One Na­tion pledge: Com­mit­ments soon for South­ern Rive­rina

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One Na­tion can­di­date for the seat of Mur­ray Tom Weyrich says pol­icy an­nounce­ments for the South­ern Rive­rina are forth­com­ing.

Cr Weyrich has made big an­nounce­ments for the re­gion at the NSW March elec­tion in­clud­ing his sup­port for $100 mil­lion to re­de­velop De­niliquin Hos­pi­tal, but no com­mit­ments for the lo­cal area.

He said he has spo­ken with Ber­ri­gan Shire gen­eral man­ager Rowan Perkins and has plans to visit the South­ern Rive­rina soon to meet the elec­torate.

‘‘There will be an­nounce­ments par­tic­u­larly for Fin­ley be­cause as we know the town has suf­fered dra­mat­i­cally from zero (wa­ter) al­lo­ca­tion and the drought,’’ he said.

The Mur­ray River coun­cil­lor be­lieves Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans (Na­tion­als) has ‘‘shot him­self in the foot’’ and the race will come down to him­self and Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers (SFF) can­di­date He­len Dal­ton.

He con­firmed the two par­ties — One Na­tion and SFF — will make a pref­er­ence deal.

‘‘I think the Nats are done and dusted in this part of the world.

‘‘Austin shot him­self in the foot about what he said in De­niliquin, (‘I don’t need Deni’— Pas­toral Times Fe­bru­ary 8) and ev­ery­where I go there is noth­ing but dis­dain to­wards the Nats.

‘‘I dis­agree with the logic it will be a two horse race be­tween Austin and He­len; I ac­tu­ally see it shap­ing up as a race be­tween my­self and He­len.

‘‘My un­der­stand­ing is we’re go­ing to pref­er­ence each other with the com­mon goal of un­seat­ing the Nats be­cause they’re just not per­form­ing.

‘‘I will never make a pref­er­ence deal with the Greens,’’ Cr Weyrich said.

Dur­ing his cam­paign Cr Weyrich has met peo­ple in key towns of the Mur­ray elec­torate in­clud­ing Grif­fith, Lee­ton and Bal­ranald.

He said al­ready speak­ing to peo­ple in the north and the west un­sur­pris­ingly ‘‘wa­ter, wa­ter and wa­ter’’ is the main topic.

‘‘I’m over the talk fest and that’s what we’ve had, a talk fest; it’s time for ac­tion,’’ Cr Weyrich said.

‘‘We can go to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and say ‘please help’ or go to Vic­to­ria and say ‘you wanted to get out of the Basin Plan like NSW, why don’t we get to­gether, pull out and leave it in tat­ters’.

‘‘Peo­ple in author­ity might say we will get less than what we have now but how can we get less than zero (wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion).’’

Cr Weyrich said he also plans to tar­get tourism as a key eco­nomic driver for the Mur­ray elec­torate.

‘‘One Na­tion will do a lit­tle more than shoot­ing, farm­ing and fish­ing; there are other is­sues.

‘‘From what I can gather peo­ple can be a lit­tle town cen­tric and there are other ar­eas very im­por­tant to com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing tourism and the river.

‘‘Let’s not for­get the places on the river like Ba­rooga, Tocumwal and Moama are all very im­por­tant for tourism.

‘‘Tourism is sec­ondary in a place like Grif­fith but other places it’s equal be­tween tourism and farm­ing,’’ Cr Weyrich said.

The NSW state elec­tion will be held on March 23. The Greens can­di­date for the Mur­ray elec­torate is Dr Ni­vanka De Silva.

No can­di­date an­nounce­ment has been made by La­bor.

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