Member for New England Barnaby Joyce has reaffirmed his commitment to the New England electorate after stepping down as leader of The Nationals and welcomed newly elected party leader, Michael McCormack.
“I offer my congratulations to Michael in his new role and wish him all the best for the future,” he said.
Mr Joyce said he was incredibly humbled to have had the opportunity to serve regional Australia as Deputy Prime Minister and is determined to get on with the business of representing the New England.
“What a great country we live in, that a kid from Woolbrook primary school can have the opportunity to hold office as the Deputy Prime Minister,” he said.
“I extend my thanks to those who have supported me in recent months, especially those in the electorate, and I endeavour to repay that support with steadfast focus on getting a better deal for the New England.
“We have important projects already underway or in planning in the New England, including major road developments like the Tenterfield and Scone bypasses, our $75 million commitment for Dungowan Dam, Tamworth’s Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence, 37 new and upgraded mobile phone towers for the electorate – we launched the last one near Glen Innes just recently – to name but a few.
“We also have decentralisation in progress with the APVMA moving to Armidale bringing more jobs to regional Australia, and a freshly upgraded airport in Armidale as well.
“We’ve made big ground already for the New England and I’m excited what the future holds for us.”