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The prime minister will be campaigning in the marginal Nationals-held seat of Page on Friday, announcing a jobs and investment package.

Kevin Hogan holds Page with a 3.1 per cent margin over former Labor MP Janelle Saffin.

The coalition is desperate to hold Page, which is developing a reputation for being bellweather seat.

The region has one of the worst unemployment records in the state, with youth unemployment nearing 20 per cent in some areas.

The coalition hopes the $25 million investment will give businesses incentives to invest and help boost employment in the region, not to mention boosting their chances of re-election.

It includes providing business innovation grants to help adopt new technology, upgrading local infrastructure and delivering targeted skills and training programs for regional shortages.

The government says the commitment will be used to leverage an additional $25 million in matched funding from participating businesses on the mid north and far north coasts.

The electorate neighbours Cowper, where former independent Rob Oakeshott is trying his luck again to become an MP.

Mr Turnbull is expected to be joined by his deputy and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce.

Echonetdaily will be following the PM’s movements today.

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