THE two key players in the Riverina’s election campaign have hit back at claims Griffith has been forgotten, saying there has been “plenty” of federal focus on the city.
Nationals representative Michael McCormack and Country Labor candidate Tim Kurylowicz have defended themselves against claims the major parties have neglected the electorate’s second biggest city.
However, Mr Kurylowicz has urged rusted-on National voters to reconsider their vote this year to bring about change.
“There’s no doubt this seat has been neglected for decades,” Mr Kurylowicz said.
“I’m aware there’s been about 30 years of this being a safe Nationals seat but I think a lot of people are longing for Kay Hull to come back –people are genuinely concerned there’s not grassroots politics anymore.”
Mr Kurylowicz said there were many issues facing Griffith that he took seriously – especially food labelling and giving farmers a fair go.
He was also concerned with road funding, regional aviation incentives and a fairer basin plan.
Mr McCormack, who is equally concerned about the plan and notoriously crossed the floor on the issue, said he had continuously supported Griffith for the last three years.
He pointed out the federal government had handed over nearly $4million funding for the private hospital and almost $2million for the Griffith airport expansion.
He said his party had committed to cap water buybacks at 1500gigalitres – if they got into government – and he had fought hard to bring the proposed freight terminal to the Commonwealth’s attention.
“I can see the benefits of the freight terminal and I brought Warren Truss to Griffith to discuss that,” Mr McCormack said.
“To say Griffith has been forgotten is certainly not the truth.”
“I can look back over the past three years and say I have delivered for Griffith,” he said.
“I’ve fought the good fight and succeeded and I’m endeavouring to build on that.”