THE first official fundraiser by the Bega branch of the Liberal Party for the 2015 NSW election was held on Sunday in Brogo.
The event also doubled as a celebration for current Member for Bega Andrew Constance after he was promoted from Minister for Finance to NSW Treasurer on April 22.
“The fundraiser had been planned for months, but it was lovely timing with Andrew being named treasurer that we could use this event to congratulate him,” Bega Liberal Party branch president Carol Carmody said.
“It was a day for relaxing and enjoyment, differing from similar events held indoors.
“Andrew is now in his 11th year as Member for Bega and he works very hard for this electorate.
“We wanted this first fundraiser to be really special, and I think it really was a magnificent occasion.”
A “long-table luncheon” was the theme of the fundraiser, which took place at a private residence in Brogo and was attended by 50 people.
The setting had outstanding views of Wadbilliga National Park and Ms Carmody added “we were blessed with beautiful weather”.
The fundraiser featured a fashion parade with clothes from Lifestyle Boutique in Bega.
The lunch itself featured all local produce including lamb from Jellat Jellat and beef and chicken from Brogo.
“Many Liberal supporters and Bega branch members volunteered long hours and donated local produce to provide a very classy 10-course luncheon,” Ms Carmody said.
“It was lovingly home cooked to perfection and served just to make all our invited guests feel very special on the day.”
Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy was also at the fundraiser and gave a speech praising Mr Constance’s work for his electorate.
The NSW election will be held on March 28, 2015.
Mr Constance announced his official pre-selection for the seat of Bega on April 9, saying “This is an incredibly wonderful community, a generous community, and I’m very proud to be its representative”.
“By re-contesting, I’m again seeking the community’s support to continue that representation until 2019.” (BDN 11/4)