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Threats don’t deter Minister

Saturday, 13th October, 2018

Some of the crew that helped build the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline at yesterday’s event. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Some of the crew that helped build the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline at yesterday’s event. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

When you’re the State Water Minister in times of drought, it can often be a sticky situation travelling to regional areas on the brink of water disaster.

There were reports that there had been threats to the Water Minister Niall Blair’s personal safety due to his trip to Broken Hill yesterday.

“There’s plenty of people that have got strong views, about a whole range of people, particularly me,” he said.

“I’ve never shied away from any debate; unfortunately, some people take it too far.

“But I’m very happy to be standing here to support the community of Broken Hill.

“I’m not going to be deterred by people that are keyboard warriors, this community needed this project.”

Minister Blair said he had faith in those who were investigating the situation.

“Any of these threats get passed on to correct authorities in NSW,” he said.

“I have confidence in the NSW Police Force and I feel absolutely safe.

“I know the people of Broken Hill are not going to be brought down by the actions of a very small minority.

“That’s not how we do things in this country, particularly not this community.

“But, unfortunately, we have to put all of those threats through to the correct authorities

“I feel safe walking around the streets of Broken Hill, because it is a community of fantastic, hardworking people and a large amount of those hardworking people have been working on the pipeline.

“It is great to be able to walk amongst them today and say thank you.”

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