Listening is what counts for independent Mallee candidate Cecilia Moar

Former Swan Hill farmer and Mallee independent candidate Cecilia Moar says the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is imperfect, but better than nothing. Picture: Caitlin McArthur

Former Swan Hill farmer and Mallee independent candidate Cecilia Moar says the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is imperfect, but better than nothing. Picture: Caitlin McArthur

CECILIA Moar can remember standing on Swan Hill’s main street for a minute’s silence held for the death of the Murray River back in 1993.

Twenty-six years on and a “whole lot of hard work later”, the independent candidate for Mallee says the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is far from perfect, but it’s a plan at least. 

It’s a stance that is reflective of her whole platform – considered, deliberate, grounded in her personal experience and informed by discussions with the local community.

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Having been born in Birchip, grown up in Watchem and raised six children on a farm in Goschen, Ms Moar is well acquainted with the issues facing the electorate, in particular the agricultural sector.

But she also finds few problems are unable to be solved without some creative thinking – even when it comes to something as complex as the implementation of the basin plan.

“I always say there are no problems that are too big, really, when you have brought up six healthy and active children, on only 250ml growing season rainfall, I think you can sort out most issues and difficulties and I don’t say that lightly,” she said.

“I think with persistence and patience and positive reinforcement, more patience and by listening and waiting we can work it out.

“Even with water, it seems like a diabolical problem, but we have got this far. It is much better having a plan – it’s not perfect, but we have a plan, and we do need to have one.”

Ms Moar announced she would contest the seat in February and has been on the campaign trail ever since.

With 55 “listening posts” in her campaign as of Friday, she said an independent representative for Mallee could offer “100 per cent focus” to the people of the Mallee.

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