Statement from Katrina Hodgkinson

After eighteen-and-a-half years representing the electorates of both Burrinjuck and Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson has made the very difficult decision to retire from State Parliament.

Katrina said that it has been an absolute privilege to have served constituents from right across Southern NSW in the NSW Legislative Assembly, after several electoral boundary redistributions; from the Wingecarribee, Goulburn, Boorowa and Crookwell, through to Gundagai, Tumut and Batlow, to Narrandera, West Wyalong, Temora, Grenfell, Young, Harden and Cowra, and everywhere in between including her original hometown of Yass.

During her career in State Parliament, Katrina served four years in the NSW Cabinet as the Minister for Small Business, and as the first female Minister for Primary Industries (including Lands and Water), undertaking difficult but significant reforms in these portfolios after 16 years of neglect by the former Labor government. Katrina also served time in Government as Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW and Committee Chairman, and eight years in the Shadow Cabinet.

Katrina Hodgkinson said that she will be forever grateful for the support afforded to her by her constituents and grass-roots members of The Nationals since first running for office in 1996.
Katrina won the seat of Burrinjuck in 1999 – a seat that had never previously been held by The Nationals, and did so again in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and the newly formed seat of Cootamundra at the 2015 state election with around a 20 per cent majority.

Finally, Katrina thanked her husband Jack for his support throughout nearly two decades of public life – and her wonderful children, Georgia and Hamilton, who have only ever known her as an “MP Mum”.

Katrina said her decision is not one based on any single electorate issue, simply it is a “length of service” decision: it’s time to move on to something new.

Katrina looks forward to spending more time with her family and engaging in opportunities that may arise within the corporate sector.

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