byron Local Government areas, and $475,000 for a Family Care Hub at Coffs Harbour.
NSW Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said the group was impressed with what it had seen so far.
“This is part of a North Coast Nationals tour where we visit each other’s electorates to learn from local projects and local people, “Mr Gulaptis said.
“It works well. I have already picked up some ideas from the first day of the tour from Tweed to Lismore and I am sure my colleagues were envious when they saw the many projects we had to showcase in the Richmond and Clarence Valleys.”
A community meet and greet lunch at the Clydesdale Steakhouse in Casino at noon was followed by a street walk around town to listen to local small business operators, before a visit to the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange which was undergoing a major redevelopment thanks to funding from the Nationals in Government at a State and Federal level along with Richmond Valley Council. It was followed by a private briefing on Australia’s largest medicinal cannabis facility which was being established in the Richmond Valley.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest MP, Member for Lismore Thomas George MP, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis MP, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser MP, Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey MP, Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams MP, Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin MLC and NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro MP all took part in events during the four-day trip across the North Coast electorates.
Next up, North Coast Nationals MPs will be visiting Coffs Harbour, Macksville and Port Macquarie.