HAVING been an independent in the last NSW state election, Helen Dalton (pictured above) is on a mission to make the Murray electorate a better place.
Now a candidate for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the farmer and former teacher is advocating for the rights of agriculture, as well as education, health, infrastructure and forestry.
Speaking alongside current NSW Upper House member, Robert Brown MLC, she finds the biggest issue in the Murray electorate is the mismanagement of water, especially in the Murray-Darling Basin.
‘‘It’s an issue for irrigators right across the district, with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) only allocating 20 per cent of the water to them,’’ she said.
‘‘It means that if any of the rivers were to flood, they will lose their crops and become landlocked in their own area.’’
‘‘The environmental effects are immense.’’
‘‘That’s why I am campaigning for a decent allocation for irrigation to farmers,’’ she said.
Regarding Moama, Helen said that the town is in dire straights.
‘‘There is no hospital, there are no ambulances and the police station is deplorable.’’
‘‘If you are from Moama, you have to go to Echuca, or to Deniliquin, if you’re even lucky to get there,’’ she said.
Which brought her onto her next issue, the new Echuca-Moama Bridge.
‘‘I am advocating for the bridge to be completed in a timely manner,’’ she said.
‘‘NSW have contributed $80 million, but it’s a Victorian project?
‘‘It doesn’t make sense.’’
She explained how the twin towns have been waiting 55 years for the second bridge, due for completion in late 2020.
‘‘It’s way too long, how are people from Moama supposed to reach a hospital in time.
‘‘How are Moama people supposed to get an ambulance when it has to come from over the border.
‘‘The smallest crash can stop all traffic across the bridge.
‘‘Even a wide load can stop all traffic across the current bridge,’’ she said.
The Murray by-election is not the only election happening in the state.
Two more elections are occurring in the seats of Cootamundra and Blacktown, and the SFF are excited about their prospects in the Murray and Cootamundra elections.
‘‘We want to stop the complacency of the Liberal National Party, and we won’t sell out the community to the Inner-Sydney liberals, like the Nationals have done in the past,’’ she said.
The Murray by-election will be held on Saturday, October 14.
If you have any enquiries or want to make contact with Helen, you can email [email protected]