June, 2019

The Border Mail Election Guide 2016MURRAY

The Basics-19500 sq km, 104,430 enrolled to vote and 18,041 pre-polled up to June 29
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-The main towns are Yarrawonga (key booth), Avenel, Boort, Bridgewater on Loddon, Cobram, Echuca (key booth), Euroa, Kyabram, Mooroopna, Murchison, Nagambie, Nathalia, Numurkah, Rochester, Rushworth, Shepparton (key booth), Tatura, Violet Town andWedderburn

– Industries include sheep, wheat and fruit processing

What happened last timeParliamentary member for 20 years Sharman Stone won with 60 per cent of first preferences. In her last term shecame to loggerheads with her party as she advocated for funding for SPC Ardmona.

The Candidates Nationals – Damian Drum

Damian Drum

Ballot order: 1

Party: The Nationals

Bio: The Nationals have gone on a full offensive to try and take this seat from the Liberals with Damian Drum, theformer-Fremantle Dockers coach, vacating hisVictorian state parliament position for a tilt at the seat. Like Marty Corboy in Indi, Mr Drum has received support from the big wigs of his party with Darren Chester and Fiona Nash stopping by to make a few announcements. These included $97 million for a new Echuca Bridge, $20 million for a Goulburn Valley Jobs and Investment Package, $20 million in more road related projects.The coalition also pledged $550 million in loans for dairy farmers.

Liberals – Duncan McGauchie. Picture: Facebook

Duncan McGauchie

Ballot order: 4

Party: Liberal

Bio:Duncan McGauchie comes from the western part of the Murray electorate and has no easy task trying to hold the seat for the Liberals. His main electoral policies revolve around water, transport and employment.Just like Sophie Mirabella in Indi he has also been at the coalition announcements for funding made by Nationals ministers as well as a boost with a visit from deputy Liberal leaderJulie Bishop who did a walk-through. Mr McGauchie was a former adviser to theBaillieu government.He has also been doing some interesting things with his social media presence:

Alan John Williams

Labor – Alan Williams. Picture: Facebook

Ballot order: 10

Party: Australian Labor Party

Bio: Labor got about 20 per cent of first preferences in the last election and it’s hard to see them having an impact in this safe coalition seat. The candidate running for the party is Alan Williams who had a go in a Victorian state election back in 1973. His party have given their preferences to the Liberals ahead of the Nationals which could have a big impact on the two-candidate preferred race between Mr McGauchie and Mr Drum.

Ian Christoe

Greens – Ian Christoe. Picture: Facebook

Ballot order: 3

Party: The Greens

Bio:The Greens have gone the other way with their preferences favouring the Nationals over the Liberals. Mooroopna’s Ian Christoe hopes to boost his party’s 4 per cent first preferences from the 2013 election. The Greens’ believe Murray has potential to be a “solar energy powerhouse”. Mr Christoe has stuck to spruiking the benefits of the Greens broader policies for the electorate.

Fern Summer

Independent – Fern Summer. Picture: Facebook

Ballot order: 6

Party: Independent

Bio:Fern Summer took a leave of absence from the Greater Shepparton Council to run in this year’s election. In 2013 she nabbed 986 first preference votes running for the Bullet Train for Australia Party, this year she’s going it alone as an independent.

Securing a bullet train for the Murray is still on her wishlist alongside no cuts to Medicare, a Shepparton bypass, fast tracking marriage equality and banning corporate political donations alongside other progressive policies.

Like other independents in the Murray race she is hoping to capitalise on the disillusionment with the major parties and the success of DIY campaigns as seen in neighbouring Indi.

Jeff Davy

Citizens Electoral Council – Jeff Davy. Picture: CEC

Ballot order: 7

Party: Citizens Electoral Council

Bio: Truck driver Jeff Davy got 316 votes in the 2013 election. The CEC predominatley wants to see aGlass-Steagall-stylebanking which was introduced in the US in 1933 before having elements repealed in 1999. The CEC also believes global warming is “a fraud”.

Robert Danieli

Australian Country Party – Robert Danieli. Picture: ACP

Ballot order: 9

Party: Australian Country Party

Bio: Alexandra man and former councillorRobert Daniele missed out on a spot in the upper house of the Victorian government in 2014 by a handful of votes for the Australian Country Party. His interests are in water and agriculture and, with his party, providing an alternative country option to the Nationals.

Andrew Bock

Independent – Andrew Bock. Picture: Facebook

Ballot order: 2

Party: Independent

Bio: From Euroa, Andrew Bock believes Sharman Stone was a good member for the region but dislikes the war between the Liberals and Nationals over the seat and says it should be about people and policies. Mr Bock is in favour of a mostly fibre NBN, increasing the refugee intake, marriage equality, constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders and raising welfare payments. He is against fracking andpokies.

Nigel Hicks

Independent – Nigel Hicks. Picture: Facebook

Ballot order: 5

Party: Independent

Bio: Farmer Nigel Hicks decided to run as an independent because he didn’t believe current political interests had farmers, and, the communities they worked in, in mind. He wants to address “flawed water policy”, reduce irrigation fees, stop the sale of land to overseas interests and establishing a government owned bank to assist with the growth of regional projects alongside other agriculturally-centred policies.

Diane Teasdale

Independent – Diane Teasdale. Picture: Facebook

Ballot order: 8

Party: Independent

Bio: Diane Teasdale last ran as an independent in the 2007 election getting 615 first preference votes. Ms Teasdale told the Shepparton Newsshedoesn’t trust the major parties and she has concerns for the dairy industry.

Ms Teasdale has given her preferences toMr Hicks, second, and the Rise Up Australia Party, third, in the lower house and encouraged voters to vote for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party in the senate.

Yasmin Gunasekera

Rise Up Australia – Yasmin Gunasekera. Picture: RUAP

Ballot order: 11

Party: Rise Up Australia Party

Bio: Yasmin Gunasekera ran for the division of Deakin in the 2013 election where she got 327 votes. She coordinated her parties state and territory presidents during the last election.

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Panel to assist with Harden Piggery application

At the ordinary meeting of Hilltops Council on June 22, council’sAdministrator Wendy Tuckerman endorsed a recommendation by staff to appoint anIndependent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) to assist in the process ofassessing a Development Application for a piggery, within the former Harden Shire,currently before council.
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According to council’s general manager Anthony McMahon, the formation of theIHAP does not change who makes the final determination on the application.

“The IHAP plays an advisory and independent assessment role in the developmentassessment process and they will be providing their recommendations back to council staff who will then provide a final recommendation to be put before counciland considered by council’s Administrator,” MrMcMahon said.

The IHAP is expected to consist of five members with expertise in the fields of soils,groundwater, odour, biodiversity and traffic.

“We are currently undertaking theprocess of sourcing panel members who will then meet and be briefed on theapplication and provided with all relevant information relating to the application,” Mr McMahon said.

“Itis likely they will also undertake a site visit before undertaking an assessment ofavailable information and reporting back with recommendations relating to theirrespective areas of expertise.”

A report on the development is anticipated to be put before council at its Septembermeeting with the exact timing dependent on both the timeframe required to allowthe IHAP to undertake its assessment as well as timing of responses from several government agencies.

“Because the development is considered integrated development under planninglegislation council is required to seek what are known as general terms ofagreement from relevant state government agencies before determining thedevelopment. Council is still not certain as to when all general terms of agreementwill be received.”

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CONTESTLEN Langan asks us to accept that Australian politics consists of two rival caterers in a contest for the opportunity to govern Australia.This attitude has resulted in a system that promotes blind party loyalty with disregard for sound democratic government.
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Blind adherence to parties allows influential groups or individuals with vested interests to use the democratic process as a means to attain power and influence by means both honest and dishonest rather than by sound democratic process.

Relegating minority parties and independents to the status of “pension prospectors and opportunists” is an insult not upheld by the long, proud record of minor parties who represent a wide range of community-based interests rather than restricting themselves to those represented by the government or the opposition.

An independent like Doris Blackburn, 1946, who pioneered the women’s rights and Aboriginal land rights, does not deserve the insult of “opportunist”.More recently, Brian Harradine, a representative who was always accessible to his community, achieved $150 million for a range of projects in Tasmania.

Similarly, at this time, we have strong independents who work hard to represent their communities, often at odds with any major party agenda.

I suggest thanking the small parties and independents.The majority work hard, without the support of the financial power of vested interests and by supporting the democratic process, with their focus on policy, not party.

Geraldine Robertson, Trevallyn.ALLIANCESVOTERS should recall that the ALP/Green alliance left this country with a large debt close to $280 billion. This was after they promised to deliver surpluses for six years, when it fact they were the largest deficits in Australian history.Now we learn from Mr Shorten that a Labor Government would run large deficits for the next four years but with a promise to return to surplus within 10 years. Can we trust them again?

Cor Udan, Launceston.ECONOMIC MANAGEMENTTHE Liberal Party’s track record on economic management is hardly one to be proud of. In their three years of government the Liberal Party have tripled the deficit, stripped funding from schools and universities and hospitals and reduced the wages and living conditions of ordinary Australians.

Their record is not one of economic management for all Australians.Their only ‘new’ idea to build Australia is to allow businesses to pay less tax.There is absolutely no certainty that the money that businesses make from paying less tax will trickle down to improve the lives of ordinary Australians.

The only certainty is that the rich will become richer.Economic management, really?

Megan Short, Mowbray.MEMBER SUPPORTWITH the federal election closing in, remember Brett Whiteley supported Tony Abbott’s hard line measures against pensioners. Time to put the record straight.

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Sunshine Bay residents not convinced

A group of Sunshine Bay residents is not convinced by the Anglican Church’s claim it will not build a men’s rehabilitation facility as part of a large complexon church land on Crosby Drive, on the western side of George Bass Drive.
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Canberra-Goulburn AnglicanArchdiocese property managerMichael Stallard said the church would not build a men’s rehabilitation accommodation facility like Hope House in Batemans Bay, and that it did not have any plans or money to build anything there at the moment.

Development applications were submitted to council in April 2012, December 2015 and May 2016.

Residents living near the site are not reassured by Mr Stallard’s words, as group spokesman Jay Post says.

“If they do not intend to build anything there, then why did they submit the DA?” he said.

“We can only go by what is on the plans, which have Hope House on them and keep mentioning future development.

“How can we be sure? What they are saying is very ambiguous.”

The residents’ feelings about such a development are far from ambiguous, as they purchased their properties in the area with the ‘peace and quiet’ factor andwithout knowledge of such a plan.

They believe that their property values and quality of life will both go down.

“We don’t want this development,” Mr Post said.

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Riverina gets creative in love search

While Riverina residents are heading online more than ever, there are still people looking for traditional spaces to find love.
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Beck Hennessy from event planners Stella and Bruce said a speed dating night held last year wasin response to a lack of other opportunity.

She said the event had resulted in several relationships and showed a need for more ways to meet people “besides the bar at 3am”.

“We saw that it hadn’t been done before, and Wagga is a hard place to meet people,” she said.

“I was single myself at the time and had tried the online dating scene.”

Rendezvous organiser Judith Jenkinsonsaid the social club, which caters for couples and singles over 50, had noticed a decline in people joining as a way to meet a partner.

“There’s beena few relationships formed within the group previously,” MsJenkinsonsaid. “But I understand that many are now trying internet dating.”

New social clubs are appearing online,with Riverina residents taking the initiative to start exclusive virtual spaces.

One Facebook group, Wagga Wagga’s hottest singles chat,boasts more than 500 members andtouts itself as the “premier singles chat page” for unattached city residents.

Australia wide, people under 30 are taking to smartphone app Tinder.

While regional breakdown isn’t available, the app’s creators estimate 15 per cent of the nation’s population is on Tinder, the highest percentage of any country.

The application lets users set the sex, age and distance they would like to search in.

Prospective partners then appear, with the option to swipe left for no or swipe right for yesbased on a few photos and a short bio.

If both parties “swipe right” then an online chat can take place.

But Ms Hennessy said she believed that many, especially women, were still craving a dating scene that required more effort.

“Every week we get a message saying ‘when is the next one?’,” she said.“This says to us people feel there is not many other places to meet single people in Wagga.”

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