News

NSW Nats start the campaign on the coast

The State Nationals parliamentary team in Coffs Harbour today, as part of a regional tour of northern New South Wales.
The State Nationals parliamentary team in Coffs Harbour today, as part of a regional tour of northern New South Wales. Leigh Jensen

THE NSW Nationals parliamentary team is on the road this week to gauge the issues that matter most to local communities, eight months out from the State Election.

The party is undertaking a 900-kilometre week-long bus tour from Tweed Heads to Tamworth, taking in Murwillumbah, Lismore, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Taree.

Key issues raised with MPs on Coffs Harbour's Jetty Foreshores this afternoon included the expansion of farming under native vegetation legislation, the future of marine park protections, local infrastructure funding and state-funded tourism incentives for coastal communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the North Coast, Andrew Stoner said the tour showed The Nationals remain a united party without factions that effectively represents 93% of the New South Wales landmass in State Parliament.

"It's a good time to connect with people about the issues that matter to them so we can develop our policy to take to the election," Mr Stoner said.

Asked whether The Nationals hoped to repeat the party's landslide results from 2011, Mr Stoner said the party faced a vastly different election next year whilst in a Coalition government.

In opposition, The Nationals won 19 of the 20 seats the party contested four years ago and claimed seven positions in the Upper House while securing every available seat on the North Coast.

"I don't think we will experience those same margins that we did last time because back then we were towards the end of a 16-year Labor government that was stuttering along with changes of leadership, changes of ministers and scandal after scandal," Mr Stoner said.

"Most of our guys are standing with margins over 20% to 30% so they are historical highs, but in politics over the long term a margin of 10 to 20% is a strong margin - it's what you would call a safe seat.

"We have got some ridiculous margins at the moment and I expect some of that tide will go back out."

He said the party's first term achievements included $13 billion in regional infrastructure projects and returning more than 2,000 nurses, teachers and police officers to the frontline in regional New South Wales.

Mr Stoner said the retirement of long serving Ballina MP Don Page was the party's biggest political challenge on the North Coast.

Topics:  coffs harbour state election 2015 the nationals



Storms bring in wet week ahead for Coffs

THUNDER STRUCK: Lightning lights up the sky over Gayndah.

Make sure to take an umbrella this week

Hartsuyker feels the heat from protesters

"We're here today to join the dots for My Hartsuyker - to beat the heat, we must leave coal in the ground and urgently transition to 100% renewable energy,” said Liisa Rusanen, member of the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group.

Residents rally outside MP's office for action on climate change.

Construction of new Fitzroy Oval facilities surging ahead

Sydney Swans players Gary Rohan (left) and Dan Robinson run their eye over construction of new changerooms at Fitzroy Oval with AFL (NSW/ACT) State Manager for Diversity, Partnerships and Major Projects, Joseph La Posta and Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Cr Denise Knight.  Photo: Laura Devoy/Coffs Coast Advocate

New changeroom and toilet facilities due to be ready by end of June.

Local Partners

Deadly dog virus outbreak strikes South Grafton

"If your dog lives on one of those streets, I'd almost guarantee they will contract parvo virus if they are not vaccinated."


Jackass crew eye off the Big Banana

WILD SHOW: The Jackass crew  a promise a wild Coffs Harbour show.

Iconic Coffs landmark grabs Jackass crew's attention

Make a Jackass of yourself live on stage

Jackass's Jason 'Wee Man' Acuna on stage during the crew's Fillthy Seppo Tour of Ausralia. The mayhem arrives at the Coffs Harbour on February 23.

Jackass team head to Coffs to wreak havoc

Sizzling Bookfest bargains

CHOCKERS: Lester Platts and Chris Ryland, Coffs Harbour South Rotary preparing for Bookfest April 1-8.

80,000 book will hit the Bookfest tables in April

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

TOWARD the end of last month’s Golden Globes ceremony, the producer of the nominated drama Moonlight made a surprise onstage appearance: Brad Pitt.

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Jackass crew eye off the Big Banana

WILD SHOW: The Jackass crew  a promise a wild Coffs Harbour show.

Iconic Coffs landmark grabs Jackass crew's attention

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Bidding could start at $1.4M for sought after property

Farrell McCrohon's Jojo Newby rides on a property recently listed at Buccarumbi

One of largest rural properties on market to go under hammer today

An exclusive private retreat

STUNNING: This North Sapphire Beach home is the ultimate in beach-side living.

An exclusive home in an exclusive address

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.



Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!