Central Coast political week in review

Posted by | August 11, 2016 | Industry News


FROM speakers to sneakers, the Central Coast’s political world was anything but dull this week.

Shoppers at Lakeside Shopping Centre at The Entrance did a double-take on Thursday when Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen popped in accompanied by the new Dobell federal Labor MP Emma McBride on one of her first official gigs as the local MP.

The pair met with representatives of local chambers of commerce and small business owners including Ron Stevens, president of Wyong Regional Chamber and John Millard, the president of The Entrance chamber.

They had also visited Tuggerah where they met with Daniel Farmer, regional manager of the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber.

“Small business is central to the success of our region and I am pleased that the shadow Treasurer has identified the Central Coast as a priority,” Ms McBride said.

“There is so much opportunity in our region and Chris and I were excited to hear first-hand from business owners and chamber representatives.”

Ms McBride and Mr Bowen’s visit to Lakeside on Thursday afternoon coincided with a Central Coast Council pop-up stall manned by council administrator Ian Reynolds.

While the aim was to put a face to the name, it wasn’t long before he was swamped by individuals and groups vying for his attention.

The same attention that may have been lapped up by former Wyong Mayor Doug Eaton when he popped out of bushes at the official opening of the Magenta shared cycle-pathway last week, wearing his red vest, and cheering on the first cyclists to use the pathway.

Meanwhile, Terrigal state Liberal MP Adam Crouch said he was thrilled with his latest appointment as temporary speaker of the House of Legislative Assembly.

Appointed to the position by the first female speaker in the history of the NSW Parliament, Shelley Hancock, Mr Crouch was one of several temporary speakers appointed.

“This appointment has come as a surprise and an honour to be appointed by the Speaker of the House,” Mr Crouch said.

“I hope that I can fulfil my role with the utmost respect and decorum as befits the position and follows in the steps of many since the first appointment of Sir Daniel Cooper in 1856.”

The formal declaration of the poll for the 2016 election of NSW senators was held today in the Sydney office of the Australian Electoral Commission today where Central Coast-based Labor senator Deb O’Neill was among 12 senators sworn in.

This will be the former federal Labor MP for Robertson’s second term as senator.

Source Denice Barnes, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate

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