Once-in-a-generation tax relief for regional families, farmers and small businesses has featured in a visit to the region from Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader Michael McCormack today, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton says.

“Just yesterday the Liberal and Nationals’ Government delivered on our promise to provide tax relief for Australian workers, which will be of great benefit to many in the Gunnedah Shire and wider region,” Mr Coulton said.

“It is fantastic to have the Deputy Prime Minister in the region again – following our drought tour earlier this month and the visit to Moree a few weeks ago – to meet with the Chamber of Commerce and listen to communities throughout the Parkes electorate, including Gilgandra and Dubbo.

“The Nationals are focused on listening to farmers, small business people and communities about the issues and ideas which matter to them and taking that feedback with us to Parliament.”

Mr McCormack said the Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce showed the resilience and diversity of regional small businesses.

“Last year the Liberal and Nationals’ Government delivered historic tax cuts for small and family businesses, so it is great to hear how those are being put to use in the region,” Mr McCormack said.

“We have delivered on our promise to create a million jobs in five years – with the regions, farmers and exporters from places including Gunnedah doing much of that great work.

“We want to help hardworking Australians have a go and keep more investment flowing around country communities, whether it’s through once-in-a-generation tax relief for workers, tax cuts for small business or the great work Mark Coulton is doing as the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

“You can do anything from regional Australia and days like today help us shape our support for strong and vibrant regions into the future.”

Mr McCormack and Mr Coulton met with Tamworth Nationals’ MP Kevin Anderson, Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey and toured Grain Valley Way before meeting locals in Gilgandra and Dubbo.

Shane Manning