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Election run ruled out

Monday, 5th January, 2015

“We Want Action” co-founder Darryn Clifton says he has no interest in a career in politics. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel “We Want Action” co-founder Darryn Clifton says he has no interest in a career in politics. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Darrin Manuel

When Darryn Clifton began his fight for the region’s waterways, his aim was to pressure politicians - not become one.

Mr Clifton, who has spearheaded the “We Want Action” Facebook group along with Kevin Stacey, had been encouraged by some members of the group to run as an independent candidate for Barwon in the upcoming State election.

Although he appreciated the support and encouragement, he stated that a political career was not on the cards.

“After much research, discussion with my family, esteemed colleagues, friends, current and past politicians, I will make it public knowledge that I will not be making myself available to contest the seat of Barwon in the 2015 NSW State Election,” he said in a post on the site.

“I will however continue to support any candidate that is willing to commit to changing the current management of the Darling River/Menindee Lakes and has the insight at exploring alternative options for an emergency water supply other than bore water.”

He explained on his decision further in a brief interview with the BDT.

“It was never my direction to go down that line,” he said.

“A couple of people suggested it to me, but political gain was never my incentive.”

Mr Clifton said his only ambition was to fix the mismanagement of the Menindee Lakes and Darling River systems, and felt he could best do that by not becoming entangled in politics.

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