UPDATE, 11.20am: HEMP Embassy president and West Australian senate candidate Michael Balderstone has been escorted away from a press conference by security officers just seconds before on Malcolm Turnbull arrived for an election announcement this morning.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives on the Northern Rivers with Barnaby Joyce and Page MP Kevin Hogan.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives on the Northern Rivers with Barnaby Joyce and Page MP Kevin Hogan. Cathy Adams

Mr Balderstone interrupted a meet and greet by Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce with staff at the macadamia processing facility at Alphadale.

He spent a few minutes challenging Mr Joyce to be more lenient on cannabis laws.

 

UPDATE, 10.30am: PAGE MP Kevin Hogan has welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's announcement of a $25 million North Coast Jobs and Investment Package.

He said he had been advocating for the package for a while.

"The package will attract State Government and private sector contributions which will see the total investment in the region expected to exceed $50 million," Mr Hogan said.

"I set up a local Job Strategy Group over six months ago to bring companies looking to expand to the North Coast.

"This package will certainly be an incentive for those businesses that have been thinking about making the move but aren't ready to commit."

One of those companies that have shown a keen interest is Sydney-based Adaptapack Pty Ltd.

Adaptapack chief executive Katie Walls said with the right incentives, the Australian-owned robotics business could expand their operations to the North Coast and create a substantial number of new, highly skilled jobs.

"This is exactly the type of company we want to attract to our community," Mr Hogan said.

"This package will not only create local jobs for local people, it will also create career opportunities for young people in our communities.

"We already have a great university and TAFE sector that could provide local training for the high skilled workforce that a company like Adaptapack needs. This means lots of well-paying jobs for our community."

"The regional jobs package is also great news for our existing innovative local businesses which can use it as an opportunity to expand, pursue export opportunities - and importantly create more jobs in our community."
 

 

ORIGINAL STORY: PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is believed to be making a flying visit to North Coast today to make an announcement about jobs.

The ABC has reported that the PM is headed to the North Coast this morning.

There are no other details at this stage but media have been alerted to a significant election announcement.

It is being reported that the PM is set to make a $25 million jobs and investment package to give businesses incentives to invest and help boost employment in the region.

The seat of Page, held by Nationals MP Kevin Hogan is one of the most marginal in the country.

Mr Turnbull hosted a dinner for members of the Muslim community at his residence in Sydney last night.

This morning he expressed his sadness over the death of British MP Jo Cox.

"Deeply shocked by the murder of UK MP Jo Cox. Our condolences, prayers and solidarity are with her family & the people of the UK," the PM wrote on Twitter.