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MEMBER OF THE CENTURY
Former Member for Monaro and Yaouk resident, Peter Cochran, has been acknowledged as the ‘Member of the Century’ by the Monaro and Eden-Monaro National Party branches.
Mr Cochran represented the Monaro as its Member from 1988 to 1998. During his final term, he was Monaro’s first opposition member in 65 years.
In 1987 Mr Cochran stood unsuccessfully as the National candidate for the Federal seat of Eden-Monaro, obtaining the party’s best ever result in the seat with 16.4 per cent of the vote.
Mr Cochran also served on the Cooma Monaro Shire Council for seven years and served as Mayor from 2000 to 2001.
NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said Mr Cochran is very deserving of the award and played a major part in his decision to enter politics.
“Peter played a major part in my decision to join the National Party and then go on to run for Member for Monaro,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Peter always puts the Monaro first and his strong representation and advocacy of the region continues even today.
“Peter has extremely strong convictions and can be very outspoken, especially on issues close to his heart including Brumbies, tourism in the Snowy region and veterans affairs.”
Mr Cochran was presented with the ‘Member of the Century’ award by former NSW Senator John ‘Wacka’ Williams at the Monaro and Eden Monaro 100th Birthday celebrations in Canberra on Friday night.