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City Councillor backs Shooters candidate

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019

Clr Tom Kennedy Clr Tom Kennedy

A local City Councillor has thrown his support behind NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Barwon candidate Roy Butler.

Councillor Tom Kennedy said he believed Mr Butler was the only candidate that could beat the National Party.

“We need to send a message to (Water Minister) Niall Blair that the National Party have sold out the Darling River and Menindee Lakes,” Clr Kennedy said.

“They were all about ensuring the water up North goes to the irrigators.”

Clr Kennedy believes the National Party candidate, Andrew Schier, doesn’t deserve any votes, and he acknowledged that NSW Labor candidate Darriea Turley might have a chance, but he couldn’t support her.

“Darriea supported the (Wentworth to Broken Hill) pipeline which is one of the big issues of why the Lakes is in its current predicament.

“I’ve spoken to Roy Butler and listened to a few of the plans he has put forward.

“He acknowledged the Murray Darling Basin plan needs adjusting and assured me he would keep the government accountable.

“He’s going down the right track for what he wants to do to the Darling River.

“He wants it to go back to locals, so it is controlled by locals which would make it run more efficiently and effectively.”

Clr Kennedy believes all the parties will have a fight on their hands.

“The Labor Party are facing an uphill battle in the Northern areas of the electorate.

“I think it will also be very difficult to be in the National Party; they will also be battling.”

Labor candidate Darriea Turley was contacted for comment.

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