Went for a drive with my sister today, handing out flyers and chatting to people throughout the electorate of Murray.
Our first stop was Murchison, where we dropped in to Lindsay's Jewels and Gifts and had a good chat with the owner about local, state and federal government red tape, superannuation and the welfare system. Rosie also purchased a unique pendant featuring a semi-precious stone mined in Corop set in a macramé pendant.
We then continued on to Rushworth where we grabbed a pie from the local bakery and had a chat to the owner of Meg and Mog Patchwork about local issues, including drugs and inadequate police availability in the area - a state issue, but one I will lobby the state government to address.
We stopped for a drink and a brief chat at the Colbinabbin General Store, before driving through the northern suburbs of Bendigo so we could reach the south west corner of the electorate of Murray, stopping for petrol in Bridgewater on Loddon.
Inglewood was our next stop where we visited the historic Jennings Store and picked up some food for my rabbits and had a really good chat with the proprietor, met his chooks and a gorgeous Maremma dog.
We continued on to Wedderburn, before heading back east, as the sun set, arriving in Serpentine just after dusk for dinner - the roadhouse there does a fierce chicken burger - before heading back home to Euroa.
It seems many of the frustrations and difficulties experienced by the small business owners we spoke to today come under local or state governments' jurisdiction. If elected as the Member for Murray, I hope that my office can function as a liaison between different levels of government and the public, so as to smooth the way for new and small businesses which will hopefully prosper and employ locals throughout the electorate.