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Mayor nominates as candidate

Friday, 23rd March, 2018

By Craig Brealey

Mayor Darriea Turley has nominated to stand as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Barwon at the next State election.

Ms Turley said nominations had closed and that she did not want to say much before the candidate was chosen, but that she decided to stand because of widespread dissatisfaction with the performance of the National Party.

“I continue to hear bitter disappointment with the Nationals and their contempt for our communities, so it makes sense to stand against them,” Clr Turley said yesterday.

“I know Labor would need a 12.5 per cent swing to win the seat but I also know how angry some traditional Nationals supporters are,” she said.

On Tuesday this week Clr Turley attended, with NSW Labor leader Luke Foley, an anti-coal seam gas protest by about 200 farmers, near Coonamble, who are fighting the Coalition Government’s decision to run a gas pipeline across their land.

If this so-called Narrabri gas project goes ahead, the farmers say it will open the way for gas wells to drilled on their properties.

Clr Turley’s fellow councillor, Dave Gallagher, has nominated to represent the Nationals in Barwon.

She that if either of them won the seat they were entitled to serve out their term on City Council.

“A councillor elected to parliament can still sit on City Council until the next Local Government election, so there would be no need for a Council by-election.”

Clr Turley said she expected Labor to announce its candidate after Easter.

The State election will be held in March next year.

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