7.30 Report comes to Tweed
THE ABC's premier current affairs news program the 7.30 Report will throw the nation's focus on the federal seat of Richmond in an upcoming bulletin.
The news crew, headed by reporter Andy Park, has been in the Tweed Shire this week interviewing locals and federal candidates including sitting MP Justine Elliot (Labor), Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser and Greens candidate Dawn Walker.
The report comes amid speculation the seat has become a key battle ground for the Greens outside of metropolitan areas.
Following a recent boundary redistribution, Richmond has picked up Ballina, which at last year's state poll saw the Greens' Tamara Smith win the historical blue ribbon Nationals' seat.
The seat also includes the local government areas of Byron and Tweed, both of which are currently headed by Greens mayors.
However, the redistribution also saw Nimbin, a traditional Greens area, taken out of Richmond.
"It's an interesting seat nationally because of the tectonic changes in the local demographics," Mr Park told the Tweed Daily News.
"The influx of sea changers and green changers from the south has made it an important battle ground for the Greens."
With the Tweed set to host the National Party state conference this weekend, campaign watchers have taken note of the Coalition's interest to fight for the region, Mr Park said.
"When you have somebody like Nationals' president Larry Anthony rating the threat the Greens' pose in the electorate you have to sit up and pay attention," he said, referring to comments in the upcoming bulletin.
The 7.30 Report will also interview anti-CSG group Lock the Gate's Michael McNamara and Andrew Price from the Tyalgum Energy Project.
"We interviewed residents so we can get a proper understanding of their concerns, foremost among them was climate change and renewable energy," Mr Park said.
On their visit to the Tweed Shire, Mr Park said the crew was impressed by the beauty of the region.
"It's a beautiful part of the world - we spent three days wondering how we could move up into the area," he said.
The episode is scheduled to appear sometime this week, depending on other breaking stories.