NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley will hold a town hall meeting in Molong, with or without Nationals Leader Troy Grant. 

Mr Foley recently issued a challenge to Mr Grant to debate him over the issue of the forced amalgamation of Cabonne and Orange City councils.

But rather than front up, Mr Grant declined the invitation which Mr Foley issued in Question Time in the NSW Parliament earlier in the month.

Rather than take up the challenge to hear for himself why people are upset about his party’s policies, Mr Grant responded by taking a series of cheap political shots at Mr Foley.

Mr Foley has confirmed he will be at Molong  Community Centre on Monday 31st October at 6pm to hear from concerned locals first-hand about their fears over Cabonne Shire’s takeover by Orange City Council, and other important issues such as health and jobs in the Central West.

In Parliament this month Local Government Minister and Nationals MP Paul Toole refused to answer a question over whether he would allow the people of Cabonne Shire to vote on their future by holding a plebiscite on the same day as the Orange by-election.

Mr Foley will be joined by Labor’s candidate for the state seat of Orange, Bernard Fitzsimon who is presenting voters in the Central West seat with a real choice. Labor is campaigning on better hospitals and TAFE and led the campaign against the greyhounds ban.

Quotes attributable NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“For far too long the Nationals have taken Molong for granted; Troy Grant and his ilk have given up standing up for the people they claim to represent.

“The Nationals are no more than lickspittles for a Sydney North Shore Liberal government.

“I know full well that Molong is no Labor stronghold but that is not going to deter me from travelling there and hearing firsthand what the community has to say.

“I won’t shy from a debate even if the Central West’s tough-talking hombre Troy Grant runs to the hills at the first sign of trouble.“

Quotes attributable Labor candidate for Orange Bernard Fitzsimon

“I will standing alongside Luke Foley at the Molong Town Hall and we’ll be keeping a seat free for Troy Grant if he cares to join us.”

“What else could be more important on a Monday two weeks before an election than to be at Molong talking to the people he claims are his greatest supporters.”