Smith hits the hustings for Labor as NSW election approaches
ISAAC Smith has officially hit the hustings as Labor candidate for Lismore following his campaign launch on Saturday.
Three Knitting Nannas Against Gas greeted about 100 supporters as they gathered at Lismore City Bowling Club for the launch of the Lismore deputy mayor's first tilt at unseating Thomas George as Member for Lismore.
Emcee, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, introduced Mr Smith as a positive change for Lismore, who puts local values and issues first.
Mrs Dowell spoke of working closely with Mr Smith on council and the experience he has gained over more than seven years.
"Local government connects you to the people like no other sphere of government," she said.
As supporters entered the club they signed posters declaring "I'm supporting Isaac because ..."
"I trust him to represent us in Sydney," one message said.
"He lives and breathes local values.
"He is a local man with local values and his heart is in his community," read another message.
"Bronnie and The Bishops" performed an amusing musical interlude, singing satirical versions of Advance Australia Fair and Rawhide.
To rousing applause, Mr Smith made his way to the microphone to deliver his message to supporters.
Mr Smith identified three key issues facing the Lismore electorate - the privatisation of the NSW electricity network, stripping funding from community services and unconventional gas mining.
He encouraged all supporters to spread the Labor agenda to friends to secure more votes.
"What we need is someone who listens to locals and takes that message to Sydney," he said.
"That has not been happening for the past years of Liberal-National Government.
"It's about time someone stands up to the Government and tells them it's not all about big business; it's about community.
"Our message is number every square when you vote and put the Nationals last, because that's where they put you."
Following the launch, supporters gathered outside the club for a group photo, before enjoying a BBQ lunch.
The NSW election is on March 29.
Pre-poll voting opens on March 15.