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15 March 2021

Tim Quilty's Rexit forum will explain benefits of independence to Rutherglen residents

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty will take his Rexit roadshow to Rutherglen to explain how a new state would improve life in the vibrant community.

Mr Quilty is pushing for the creation of a new state – tentatively called Murray – after seeing how city governments consistently penalise regional residents.

“Regional communities are always being ignored by state governments of all persuasions, because the cities have many more voters and provide more bang for the pork-barrelling buck,” Mr Quilty said.

“Creating our new state from the Murray basin will unite southern NSW and northern Victoria and will put an end to Melbourne and Sydney sucking the regions dry.

“Our new state of Murray will create wealth the same way it always has, through agriculture, mining, forestry and manufacturing, but it will keep that revenue in the regions.

“This will be complemented by schemes to make doing business here extremely attractive, and this will create jobs.

“No longer will we see our best and brightest forced to leave for Melbourne or Sydney for work, they will remain in the regions, get good jobs and help build communities and drive growth.”

Mr Quilty has been involved in the debate on how trucks driving through Rutherglen should be diverted, and said a regional state government would be more committed to solving the problem.

“Seeing B doubles thunder through Rutherglen, it is very easy to understand why there is such strong feeling about them,” Mr Quilty said.

“The problem is not easily solved but the Andrews Government seems interested only in perpetual stalling, holding consultation after consultation and not actually doing anything.

“A state government based in a regional area would be able to understand these problems and be more willing to devote the resources needed for a permanent, long-term solution.”

The Rexit forum will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, March 24, at Caffeine n Machine, 62-64 Main St, Rutherglen.

All are welcome to attend and can optionally register their interest at www.trybooking.com/BPDMP.

Mr Quilty will continue his Rexit tour on April 8 at Tallangatta.

For more information, contact Graham Springett | 0408 208819