Lismore candidates face voters
FOUR of the five candidates for the state seat of Lismore made their cases for election at a Tweed Daily News Meet the Candidates forum in Murwil- lumbah on Thursday night.
Local infrastructure, the environment, economic issues and the impact of cross-border regulation on businesses were key issues highlighted by Tweed Daily News readers and members of the public who attended.
Nationals MP Thomas George, heavily favoured to win the seat he has held since 1999, spoke passionately on his party's support for building infrastructure to cater for the forecast increases in population in the region.
Asked about the Byrrill Creek Dam, Mr George said the State Government had approved 16,000 homesites in the region over recent years and could not turn its back when it came to supplying infrastructure to support them, including water supply.
Labor candidate Andrew Moy spoke against the Byrrill Creek Dam, while Greens candidate Susan Stock was also passionately opposed to it.
Independent Russell Killarney said he was not convinced by the arguments in favour of the dam and believed it should be a last resort.
Mr Killarney also said something had to be done about the massive fall in the number of bees – vital for crop pollination – which were under attack from introduced species.
Issues of Aboriginal heritage in the local area, State Government planning practices and restrictions on farmers were also discussed at the forum, which was held at the Tweed Shire Civic and Cultural Centre, Murwillumbah.
Christian Democrats candidate Margaret Kay was unable to attend.
Voters across New South Wales go to the polls next Saturday.