Pipe dream realised for Tony and Shirley

FOR at least two “retired” players in the Split Rock Dam to Barraba pipeline campaign, the show is now over and the job is done. 

AT LAST – IT’S DONE: 
Former Barraba mayor Shirley Close and former New England MP Tony 
Windsor both worked 
tirelessly on the Split Rock Dam to Barraba pipeline for more than 20 years and were in celebratory mode yesterday at the official opening. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 300414GOB17

AT LAST – IT’S DONE: Former Barraba mayor Shirley Close and former New England MP Tony Windsor both worked tirelessly on the Split Rock Dam to Barraba pipeline for more than 20 years and were in celebratory mode yesterday at the official opening. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 300414GOB17

Yesterday the former Barraba mayor, Shirley Close and former New England MP Tony Windsor could splash out and kick up their heels as they saw the 

long-held dream of the tiny town come to fruition with the $15.2 million pipeline’s official opening. 

“Tony likened me to a little terrier dog, nipping at his heels, at every public meeting, so much so he wasn’t game to take a step backwards because I’d be there,” Mrs Close said.

The water began flowing yesterday at the ceremonial gold standpipe before a crowd of about 150 people – among them were politicians, subcontractors, engineers, councillors, various media outlets, business people, farmers and locals.


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