Movement to form a Riverina state
A movement to form a Riverina state separate from NSW will be actively pursued.
Instigator David Landini said he has been buoyed by the support and feedback he has received so far for the proposal.
He said the response he received from those who attended a public meeting on the movement in Deniliquin last week was ‘‘very interesting’’.
‘‘In my opinion, the state government is too metropolitan orientated,’’ Mr Landini said.
‘‘New South Wales is so dominated by Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong that it doesn’t matter what we do here, it is highly unlikely our situation will improve, and it is actually more likely to get worse.
‘‘We need to consider all options open to us, one of which is to form the Riverina into a state separate from New South Wales.
‘‘While attendance at the meeting was at the lower end of expectations, there was still enough support there to encourage me to move ahead.
‘‘Discussion of the various presentations and current local situation included interesting observations and some frank expression of opinions.
‘‘By popular demand, it was resolved to pursue the formation of The Riverina as a state separate from New South Wales.’’
The public meeting at the Deniliquin RSL on September 24 aimed to highlight what Mr Landini believes to be the biggest failings of the NSW Government in the local area.
Gulpa Sawmill principal Ben Danckert was asked to speak about the timber industry following the conversion of state forests to National Parks despite community objection in 2010, with a particular focus on the Millewa and Gulpa forests within the Murray Valley National Park.
Mr Landini also presented more on The Riverina state proposal, including political considerations and problems and the history of previous movements to form a Riverina state.
Similar attempts to form a Riverina state were initially made in 1863 — with petitions to both Queen Victoria and the NSW Legislative Assembly — and again in both the 1920s and the 1930s.
Former state member Adrian Piccoli also raised the prospect of separating parts of the Riverina from NSW during his early years in politics. More on the historic attempts and Mr Landini’s vision is available at www.theriverinastate.com.au.