Thursday, 18th May, 2017
By Daniel Stringer
A Broken Hill icon has praised the efforts of the National Party and the local member for their contribution to the city.
With members of the Nationals hitting Broken Hill today for their annual conference, Gary Radford praised their efforts. Mr Radford was particularly complimentary about the work that has been done and is about to get underway on the Tibooburra road.
“The road being bituminised to Tibooburra was certainly a major input from the coalition government and at present, if the residents do not know, there is 62 kilometres unsealed and I am told by the end of the financial year there will only be 50km left to be sealed,” Mr Radford told the BDT.
“It’s certainly great to see that you can go to Tibooburra on a bitumen road and it will open up a lot of tourism and transport.
The air strip at Packsaddle is also a project that Mr Radford says could do with government attention, as he says in its current state it is a safety concern.
“I still believe that the Packsaddle air strip should be sealed for all reasons, mainly for safety.
“Packsaddle is halfway to Tibooburra, there is the SES located at Packsaddle and I believe for a small amount of dollars the air strip could be sealed.”
The Murray River pipeline may have received a mixed reaction from people in Broken Hill and Menindee, but Mr Radford says from a grazier’s perspective it is another positive contribution from the State Government.
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“As a grazier, a major pipeline in the process of being constructed between Wentworth to Broken Hill is certainly a need for the continuation of Broken Hill given the guaranteed water it will provide.”
“However, the Menindee Lakes scheme should be finished, as it was never finished and perhaps it could have been finished if not for the wastage of money by previous governments.”
A host of National Party members will be in the city for the next three days for the National Party Conference, including Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and local member Kevin Humphries.
Mr Radford says that the facts don’t lie and they show that the coalition government had made a sizeable contribution to Broken Hill.
“I would like to congratulate Kevin Humphries and the party for spending the money they have out this way.
“I think there has been a major input from the coalition government and particularly from our standing member Kevin Humphries perusing the issue.”
“Best of luck for the weekend and I think it is great for Broken Hill to have the premier of NSW in the town to have a look at the community, and our secret of Broken Hill is certainly going to be shining within the next five years.”