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Shooters Fishers and Farmers target Upper Hunter

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The Shooters Fishers and Farmers (SFF) will target the state seat of Upper Hunter, following the appointment of James White as its candidate.

He’ll face incumbent Dave Layzell (Nationals), Peree Watson (Labor), Tony Lonergan (Greens) and Archie Lea (Independent) when residents head to the polls on Saturday 25 March.

James White is gunning for the state seat of Upper Hunter.

SFF MLC Mark Banasiak admitted Mr White, a mineworker in the electorate, was a worthy adversary.

“James lives in the region, so he knows what matters to the community,” he said.

“I’m sure he’ll give a good account of himself.”

Despite being a miner, Mr White recognises the need for the coal industry and farming to find a compromise in the Upper Hunter.

“Both are working towards a common goal; to provide resources, employment and a strong economy for the Hunter,” he said.

“I had to leave where I grew up to make a life for myself.

“But, if you grow up in the Hunter, you should be able to stay in the Hunter.

“I’ve put my hand up because we need young people having a go in Parliament and the greater community.”

Another issue Mr White is taking on is regional spending and transparency.

“This government raised $3.6 billion in royalties from coal last financial year,” he said.

“I want to know how much goes back into the mining communities.

“We’ve been waiting for the Singleton Bypass for years when stadiums are going up in Sydney in months.

“That’s great for Sydney, but what about the regions?

“I want transparency and reasonable appraisals on the land bought by the government off our farmers.

“The process doesn’t seem fair.

“I believe money raised in this electorate should stay here.

“I can’t promise the world, however I’ll do what I can to make this electorate a fair place for everyone.”

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