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Nats invested in Albany

Published in the Great Southern Weekender, April 25, 2019

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all past and present Australian servicemen and servicewomen for their sacrifice on this most sacred of days on the national calendar.

Although I am guilty of bias toward the Anzac Day commemorations in my hometown of Northam, I am reliably told Albany’s Dawn Service is one of the most moving in the world.

Having been to the outstanding National Anzac Centre atop Mt Clarence, I can attest to the spine-tingling experience one feels gazing out over King George Sound and picturing the convoy of ships, bursting with troops heading into the unknown, disappearing over the horizon 105 years ago.   

I can only imagine the scene at first light today with the solemn notes of The Last Post truncating the silence. It is an experience I fully intend to undertake in-person in the years to come.

On Tuesday I will arrive in Albany for my fourth visit in the past 12 months.

I will be joined by my WA colleagues Colin Holt, The Nationals Upper House member for the South West region which takes in Albany, and the Member for Roe, Peter Rundle, whose electorate encompasses many communities in the Great Southern.

It is no coincidence my Nationals colleagues and I keep returning to Albany. This is a community where we invested a record amount of Royalties for Regions funding when we were in Government. We have a vested interest in Albany’s future and we want to see it not just survive, but thrive.

Although well served by a long-term and popular local MP, Albany is an electorate we feel would benefit from being represented by a party like ours – a party solely focused on regional Western Australia and not beholden to capital city interests.

As we charge towards the next State election, due in March 2021, The Nationals are determined to find a champion of Albany, someone who lives in, works in and breathes this community; someone who will fight for Albany’s fair share.     

Over the next two days our team will be out on the streets of Albany and meeting with community groups that will help shape the policies we take to the 2021 election. Come say ‘hi’, as we want to hear from you about who you think would make a great Nationals candidate for Albany.

For those who don’t know much about The Nationals, our party room is not laced with ‘professional politicians’. Instead, we have farmers, a teacher, a small business owner and a career firefighter among a diverse group of backgrounds and professions. Above all, we are country people who have a dogged determination to see regional Western Australia put first.

Our critics say we’re one-eyed; uncompromising. Yet we wear that as a badge of honour. We know that’s what it takes to get things done.

The McGowan Government has underestimated time and again the level of fight residing in the stomach of every regional West Australian; from parents to students, farmers and small business owners.

The ability to stand together and get an outcome will be critical come 2021 when we will once again look to assert leverage as the party which holds the balance of power in State Parliament. We will use that influence to put regional West Australians back at the front of the queue.

I want the people of Albany to be part of that – so that’s why you will continue seeing me in your community in the days, weeks and months to come. You will keep seeing my colleagues in their unmistakable green Nationals polos.

We want to work with you to ensure Albany and the wider Great Southern realises its vast potential and continues to be an amazing place to live, work and invest. 

Mia Davies
Leader of The Nationals WA