One Nation pledge: Commitments soon for Southern Riverina
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.