Michael Kidd – Coun­try La­bor

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

I have lived in Lee­ton for over 35 years, and my wife Leeanne and I have raised our fam­ily here.

I am a staunch ad­vo­cate for our com­mu­nity, and have been a Lee­ton Shire Coun­cil­lor for nine years, as well as the Chair of the Roxy The­atre Com­mit­tee, Sec­re­tary of the lo­cal Tidy Towns Com­mit­tee and a mem­ber of the Lee­ton United Foot­ball Club Com­mit­tee.

I have pre­vi­ously served as Pres­i­dent of the Lee­ton Preschool Com­mit­tee and spent two years on the school coun­cil of St Joseph’s Pri­mary School.

For too long, the Na­tional Party has taken our area for granted.

I am run­ning be­cause it’s time we sent the NSW Gov­ern­ment and those Nationals in Syd­ney a mes­sage. As a ra­dio­g­ra­pher for Lee­ton Health Ser­vice and a mem­ber of the Lee­ton Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, I’ve seen how the cuts have im­pacted our lo­cal com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to our lo­cal health ser­vices.

Last month the Grif­fith com­mu­nity came to­gether to rally against a re­duc­tion of ser­vices at the Grif­fith Hospi­tal. Over 100 com­mu­nity mem­bers came out again to di­rectly tell the gov­ern­ment that the fight will con­tinue.

We need some­one who un­der­stands the lo­cal area and who will fight against the pri­vati­sa­tion of re­gional hos­pi­tals and cuts to lo­cal health ser­vices.

Only Coun­try La­bor will keep our hos­pi­tals in pub­lic hands and se­cure fund­ing for re­gional health ser­vices.

We need some­one who will fight for more lo­cal jobs and stop the cuts to TAFE.

I be­lieve that ac­cess to re­li­able wa­ter for ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture is not only the key to sur­vival of the rural com­mu­ni­ties but also fu­ture growth and op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Nationals have failed our com­mu­nity when it comes to wa­ter pol­icy.

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