NEWLY re-elected Member for Riverina Michael McCormack has expressed his gratitude to voters for putting their trust in him for a fourth term in the Federal Parliament.

The Deputy Prime Minister said it has always been an honour to serve the Riverina and Central West.

“Thank you to those who have put their trust in me to continue to fight and deliver for our local communities,” Mr McCormack said.

“They know that The Nationals deliver for rural and regional Australians.

“We keep turning up, we keep delivering and we keep doing the things which local people want us to do such as the 23 mobile phone towers throughout the region, advocating for more rural doctors, making sure we get our fair share.

“I am privileged and humbled to be able to be the voice in Canberra for all of you throughout the Riverina and Central West.

“I am also honoured to be the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. This enables me to be around the Cabinet table when decisions are being made which really affect regional communities.

“I can influence and deliver outcomes for regional and rural people, not only in my electorate but across this great nation.”

Mr McCormack praised those who supported him through volunteering their time on polling booths and helping with the organisation of the local campaign effort.

“I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my family. My wife Catherine came with me on the campaign trail and my three children, Georgina, Alexander and Nicholas all handed out for me at polling booths.

“To the National Party volunteers who have worked tirelessly throughout the campaign, I say a very big and grateful thank you,” Mr McCormack said.

“They turn up because they know The Nationals turn up and they know and understand when the regions are strong, so too is our nation.”

Mr McCormack also acknowledged the other three candidates who stood for election.

“Michael Bayles, Mark Jeffreson and Richard Foley all put their hands up for public office and it takes a lot of courage to take part in the democratic process.”

Shane Manning