NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian touched down in Griffith on Saturday morning in the midst of the Murray by-election to campaign for Nationals candidate Austin Evans
The Premier spent the morning handing out how-to-vote cards and speaking to local residents.
The visit is Ms Berejiklian’s third in recent months.
“I’ve been a constant visitor to the Riverina, before I was Premier, when I was transport minister and treasurer,” she said.
“It’s a lovely part of NSW and and important part of NSW. I’ve been a frequent visitor before and I’ll continue to be afterward as well.”
The Premier also stopped by the Griffith Multicultural Festival, where she was introduced to the crowd by Mayor John Dal Broi.
Ms Berejiklian also condemned the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party for their policies on gun control.
“I’m really upset about that. I’m concerned about that as much as anybody else. I think the Shooters have dangerous policies,” she said.
“I think it would be dangerous for this area. Also, for NSW, if they were elected. Those policies are not in tandem with what the community thinks. They’re dangerous and I’m scared about it.”
Joining Mr Evans and Ms Berejiklian on the campaign trail was New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and former Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli.
Mr Evans, she says, would be a provide a “direct line” to Mr Berejiklian for the people of Murray.
“We do need a National Party member here to make sure there is a direct line to me and the Deputy Premier. This community deserves a direct voice in government.”
President of the Griffith Business Chamber, Paul Pierotti says regardless of the by-election outcome, Griffith has already won.
“We’re shocked with the level of attention we’ve gained over recent weeks. We’ve never seen anything like this in our entire history,” he said.
“It’s irrelevant who wins this election. Griffith as a community has already one. All of the big guns are already here and we are on the top of their mind.”
The weeks leading up to the by-election have seen visits from the likes of NSW Labor leader Luke Foley, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
More to come as the results unfold.
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