Top pollies coming to our parks

July 18, 2017

NSW’S top two politicians will come to the region and learn more about the negative impacts of the Murray Valley National Parks conversion on communities.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro has officially accepted an invitation to tour the local forests, with his visit locked in for August 19.

The visit was confirmed on Wednesday, just moments after Premier Gladys Berejiklian tentatively accepted a similar invite from Gulpa Sawmill owner Ben Danckert.

Mr Danckert, The Nationals Red Gum branch president, was at an informal reception to meet the Premier in Griffith.

The sole aim of the new party branch is to return commercial timber harvesting to National Parks.

‘‘At our first meeting on Wednesday, Gladys said she knew who I was and what the branch was and that she had just been reading about herself in the Pastoral Times,’’ Mr Danckert said.

‘‘After that she was pulled away by other people and I thought I had missed my boat.

‘‘During her address she said she had to leave as she had other commitments to get to, but I wanted to at least get her for a photo before she left.

‘‘As we were doing that (NSW Member for Murray) Adrian Piccoli came over and asked if I had spoken to Gladys about the red gum issue.

‘‘So I had my chance to lay it all out on the table and she was quite interested and asked a lot of questions. I feel like I had the most time with her out of everyone in the room. While there is no date set, she certainly expressed an intention to take up our invitation.’’

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