Retiring Ballina MP Don Page (right) pictured at Bangalow in 2011 with Pacific Highway upgrade general manager Bob Higgins (left) and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay.
Retiring Ballina MP Don Page (right) pictured at Bangalow in 2011 with Pacific Highway upgrade general manager Bob Higgins (left) and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay. Marc Stapelberg

I don't like his party, but Don Page has been a great MP

AS our attentions briefly turn towards the unloved step child of politics, the State election, the giant heads of our want-to-be political leaders have started dominating the landscape.

Bus stops, bill boards and backyard fences have become festooned with their over-sized noggins, all leering and grinning at us in the hope that their plastic smiles and porous promises will win us over. All of which do little more than to make printing firms and advertising companies happy.

It's easy to be cynical about politics at any level but this election does see the end of the political career of a very nice bloke and great local member, Don Page.

I've never voted for the Nationals and probably never will.

They're the forgotten leftovers of the once-relevant Country Party that fail to represent anything but the interests of mining companies and a rag-tag bunch of real estate agents and vested interests, but Don was different.

Don was a true local representative and a gentleman with his door widely open to anyone that needed a helping hand through the quagmire that is bureaucracy in modern life.

Dons' skills and demeanour will be sorely missed by many in the Ballina Shire including myself.

State elections in this Shire should be a lot harder to predict.

As for myself, I've decided to vote for the candidate that does not stuff their propaganda into my letterbox that is clearly marked "no junk mail".

If you can't pay attention to that, then you most certainly won't hear my concerns from Macquarie Street.

Good luck with your retirement Don. I wish you well.