Region leaves an impression

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Deputy Nationals leader Senator Bridget McKenzie said they were both impressed with the Manjimup region during their inaugural visit.
Camera IconDeputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Deputy Nationals leader Senator Bridget McKenzie said they were both impressed with the Manjimup region during their inaugural visit. Credit: Tari Jeffers

It is not every day the Manjimup region gets a visit from high-profile political dignitaries, including the the Deputy Prime Minister, and the area has left a good impression.

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack and his deputy Federal Minister for Regional Services, Sport and Local Government and Decentralisation Bridget McKenzie spoke with the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times about their experiences on their inaugural visit the the region.

“It’s fantastic, it’s full of small businesses, farmers, families, do-ers, people who love their regional area, love their community and are prepared to fight for better outcomes,” Mr McCormack said.

“It’s fantastic the WA Nats get out to the little communities and hold their conferences in a different part of regional WA every year.

“There’s no better unit to fight for regional WA, than WA Nats.”

Senator McKenzie said she felt the South West was under appreciated and so it was important to be “on the ground” to see the diversity and quality of product.

“I think it’s dynamic, I’m a logger’s daughter, so the fact I’m in a timber town feels very, very comfortable,” she said.

“It was fantastic to see such a productive region, arriving across from Busselton.

“You’ve got a lot of strings to your bow here, which is really great.”

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