FOR one hour today Condong Bowling Club was the centre of national attention when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein dropped in for a game of bowls, a beer and some politicking.

The pair, on the campaign trail in the lead up to the September 7 election, were trailed by a 40-strong national media scrum.  

Mr Rudd, sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot and the Minister For Ageing Senator Jacinta Collins chose the venue to launch a $20 million Healthy Active Ageing Program policy.  

If Labor is re-elected, the program would see venues around the country like bowls clubs offer classes for seniors in topics like the internet, nutrition and mental health.  

Five year old Albert Stainley from Mullumbimby had his 'Kevin O7' shirt signed, a momento of a victorious Rudd campaign that happened even before he was born.  

Rudd slipped off his shoes and jacket to play some bowls getting some helpful tips on the game from members including George Turner who declared him "a likeable fellow".  

The 76-year-old Tweed Heads resident reckons he's got a good arm too.  

"He knew about the game because he was quite accurate."  

Club manager Rowan Pilon admitted his hands were tingling when he pulled the PM a beer.  

"It's not everyday the prime minister comes to a small club like this," he said.  

Rudd had been great for business.  

"We want a visit every week," he laughed.  


Updated, 6.11pm: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced he wants to keep older people active in the community.

He announced $20m would be spent on an active aging program.


Initial report,11:55am: The Kevin Rudd federal election campaign road show will roll into the Tweed this afternoon.

The prime minister, accompanied by sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot and trailed by a contingent of national media, are due to arrive Condong Bowls Club at 3.30pm.

It will come after Mr Rudd flies in at noon to campaign with Page sitting MP Janelle Saffin.

Mr Rudd is expected to announce a new Medical Local initiative for stroke sufferers at Lismore.

A spokesman for Ms Elliot said it was not known at this stage whether Mr Rudd would be making an announcement at Condong.

Both Ms Saffin and Mrs Elliot have been staunch supporters of Mr Rudd.

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