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VOICE OF THE REGIONS TURNS 100
The NSW Nationals are celebrating 100 years of serving and representing rural and regional communities in Monaro, and across the state.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said there was never a more important time for The Nationals in Government to make their voices heard in the state and federal parliaments.
“No-one understands rural and regional communities like The Nationals do,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We take the issues affecting our regions to Parliament and make sure we get the very best for our communities.
“It’s not always easy, but nothing worth having ever is. The Nationals have spent 100 years working for our people and we’ll spend the next 100 years doing the same.”
Over the past 100 years, The Nationals have delivered for the Monaro:
The largest capital investment in school infrastructure
Funding for key infrastructure projects including the Ellerton Drive extension, Parsonage Creek Bridge, major safety improvements to both the Monaro and Kings Highways
A boost to policing through new and upgraded police stations as well as an increase in policing numbers
Mr Barilaro added he could not be more proud to be leading the Party during its Centenary year.
“We are currently facing one of the worst droughts on record and no one feels that harder than those people living in Regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“A strong Regional NSW is the backbone of a strong NSW and although times are tough now, when it does rain we will be ready to go with a strong economy.”
The NSW Nationals trace its origins to the formation of the Progressive Party of NSW on October 13, 1919, later renamed The Country Party in 1925. In 1977 the party changed its name again to the National Country Party, before settling on The Nationals in 1982.