federal member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker. 01 April 2015 Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
federal member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker. 01 April 2015 Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Hartsuyker preselected for Cowper

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker has been preselected by the Nationals as the Party's candidate for Cowper at the upcoming federal election.

"It's a great honour to have represented the people of Cowper for the last 14 years," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"If I'm given the privilege of being re-elected as the Federal Member for Cowper, I remain committed to delivering the very best outcomes for the electorate which, at this election, will now include the two vibrant North Coast cities of Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie."

Among those very best outcomes for the electorate since being re-elected in September 2013, Mr Hartsuyker said the Pacific Hwy takes pride and place at the top of the tree.

"I think the key positive is the massive acceleration in the rate of works on the Pacific Hwy," he said.

"That is by far and away the most visible sign of what's being done and we are seeing very strong progress on the highway. The duplication is going very well and we're seeing 4,000 direct jobs and 12,000 indirect jobs."

Mr Hartsuyker also pointed out the effects he believes the Free Trade Agreements are having on the local electorate.

"The Free Trade Agreements that have been put in place are going to benefit local organisations like NORCO and our blueberry producers who will specifically benefit from the actions of the government in securing those Free Trade Agreements with China, South Korea and Japan," the local MP said.

"That means better farm gate prices for our producers and also more jobs for local people." 

The combination of the highway upgrade and the Free Trade Agreements according to Mr Hartsuyker means more jobs in the electorate.

"The Coffs-Grafton area has been projected by the Department of Employment as having the third highest employment growth of any region in the country," he said.

"Faster than Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. We see falling unemployment rates in our region and we're seeing very solid economic growth. They are very important measures."

The election date is yet to be announced but the Cowper representative since 2001 said he'd be thrilled to extend his time in Canberra.

"If I'm so elected, it would be a great honour to continue to represent the people of Cowper for a further term in government," Mr Hartsuyker said.



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