Matt Fraser launches his bid for the seat of Richmond
MATTHEW Fraser's federal election campaign was launched today, backed by Nationals leader Warren Truss and NSW senator Fiona Nash.
Over 50 Nationals members gathered at Mr Fraser's new Minjungbal Dr election office to hear his political plans.
"Over the last six months, I have been talking with people at their doors, in shops and supermarkets, local clubs, cafes and in the streets and the subjects residents are most interested in talking about are the rising cost of living, disappearing job security and the increasing number of boats arriving in the country," he said.
"I entered politics to be part of a change.
"I want to be part of a new Government which doesn't continually raise taxes only to waste money, a Government which doesn't consist of people only interested in re-election."
Mr Fraser said that tourism and sports were important to the Tweed and that would be part of his focus.
"What we want to do is capitalise on our natural assets," he said.
"We need to focus heavily in tourism and also putting on continued great events such as Bluesfest."
"So really fundamentally tourism and also I want to see a big heavy push into sporting facilities, sporting infrastructure and sporting events in our area.
Mr Truss was full of praise for the relatively young Nationals candidate.
"His name will well and truly be in front of the people of Richmond through this office and indeed all the other things he's doing over the coming weeks and months," he said.
"It's a terrific thrill for me to be here to perform the official opening of Matthew's campaign office.
"This has been a campaign that actually started the best part of two years ago, when we weren't quite whether we had a Government or whether we weren't and, I guess, has built momentum over time."
Tweed Chamber of Commerce president Rory Curtis said he would be throwing his full support behind Matthew Fraser and hoped for a positive change for the Tweed business community.