Pre-election politics are now under way
WHY IS it that our representatives in state seats Melinda Pavey in Oxley, covering Bellingen Shire and Nambucca Valley, Andrew Fraser in Coffs Harbour and federal MP Luke Hartsuyker in Cowper, covering the mid-north coast area governments are not standing up for our region against the attempt to downgrade the Coffs bypass?
Isn't that their job?
If their junior roles in the ministries of their coalition bosses are preventing them from doing so then there is a clear conflict of interest.
Our representatives should be firmly and consistently advocating for our region, not against it.
The Coffs bypass is a project that is not only crucial to our region.
Coffs is now the main bottleneck on the main highway connecting Sydney, Brisbane and the other population centres of the East Coast.
The project is of strategic importance to our state and to the nation of Australia.
The growing centres of Coffs and also Port Macquarie and their surrounding areas must not be marginalised by those who think the only way forward for Australia is to continue to pump up the over-congested state capitals.
If Melinda, Andrew and Luke (or their successors) continue to prioritise schemes such as knocking down and rebuilding Sydney sports stadiums over the crucial interests of their own region - with critical implications for the state and the country - then we need to find better alternatives.
Now would be a great time for the Advocate and other local media outlets to start researching and profiling other potential candidates for the Mid North Coast at the upcoming state and federal elections - particularly any offering strong, independent representation, rather than just dancing to the tune of their "senior coalition partners" in the Sydney bubble. Tim Stewart, Bellingen. Editor’s note:
Please let us know of any candidates who have officially announced that they’ll be standing at next year’s elections and who we are yet to be profiled in The Advocate.
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