Federal Nationals deputy pays visit to Karratha

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Deputy leader of the Nationals Bridget McKenzie and Nationals Durack candidate Scott Bourne in the Karratha CBD.
Camera IconDeputy leader of the Nationals Bridget McKenzie and Nationals Durack candidate Scott Bourne in the Karratha CBD. Credit: Alicia Perera

The deputy leader of the Australian Nationals Party was in Karratha last week for a whirlwind trip that included meetings with local government, business and service providers.

Bridget McKenzie spent last Tuesday in town on a visit to promote the recent Federal Budget and provide a boost to Durack Nationals candidate Scott Bourne’s campaign for the upcoming election.

While in town she met with representatives of the City of Karratha, Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pilbara Universities Centre committee and headspace Pilbara.

Ms McKenzie said the National Party’s focuses for the Pilbara at the election included improving access to good health and education, expanding digital connectivity, encouraging more people to live in the region and reducing mining companies’ reliance on fly-in fly-out workforces.

She said throughout Australia, the party wanted to address the high costs that often came with living regionally and improve access to services.

“The No.1 issue for me in these communities — in the Pilbara but also more broadly across regional Australia — is cost of living pressures,” she said. “That means can I provide for my family, can I take home more of my own money that I’ve worked so hard for, and are the essential services that I need for my family available in my local community?"

“For the National Party that is our key mantra, that geography should not determine your access to services.”

Ms McKenzie also visited Perth and Katanning while in WA.

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