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June 22, 2024 2:30 AM

Candidates Calendars Continue

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Labor’s Jeff Drayton with State Labor leader Jodi McKay and Federal Labor member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon.

FIRDAY, MAY 7

Ballot draw for position on ballot paper conducted at the Singleton early voting centre.

Aberdeen’s Kirsty O’Connell had her name drawn first and will appear at the top of the ballot paper.

Following after O’Connell in order of the draw are Archie Lea (Ind), Eva Pears (Liberal Democratic Party), Dale McNamara (One Nation), Dave Layzell (Nationals), Tracy Norman (Ind), Steve Reynolds (Ind), Sue Abbott (Greens), Jeff Drayton (Labor), Calum Blair (Sustainable Australia Party), Michael Dello-Jacovo (Animal Justice Party from Annandale in Sydney), Sue Gilroy (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers) and Kate Fraser (Ind).

SATURDAY, MAY 8

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Aberdeen where he endorses Independent candidate Kirsty O’Connell in her campaign.  Mr Turnbull urged voters to back O’Connell saying the Nationals had taken the community for granted.

MONDAY, MAY 10

Early voting begun in Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone and Gloucester.

Nationals Dave Layzell announces $12million for Singleton Police Station Upgrade.

Labor’s Jeff Drayton announces they will fast track promised upgrades at Muswellbrook South Public School.

National’s Dave Layzell announces $45 million for stage three upgrade to Muswellbrook Hospital.

Independent Steve Reynolds kicks off his campaign speaking with community members wanting to raise the issues of the Upper Hunter.

TUESDAY, MAY 11

Labor’s Jeff Drayton claims Nationals intend to sell off crown land to make way for housing including places such as public parks and Gloucester cemetery.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

One Nation’s Dale McNamara visits Quirindi train station forecourt to announce One Nation’s plan to establish a daily return commuter train service from Tamworth to Newcastle, funding for the Council pool, and completion of a new water treatment plant.

Independent candidate Kirsty O’Connell voices her delight at the proposed spending spree in store for the Upper Hunter and encourages voters to look at an independent to keep it coming.

Merriwa-Cassilis Alliance members Peter Campbell and Heidi Inder meet with Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Energy Minister Matt Keane, Minister Sam Farraway (as well as staff and senior Bureaucrats) in Sydney.

THURSDAY, MAY 13

Independent Candidate for the Upper Hunter Tracy Norman urges the State Government to invest in people in relation to the shortage of doctors and allied health professionals in the region, not just big buildings.

SATURDAY, MAY 15

Early voting begun in Dungog.

SUNDAY, MAY 16

Campaign launch for Labor’s Jeff Drayton who announces an increase in Resources for Regions to a guaranteed $100m a year.

MONDAY, MAY 17

Early voting begun in Quirindi.

Labor’s Jeff Drayton announces $750,000 for Singleton’s fire station upgrade and a new fleet of trucks.

TUESDAY, MAY 18

One Nation’s Dale McNamara announces plans to establish an Advanced Training Centre at Aberdeen to train young people and retrain older workers to go into mining, manufacturing and agriculture based on polytechnic technology.

Labor’s Jeff Drayton calls for an extension to the two more trains trial between Singleton and Muswellbrook to be extended.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro, National’s Dave Layzell and Sam Farraway MLC return to Merriwa five days after meeting in Sydney for a public meeting at the Merriwa RSL to discuss the proposed transmission line corridor.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Dave Layzell gather in Singleton to announce the Hunter Expert Panel.

“This group will be made up of local community leaders and organisations which will reach out to unions, joint organisations of Councils and to community groups and peak bodies,” Mr Barilaro said.

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