More police officers, nurse-to-patient ratios and more 'farm gate' counsellors are what Gunnedah residents want to see from this year's election candidates.
Independent candidate Mark Rodda, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers' Jeff Bacon, Country Labor's Stephen Mears, Nationals' candidate Kevin Anderson, and the Greens' Robin Gunning all have a lot on their plate if elected.
Mr Rodda said the main concerns community members have brought to him were the hospital and local roads.
"This $53 million hospital must be manned properly, and right now they don't have the staff to man it," Mr Rodda said.
"And roads funding around Gunnedah, they're awash with cash in Sydney with the light rail and stadium projects, but councils don't have the budget to maintain the roads."
Mr Rodda said he would also like to see an agricultural college in Gunnedah to keep rural children learning about the importance of agriculture.
Labor's Stephen Mears said the main issue brought to him was about nurse-to-patient ratios.
"The hospital we will firmly support if put in government," Mr Mears said.
"But nursing ratios are critically important, Labor has stated publicly we will mandate nurse to patient ratios."
I think Gunnedah is just as important as every town.Stephen Mears, Labor candidate
Green's Robin Gunning said Liverpool Plains residents have been talking to her about Shenhua.
"They don't want a mine and I agree with them, because of the emissions they create," Mrs Gunning said.
Mrs Gunning said she would also be backing the new hospital, especially due to the drought.
"Heatwaves are the hidden killers so we need to be prepared," she said.
"This drought has tested the resilience of farmers to no end - we need a lot more 'farm gate' counsellors, and it's going to cost big."
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers' candidate Jeff Bacon said as part of his campaign, he was hoping to give Gunnedah what it needs in terms of policing.
"The Oxley Police District called for 25 new staff, and out of that staff, Gunnedah will get a number of extra police officers," Mr Bacon said.
"[Gunnedah] will get one extra sergeant, four extra constables and a general staff officer (GSO) for admin."
Nationals' candidate Kevin Anderson said some of the main issues and concerns locals had been raising were upgrades for Grain Valley Road and Rangari Road, and the Gunnedah police station and hospital.
“I have spent the last four years delivering my election commitments - this included a new school at GS Kidd, overtaking lanes on the Oxley Highway, upgrading Hoss Causeway and Tommy’s Swamp," Mr Anderson said.
“I’ve also seen the work begin on Gunnedah’s $62 million rail overpass, $3 million for an upgrade of Gunnedah TAFE as well as at least 11 new courses introduced to the total of 33 courses at the TAFE.
“There is [also] $1.6 million to upgrade Gunnedah Showground, which will make it a major equine centre in the region."
Four of the six candidates said they would spend time at Gunnedah's pre-polling station over the next 10 days.
Animal Justice Party's candidate Emma Hall did not respond to the NVI before publication.