On 3 November 1990, Andrew Fraser became the new Member for Coffs Harbour, and today Triple M can reveal that the well-liked state member does not intend to recontest the State election to be held in March 2019.
For 28 years in November, Mr Fraser has enjoyed the confidence of the people of the Coffs Harbour electorate.
"During that time, with the support of the people of the Coffs Harbour electorate, I have been able to achieve a great many things, even in opposition", Mr Fraser said.
Originally the electorate stretched from Nambucca Heads to Coffs Harbour, but with the huge amount of population growth on the North Coast, the electorate only now encompasses the Coffs Harbour local government boundary.
With his electorate always at the front of mind, Mr Fraser reflected on the great achievements.
"We have seen many improvements, especially to the Pacific Highway, which was once labelled the black ribbon of death".
"I have seen the Coffs Harbour Education Campus initiative developed, with a senior high school, TAFE and university on the one campus, which is unique. We have a new hospital, which is to again be redeveloped starting later this year, a new Police Station, Court House and many additions to public schools, sporting facilities and other public amenities", he said.
Talking about how hard it will be to leave the position, Andrew Fraser spoke of the sacrifices it takes on family life.
"28 years of serving the people of Coffs Harbour and the Parliament of NSW has meant many sacrifices for my wife Kerrie and my family, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Angus and their partners", Mr Fraser added. "I feel it is now time to repay the huge debt I owe to my family".
"Over that time I have had long serving, loyal and dedicated staff who keep the ‘ship sailing’ while Parliament is sitting and while other parliamentary duties need to be attended to".
It will be the end of an era for the Coffs Harbour region.
“I once again thank the people of Coffs Harbour for placing their confidence in me over that period of time and I am sure that the Nationals will find a suitable candidate to replace me as the Member for Coffs Harbour in the 2019 election,” Mr Fraser concluded.