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Labor senator will be third Federal visitor for December

Labor Duty Senator for Cowper Matt Thistlethwaite will perform opening ceremonies in Dorrigo, Bellingen and Urunga, this Tuesday.
Labor Duty Senator for Cowper Matt Thistlethwaite will perform opening ceremonies in Dorrigo, Bellingen and Urunga, this Tuesday. Trevor Veale

BELLINGEN Shire Council will host a regional visit by Labor Duty Senator for Cowper, Matt Thistlethwaite, this Tuesday.

Senator Thistlethwaite will officially open three projects recently completed by the council under the Regional and Local Communities Infrastructure Program.

Bellingen mayor, Cr Mark Troy, said this program supported the enhancement of existing town centres and public areas in Urunga, Bellingen and Dorrigo.

The projects also formed part of the Bellingen Shire Growth Management Strategy process.

"Council is very pleased to have had this opportunity to work with the Federal Government in the redevelopment of the town centres of Dorrigo, Urunga and Bellingen," Cr Troy said.

"In all cases the work completed under this Federal program has enhanced the presentation and amenity within our major centres.

"I look forward to welcoming Senator Thistlethwaite and showing him the improvements the Federal program have achieved for our communities."

Senator Thistlethwaite will begin his schedule at noon with an opening in Dorrigo.

At 1.30pm he will be in Bellingen before the final commitment in Urunga at 3pm.

Cr Troy said the community is invited to attend the official openings and celebrate the improvements gained under this program.

The visit by the senator will be the third with local implications made by federal politicians to North Coast electorates since the start of December.

Labor's Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese joined Member for Lyne Rob Oakeshott last Sunday.

That was followed days later by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott who was an unmissable presence as he drove a truck southbound on the Pacific Highway into the domain of Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker.

With a Federal election due in 2013 and North Coast seats between the Hunter and Queensland border turning into battlegrounds, insiders are tipping that touring politicians of all persuasions are about to become ubiquitous.

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