New voice for the New England unveiled

New England voters have a new opportunity for their voice and representation in Federal Parliament

NEW VOICE FOR NEW ENGLAND

New England voters have a new opportunity for their voice and representation in Federal Parliament. Prominent local and community leader Adam Blakester has today declared his candidacy as a real independent voice and representative for the upcoming federal election.

“I love our region, its diversity, strengths and people,” said Mr Blakester. “I bring a broad range of experience and expertise and am excited to offer myself in service to the electors of New England. My priority is to listen and to learn what our most important priorities are, and to ensure our voices are heard and acted upon in Canberra.

“The upcoming federal election is incredibly important. The New England, and Australia, are at a crossroad. We are facing a series of deeply serious crises at the very same time as having exciting opportunities we can take and pursue, particularly for rural and regional areas.

“Over the recent months and years I have met thousands of people who have lost faith in Australia’s political leadership. It has become combative and appears to be dominated by vested interests. The growing cluster of Royal Commissions is glaring proof of the crisis.

“We need political and public leadership which is honest, open and clearly working in the best interests of our electorate and country. This is what I am offering.

“We are also facing serious problems because politicians are making massive decisions which are out of step with expert advice, community and industry views. The collapse of the Murray Darling Basin is a case in point.

“If we are to successfully address serious problems like drought, climate change, energy and the future of farming we must have collective leadership and impact. We need strategies with both the backing of our community and sound science. Anything less will make things worse.

“This provides real opportunities. I returned to live in the New England twelve years ago with great excitement. I am still excited by the potential of our region.

“We have pioneers and innovators in farming and agriculture, education, health, environmental and professional services. Renewable energy is now being added to the list.

“At a time when people around Australia and the world are getting frustrated with big city living, we have an opportunity to grow with new people and businesses who appreciate our diverse culture, are confident in our infrastructure and services and share our passion for the future.

“As an independent voice for New England I need to know what our community wants. What are your biggest priorities, challenges and opportunities? What are the changes and actions we need to take to address and pursue them? I am here to listen, learn and lead for you, the electorate. I invite you all to share your voice and help create our future.”

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Adam Blakester is available for interview and can be contacted on 0419 808 900.