Fin­ley for­got­ten

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Fin­ley has been for­got­ten again by the NSW govern­ment with no more prom­ises or money to be dis­trib­uted be­fore the elec­tion.

Since the start of the year NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans has an­nounced fund­ing for Fin­ley Com­mu­nity Gym and Fin­ley Show­grounds to­talling just $126,000 for a town that has lost four points on the So­cio-Eco­nomic In­dexes for Ar­eas (SEIFA). A one point drop is con­sid­ered sig­nif­i­cant.

It comes off the back of Fin­ley miss­ing out on round two of the Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties Fund last year.

In con­trast the River­ine Gra­zier at Hay have been splash­ing the head­lines in the past fort­night of ‘$8.9 mil­lion for Hay’ and ‘$4 mil­lion TAFE for Hay in pre-elec­tion prom­ise’.

There has been wide­spread crit­i­cism of the ne­glect be­ing faced in the south­ern part of the Mur­ray elec­torate in the lead up to Satur­day’s elec­tion, in­clud­ing lack of ac­tion to fix wa­ter is­sues.

Mr Evans con­firmed Fin­ley TAFE won’t be re­ceiv­ing fund­ing but said there’s a chance Fin­ley might re­ceive money for a Con­nected Learn­ing Cen­tre (CLC) af­ter the elec­tion.

‘‘Hay is re­ceiv­ing money for a CLC sim­i­lar to the one in De­niliquin and it’s a model they want to roll out more.

‘‘I would cer­tainly ar­gue the case for Fin­ley but it’s not hap­pen­ing be­fore the elec­tion.

‘‘Deni be­ing a big­ger TAFE was prob­a­bly an eas­ier spot to put a CLC and was about eighth on the list of CLCs to be rolled out across the state which is why it was built early on.

‘‘With Hay’s iso­la­tion, it prob­a­bly con­trib­utes to­wards their fund­ing but it’s a model pro­posed a few years ago and work­ing re­ally well.

‘‘It’s the sort of thing we will cer­tainly see more of but there are no firm plans for Fin­ley at this stage,’’ Mr Evans said.

In three days Mr Evans finds out if the Mur­ray elec­torate think he’s the right per­son for the job.

This Satur­day, the South­ern Rive­rina and the rest of NSW will vote on who will lead the state for the next four years.

Mr Evans holds the seat with a mar­gin of only 3.3 per cent lead, re­duced from The Na­tion­als’ safe seat sta­tus of 22 per cent at the 2015 elec­tion won by Adrian Pic­coli.

Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers can­di­date He­len Dal­ton is again likely to be the key chal­lenger on Satur­day. The Mur­rumbidgee farmer has a strong back­ground in the wa­ter pol­icy de­bate, and with lit­tle hap­pen­ing to re­solve the present cri­sis is ex­pected to get con­sid­er­able sup­port.

Mr Evans is ex­pected to poll well in the more pop­u­lated north­ern booths of Grif­fith, Lee­ton and his home town Coleam­bally.

The Na­tion­als have tar­geted Grif­fith and Lee­ton in the lead up to the elec­tion by pour­ing money into the re­gion.

How­ever down south he is most likely to suf­fer heavy losses par­tic­u­larly in De­niliquin and Mathoura where there is dis­con­tent at what many con­sider lack of ac­tion on key is­sues in­clud­ing wa­ter, health, ed­u­ca­tion and forestry.

Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion can­di­date Tom Weyrich might also poll well in south­ern booths as a lo­cal Mathoura man and coun­cil­lor for the Mur­ray River Coun­cil cov­er­ing Moama and Wakool. Where to vote in the Mur­ray elec­torate:

● Ba­rooga Pub­lic School — Hay St.

● Ber­ri­gan Pub­lic School — 25-29 Mo­ma­long St.

● Blighty Pub­lic School — Blighty School Rd.

● Fin­ley High School — Tocumwal St.

● Tocumwal Pub­lic School —Mor­ris St. Al­bury is a safe Lib­eral seat and has been held by that party since 1988.

For the past 16 years Greg Aplin has been the lo­cal mem­ber, how­ever he is re­tir­ing at this elec­tion.

Re­plac­ing Mr Aplin as the Lib­eral can­di­date is vet­eri­nar­ian Justin Clancy. Where to vote in the Al­bury elec­torate:

● Jer­ilderie Civic Hall — 33 Jer­ilderie St.

● Oak­lands Cen­tral School — Coreen St.

● Urana Pub­lic School — 62 William St.

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