MUSWELLBROOK mayor, Steve Reynolds, is calling for a genuine focus on future employment in the region as the nation awaits a return to the polls.
"This is the biggest federal election that they're going to have for a long time and the seat is open," Cr Reynolds said."But really they're not talking about jobs and that's what we want to hear."
"I need to say that I don't see the export market going anywhere for some time," he said.
"But we have really got the opportunity for agribusiness, tourism, manufacture and if Newcastle airport becomes a major terminal we can go straight from the paddock to plate in the Asian market.
"Our main aim at the moment is to drive that conversation and have businesses look at Muswellbrook as the viable option."