GEOFF PROVEST
GEOFF PROVEST

Nats MP lament fumbled poll campaign

By ED SOUTHORN news@northernstar.com.au NATIONALS MP Geoff Provest has welcomed the elevation of Warren Truss to lead the federal Nationals, but hinted at some regrets the party could have done better in Richmond in the election.

"My federal colleagues have made a decision and Mr Truss has a lot of experience in handling various portfolios," Mr Provest said.

He said that when he chaired the Sustainable Regions Federal funding project for the NSW North Coast, Mr Truss had approved funding for local projects as Transport and Regional Services Minister.

"Now a lot of rebuilding needs to be done," Mr Provest said.

"My concern with my federal colleagues (during the federal election campaign) is they disconnected with the general community in some key areas, particularly transport and health."

Mr Provest had supported Nationals Richmond candidate Sue Page's efforts to broker a federal solution to prioritise the Sexton Hill upgrade.

He also has championed the Sexton Hill tunnel option promoted through the Banora Point Residents Association and the Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Provest said it was a 'bit disappointing' the Howard Government had been the main funding agent for the Sexton Hill upgrade and promoted a national road and rail transport network, but Sexton Hill will not be upgraded for some time yet.

Mr Provest also said health service delivery reforms could have been better handled during the federal campaign. Mr Truss vowed to stand up to the Nationals' coalition partner, the Liberal Party, in opposition.



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