'Humbled' Andrew Fraser ready to farewell politics
THEY say you don't know how people feel about you until retire and for member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser, who steps down from State Parliament at the election in March, it has been an eye-opening experience.
"I had a 20 minute break today and went for a sandwich - three people - two of whom I didn't know thanked me for service and wished me well," he said.
"That is pretty much happening every day at the moment, it is very humbling."
March 23 will mark the end of "a challenging and rewarding" period in the 66-year-old's life - a time that started on 3 November 1990.
He said he had plans for life after 28 years in State politics and would still be looking to help the people of the Coffs Harbour Region but he was not in a position to talk about that yet.
"We have a small farm and I have to catch up on a lot of jobs there," he laughed.
"I have a daughter in Paris and so Kerrie and I will go there and a daughter and two grand children in Melbourne and another in Sydney. It is time for a bit of family time - there is a lot I missed out on."
However despite the sacrifices and being away from home a lot he has mostly enjoyed the experience with highlights including being privileged enough to meet the Queen, Prince Phillip and Prince Charles and making friends on all sides of politics.
"It's been challenging and rewarding," Mr Fraser said.
"While many jobs are all about the same thing every day, in politics you are dealing with something different all the time."
And so what is the first thing he is going to do on March 24?
"Congratulate the new member for Coffs Harbour whoever that may be," he laughed (though obviously he has a favourite).