Roy’s Broken Hill office a go
Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019
By Myles Burt
Barwon MP Roy Butler welcomed new staff to his Broken Hill Electorate Office yesterday.
Senior Electorate officer Karen Nash and Electorate officers Grace McMaster and Rachel Hammond will make up Mr Butler’s team at the 142 Argent Street premises.
The building has officially changed hands from The National Party to The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party after Mr Butler’s win over Barwon in the NSW State Election.
Mr Butler said Electorate Offices are very important in offering a source of contact between Barwon residents and himself.
“We need to have different channels and different opportunities for people to connect to us if we’re representing all age groups and all people,” Mr Butler said.
“Whether it’s a face to face meeting, sending a letter, email, a message through Facebook or a comment on a post on Instagram, we’ve got to give people an opportunity to connect on those different levels.”
Mr Butler said his Electorate Offices across Barwon help do all the heavy lifting associated with communicating with Ministers to push forward policy change and address issues.
“Anyone who thinks I sit behind a computer for long hours writing letters, that’s not me that’s in consultation with the people sitting in these offices,” Mr Butler said.
“Without these offices, a lot of the work that goes on in a parliamentary sense wouldn’t happen.
“We just wouldn’t have the reps going out to other ministers, the correspondence coming in, going out and being answered in a timely fashion.”
When asked if Mr Butler would be travelling often to visit Broken Hill, he said he would, as being on the road to meet with Barwon residents is the main aspect of his position.
“Finding out what’s been going on in people’s lives, listening to their concerns and then being able to take those issues down to Parliament and prosecute (them) on behalf of the people in the electorate,” Mr Butler said.
Mr Butler said he’s very happy and privileged to have Ms Nash, Ms McMaster and Ms Hammond as staff members of his new Broken Hill Electorate Office.