Murwillumbah ?key? to winning Lismore seat
LISMORE Labor candidate Peter Lanyon believes the former National Party heartland of Murwillumbah is the key to ousting the Nationals from yet another North Coast electorate.
On a visit yesterday to Murwillumbah, now part of the Lismore electorate, Mr Lanyon said the town was "cosmopolitan" and likely to heavily vote Labor.
Mr Lanyon, who lives "in the geographical centre of the electorate" midway between Murwillumbah and Lismore at Lillian Rock north of Nimbin, said that the change of attitudes had made the seat winnable.
Labor's Neville Newell already holds the seat of Tweed, which loses Murwillumbah due to the latest electoral redistribution.
The redistribution has taken Casino, hometown of sitting National Party MP Thomas George, out of the electorate adding to Mr Lanyon's chances.
Mr Lanyon plans regular campaigning in Murwillumbah over the next few months and is taking long service leave in February and March in the run-up to the state election.
"This is a serious winnable seat and I'm a hard working per- son," he said. - PETER CATON