Pre-elec­tion pol­i­tics are now un­der way

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - YOUR SAY -

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.

Email us at: [email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­ or call 66502969.

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