2019 State Election: Nationals candidate Dugald Saunders old fashioned soap box campaigning

OLD FASHIONED: Nationals candidate for the seat of Dubbo Dugald Saunders did some old fashioned campaining from his soap box in Narromine. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
OLD FASHIONED: Nationals candidate for the seat of Dubbo Dugald Saunders did some old fashioned campaining from his soap box in Narromine. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Dugald Saunders was out and about in Narromine door knocking homes and visiting businesses last Wednesday, finishing the day off outside the Coles Supermarket doing some old fashioned spruiking from his soapbox.

In the old days politicians used to stand on old soap crates to give speeches and do some chest pumping in the lead up to elections.

Former farmer, 80-year-old Kevin Sinclair from Dubbo made the box especially for Mr Saunders and is using it every chance he gets.

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“I think it’s good to have something that’s a bit old fashioned in this world of social media,” Mr Saunders said.

“It’s a good way of being face to face with people, and stand out above the crowd and let them know you’ve got something to say.”

Speaking in public certainly tests your mettle and you’ve got to be ready for the odd heckler or two and a bit of interjection from passers-by.

However Mr Saunders said it was a positive experience to speak about what has been delivered in the Narromine shire and what he hopes to deliver in the future.

He also had on board his petition to improve the road between Narromine and Dubbo, including installing more overtaking lanes. 

“It’s good to do some of those face-to-face things, and give people a chance to show their support or ask a question,” Mr Saunders said. 

“There was quite a good crowd gathering as they came in and out of the shops and that stopped and had a listen.” 

“Most people were really supportive of the overtaking lanes, I think that’s one that everyone in Narromine or anyone who travels to Narromine is supportive of.”

“I think its a nice way of sharing some of those stories with the community so I’ll be doing that from here to election day.”