News: NSW State by-elections paint ugly picture for NSW North Coast Nationals


NSW State by-elections paint ugly picture for NSW North Coast Nationals

Statement by Andrew Woodward, President, Bellingen River Labor, Sunday, 15 October 2017

“The two rural state by-elections in NSW at the weekend paint an ugly picture for the Nationals on the north coast.

“Certainly, by-elections always swing harder but this was above the norm – 10 per cent in Cootamunda to Labor and nearly 20 per cent in Murray.

“And these results come just days after the latest Newspoll showing support for the federal government in the regions has fallen from 44 to 34 per cent since last year’s election.

“The federal and NSW Nationals are in free-fall. This is an ominous warning to complacent federal and state nationals on the mid-north and Coffs Coast.

“They’re on track to lose two of their three north coast federal seats and the seat of the NSW Roads Minister, Melinda Pavey, has moved from the safe to the marginal column.

“They keep telling us they get the message. They don’t. They will get it full force on their election days.”


Swings against Nationals (TPP)

  • Murray – 19.6% to SFP
  • Cootamundra – 10.1% to Labor

Federal Seats – National Margin

  • Page 2.3%
  • Cowper 4.5%
  • Lyne 11.6%

State Seats – Nations Margin

  • Oxley 11%
  • Coffs Harbour 14%
  • Port Macquarie 19%





Revealed – the nuclear lobby’s maps for reactors on the NSW North Coast, which align with the NSW Nationals nuke push.

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Posts from the NSW Shadow Minister for the Environment, Labor’s Penny Sharpe MLC:

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The list ‘pro nuclear advocates‘ are pushing:Screen Shot 2017-10-12 at 11.49.32 am.png

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Post – 6 August 2017: You can’t trust The Nationals on Coal Seam Gas or nuclear

Post – 22 May 2017: So where in Cowper is the Nuclear power plant going?

Updated: 12 October 2017

News: Utopia comes to #Coffs Harbour with @nbn_australia Local . #cowper #auspol

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Statement by Andrew Woodward, President, 10 October 2017

“The insults just keep coming from Malcolm Turnbull and the Nationals.  With today’s” NBN Local” announcement they’ve proven they’ve gone down the lazy route of PR and selfies instead of fibre to where it needs to go.

“We don’t need spin from the government – we need fibre to our homes. They are totally out of touch. We need a sensible long term investment and roll-out as originally envisaged by Labor and reaffirmed at the 2016 election.

“So instead of investing millions in fibre to outside of our homes, the government is investing millions in PR spin to make us think they’re doing a good job. This is like that ABC satirical comedy Utopia. Utopia has come to Coffs Harbour thanks to the Malcolm Turnbull, the Nationals and NBN.

Look at the language:

  • “community relations professionals”
  • “The nationwide team will spend time on-the-ground in regional locations”
  • “to better understand the telecommunications needs at a community level”

“Today they tell us they ’spend time on-the-ground in regional locations’. This nothing more than spin for we land on the first flight and leave on the last flight and do a few tweets and facebook posts while here at The Jetty.

“The NBN announcement is laughable. It is a pre-election stunt from the government to try and quell the growing discontent with the shambolic NBN. They should be investing in fibre to the curb instead of fibre to the node and fixed wireless where fibre is feasible and available.

“And let’s be honest, the issue is not what the NBN “local team” has been set-up to address. This is just the same people on the same seats with new business cards administering the same dud roll-out. The issue is bad policy thanks to Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and the Nationals.

“Just days ago, Malcolm Turnbull went on radio and proudly defended that his second-rate copper broadband is, in fact, not worse than Kenya’s. With the bar set so low by this out of touch Prime Minister, it is little wonder residents in Coffs Harbour and beyond feel let down. Malcolm Turnbull must start listening to consumers, fix his broadband mess, and focus on internet access in Coffs Harbour, not Kenya.




#Bellingen Shire & #Coffs Coast are surrounded by potential renewable pumped hydro resources

This week, the Austrian National University in Canberra released details on 22,000 sites it had identified in Australia as suitable for pumped hydro.

The Coffs Coast and Bellingen Shire are surrounded by many sites. Following is an overview of the research, background on the technology and graphics.

What does it tell us? It tells us that 100 percent clean renewable energy is in reach within a generation. It also tells us that that the obsession of Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce, their parties and the government is nothing more than that crazy, lazy and short-termism at its worst.

Labor is a supporter of pumped hydro:

The future of building electricity in this country will be a mix between renewable energy, gas-fired generation, and the very exciting technology around battery storage and pumped hydro storage that’s coming on board very soon,” Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change. (Source: ABC)


22,000 sites for pumped hydro energy storage

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have identified about 22,000 potential sites across Australia for pumped hydro energy storage, which can be used to support a secure and cheap national electricity grid with 100 per cent renewable energy.The zero-emissions grid would mainly rely on wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, with support from pumped hydro storage, and would eliminate Australia’s need for coal and gas-fired power.Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said the short-term off-river pumped hydro energy storage (STORES) sites combined had a potential storage capacity of 67,000 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) – much more than the capacity required for a zero-emissions grid.Site searching and development of a PHES cost model are being explored as part of an ARENA funded project.



Info graphic (Source: ARENA)

Here’s the truth about power prices – the more renewables, the lower the increase.

Today (21 September 2017), Luke retweeted this from ScoMo….

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Have you been paying too much for your power? Well, umm, yes! Why would that be? Because Abbott, Turnbull and Joyce have stymied renewables!

What a howler. He should be saying the best way to save money on your energy bill is to support the party that supports renewables and that’s a Labor government.

Here’s what the Clean Energy Council has to say. Fact: The states with the largest increase in renewables have had the lowest increase in electricity prices.


Labor supports clean renewable energy.

If you want lower power prices – Vote Labor.

You can read about Labor’s clean renewable energy plan at Labor’s web site.

One more thing….

Farmers support renewable energy.



Top-Hat Turnbull’s excursion to Coffs and Kempsey on Monday 18 September 2017

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Statement for media

So, Malcolm leaves Sydney for the day to come to Coffs & Kempsey just to inspect things? He’s run out of ideas.

“What an insult to the people of Cowper that the Prime Minister comes to area just to inspect things and announces nothing new.

“Nothing about jobs, nothing about better services, nothing about helping older Australians, nothing about infrastructure, nothing about better schools and nothing about better broadband – nothing.

“Yes, upgrades to facilities and safer roads are welcome and long overdue.

“But today’s visit proves that the Turnbull Government has run out of ideas for the North Coast and that the local member, Luke Hartsuyker, has run out of puff.

“It is a sad indictment on the standing of Luke Hartsuyker and the impact of the National Party that the Prime Minister comes to town and leaves nothing behind.

“The people of Cowper deserve better from the local member and the federal government.

“And yes, what Malcolm Turnbull, Luke Hartsuyker & Melinda Pavey MP opened today was funded by Anthony Albanese and the Julia Gillard Labor Government.”

Andrew Woodward

Member, Australian Labor Party (NSW)

President, Bellinger River Branch (Bellingen Shire), Australian Labor Party (NSW)