Barnaby Joyce

The Nationals Member For New England

Deputy Prime Minister

Leader of The Nationals
Barnaby Joyce

More Government services for Armidale and region

 

31 March

 

THE official opening of my new Ministerial Office in Armidale on Monday delivered on a commitment to deliver more Australian Government services from our regions.

The Coalition Government is committed to delivering more services to our regions and from regional Australia, and today’s office opening marks an important milestone in that effort.

Armidale has a rich agricultural history going back to the 1820s and the new Ministerial Office will join a variety of other major agriculture groups that are based or have a presence in the Armidale region, and is another step towards making Armidale a centre of agricultural excellence.

We boast eight different beef societies making their home in Armidale, three Cooperative Research Centres, the University of New England, the Agricultural Business Research Institute, the CSIRO as well as a number of major agri-businesses in the livestock and horticulture industries. 

There's a natural connection between ag policy and research in Armidale, so it's a perfect place to base my Agriculture portfolio Ministerial office.

The Labor Party would rather hide their Agriculture Minister away in the heart of a major city, but this is not something that I believe any serious Minister for Agriculture should do.

The Nationals have long advocated for decentralisation to our regions, and I'm proud to be part of a Coalition Government that has delivered this.