Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - Country Alliance

They wear fluoro orange or yellow jackets. We see them every day.  Now the Country Alliance party says it will be aiming for the important tradie vote at this year’s state election.

The party, which is soon to be rebranded following a merger with the Victorian Division of Katter’s Australian Party, will continue to appeal to what most tradies like to do – go four wheel driving, fishing or shooting.

Upper house candidate, Andrew Jones, also a tradie, said governments of both persuasions have a woeful understanding of the importance of the outdoor recreation sports to our community.

“Most politicians don’t understand the importance of those activities to the working man or woman.  Many of these people drive four wheel drives, so the evidence of the importance of what they do for the Victorian economy should be obvious to anyone who takes the time to look around”.

Mr Jones said his party estimates the value of four wheel driving, fishing and shooting to be worth approximately $8 billion to the Victorian economy, but tend to be relegated behind less valuable priorities such as Melbourne’s blue bike scheme because of the growing city country divide.

“We, on the other hand, see the value of this vote and will be doing whatever we can to pick it up in November. Many of our own members are tradies who understand this.”

“You could call us the tradies party”

They wear fluoro orange or yellow jackets. We see them every day.  Now the Country Alliance party says it will be aiming for the important tradie vote at this year’s state election.

The party, which is soon to be rebranded following a merger with the Victorian Division of Katter’s Australian Party, will continue to appeal to what most tradies like to do – go four wheel driving, fishing or shooting.

Upper house candidate, Andrew Jones, also a tradie, said governments of both persuasions have a woeful understanding of the importance of the outdoor recreation sports to our community.

“Most politicians don’t understand the importance of those activities to the working man or woman.  Many of these people drive four wheel drives, so the evidence of the importance of what they do for the Victorian economy should be obvious to anyone who takes the time to look around”.

Mr Jones said his party estimates the value of four wheel driving, fishing and shooting to be worth approximately $8 billion to the Victorian economy, but tend to be relegated behind less valuable priorities such as Melbourne’s blue bike scheme because of the growing city country divide.

“We, on the other hand, see the value of this vote and will be doing whatever we can to pick it up in November. Many of our own members are tradies who understand this.”

“You could call us the tradies party”

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The polices that Country Alliance has provide a balanced range of positions designed to harness and grow regional communities, which creates jobs, which is of special importance to young people also voting for the first time.

In particular, the Country Alliance party is committed to the representation and preservation of the rights and interests of those who live in, work in, or enjoy, rural and regional communities. We believe in equality of access to education, transportation, communication and health care for regional and rural communities. We support freedom of access to the public lands for the responsible pursuit of legitimate employment and recreational activities.

We believe that the land management policies must be guided by and funded to meet the needs of the communities that live adjacent to public land or who access it for their recreation or livelihood.
Andrew Jones
P: 0427557093
W: www.countryalliance.org

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