22.1 C
Byron Shire
April 19, 2021

Provest retains Tweed for Nationals, just

Latest News

No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

Other News

Poetic plea from Gaza

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre – Byron Bay This heart cry from Gaza, written by Gazan poet and...

Mullum’s lilac house the subject of Change.org petition

The plight of a Mullum resident has touched the hearts and injustice buttons of people far and wide who feel that a requirement that she repaint her house a heritage colour and possibly pay a fine, not only ridiculous but also petty.

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The New Resilience

Resilience is dead. The word has been overused. Some may say the word is no longer resilient. We broke it. It’s unfortunate because it was a really good word.

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

Nationals candidate for Tweed, Geoff Provest.
Nationals candidate for Tweed, Geoff Provest, has retained his seat for a thirds term.

Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest has been returned for a third term, but with a much reduced margin.

Mr Provest’s personal margin of around 21 per cent has been cut to around two per cent in the swing against the coalition which saw his party colleague Thomas George in the seat of Lismore defeated with the help of a big Green vote, while the Nationals’ candidate for Ballina Kris Beavis missed out on succeeding the retiring Don Page.

Mr Provest claimed a scare campaign by Labor and the unions affected his once comfortable buffer, which was around double the state average.

He told media he felt there had been a lot of misinformation about the sale of the state’s electricity network, and that there ‘will be no sale or lease of poles and wires in regional NSW’.

Labor’s Ron Goodman said he was encouraged by the big swing of support, which was ‘a stunning rejection of the National Party’s agenda’, including the selloff of the poles and wires.

In the latest count available on the electoral commission website, with 28,074 votes counted from an enrolment of 53,491, Mr Provest had 12,702 first-preference votes (45.24 per cent of the total), Mr Goodman 10,082 (35.91 per cent) and the Greens’ Andrea Vickers 4,179 (14.89 per cent).


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration of women and protection of...

An insult, Poppa

From what I can understand, Poppa Veet Mayo’s letter seems to imply that this latest COVID scare is a government conspiracy (yes, another one). To...

Upgrades for Lighthouse Parade in Ballina

One of the showcase areas of Ballina is about to get a safety and aesthetic upgrade, with the Lighthouse Parade Pedestrian Precinct and Road Safety Project commencing soon.