The starting gun has been fired and the race to win the seat of Parkes at the 2019 federal election is underway.
Water security, raising wages for low-paid workers, improving the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), spending more on education, lowering taxes and providing better support to cancer patients are among the key issues candidates representing major political parties said voters care about.
"I have a proven track record of delivering for this electorate for the past 11 years," current National Party Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said.
"I think voters know that come May 18, they have a very important choice to make between me, or the alternative, which would have a devastating impact for rural and regional communities right across my electorate.
"We simply can't afford to take such a risk."
Country Labor candidate Jack Ayoub said the Parkes electorate is not getting its fair share of government support and needs revitalised leadership.
"Mark is a very nice man but, it is quite clear that's not cutting it in Canberra," he said.
"The fundamental question is this; do we judge our nation by the tax loop holes for the few payed for by the many or how we use our wealth, as a nation to support those most in need?"
Mr Coulton said projects like the Western Cancer Centre and Inland Rail are game-changers for the region that he is proud to have been instrumental in delivering during his time in parliament.
"Local issues I am hearing about include water security... and I'm pleased to have helped to deliver a $15 million funding commitment for Wilcannia Weir," he said.
"I'm also hearing about concerns regarding individual cases under the NDIS, and more often than not, I am able to deliver a favourable outcome for my constituents."
Mr Ayoub said ensuring all Australians get a fair go is his priority.
"Closing the loop holes in 457 visas because Australian jobs should be filled by Australians [is a priority]," Mr Ayoub said.
"I am, if elected, prepared to ask the hard questions and have the difficult conversation required to ensure we establish a policy that sees our river systems enhanced and our communities supported."
Mr Ayoub also reaffirmed a Labor promise to restoring penalty rates for workers who have lost up to $3,200 because of a Fair Work Commission decision.
"The 2019 Budget is testament to the Liberal National Government's commitment to making a better life for those in the Parkes electorate, through tax relief, backing small business and supporting essential services," Mr Coulton said.