THE Greens Senate candidate and Gurley farmer Penny Blatchford said she was pleased with the swings towards the Greens at many polling booths in the region.
Mrs Blatchford, who said she wouldn’t get a seat in the Senate, said the Greens had good support at the polling booths where she had supporters handing out how-to-vote leaflets.
“I’ve been looking at the swing to the Greens and everywhere I had people on polling booths, we had a swing to the Greens,” she said.
Edgeroi had a 10 per cent swing to The Greens and St Philomena’s had a swing of nearly three per cent to the Greens.
Mrs Blatchford said many people were shocked when she announced she would run as senate candidate for the Greens in The Nationals heartland only two-and-a-half weeks out from the federal election.
“People are very worried now because the Coalition has stated it is going to cut green and red tape and want to get CSG going in NSW,” she said.
“I’ve had people ringing to say they were panicked and it has worried people that Barnaby Joyce is good friends with Gina Rinehart.”
Mrs Blatchford said she ran because she wanted to create conversation and wanted to see rural and farming people involved in every party that had an agricultural policy.
“The Greens have agricultural policy and quite good agricultural policy. I’m a farmer and I just think having farmers in the room when writing that policy is to the advantage of farmers and that’s really important,” she said.