Greens ready to tackle state poll

THE Greens have established a formal branch in Albury in the lead-up to next year’s NSW election.

The party previously had a joint Albury- Wodonga branch, but that was dissolved some time ago.

It is committed to fielding a candidate at the March 28 state poll, but branch member Chris Sobey ruled out standing again.

She has been joined in branch executive positions by facilitator Les Langmead, secretary Niloufer King, treasurer Albert Lightfoot and membership officer Jillian Pattinson.

After encouragement from the Sydney head office, the Albury branch was formed recently and will meet monthly at the Brown’s Lagoon meeting room on the first Sunday 2pm to 4pm.

Its first public event will be a Gap Road clean-up on Sunday, June 1 starting at noon, with participants asked to meet at Kalianna Enterprises.

In 2011, candidate Colin Hesse polled 5 per cent, though Mrs Sobey had attracted 7.27 per cent in 2007 and has also stood twice federally in Farrer.