Helping create better access to funding for innovative ideas, creating pathways for youth employment, boosting small business opportunities and easing traffic congestion at the eastern end of the Oxley Highway.
The Nationals' candidate for Cowper Patrick Conaghan has earmarked these areas as among key planks in the run up to the May federal election.
Mr Conaghan said aged care was a key driver for employment opportunities across Cowper but specifically in Port Macquarie.
He said there were other issues relevant to Cowper's other major centres including the Coffs Harbour by-pass and employment in Kempsey and the Nambucca Valley.
"Within the Cowper electorate I have met people within the small business sector that have brilliant ideas to either establish or grow their business," he said.
"And these entrepreneurs, sometimes, need some assistance in where and how they can source government funding to move forward.
"These innovators are there within the community and I am really keen to help them establish or grow.
"Many of these innovative ideas are flowing from already established operators within the small business sector. So helping them grow, to create jobs and more opportunities, is beneficial to the wider community."
Many of these innovative ideas are flowing from already established operators within the small business sector. So helping them grow, to create jobs and more opportunities, is beneficial to the wider community.Patrick Conaghan
The Nationals' candidate said the residential growth and the establishment of CSU and the new Bunnings Warehouse in the Lake Innes region would continue to place pressure on the local road network
He says the so-called Link Road concept has merit.
"That idea for a link road has been around since Masters was going to go out there," he said.
"A road joining Ocean Drive and the Oxley Highway would no doubt be welcome by residents in that area. And given that CSU is continuing to expand, it will put more pressure on that area.
"Obviously we need to undertake the proper planning and environmental considerations, but it is a good idea."
He said Port Macquarie's growing aged care industry would also require more trained staff into the future.
"One of the challenges for the industry is to attract employees into that sector," he added.
Mr Conaghan said, if elected, he saw his role as helping people succeed.
"I spent several years as a councillor on North Sydney Council and will use that experience to work with all levels of government," he said.
"During that role, I would have spent some countless hours per week specifically on council issues, while maintaining my practice.
"That experience taught me a lot."
A federal election is due in May, 2019.
Mr Conaghan confirmed he was a member of the Liberal Party in the early 2000s during his stint as a councillor.
Independent candidate at the 2016 election and former federal Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott is yet to confirm if he will contest the next election.
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