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C o n n e C t i n g C o u n t ry C o m m u n i t i e s – f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 0

Country Labor welcomes our new Premier Kristina Keneally
Kristina Keneally has had a busy first month as Premier, visiting communities and branch members around nSW to hear their concerns. Within her first month in the job, Kristina Keneally has visited: bathurst to be briefed by the rFS and speak to locals affected by bushfires in the central West; armidale and Cowra as part of the Premier’s Drought tour, meeting with local farmers and the community to hear their stories; tweed Heads to turn the first sod on the $310 million Banora Point Pacific Highway upgrade; Coonamble to be briefed by local SeS workers and speak to the local community who have been ravaged by floods; orange to announce approval for a $2 billion expansion of the cadia Valley gold and copper mining complex. this will support more than 2000 jobs in the central West;

message from the general secretary
Congratulations to the new Premier Kristina Keneally. Kristina has shown that she will govern for all of nsW, and her enthusiasm to get out there and talk to our Party members and the broader community should be recognised. immediately on being elected, the Premier visited and talked to country branch members and the community about the issues that concern them. i hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday period, and getting ready for a big year. our office is already preparing for the federal Campaign, and we are now only 13 months from the nsW election. if you need assistance with your campaign preparations, contact Country organiser, Courtney roche on 1800 503 035 or

Premier Kristina Keneally talking to farmers.

tamworth to support the 38th annual tamworth country Music festival and announce 5 new scholarships for the next generation of country music stars; and Wentworth, where the Darling and Murray rivers meet. It is estimated that an extra 800-900 gigalitres will flow through the Murray-Darling Basin as a result of the floods earlier this year. in addition, the Keneally government has announced: a $179 million infrastructure boost for local communities; an extension of the timber Bridge program for another 12 months; Planning approval for the Glenugie upgrade to the Pacific Highway, between coffs Harbour and Ballina; an in-principle agreement with the South australian government to release water from the nSW floodwaters to South australia; an $8 million extension of key drought initiatives; and Welcomed increases in the water allocations in the Murray, lower Darling and Murrumbidgee valleys.

Premier Kristina Keneally, Justine Elliot MP and David Borger MP turning the first sod on the Banora Point Pacific Highway upgrade.

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matt thistlethwaite General Secretary

albury branch honours Harold mair
The Albury Branch recently honoured their last Labor Member for Albury, Harold mair in an inaugural dinner in his name.

Country members gather to celebrate 10 years of Country Labor
in 1999, nsW Labor made a bold move to register Country Labor as its own unique political party. this reinvigorated Country Labor in its fight against the nationals, and allowed Labor to reclaim its historic place in rural and regional nsW. after a long day at annual conference, over 250 members from around nSW gathered at a reception to celebrate the 10th anniversary of country labor. the first convenor of the country labor Parliamentary Group, the Hon tony Kelly Mlc, reflected upon labor’s long history representing rural and regional australia, and some of the successes of the last decade. Other Members of Parliament, past and present, joined with country branch members to share some of the stories from the past 10 years. thank you to all who attended and showed their support for Country Labor.

over 100 local branch members and supporters gathered to hear senator the Hon John faulkner speak of his memories of Harold, and also of the rudd government’s plans for defence. Harold mair was the member for albury from 1978 to 1988, and is still remembered fondly by the people of albury. Whilst in the Parliament, Harold was renowned for his patience in delivering infrastructure and services for his electorate. many of those present recounted stories of funding that Harold had secured for them, or their community group. Harold’s has maintained his commitment to the st Vincent de Paul society throughout his life, so funds from the raffle were donated to st Vincent de Paul. Congratulations to the albury branch, especially marie sheahan and David Wolfenden, for organising this inaugural dinner.

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