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Candidate on move

Friday, 28th December, 2018

Roy Butler addressing the big Darling River rally in Sturt Park last month. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Roy Butler addressing the big Darling River rally in Sturt Park last month. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Craig Brealey

Taking a fishing boat into land stricken by drought and a wrecked river might seem a hopeless mission but that’s what one political candidate is doing for the New Year celebrations.

Roy Butler, the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party candidate for the state seat of Barwon, is towing the boat from Sydney to Broken Hill for New Year’s eve and then heading up to Tibooburra for New Year’s day.

The boat belongs to the party and is used for fishing competitions and promotions, said Mr Butler, and for this trip it would be more than an eye-catching accessory.

“I am fully aware that you haven’t got much water,” said Mr Butler who last month attended the “Save the Darling River” rally in Sturt Park.

“Darryn Clifton from the Darling River Action Group has offered us a tour of Copi Hollow. It will be good to have Darryn showing us around.”

Yesterday Mr Butler arrived in Sydney after towing the boat 350 kilometres from his cattle farm near Mendooran in the central west for a special occasion.

He had invited visitors to his Facebook page to “like it, share it” and offered two prizes of a personally-conducted tour of Sydney harbour.

The promotion attracted 2,250 followers to his page on which he regularly mentions the goings on with the Darling River and Menindee Lakes.

“That is a lot of traffic. We are still three months out from the election so this is an excellent result,” Mr Butler said. “Usually people only become interested a few weeks beforehand.”

He said he won’t be campaigning or making speeches here on New Years, just getting out and meeting people.

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