Mack giving Farrer a voice
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.