HE­LEN DAL­TON (Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party)

The Riverine Herald - - MURRAY BY-ELECTION -

I’M AN owner/op­er­a­tor in our fam­ily farm­ing busi­ness, with a teach­ing back­ground, a diploma of hor­ti­cul­ture and ad­vanced diploma of agri­cul­ture.

In 2006, I was awarded a Nuffield Schol­ar­ship which gave me the op­por­tu­nity to study over­seas.

For many years, I have sat at rep­re­sen­ta­tive ta­bles speak­ing for our ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

Raised on a prop­erty at Rank­ins Springs, NSW, I’m stand­ing as a can­di­date in the seat of Mur­ray be­cause I be­lieve our cur­rent rep­re­sen­ta­tives are un­der-per­form­ing.

It’s time to hold them to ac­count for be­liev­ing this is a safe seat and tak­ing us all for granted.

State poli­cies should be build­ing on the re­silience and adapt­abil­ity of our re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal en­vi­ron­ments, not trad­ing that off for po­lit­i­cal pur­poses, fund­ing and ide­olo­gies.

The forced amal­ga­ma­tion of coun­cils is one clear ex­am­ple of that cur­rent mind­set.

We need to see gen­uine move­ment in the $70 bil­lion back­log of in­fras­truc­ture spend­ing. Less talk, more walk.

The en­tire Mur­ray elec­torate de­serves de­cent ac­cess to hos­pi­tals and health ser­vices, no mat­ter where we live.

We need gen­uine lo­cal in­put, bot­tom up fi­nanc­ing and min­i­mum staffing re­quire­ments to be im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately.

Our ne­glected re­gional hos­pi­tals need up­grad­ing. I am so im­pressed with the peo­ple in our re­gions who are bravely speak­ing up for our com­mu­nity health needs.

A vote for me is a vote for a pow­er­ful voice in par­lia­ment on sen­si­ble and fair wa­ter man­age­ment.

I will never be si­lenced into ac­cept­ing poor out­comes or sec­ond best for any of our com­mu­ni­ties.

NSW needs en­ergy poli­cies that will se­cure af­ford­able base load power sup­ply.

The Lib­eral Na­tion­als promised re­gional NSW that power prices wouldn’t go up after the sale of poles and wires. The ex­act op­po­site has hap­pened.

It is our pol­icy to build two high ef­fi­ciency low emis­sions power sta­tions in the Hunter re­gion to achieve en­ergy se­cu­rity and af­ford­abil­ity for all NSW fam­i­lies and busi­nesses.

We must re­verse the dev­as­tat­ing de­ci­sion to lock up and leave a sus­tain­able forestry in­dus­try.

We are com­mit­ted to achiev­ing this. Gen­er­a­tional busi­nesses have been se­verely im­pacted by an ide­o­log­i­cal and im­prac­ti­cal pol­icy that has com­pletely failed to recog­nise the true his­tor­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion of this in­dus­try.

Un­like the cur­rent sta­tus quo, I will not be cowed into sub­mis­sion by in­ner city elites, ca­reer politi­cians and bu­reau­crats.

Our com­mu­ni­ties de­serve the best out­comes for our pa­tients, stu­dents, farm­ers, busi­nesses and lo­cal en­vi­ron­ments.

What mat­ters to you mat­ters to me.

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