THERE may be no good, goodbyes, and supporters of former member for New England Tony Windsor are sad to see him retire from his post.
Mr Windsor hosted a farewell and thank you barbecue in Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, yesterday, and was flooded with messages of thanks from those present.
He said his plans now were to be a back-bencher on the farm, with plenty to do at home.
Mr Windsor is already suffering the consequences of his new agricultural career path.
“I’m using muscles I haven’t used for years,” he said.
“We’re going to do a bit of travel and just live where we’ve always lived.”
Mr Windsor said he’d enjoyed the electorate work and meeting people and also enjoyed the balance with policies, particularly in his final term.
“I have had incredible staff,” he said.
The barbecue was also a chance for Mr Windsor to catch up with people who he had helped.
“Seeing everyone makes a lot of memories come back to me,” he said.
“It’s mainly about the little things and the people are the highlight of it.”
Thiru and Sam Nagan moved from South Africa and from Western Australia to be in Mr Windsor’s electorate and now they’re not so sure they’re going to stay. Mr Nagan said they moved from South Africa to Western Australia and were looking for places to settle and liked Tamworth.
They liked the city because it was between Brisbane and Sydney and Mr Windsor was the MP.
“I don’t trust politicians and after the last election, him (Mr Windsor) and Oakeshott were the only two you could trust,” he said.
“They say what you are thinking. We escaped the National Party in South Africa, but there are some things they (Liberal/National Coalition) can’t take away now.”
Mr Nagan thanked Mr Windsor for the roads and hospital.
Mr Windsor could have no doubt as to how much the electorate has appreciated his efforts.