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Kris Beavis, Nationals candidate for Ballina

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Kris Beavis, Nationals candidate for Ballina.
Kris Beavis, Nationals candidate for Ballina.

Throughout my life, I have devoted myself to community service and I believe that becoming a Member of Parliament is the best way I can continue to serve my community. My past experience in politics has been ‘on the other side of the table’ advocating for our community.

I grew up on a banana farm near Coffs Harbor and after school I started working for the Westpac Bank at branches around regional NSW. Following a period as business manager at an independent school in Ballina, I was appointed CEO of our local Community Rescue Helicopter Service, until I put my hand up in Ballina. I have been associated with lifesaving since nippers and still patrol. I was the president of the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club 2008-2014, where I’m still a patrolling member. It’s these roles that have built my love for community work and it’s that work I would love to continue in State Parliament.

Top 3 issues

Infrastructure and services – Just because we live 800kms from Sydney doesn’t mean we should have second-class infrastructure and services. Areas like the North Coast were ignored for over a decade under the last Labor government. Our roads, hospitals and schools fell into disrepair. Over the last four years the Nationals have fought and delivered infrastructure for our region but more needs to be done.

Jobs and the local economy– Unemployment and underemployment are some of the most common issues voters raise with me – people want to work. This means supporting local industries like tourism, construction and farming. The answer to creating jobs is not slogging businesses with more taxes like Labor is proposing. That money should be spent employing people, not gouging people for the government coffers in Sydney.

To preserve and protect our environment – I’m not afraid to say I don’t want CSG. And I’m going to take that community message to Parliament to ensure that happens. It’s hot air at election time. Our area is not this beautiful by accident, we’ve done a good job protecting it. The Nationals have always fought for the regions – it’s in our blood. We’ve wound back the licenses that were thrown around before like confetti. I want to continue to protect our area from Things that diminish or natural capital.

The first local issue I will campaign on

My first campaign if elected will be to ensure all the road, rail and water upgrades for Ballina are locked-in and confirmed in the next budget. Delivering these infrastructure projects is so important for a number of reasons. Firstly our infrastructure is so far behind Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong we need to catch up, and that is happening. Secondly these projects spur on our economy, creating jobs and flow-on benefits to other businesses. It’s also important that these projects are done sustainably and on our terms, and that means putting the environment front-and-centre of our policies.

 


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1 COMMENT

  1. Why is the Liberal/Nationals have been saying gas yes while in government and now before election time it’s gas no? The Liberals keep saying a vote for the Labour is like a vote for the greens. For me it’s a vote for the Nationals is like voting Liberal. I’m sorry Mr. Beavis but I am very wary of the National Party. I’ve been called names by the National Party. Radical Greenie Extremist for opposing industrial polluting gasfields near my home. I was also appalled when Andrew Frazer blamed vegetation laws when a private landholder murdered an innocent OEH officer. How insensitive that mans family and so far from the mark. Vegetation laws are meant to protect threatened species and saying the laws are the problem, not someone disobeying the law then committing murder is a dangerous message to give to the community. I was almost like he was saying it’s o.k. to murder someone if the law doesn’t suit you. I do not remember one time a NSW National Party member has spoken to Parliament about the overwhelming opposition to CSG on the north coast. The major issue of the region gets nothing out of the Nationals as way of representation in parliament. I hear a lot of blaming of Labor but that’s not what I want to hear. I want to hear what the people in power now will do for the important issues for the community. A lot of National Party voters have wised up to all the spin the National Party does with name calling like, dole bludger, radical greenie, professional protesters. I met a lot of National Party voters out there being called dole bludgers, greenies and professional protesters by the very party they voted in. I hope we all switch on enough to vote in every box and put Nationals last. It’s time that we really send a message to government that we want the communities and the environment looked after. Not corporations or mining companies. I just don’t see Thomas George or Gulaptis changing their views so quickly and opposing CSG.

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