Mack giv­ing Far­rer a voice

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Voices for Far­rer has con­firmed the poorly kept se­cret that its pre­ferred can­di­date, Al­bury Mayor Kevin Mack, will stand as an In­de­pen­dent at the fed­eral elec­tion, ex­pected to be in May.

He is at­tempt­ing to fol­low the lead set by Mem­ber for Indi Cathy McGowan, who un­seated Lib­eral So­phie Mirabella in a shock re­sult in 2013.

Mr Mack said the plight of the dis­tricts was one of the main “tip­ping points” in his de­ci­sion to run.

‘‘My roles within lo­cal gov­ern­ment have taken me deep into the heart of com­mu­ni­ties across Far­rer and the length of the Mur­ray River. I have seen the ne­glect, but in De­niliquin and Fin­ley and other nearby places it is just next-level ne­glect,” Mr Mack said.

A for­mer po­lice­man and de­scribed as one of the re­gion’s most ac­com­plished lead­ers, Mr Mack said wa­ter is­sues, high­lighted by the fail­ure of the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Plan, had dev­as­tated many fam­i­lies in these re­gions and crip­pled the town­ships.

‘‘When I am told of a farmer’s wife too afraid to leave her hus­band alone at home while she goes to the shops be­cause of his frag­ile men­tal state, then it’s time to act; it tipped me over the edge,” Mr Mack said.

‘‘If things don’t change, these com­mu­ni­ties will con­tinue to de­cline, im­pacted by in­creased un­fair­ness and lack of ac­count­abil­ity.

‘‘Many of those liv­ing in Far­rer com­mu­ni­ties look across the Mur­ray to their Vic­to­rian neigh­bours and see a bet­ter life. They look up­stream and down­stream and they see fairer wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions. Well I’m here to say I’m stuck in the mid­dle with you all to fix Far­rer be­cause Far­rer mat­ters.’’

The SRN will fea­ture Mr Mack’s plans for the South­ern Rive­rina next week.

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