At the recent annual general meeting of the South Australian division of the Liberal Party, held in Adelaide, long-time Liberal Andrew Bailey from Nackara received a Liberal Party Federal Meritorious Service Award. This acknowledged Andrew’s long service to the Peterborough branch of the party. Andrew became a member 47 years ago, and for many of those years, held the position of Secretary/Treasurer, supported by his wife Deb. He has also served terms as president and vice-president, and has organised the Liberal presence at the Peterborough Polling Booth numerous times. He has also represented his branch at regional meetings. The Service Award was presented to Andrew by Scott Morrison, who was then the Federal Treasurer and is now the Prime Minister.
In other local Liberal news, in May this year, at a meeting held at the Mannanarie Hall, it was decided to amalgamate the Peterborough and Orroroo branches to form the Peterborough, Orroroo and Districts branch. The enlarged branch draws its membership from the two towns and surrounding farming and pastoral areas, and is keen to welcome new members.
The bigger merged branch will be able to be more active and support local State and Federal Members of Parliament, Dan van Holst Pellekaan and Rowan Ramsey. Meetings and functions will alternate between Peterborough and Orroroo. Branch President is Steve Jacka, from the former Peterborough branch, and vice-President is Geoff Power from Orroroo.
The newly merged branch hosted a dinner at Orroroo on June 5 where Federal Assistant Agriculture Minister, Senator Anne Ruston, was guest speaker.