Oakeshott’s entry brings a fistful of dollars
A SERIES of multi-million dollar announcements for Cowper by the National Party have one independent feeling quite chuffed.
From a $25 million jobs package for the Mid North Coast last week to today's $12 million allied health facility at Southern Cross University, Independent candidate Rob Oakeshott believes his announcement to run for Cowper has ramped up the Nationals campaign.
"It's been 10 days since, I announced I was standing as a candidate and now we've seen $37 million committed by the Nationals," he said.
"It's a wonderful sign of what the next three years could be by voting Independent."
Mr Oakeshott said he was supportive of incumbent member, Luke Hartsuyker's $12 million boost for the development of an allied health facility
"I certainly welcome it and hope that it's more than campaign funny money," he said.
While he wouldn't match the funding amount announced today he did guarantee he'll work hard to bring the facility to fruition.
"If elected, I'll happily meet with the stakeholders to see if a) the money becomes real and b) to see what we can do to expand that valuable service," he said.
Initially, Southern Cross University floated plans for a $30 million allied health centre.
The Nationals commitment today would fund the first stage of the project.
If you're voting in the seat of Cowper, who will you be voting for?
This poll ended on 30 June 2016.
Wayne LAWRENCE - Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
Michael GOUGH - Citizens Electoral Council
Carol VERNON - The Greens
Damian WOOD - Labor
Rob OAKESHOTT - Independent
Luke HARTSUYKER - The Nationals
John ARKAN - Independent
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.