Notaras Sawmills owner Spiro Notaras, Opposition spokesman for natural resource management Katrina Hodgkinson and member for Clarence Steve Cansdell take a look around Notaras Sawmills.
Notaras Sawmills owner Spiro Notaras, Opposition spokesman for natural resource management Katrina Hodgkinson and member for Clarence Steve Cansdell take a look around Notaras Sawmills. ADAM HOURIGAN

Confident Nats prepare for govt

IT would appear the Opposition pollies visiting Clarence in the lead-up to the looming state election are preparing themselves for government rather than simply campaigning for a win – an attitude hardly surprising considering the incumbent Government’s dismal polls.

Yesterday, it was Katrina Hodgkinson, the National Party’s member for Burrinjuck (in the state’s south) who was “preparing” to be minister for natural resource management by visiting some of Grafton timber industry’s key players.

She toured the Notaras mill in South Grafton yesterday afternoon, met with Timber Communities Australia  representatives last night and had a visit to Big River Timbers planned for this morning.

Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell was pushing the Clarence Valley’s barrow, urging Ms Hodgkinson to make this the “decade of decentralisation” and bring jobs back to the bush.

It’s a philosophy Ms Hodgkinson said she understood and supported, having held her rural seat for 12 years.



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