Election hopefuls to front forum

WITH the NSW State election just over three weeks away, the Casino Chamber of Commerce and the NSW Farmers’ Association have combined to give voters a chance to meet the candidates standing for the seats of Clarence and Lismore.

The meet the candidates forum will be held at the Casino RSM Club on Thursday from 7.30pm.

Co-ordinator of the Casino Chamber of Commerce, Donna Yager, said all the confirmed candidates for the two seats had been invited to the meeting.

To date Clarence candidates Steve Cansdell (Nationals), Richie Williamson (Independent), Colin Clague (Labor) and Janet Cavanaugh (Greens) and Lismore candidates Thomas George (Nationals), Andrew Moy (Labor) and Susan Stock (Greens) have said they will attend.

The president of NSW Farmers Association, Charles Armstrong, said the aim of the forum, one of many the association was running across the State, was to ensure rural New South Wales was seen, heard and understood by all parties in the election.

“Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and take the opportunity to question the candidates hoping to represent them in the next government,” he said.

“Already property rights, transport, healthcare and support for regional businesses have been identified as key issues by farmers across the state.”

Each of the candidates will have three to five minutes to introduce themselves and outline some of their policies, particularly in relation to regional issues.

They then will be able to take questions from the floor of the meeting.

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