The people of the Hunter Valley work hard for their families and deserve to get their fair share for the effort they put in. But too often they get overlooked, with Newcastle taking the lion’s share of funding and development.
Josh Angus, a Hunter Valley café owner, stood as The Nationals Candidate for Cessnock in the March 23 State Election and secured a swing of almost 3 per cent against the Labor incumbent. Now, he is taking on another tough Labor incumbent and has promised to keep fighting for the people of the Hunter.
We’re not a Party of big business or trade unions. Katrina and the Nationals are ordinary people, working hard for our local communities.
A vocal mental health advocate, Mr Angus said he wanted to see more funding for headspace centres in regional areas, and a return to strong local representation.
“There are a lot of people in the Hunter who are employed either directly or indirectly by the coal industry, and we need to protect those jobs,” Mr Angus said. “But at the same time, I know our farmers are feeling anxious about these online activists who turn into offline pests. As a National, I believe in job security for our miners, but I also wanted to see tough laws that target people who want to trespass on farmland.”
Mr Angus said people deserved to have someone who understood everyday problems and stood up for them.
“Our local member has had an easy ride and that stops now,” Mr Angus said. “I know this is a tough fight, but the people of the Hunter deserve someone who’ll fight for them, not mates in Canberra.”
What are Josh’s priorities?
1. Investment into mental health services, particularly for young people in regional areas
2. Strong representation for local industries and jobs. This means coal jobs are secured and our farmers and agricultural industry do not live in fear of having activists trespass on properties or terrorise stock.
3. Make sure the everyday person is represented, not trade unions and politicians interests.