A campaign wrap up by Rob Oakeshott
Campaigns can be funny things. The stakes rise over the smallest worries – a misplaced phone, low fuel on a back-road, the size and location of posters, or a common cold.
The common cold arrived in the team early this week but it hasn't stopped anyone.
As we came off the Dorrigo Plateau two nights ago after checking in with Dorrigo Booth Captain Chris – whose son lives next door to my sister and makes incredible jam! – one of my team started feeling very unwell.
Deb, our media director from Valla, called friends in Bellingen and we stopped at this 'safe house' to allow our team member to, well, throw up!
[One of my favourite campaign connections: Rita at South West Rocks.
I haven't connected her with a 30 year old riding a red motor bike. Yet!]
Independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott has described as madness a last minute admission from the National Party that they are considering damming Mid North Coast rivers.
Desperate National Party candidate reaches for the mud-bucket | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper
National Party candidate for Cowper, Pat Conaghan, has swiftly abandoned his much-vaunted "taekwondo" values and resorted to smearing and lying advertisements as the pressure of being in a real electoral contest hits home.
Oakeshott envisages Coffs as a centre for emergency services training and operations | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper
Independent candidate for Cowper Rob Oakeshott says emergency services training and capacity on the Mid North Coast has been under-valued too long and can be be part of a future jobs and education growth networking strategy for the region.
[With Eagle owner, Grant Boyter]
Nats need digging out of the hole they've dug instead of building tunnels | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper
Independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott, is calling on Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten to clearly state their positions on the Coffs Harbour bypass as it becomes increasingly apparent the National Party are in disarray on the topic.
(Coffs bypass Action Group protest Saturday 4 May)
Oakeshott will work to bring a headspace Plus service to Coffs and Nambucca | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper
Independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott, says he regards headspace Plus as a crucial piece of an overall youth strategy for the Mid North Coast. After detailed consultation with 2010 Australian of the Year, Professor Pat McGorry, Oakeshott is motivated to make Coffs Harbour one of six proposed headspace cluster sites offering critical extra services.
(Meeting with Bronwyn Chalmers and Dr Nicola Holmes from Coffs headspace)
Blackwater events and fish-kills don’t just happen out west says Oakeshott | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper
Independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott, has released photos he referred to on ABC Radio National breakfast last week depicting fish-kills and blackwater events in north coast rivers.
Yarrahapinni Wetlands Jan 2015 Belmore River, Gladstone Jan 2015
We can't let Labor privatise our half-baked NBN says Oakeshott | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper
Independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott, has called on the Labor Party to clarify what the word 'co-invest' means in their latest NBN policy, suggesting it smacks of an attempt to flog off and ‘privatise’ an NBN still littered with problems .
Nationals show they would rather cosy up to Labor than a strong regional Independent | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper
Independent candidate, Rob Oakeshott, says the preferences of the Nationals candidate for Cowper make it clear that, when pushed, the troubled party is prepared to close ranks and protect the existing two-party system.
No preference deals, says Oakeshott, Independent all the way | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper
Independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott, has announced he will not be doing any preference deals for the coming election, and has fully committed to taking an Independent stance to the ballot box and beyond.
How to vote for Rob Oakeshott on May 18
1. Put 1 in the box alongside Rob Oakeshott's name.
2. Put a number alongside every other name. You MUST number every box for your vote to be counted at this FEDERAL election (different to recent STATE election)
3. Choose YOUR preferences. The Oakeshott team will not be doing preference deals, nor directing people to vote 2-8 in any order. That is YOUR choice.