THE Country Party of Australia has been rebranded as CountryMinded, to reflect the party’s regional and rural focus.
The party was forced to rethink its name when the Australian Country Alliance in Victoria changed its name to the Australian Country Party in August.
CountryMinded chairman Peter Mailler thinks the new name will lead to less confusion with the Nationals.
“The party is now called CountryMinded, as a single word. That name was selected because it reflected the sentiment and the personality of the party, and the intent and spirit with which we’re engaged in this process of reforming rural and regional representation,” Mr Mailler said.
CountryMinded recently held a special general meeting, which started to fill out the party’s structure.
“The national executive was confirmed and there was some good discussions and decisions around there. So all in all, it was a great meeting, very positive and we were very encouraged by the level of participation and engagement,” Mr Mailler said.
“We’re still on track to contest the next federal election, so we’re looking at registration being submitted later this year and the AEC will run through its normal process, and we expect that we should be registered in time for the next federal election.
“We’re looking to run candidates in key regional seats and also participate in an Upper House contest as well.”