Local economy is the top priority, says Nats candidate
A COALITION government's first priority on the Northern Rivers would be the region's economy, Page Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan has told a campaign rally.
Addressing the rally, which was attended by Nationals leader Warren Truss, Senators John Williams and Fiona Nash, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker and the Nationals' candidates for the seats of Richmond and Lyne, said people across the North Coast were struggling with rising prices and a slowing economy.
"We had members from as far south as Taree here today, and they're facing the same problems with rising costs and a slowing economy all the way down the coast" Mr Hogan said after the event.
"This is a team effort for The Nationals, and our number one priority is our local economy."
Mr Hogan said that it was in the region's interests to have as many Nationals as possible in an incoming coalition government.
"We have a lot of common interests with the rest of the North Coast, and it would help immensely to have as many Nationals as possible in parliament pushing our local agenda."
Mr Hogan said that he was pleased the coalition's commitments so far, but that if he was elected he would continue to fight for other projects in the electorate, and especially for roads funding for Lismore and Kyogle councils.
"Money is going to be tight after the next election, but thanks to the Nationals we've protected Roads to Recovery funding and secured a billion dollars for our Stronger Regions Fund.
"If the people of Page choose me as their representative next Saturday I'll be in there immediately fighting for our fair share."