Last Thursday, December 17, the Federal Member for the electorate Grey, Rowan Ramsey and his wife Teresa were in Orroroo for a ‘meet ‘n greet’. Grey covers an area of approximately 904,881 sq km from the Western Australian, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales borders to Marion Bay on the Yorke Peninsula and Eudunda in the south. The main towns include Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs, Coober Pedy, Port Pirie, Kadina, Maitland, Orroroo, Peterborough, Burra and Eudunda.
After meeting with the CEO and Deputy Chairman of the District Council of Orroroo Rowan and Teresa headed across to Maggie’s Rendezvous for an informal get together with interested locals, where they met up withbout 30 constituents who raised any issues of concern relating to federal governance with Rowan or Teresa. These ranged from the wool industry to student youth allowance, communications, Linc Energy, employment and training and water. Rowan addressed the small gathering and said that despite the short notice of his visit he was pleased with the turnout and that with such a vast electorate to cover it was difficult to visit all regional localities, but did so whenever he could and that it was important for him to meet the locals. Rowan admitted that the Liberal Party was having problems and that it was important for an opposition party to have stable leadership, which seems to be have been resolved with Tony Abbott as the ‘new’ Leader of the Opposition (Rowan denied that there was any truth in a circulating email that he was a candidate!). Before heading home for a well-earned break in their own bed at their Buckleboo farm on central Eyre Peninsula, Rowan and Teresa caught up with with one of Rowan’s former EP neighbour’s, Gavin ‘Spud’ Chapman of Orroroo Hardware. All in all the get together was a good opportunity for locals to meet their Federal Member and his wife – a genuine country couple – with the country in mind. Teresa was Teresa Larsson from Caltowie. “I get enormous support from Teresa, and being the member for this electorate would be an awfully lonely job without her support.” Rowan said.
Photo of Teresa with Joan Ellery