Kevin’s revvin’ to work as the new Member for Page
WHEN you become a new MP, your diary fills.
However, Member for Page Kevin Hogan is good at multitasking, yesterday packing up his old office while being interviewed for this story simultaneously.
The poll will be officially declared today and he will get the keys to his office.
For his first 100 days of office he has set himself some big goals.
"We're going to abolish the carbon tax as soon as possible which is the biggest local issue that will help families in Page with cost of living pressures," Mr Hogan said.
He planned to roll out funding for the Pacific Hwy upgrade and work toward fulfilling his campaign promises to provide more than $4 million to Ballina District Hospital as well as making installation of CCTV in Casino a priority.
Mr Hogan also said reducing red tape for local businesses was one of his biggest priorities but would not be drawn on specifics.
"I'll be meeting with and getting our community access to the new ministers to discuss ways to reach these goals," Mr Hogan said.
Mr Hogan insisted he did not support CSG exploration in Page, despite division within the Coalition.
"My view has not changed. I know it's not just a noisy minority who have ongoing concerns and questions and I share that view," Mr Hogan said.
On a national scale, Mr Hogan noted Prime Minister Tony Abbott was not liked by some in the community, but said he thought people would come to "respect" the man in the top job.
"He was very humble in the party room meeting," Mr Hogan said of the PM.
How has Mr Hogan's life changed since September 7?
"My wife said my work/life balance is not in balance at the moment and there are things around our house that need attention," Mr Hogan said jokingly.
"But, I want to make sure I remain accessible to the community."