This year The Nationals are celebrating 100 years of unbroken political representation in Victoria. During that time, Colbinabbin has played a pivotal role, in our party's history and in shaping the nation.
Colbinabbin farmer William Caldwell Hill founded the Victorian Farmers' Union in 1916, which is today known as The Nationals. His goal was to improve the lives of local settlers by ensuring the interests of rural people were represented in state and federal parliaments.
In 1919, W.C. Hill entered Federal Parliament as the representative of the Echuca district and later became the Minister for Works and Railways. His drive to get things done for country people was reflected in his ministerial achievements, including the construction of the Hume Dam, the standardisation of railway gauges between New South Wales and Queensland and construction of the rail line from South Australia to Alice Springs.
W.C. Hill's commitment to standing up for rural Victorians is part of The Nationals' proud tradition of rural representation spanning 100 years.
Not only is Colbinabbin a significant place for our party, it is a very special place to us both.
We believe the community of Colbinabbin is the right place to begin our centenary celebrations, and with this in mind we invite you to help us mark the occasion by celebrating with Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh, deputy leader Steph Ryan, Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum and Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie.
Where: Colbinabbin Memorial Hall
Date: Friday April 15th at 6.30pm
Tickets: $20 pre-purchased or $25 on the night
Light refreshments provided including a drink of your choice on arrival. Further drinks available at bar prices.
To book your ticket, phone The Nationals' head office on 9654 6588. We look forward to being in Colbinabbin to celebrate our proud history and hope you will join us.